So again like last year I was worrying about my ability to get this done by the deadline I'd set and I can safely say there's only some finishing touches needed and I'll be all set. I'll be doing a top 250 again this year. There'll be a mention of some of my favourite albums at some point.
Monday 22nd January - #100 to #51 with a pre-broadcast of around half an hour Tuesday 23rd January - same deal but just with #50 to #1
My ideal starting time will be 7:30 but again I'm not reliable when it comes to starting times so I guess if you come anytime between 7-8 you'll probably be there ready for the beginning of the top 100
Also feel free to do some kind of prediction of my top 3/5/10/20/30/40/50/100 or whatever
Appropriately I feel like this song has a feel of being hallucinated. I didn't get into it so much when I first heard it but it was in early February that I started digging this. Something I'd rather not go into that made me feel like I was hallucinating coincidentally happened a few days after I started listening to it lots Elohim's whispery voice goes well with the song and I do like the inclusion of the text to speech female voice like the one that appeared in "Sensations". Also really enjoy the strings, the brass instrument that shows up and the fact that the music sounds like something from a video game.
♪♫ Losing my mind till we get home. Back in the room with you, oh ♪♫
I didn't hear this live when I saw KLP unfortunately. But still she thought it was cool when I met her and I her about the tweet with my "Back In The Room" mid-year position that she'd retweeted just earlier that week This is another great electropop track from KLP, with her voice and production skills standing out once again. Not as great as "Changes" or "Ember" but has been an enduring chart hit of mine.
I pointed out on Sunday night how unusual it was that Gabrielle Alpin, Portugal. The Man and The Supermen Lovers were the artists that achieved the first three #1s on my chart in 2017. Also amusing in a different way was the second week of this song being #1, in which Jamiroquai and Nelly Furtado were also top 5
This song was #1 on my chart around the worst time of my life in 2017. I hated the job I had. Like with "Miss You", grabbing my phone out as I walked away from the farm, opening up Spotify and listening to my favourite tunes was such a relief. Naturally as this was a #1 there were a few weeks where this was one of the songs that I ended up hearing while waiting for one or both of my parents to pick me up from work. It's so much fun and makes me so happy when I listen to it each and every time.
♪♫ Fuck out my way when you see me. I'm rollin' with the LGBT ♪♫
It'd be hard to name a better current musician who is as good an ally as CupcakKe is. "LGBT" is the first song from her I heard, and is not the last time she has made a anthem for her LGBT friends, family and supporters. It's an amazing anthem at that. The first verse in particular is brilliant lyric after brilliant lyric. CupcakKe is one of the most captivating performers of this generation and it really shows in this track. I get so much joy from listening to this and also really enjoy the music video.
#110 I Don't Want To Stop - Disco Despair & Ridney
♪♫ I don't want to stop. No if I don't have to ♪♫
This is the third consecutive year that Disco Despair have featured in my EOY. 2016 is where they really excelled, ending up all the way at #7 with "I Guess You Know". "I Don't Want To Stop" was not as big a hit, but still has its appealing qualities. This one is more filter house and goes for a fun energetic vibe, versus the chill disco vibes of their smash hit. This sound is one of my favourites and this track is another solid addition to the collection.
♪♫ And if you really want to love me down, down. Come ready if you're ready now. I be right here with you ♪♫
Keys N Krates just snuck into my 2016 EOY top 250. "Right Here" has definitely topped that effort with its position here so close to the 2017 top 100. Some pretty hectic beats with a choppy vocal in there and it works a treat. The build up and drops are some of the most rewarding of 2017. I do love how loud it is, it gives me so much energy.
#108 Real Love - LA Riots featuring Great Good Fine OK
♪♫ A real love, baby. Something I can really hold on to, oh-oh ♪♫
This is a shift away from the drum n bass that LA Riots served up with Ayah Marar in 2016. This is a good dance track though. Enlisting Great Good Fine OK was a good idea, as they do have form in creating good shit in this genre. It's neatly produced with the vocals supplied by Great Good Fine OK's vocalist being appealing also.
♪♫ Stay cool, don't panic. Just feel the weight of what you should've, could have said ♪♫
After getting one of the biggest smashes of the year under his belt with "I Don't Know Anymore", this follow up release became another success. A #12 peak while not as good as being a four week #1 is still an impressive achievement. It doesn't quite have the same spark as his previous hit. But it's still a nice and well crafted pop track. His voice is yet again the highlight here.
Ayah's first appearance on my chart during 2017 was with a track that sounds very typical Ayah. It does feel like some of the potential has been stripped, especially when compared to "Ready", her other big 2017 hit. Still, the drops that are present are great and take me back to her "Bass Soldiers EP".
After a stellar 2016, Flume showed that he clearly wasn't done when it came to releasing great music. The choice of Kučka is a good one considering how much I liked her contributions to "Skin", in particular with "Smoke & Retribution". Her voice suits Flume's production well, and I think this is interesting as it sounds far less polished and radio friendly than some of what was featured on "Skin".
♪♫ You spent the night, you got me high. Oh, what did you do? I'm hooked on all these feelings ♪♫
Hayley Kiyoko's songwriting is something I truly appreciate. "Feelings" is yet another solid pop effort from her. It's always interesting to hear her speak of her lovelife and her life as a young gay woman. In this song we see her sing about her open and obvious attempts at flirtation and trying to capture the attention of the girl she is crushing on. She contrasts this with the expectation that she is less obvious about her affections and plays hard to get. I think it's great to see those who have had their sexuality as well as their sexual and romantic desires marginalised (aka pretty much everyone who isn't a cishet man) be confident. To openly defy expectations and to make choices because it's what you want, not because of what society expects.
♪♫ I never struggled to be on my own. Oh, I still wonder if I let you go ♪♫
Not my favourite from Yumi Zouma, but definitely has touches of what I loved about "Depths (Pt. I)". Really peaceful electronics with a fitting dual vocal performance. I do like how calm it is, while managing to be engaging and not at all boring.
Spinifex Gum have popped up in 2017 as one of many artists who are telling the stories of indigenous Australians. Firstly we had "Ms Dhu", the story of a young woman who endured police brutality and medical neglect and subsequently died. In the Yindjibarndi language 'Malungungu', the name of this track, is a creepy spirit. This track Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett take the lead. Peter’s performance is described as being about a suicidal FIFO worker in Australia, as stated on Spinifex Gum's website. Like a lot of the music from Midnight Oil, Peter's touch makes this track a special one. Not as good as "Ms Dhu" but still another quality track from the project.
#101 Two Walls - Touch Sensitive featuring Tori Zietsch
♪♫ Sometimes I feel like we're just two walls . Trying to prove which one is taller ♪♫
2017 was a massive year for Touch Sensitive. I do wish I could've had this in my top 100 but it was knocked out right at the end. At least he'll have some bigger successes later on. I like how understated this is compared to his smashes on my chart. It goes for a more chilled vibe, with Tori's whispery vocals matching that vibe perfectly. The whole thing sounds very delicate and fragile, so no wonder it's become one of my favourites from his album.
♪♫ I leave my light on. I'm Atletico, but I'm back here on my own ♪♫
Surprise! Well I guess I'm as surprised as everyone else. I just love how bouncy and fun this is, I think that's what gives it the edge over "Do It" for me. The content that Rae sings about just sounds deeply personal and honest that it really draws me in and it helps that there's such a brilliant chorus attached to it all.
♪♫ Knowing that you have you have you have badly behaved all along ♪♫
There's a lot to be said for diversity in representation in Australian media, whether that be in music, film or television. Discourse over this is a prominent theme and has popped up yet again in the last month. I'm at least glad that I'm able to dig deeper and find a different version of Australia to what many others can find. Here we have Sydney based Rainbow Chan, who has ties to Hong Kong, with her brand of delightful electronic pop. Very engaging all the way through and I can tell this won't be the last time she appears in a chart of mine.
♪♫ I like the way nostalgia makes me feel. There ain't nobody better than you ♪♫
This has managed to outdo "Fool To Love"'s End of Year performance and I'm not surprised. I think I still prefer that track but in the context of 2017 "Nostalgia" is a worthy inclusion in my top 100. This was pretty instant, and I think what seemed really odd about it was what drew me in. While writing this I'm finding it hard to highlight a specific part of the song, but I think I'll go for the outro. There's just something about it.
♪♫ Baby, give me all you got, hmm. And love'll make you fall to your knees and you'll fall again ♪♫
This is more smoother and poppier than "Not A Fighter". In this case it has worked a treat for Airling as this becomes her first time into an End of Year top 100 of mine, with her previous best being Forces at #116 in 2015. Her voice is rather lovely here and while the chorus isn't a huge moment, it does make the verses stick out a bit more. I do quite like them.
♪♫ Yeah I'm not sure about it. But I'm sure you can change my mind ♪♫
I do like these kind of sad and reflective songs that sound more upbeat than the lyrical content and it will become more apparent as this countdown of my favourites from 2017 progresses. Hatchie's vocals are lovely. The inclusion of her backing vocals during the last chorus is a nice touch. Nice and pleasant to listen to.
♪♫ Trust nobody, trust nobody in the fight. We're just bodies, we are bodies in the night ♪♫
What a coincidence that two artists that collaborated with Japanese Wallpaper end up so close to each other on an EOY. In 2017! Only a #19 peak for this track but I really regret not taking it higher as it's grown to be even better for me lately. Wafia is at her best here. A well produced and written Triple J synthpop hit with a memorable chorus. Was surprised to learn a few days ago that it was written amidst the struggles her family faced with the danger in Syria currently as well as her mother's family being denied visas to Australia. What she has stated below and learning of her and her family's origins has made this song so much more special.
"In all honesty, I wanted to make this song as simple and accessible as possible. We live in a world where so many things are difficult and divisive but I wanted this song to be accessible and inclusive because at the end of the day we all want to be a part of something bigger than us and this is the best way I knew how to portray that."
Donny Benét is yet another Australian producer who has nailed that nu-disco sound. I do like the pace to it, that midtempto vibe which makes this a relaxing listen and suits the lyrical content. In particular I like how for the verses it's just a simple disco beat, whereas for the intro and chorus the other sounds are thrown in there. I think it could do with a bridge and another chorus or even just an outro with lyrics as the last minute of the track feels a bit empty. Only a minor complaint though.
♪♫ But don’t touch my heart. As if I could ever be the one you love ♪♫
Definitely a good year for PC Music. After two hits in 2016, Danny L Harle went beyond what he'd previously achieved on my chart with "1UL" getting all the way to #14. A well deserved chart performance. It's a very well crafted track. The words of Eyelar are powerful here, detailing a common and often heartbreaking situation when it comes to love. Such a delight to listen to.
#92 If I Go Down - Nigel Stanford featuring Catey Shaw
♪♫ If all of my fears come true. If I go down then you go down too ♪♫
Catey Shaw may have been mostly absent when it comes to music in 2017, but she still had a big year. After the birth of her first child, one of her first releases was her input on New Zealander Nigel Stanford's track. It does sound a bit more electropop than what she usually does, but her voice suits the production so well and it's so great to hear her voice again.
♪♫ Baby you could make this. Baby you could make it as the underdog ♪♫
Banks came back yet again with another strong track. I'm not totally sure how "Underdog" compares to past hits on my chart but the main thing is that it's a good release. Those barks are really appealing amazingly, while the chorus is very memorable and enjoyable. Clicked pretty quickly for me and only got better and better with more listens.
It does actually feel like a long time ago since the then sixteen year old's track "Animals", the big room anthem of 2013, was released. It only took until the third track of his that I heard to become disinterested in what he had to offer. He's had numerous successes since, with 2015's "Forbidden Voices" being a top 10 hit. In 2016 he managed to make a successful pop crossover and he's still heading down that path.
I'm much more interested in this piece of work he has released however. Production wise it does remind me somewhat of "Forbidden Voices", but this one is completely free of anything resembling vocals. I like the classical touches, it very much helps to make it atmospheric and peaceful to listen to.
♪♫ Do you wanna be a hero? Can I lay in your arms? ♪♫
It's interesting how certain songs end up becoming classics in regards to samples, covers and interpolations "Waiting For A Star To Fall" by Boy Meets Girl is one of the best examples that comes to mind.
Like with earlier releases, "Hero" is a solid release which shows how well Jess can adapt her sound to sounding more pop while not watering down the quality of her music. "Hero" has followed on from "Kryptonite" in being another George Maple favourite of mine. I was initially sceptical after hearing *that* interpolation, but the more I heard it the more I was impressed at how well it was inserted in a way that really fit the song. The melody is just really appealing and I do like that the hook is a bit wordy but not too much that it sounds clunky.
♪♫ And I'm trying to forget her, but I love her. And it's so bad, I can't sleep ♪♫
It is with great shame that I must admit that I neglected this song for so long. It really is lovely. This synthy track with lovely vocals, a breezy vibe and nice lyrics is a winner. I expect to see Miloux a fair bit in the future.
♪♫ I've got a one way ticket outta here. I've got to get outta here ♪♫
Two Can were unlucky to be #101 last year, but they've managed to sneak into my top 100 for 2017. I'm still not sure if I prefer this to "Pressing On" or not. This is a good piece of Australian dance though. It's not overly complicated but in this case simplicity works. The sound of it is good and I do really enjoy the sense of urgency that comes with the pre-chorus and chorus. I only recently noticed this but the production sounds so much like "Seve" and perhaps that's the reason I like it so much?
#86 Slide - Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos
♪♫ Do you slide on all your nights like this?. Do you try on all your nights like this? (I might) ♪♫
This definitely was a surprise for me and many others. It didn't click instantly, but I did end up really enjoying this. Its run on my chart is rather underwhelming considering how much I enjoyed up enjoying it over the course of 2017. It's another successful reinvention for Calvin, keeping his sound fresh and opening up a strong album. This is definitely not a collaboration I ever anticipated in my mind, but it works really well to the point where it's become my favourite from both Frank Ocean & Migos. Certainly in the case of Frank his voice is great and fits so well. The whole thing works so well and is commendable for that reason.
I'm having trouble thinking of things to say about this. But I'll start with it being rather nice and catchy too. Niia's voice is good and I do like the production. The chorus would probably be my highlight and I do really like that post-chorus section too.
♪♫ I hate that’s all we’ve got between us, only these hints & implications ♪♫
I think there's more R&B in my End of Year top 100 than usual for this decade. Not that it's a bad thing. This is a bit of a pop rockier take on R&B but it's lovely. Samantha's voice is great and the chorus at the end is oh so satisfying.
♪♫ I don't need no parachute. Because I like to be free ♪♫
This pretty quickly became my favourite from L D R U, if you exclude his stuff as part of Carmada of course. It becomes quite the banger as the song progresses. It's a pretty great drop he's got there and it is the focal point of attraction for me. The chorus has its charm too, in particular I like the lyric "don't let me down like a lead balloon". It's also one of these choruses that doesn't seem that catchy at first but it does creep up on you.
♪♫ But if you call me collect. I'll be anywhere you need me, I'll be there ♪♫
I first heard of Matthew Young in 2015 when I came across his track "I Feel It". "Collect" has definitely got more of an edge to it though and subsequently I ended up preferring this. His voice is engaging and I like the music that backs it up. It's quite prominent, in particular with the piano. Also I can definitely say I've been in the situation of the person he's describing in the song so bless him for being such a good friend
♪♫ It'll be the 33rd of the month I'm just saying, saying (tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock) ♪♫
Taylor Swift take note. This is a much better "fuck the haters" song. CupcakKe's style is one that I find really appealing and she has shown that she can do many different things with her music. I think her rapping here is particularly brilliant and witty, and I like the whole "33rd of the month" concept.
♪♫ In my head, I play a supercut of us. All the magic we gave off ♪♫
This has a good drive to it, much like lead single "Green Light". There's some exciting moments here, particularly with the fast paced pre-chorus. Not so much when it first came up and not really anymore but in November and December this song was so fucking relatable and I didn't even notice. Lorde just really has that magic. It's very pleasing and one of the best from "Melodrama".
♪♫ Don’t overthink it. Just finish up your drink and surround me, surround me ♪♫
LÉON made an apppearance in my 2015 EOY at #48 with "Tired Of Talking", as well as "Treasure" lower down at #131. "Surround Me" has become my favourite from her since the former. Her voice is as stellar as usual. The chorus is one of those big choruses which stay in my head long after the last time I've listened to it. LÉON has described the song as below and I can say I've definitely had those moments. Well done LÉON
"It’s about feeling free and letting go in ‘the heat of the moment’. I feel like everyone’s been in a situation where you’ve decided to stay home alone, but then something happens and you change your mind and end up having the craziest night out."
#78 May I Have This Dance - Francis And The Lights featuring Chance The Rapper
♪♫ May I have this dance? To make it up to you. Can I say something crazy? I love you ♪♫
This is a great track. I think it's odd how it switches to being about Chance's daughter in the verse he contributes but man it's so adorable. Bless him and the lyric "you must have been born with two right feet" is genius. Brilliantly done for the most part and always a great listen. Definitely prefer this to the version without Chance.
♪♫ But it feels like. Like you might be the death of me ♪♫
Autograf has had a good run on my chart, with six entries in total and four before "You Might Be". This track ended up becoming his best charter and you can probably see why. Those vocals by Lils complimenting some beautiful and chill production, with a slow guitar in there to seal the deal.
#76 Questions - High Contrast featuring Boy Matthews
♪♫ Lately, I don't know where you are tonight but I can't you get you off my mind ♪♫
The first of two High Contrast / Boy Matthews collabs that I digged this year. Does sound a lot like the drum n bass sound that they became known for after remixing London Grammar's "Strong". Boy Matthews, most notable for his vocal on "Ocean Drive", is well suited to the drum n bass sound. It's definitely got some energy that's for sure. What a fun track.
♪♫ And all my days. We can lay low. Yeah, when we're waking up. We're waking up slow♪♫
"Miss You" sure was a surprise for me, especially once it got to #1. It seems that Gabrielle is determined to keep up the good work, as this was another strong pop song. This seems a far cry from her cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "The Power Of Love". It's a good direction though and it feels like she's carved up more of a personality in the time since her initial fame. The way the chorus is presented seemed very odd to me at first but it really grew on me.
♪♫ My V is for Vendetta. Thought that I'd feel better. But now I got a bellyache ♪♫
Perhaps not to the extent of Lorde, however sixteen year old Billie Eilish came to my attention with "Bellyache" and damn it's a great song. I do like the sound of this, especially with the tapping and the guitar. I think it has an intriguing structure to it too, after not listening to it in a while it's easy to forget all of the sections that pop up everywhere.
#73 The Beat Don't Feel The Same - High Contrast featuring Boy Matthews
♪♫ I play it every night. But the beat don't feel the same ♪♫
Just slightly edges out "Questions". This one is a bit funkier so perhaps that's why. It's a diversion from the "Strong" remix and "Questions" but it's a nice one to hear. I've recently affirmed my suspicions by finding that it does sample some old disco records. No wonder I keep noticing a Stardust/Modjo/Nile Rodgers sounding filter house melody in there.
#72 Love Is Alive - Louis The Child featuring Elohim
♪♫ Oh, I just wanna go where love is alive. So I'm gonna do that ♪♫
An early 2017 hit and the follow up to #2 smash "Weekend". Enlisting Elohim was a wise choice for Louis The Child, as he scored a #12 peak with "Love Is Alive". It's less of a party anthem and more of a subtler effort. Elohim's manipulated vocals, which sound robotic like at various points, are certainly an interesting choice. I think they suit Louis The Child's contribution to the track well.
♪♫ I think it's gonna be better. The second time around ♪♫
I definitely preferred the material from the first album as a whole more. But this one here is a tune. Could do with less repetition in the chorus but otherwise not a lot else to critique. Mayer's vocals here are brilliant and smooth and suit the classy and funky production. Tuxedo have brought to the table their signature sound and it has definitely worked a treat with "2nd Time Around".
♪♫ Because I need help, are you there God? I can't tell. Can you hear me? ♪♫
My introduction to Amber Mark was this ridiculously fun sounding track. Her voice is so lively here and instantly grabs my attention. There's a great sound going on here to match the great vocals. It's also one of those songs that gets catchier the more you listen to. In saying that I think I like the verses more than the chorus. Like a lot of songs that do well on my chart, lyrically this seems to connect with me.
♪♫ You don't know me like you say you do. You see it too. No, no, no, baby ♪♫
After two low charting entries Tei Shi really hit it big with "Say You Do". It's a brilliant pop song with a chorus that really stands out and is the high point. Definitely reminds me of '00s pop songs.
#67 Chained To The Rhythm - Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley
♪♫ Drink, this one's on me. We're all chained to the rhythm ♪♫
This era hasn't been too kind for Katy. Largely described as a messy era with a relative lack of success compared to the past, her chart fortunes have decreased significantly from the days of "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Amazingly enough though "Witness" saw my favourite lead single from Katy, and is so far the first album of hers where I like every song that I've heard from it. "Chained To The Rhythm" is one of Katy's best tracks in my eyes. The attempt at social and political commentary works reasonably well although it's easy to forget what's happening in that regard. The main thing I'm drawn to is the production and just how catchy it is. Well done on snagging one of my favourite ARIA hits of the year Katy.
♪♫ Yeah, I got issues. And one of them is how bad I need you ♪♫
With a release of more than 12 months ago, this does feel quite old and weird being in a 2017 EOY. But age in this case will not stop it featuring here. It didn't take long for me to dig this. It's no surprise that this is as good as it is, considering she's the one behind the scenes responsible for many pop hits from the last few years. It definitely sticks out a little in 2017 charts, but that's a good thing in this case. Oddly catchy with a bit of mystique to it.
♪♫ At least I got you in my head, in my head. Sleepovers in my bed, oh yeah ♪♫
I'm quite glad I've never fallen bad for a man who is straight So I can't really relate to this but it's a nice track anyway. I said it earlier but I do love Hayley's honest lyricism. The detail in the lyrics helps sell it and make it all the more real.
Confidence Man are often touted as one of the best upcoming Australian acts. I could think of others that are more deserving but Confidence Man do have something to offer. It's certainly on show more than anywhere else with "Better Sit Down Boy". Here we see Janet providing a good vocal performance to compliment the fast paced beat. One of my favourite aspects of this track is the verses, delivered in a snarky way most evident with "oh you speak French, oh man that's deep". They have a reputation for providing a fun, energetic and hectic experience to their music, as well as for their videos and live sets and "Better Sit Down Boy" just affirms that.
♪♫ I can see it now, tripping on split stones. Trying to make hits so we could play them loud ♪♫
I am a little surprised at how consistent Maggie Rogers has been with her releases. "Alaska" was beautiful. Then there was "Dog Years" which was not as good as "Alaska" but still quite good. "On + Off" was another solid release too. "Split Stones" managed to become her best performer on my chart, securing a top 10 peak. I do still prefer "Alaska" however. There's something magical about the structure of this song that makes it so appealing. I think a lot of it is in the chorus, which immediately stuck out to me as being a highlight on the first listen. The fast pace of it does give me a rush.
♪♫ Don’t wanna sing mad songs anymore. Only wanna sing your song ♪♫
It certainly goes for a basic formula but after so long since a new Rita release I was ready to jump onto this. It is really catchy and unlike a certain other hit from 2017 that has the same songwriter as this, the production is more interesting. Rita's voice here is sufficient enough and overall I just really enjoy it. All things considered I am impressed at how good this is and yes I'm one of the few that prefer this to "Anywhere"
I did like "Keep It Close To Me" in 2016 but there was no way I would've expected to end up liking a Yumi Zouma song as much as I like "Depths (Pt. I)". I do like the chill vibes this gives me. The vocals go well with the soft production and it's all so pleasant to listen to.
2017 saw latin pop hits the biggest they've been in years on Australian charts. But my personal favourite latin track was one that flew under the radar. Perhaps unexpected as it doesn't sound as chart friendly as "Despacito" but that doesn't make it unworthy. I do like how Lao Ra goes bilingual here, it makes for something that's not a frequent presence on my chart. The chorus is very catchy even though I'm not familiar. The accordion suits the track so well. Afro B's verse is quality too.
♪♫ I'm the man that stands behind you. Real calm while you prove yourself ♪♫
Not the first time Ásgeir has impressed me. "Stardust" has managed to go above and beyond what I expected however. There's something about the combination of the music and his voice here that is really pleasing. When the choruses come in it's a total moment too. It's hard to explain what exactly makes it tick for me, but I have liked many of the surprises that 2017 produced.
I wish Ayah would hurry up and release some more solo material, and preferably an album or even an EP in 2018. In 2017 though she did shine on one track in particular though. Ayah is in her element on "Ready" with the drum n bass beats of Teddy Killerz. Her favourite style of music is drum n bass and it really shows. Some great drops in here and Ayah's vocal is absolutely brilliant. Catchy as all heck too.
♪♫ Yeah, I already know that there ain't no stoppin'. Your plans and those slow hands (woo) ♪♫
This is one of the biggest surprises of 2017 for me. This is one of my favourite ARIA hits ended up being a big hit on my chart. There's something about this though that I find really sexy though. Perhaps it's the combination of the lyrics, his voice and the slightly rocky sound. It's definitely more interesting than his other output in my opinion. I'm all for good surprises though.
♪♫ Only a fool could walk away from me this time. I'm walking on air, and every cloud is cloud 9 ♪♫
More in the style of their early '00s work than "Automaton". It's a great throwback. I love the guitar licks and the chorus would easily fit in on "A Funk Odyssey". All very good things of course. It's not quite as catchy as the singles from "A Funk Odyssey" but Jay Kay's voice is brilliant, the chorus is memorable and the track is consistently solid.
♪♫ You can refuse, I shouldn't have to use. My lady, lady, lady, lady powers ♪♫
It's surprising that after all of the tracks that Vera Blue released before the release of her long awaited debut album "Perennial", a non-single ended up becoming my favourite track by far from her. It's interesting to compare this to 2013, where she was known as Celia Pavey. She ended up being one of the grand finalists, but it's safe to say her career as an artist being played on Triple J is where she's excelled. "Lady Powers" is short but sweet, with ear catching production and Vera's recognisable voice. The hooks in here are great too and I like Vera's efforts in creating a track that's about female empowerment.
♪♫ So needy. I'd rather sleep in late. You're so overripe ♪♫
Turns out the dessert called banoffee that I once had at Honey Badger Dessert Cafe in Hobart's beautiful Salamanca area is not the only banoffee that is highly enjoyable Distorted vocal effects mixed in with the hectic production? Yes please. The way this track is laid out definitely matches the description of what the upcoming Aussie has described this as.
#53 Lights Down - Milwaukee Banks featuring Sophiegrophy
♪♫ Everybody turnt up for the nightlife, turn it up till the lights down ♪♫
A brilliant track that will surely make a good party anthem for those familiar with the song. I do wish the song had more of Sophieography but the raps do make a good contrast to Sophie's vocals. I've been vibing on it a lot in the last two months and it's always such an enjoyable listen during that time. A fine example of the diversity of the Australian music industry once you scratch the surface. There's not a lot else to say really.
♪♫ Up to the sky, aim for the stars. Cling to one another like monkey bars ♪♫
An electronic production like this is certainly appealing. It's certainly not unique but it does have character. Claire's vocals are also not overly unique but do suit the track well. They also suit the rather adorable lyrics.
♪♫ You can call me. Middle of the night when you need my body ♪♫
Following on from 2016's "Sexual" which was a huge smash on my chart, we have the not as huge but still big "Call Me". The best booty call anthem of 2017, it is yet again another NEIKED track that is explicit in what it's about and very good for that reason. MIMI's vocals are suited to the song and help it sound so good.
Favourites in the Lower 50 include: Bodies, 1UL, If I Go Down, Underdog, Hero, Nobody, Questions, Waking Up Slow, Is It Too Late, Chained To The Rhythm, Issues, and Your Song! 13 favourites in total, that is not bad!!
♪♫ I think I'm your kryptonite. Baby, your only vice ♪♫
It's always fascinating to look back and see the chart trajectory for particular artists on my chart. Her beautiful contribution under her real name to Flight Facilities' "Foreign Language" is still my favourite. "Kryptonite" became my favourite from her under her current moniker though. I can't deny how much I enjoy "Kryptonite". George Maple has always done well at straddling the line between indie, pop and dance and "Kryptonite" is an example of that. Beautifully produced to fit the content of the song while the chorus hits hard and makes for a good pop chorus.
♪♫ Shadows form against the stars. Sunrise on the boulevard ♪♫
The teaming up of Fiora and Tensake with Lester Mendez is one that has interested me. Tensnake and Fiora previously collaborated with "Love Sublime", a top 5 hit on my chart from almost four years ago. This switches out the disco vibes and heads for a more '80s synth pop sound that the three have stated they bonded over and wanted to make this project. Fiora's vocals are absolutely lovely and suit the relaxed synths and cruisy vibe. It's so pleasant and appealing.
♪♫ And I'm sat here, just hoping my dream's come true. So are you, just dance ♪♫
Some fun dance-pop is needed in my life. This is a bit cheesy admittedly. But that's fine. The brilliantly catchy chorus more than makes up for it. The singer also sounds like a dork but in a cute kinda way. Also the best song of 2017 to have the 'shape of you' in its lyrics
For anyone that may be nostalgic for 2014, I present you a collaboration between the producer of "Bullit" and the singer from Duke Dumont's "I Got U". This is not as good as those tracks but it does make for a very nice listen, especially in 2017 where this sound is not as prominent in my listening habits. Some typical motivational lyrics here, but it's nice. The main draw for me is the work of Watermät, whose sound is one I've always found appealing. This does have remnants of "Bullit" in it but is far from a carbon copy.
I wouldn't have expected to have two top 10 hits on my chart called 'Heavy' in 2017 but here we are. This was the first of the two and while I prefer the one that came later, there's no denying how good this is. Powers have always had a way with making good pop tunes and it's all on display with "Heavy". I always enjoy Crista Ru's voice and it's no exception here, she sells what she's singing very well. Funky production too.
Was instantly impressed. I'm still a little surprised it's become my second favourite from her, but it truly is great. Did stumble a bit with the lyrical content at first but it makes more sense after looking closely at the lyrics but still gets a bit too repetitive unfortunately. But that chorus is a big moment and oh so satisfying. Her voice is fantastic here, as expected. I'm pleased that she was able to deliver after such a long break between releases. The album wasn't spectacular but at least "Low Blows" the single was.
#44 Candle Light We Burn (ASusual Remix) - Jamaster A featuring Harriet Hill
♪♫ When your heart gets heavy and warm. I'll be the candle light beside you ♪♫
Do find this track rather weird. An early 2017 hit, it definitely has a sound that is not that common throughout this top 100 chart. It definitely feels more reminiscent of the type of house music that frequented my chart in 2013. The big and loud drop feels like a relic, but in a good way. It's all a bit disjointed admittedly however it all works out despite that.
♪♫ Say you'll stay. Because you are the only one ♪♫
One of four songs I charted that I heard on the night that KLP's "Changes" was premiered on Triple J. Also the night I broke up with my ex Creepily I heard it in Woolworths less than an hour after being broken up with by Daniel (the most recent one)
Anyway it's a brilliant track that impressed me quickly. This kind of indie synth pop has become increasingly frequent on my chart. Fluir - which may just be Siobhan Krelle or may be a duo with Siobhan and producer Jesse Marantz, has/have created a perfect example of this. Siobhan's vocals are beautiful and the whole track just comes so well together with very few things I can critique.
#42 Back To The Rhythm - Luke Million featuring Sam Sparro
♪♫ So I'm going back to the rhythm. Back to the rhythm again ♪♫
I'm not sure how these two hadn't collaborated before this because the chemistry here is strong. Sam Sparro's voice is beautiful and is the perfect fit for Luke Million's nu-disco brilliance. It's definitely the best that Luke Million has produced and is Sam's best since 2008. I've yet to hear it in a nightclub or at a party but I'm sure if I heard it in either context I'd be up there and moving my feet straight away.
It's hard to find info on OkiDoki, but Gavin Turek is well known on my chart. This is Gavin's first appearance within my 2017 End of Year top 100, but it won't be the last. An extended slice of disco with Gavin's beautiful voice yearning to have a particular person's affection all while intertwined within the production makes for a gorgeous track.
♪♫ Only you and me tonight. Following the satellites ♪♫
Until the 25th February 2017 Timmy Trumpet had not been seen on my chart since early 2015. "Satellites" ended this lack of chart presence and amazingly became his biggest hit on my chart in the process. I'm sure it will age much better than "Hipsta" Perhaps it's the influence of Qulinez, but I'm totally happy for a switch from Melbourne bounce to a more stomping track. It's certainly not a totally unique track, what with its lyrics of spending quality time with someone you love or just someone more casual in a carefree manner hooked to an EDM drop. But it's executed well and came at the right time in my life when things were improving and improving quickly. I think that's the main thing.
♪♫ We're King and Queen of the weekend. Ain't a pill that could touch our rush. But what will we do when we're sober? ♪♫
Classic Lorde at first glance, brilliant electronics with Lorde's voice mixed in with it all so well but also so prominent and powerful. With a slight twist however, the production is very cool and diverts away from what you'd expect. The horns and bongo drums are a brilliant touch. I love her voice here too, she conveys emotion very well with the way she manipulates her voice throughout the course of the song. Particularly with the repetition of the lyrics that initially appear in the intro.
On that note the lyricism is great, I love how she fits so much nuance into the song. It brings the situation to life and makes it all the more captivating. Not to mention how I can relate to the whole feeling of lack of self-confidence when approaching other people. Also when sometimes it can all end up being okay once you become sober despite your initial worries. I imagine if I didn't have restrictions placed on how much I can drink I'd be living this reality more often
Now this is a jam. It's just so much fun. I do love the bouncy beat coupled with that strong vocal performance. There's not a dull moment throughout the song. My favourite part would be the chorus [the section before the repetition of the title]. I never realised at first how catchy it was but it really does stick in my head and sets the scene well for the post-chorus title drops. The rest is also very good.
♪♫ I won't be loving you 'til you make, make your move ♪♫
A bouncy pop track with some funk tinges definitely sounds like a formula for success on my chart. Ronika's vocals give this track much of the charisma present, and I think the music compliments her voice and gives it that edge to make it a fantastic track. There's something about that tease in the lyrics which really suits Ronika's voice and gives the track a sassy feel. That bridge is a nice change from the much louder parts of the song surrounding it.
♪♫ Kiss me I'm lost in our embrace, touch me I'm inside outerspace ♪♫
At seven minutes and fifty-nine, this sure is a song. Brendan Maclean is most notable on my chart for his smash "Free To Love", which made it in at #16 last year. "Inside Outerspace" managed to outdo the peak of "Free To Love" by going all the way to #2. For a week there I thought it would be in for a long run at #2 although eleven weeks in the top 10 is a good effort anyway. Brendan's vocals are beautiful here and suit the music that surrounds. It's easy to get lost while listening to this, as it goes on and on. Which is mostly a good thing. It sounds particularly brilliant when listened to with headphones. Originally written for Paul Mac, Brendan's version of this song sees a much better and more suitable voice attached to the song. It has suffered a little in the last couple of months but still a welcomed listen.
♪♫ Honey, we don't need no fake magic, I ain't being funny. You can't buy this with paper or plastic ♪♫
I still am surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this. Definitely Peking Duk's best since "Take Me Over". In a way though it sounds catered to me. A funky beat and the inclusion of AlunaGeorge were sure to lure me in. I like that it diverts a bit from their usual formula because it worked really well. It's also hella catchy and just gives me lots of good vibes. A great song to sing badly to and also the best to pump the volume up too
#34 Ms Dhu - Spinifex Gum featuring Felix Riebl & Marliya
♪♫ Ms Dhu died too young, twenty-two. When they carried her “like a dead kangaroo” ♪♫
The first Spinifex Gum release was about the death of Ms Dhu, a young indigenous woman who had been detained in a police watch house in South Headland, Western Australia on unpaid fines. Her passing was due to medical neglect while in custody. A tragic story that is unfortunately too common for indigenous Australians. In response to these events, this song was created as a means to protest against this injustice. The combination of Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire's verses with the Marliya girls choir makes for a brilliant track that really draws you in and helps to better understand the situation.
♪♫ Would you let me get me high every night. Drink 'til I'm blind ♪♫
Peta And The Wolves have been around for a while. However the first song from them to catch my attention has been 2017's "Blind". I do love the way it's starts with the slower and softer first verse. Peta's vocals really explode in the chorus, matching the dark lyrical content well. The work of Swedish producer Gabriel, the other half of the duo, helps make this a captivating piece of electronic pop that simultaneously sounds both identifiably Aussie and identifiably Swedish. A pretty brilliant combination.
♪♫ Always looking for the wave. Always looking for the wave. Once you stop, stop looking it'll hit you in the face ♪♫
I didn't expect it to do this well. But "The Wave" ended up becoming her highest peaker, alongside "Hallucinating". It's more upbeat than "Sleepy Eyes" that's for sure. I think this song is typical Elohim at her best, her voice going from that fragile and whispery tone to loud proclamations, most evident when she gets to "won't you stop stop looking it will hit you in the FACE". Accompanied by a strong production effort that yet again feels suitable for the lyrical content and aides in making this such a worthwhile listen. Elohim is such a fascinating musician that dabbles in trying out new styles and types of tracks and it really makes her worthwhile listening to. Excited for what she brings to the table in 2018.
♪♫ Now I'm sicklaced, my heartbreak. Sicklaced, doing things all to my body ♪♫
A sound that is prominent in my chart. Those beautiful female vocals accompanied by loud and bombastic electronics. It's a memorable track with strong hooks and a totally satisfying climax near the end. Seemingly rather dark lyrically but it doesn't stop it from being a banger.
#30 The Prize - The Kite String Tangle featuring Bridgette Amofah
♪♫ I want to be the prize your eyes are on. And if I'm just a name you won't remember. Tell me that at least we had a moment ♪♫
It was noted to me how weird my fixation with the above lyrics in this song were. But it all makes sense to me.
It reminds me of a specific moment that requires context to know just how important a moment it was. I alluded in my "Wild Forever" commentary last year to my Sydney trip and in particular the night I went to see Sophie Ellis-Bextor live. I had what I'm going to call a "The Prize" moment. I was kissed by someone. I'll spare you the details but basically it made me feel more confident in myself. It made any sense of awkwardness or anxiety, the things I hate in myself, disappear. It made me happy. It's weird to think that this moment is something I'm considering to be one of the crucial moments of self-discovery in my life. To further prove how what may seem insignificant to others is really important to me, I did have another unexpected moment on the last day of 2017 with some similarities although I still keep in contact with that person
This above lyric has really resonated with me. This mysterious man who kissed me, is someone that I don't remember the name of. I never talked to him again after I left the nightclub. Any other details became very vague for me. But at least we had a moment The inclusion of Bridgette Amofah adds another layer to the song. It adds another perspective to the song, and it becomes more a conversation between the two. It makes me curious to see what the other person in that aforementioned moment was thinking that night. I do in particular like the parts where they sing together. A fantastic song that has become my favourite from The Kite String Tangle.
♪♫ Look at me with your sleepy eyes. Ollie ollie oxen free, we don't have to hide ♪♫
After "Skinny Legs" I was not sure what to expect, especially with this having a different body part in the title. It really is such a beautiful song. There's something so romantic about this song. The idiosyncratic lyrics I think help make it really cute and very personal too. Essentially it does sound like a conversation with Elohim and her lover. In particular the "kiss me with your eyes open. So you can see me when I'm melting" sticks out as a brilliant lyric. Elohim's vocal really suits what she's singing about. Plus I do like the jumbled up structure of the song, with only two verses, two unique pre-choruses and a bridge popping up out of nowhere before the second chorus. She sounds like such a cool person.
♪♫ Just know you've got nothing to hide. It's okay to cry (it's okay to cry) ♪♫
I've always had admiration for SOPHIE's talents, but here is where she has excelled more than ever in my opinion. Given the content of this song and her recent coming out, it's perhaps no surprise that this song has been so appealing. It's easy to see how much this song means to SOPHIE, with such a captivating vocal performance on show. The way the song climaxes at the end is the perfect way to finish the song. Lyrically it's brilliant and actually quite inspiring for how I've been feeling lately. Crying is generally seen as a negative emotion, a sign of weakness, so it's good to see efforts to break down that stereotype. Crying is something I did a fair bit of during November and December and that's natural and okay
♪♫ You don't need no genie, believe me. I can make your wish come true ♪♫
Mayer Hawthorne has one of the best voices in 2010s nu-disco. His biggest success on my chart has been as part of Tuxedo, a duo which scored a #2 hit in 2015 with Do It. French producer Busy P has created a brilliant filter house track here, with Mayer's voice suiting things well and giving the singer another hit.
♪♫ I was chasing highs. Then I found you. You are getting closer in slow motion ♪♫
This got to #1 in a "Night Go Slow" fashion so it's probably no surprise that its demise on my chart came quickly the week it lost #1. Still, at least it hasn't been two years since I last listened to it The single contribution to the song's meaning on genius basically sums up my life up to the point of getting my first boyfriend: "the song is about finding your first true love after jumping from guy to another." It definitely meant a lot at the time and it resonates with me still. Also helps that it's just a damn good pop song that sounds brilliant lyrical connection or not.
#25 Best Friend - Sofi Tukker featuring Nervo, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno
♪♫ Everytime time you call on me, I drop what I do. You are my best friend and we've got some shit to shoot ♪♫
This is definitely a deviation from the Sofi Tukker I was familiar with before, but that's not a bad thing. This is certainly more poppy and I think that's what makes it so appealing. The combination of each artist is part of what makes this so special too. I do love that they all contribute to the vocals here. Lyrically it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen. The embrace of friendship, both ones that are old and new is so adorable. It's expressed here beautifully by having what Sofi Tukker descrive as their old friends The Knocks. They say that the Nervo sisters and Alisa Ueno are newer friends and state how much they love that all of these special friends are in the one place making fantastic music. Also I do take amusement from the first line of the chorus, I like to think that it's a subtle dig at "Thinking Out Loud"
♪♫ So don't sell me no pipe dreams. I wanna feel the good and bad in everything ♪♫
While I'm still sad about "Islands Of Me" being cut from Nelly's latest LP, I'm glad that I at least have this track to adore. I love the production, how subtle it is and how well suited Nelly's lower voice and more relaxed approach to this track works. The organ is such a delight to listen to in particular. Lyrically she has nailed this song, much like "Islands Of Me". Her yearning for someone who doesn't sell her a pipe dream, an unrealistic version of themselves, is connecting with me a lot while I'm writing this. It's especially pertinent after being rejected by people who expect too high a standard for me. The last section of the song reinforces how strong the content is and ends things well.
♪♫ My soul is numb and for tonight (I'm automaton) ♪♫
Epic would be a good word to use as a description. Love the sci-fi feel and it does give me a feeling of being massive and exciting. Especially with how long it is and with the grand changes as each section progresses. The numerous choruses a certainly worthwhile. A bit different for Jamiroquai but it's great that they've gone down this direction because this track is fantastic and was a great start to music in 2017.
♪♫ Go on and say it to my face, then. Say it to my face, then. I wanna feel something ♪♫
I do love when singers who are first known for their efforts on some dance or electronic track go on to release brilliant pop tunes. 2017 saw Maty Noyes provide the perfect example of such. "Say It To My Face" is one of those pop songs that really should've been a chart hit, but sadly it wasn't meant to be. Hit or not I still appreciate what a strong chorus that is, while the rest of the song doesn't disappoint either. Pop songs handling dark/sad topics have been a frequent occurrence in this list, with this one being about Maty's recollection of past toxic relationships and how it can be difficult to handle when a relationship is finally healthy and happy.
♪♫ Like strangers. Perfect pretenders. We're falling head over heels for something that ain't real ♪♫
This feels like a Carly Rae Jepsen track. But instead of being fun, upbeat and bright like a lot of Carly's work, it's a bit more dark and sad. A story about wanting something to be something that it's not. A song about the often youthful experience of navigating romantic relationships and eventually realising they may not always be what they seem. Especially when they seemed like the best thing you've ever experienced. Sigrid even states that these kind of sad pop songs are her favourite, referring to the likes of "Green Light" and "Dancing On My Own". Probably not a surprise though given how captivating her performance is. The way her vocal varies, as in to represent a shift in emotion helps sell the song. The production goes really well with it all too. Scandinavian pop continues to impress.
♪♫ When I'm with you I feel like wearing nothing. Nothing at all ♪♫
The lyrical content of this song is certainly not as lewd as one might expect from the title, but it certainly gives me enough to think this is really sexy. There's something about the way that guitar comes in when the chorus kicks in that steps things up and excites me. There's not a lot of over specific detail in the content that Dagny sings about, but the detail she does go into paints a picture of a romantic, intimate, passionate and loving relationship with another person sexually. One that is fulfilling and brilliant.
After two big hits, Vaz have been unable to turn their chart success into a continual presence on my chart. But for the time being I can be impressed with both of their top 3 hits. "Who You" was the second of those, following on from 2016 #3 hit "Sunshine". I certainly don't enjoy it as much as their prior hit but there's a lot here to like. The vocal from the girls is yet again loud and prominent. The music backing their strong vocals is yet again interesting, and is a reflection of their African roots. The twist in the bridge is notable too, it does feel like it comes out of nowhere. It does make for a sound that is certainly a unique presence on my chart.
The second entry for Amber Mark on my chart was the one that really hit it big. It debuted towards the end of winter on my chart, but had its peak a month later as Hobart's weather became dramatically more sunny and warmer. In the time since September there's been some relatively high temperature days for Hobart. It's lead to many good moments out in the sun. When it's Spring during exam period, then it's easy to desire getting into the heat instead of studying.
I think the main thing here though is the "Groovejet" sounding drums and memorable summer sound complimenting Amber's vocals is what makes this track so brilliant.
♪♫ Now she's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart. Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark ♪♫
One of Lorde’s most emotional vocal performances and lyricism is on display during “Melodrama” with the track “Writer in The Dark”. “Writer In The Dark” details Lorde’s complications with fame, and the way it can drive away those closest to you. It’s absolutely brilliant lyrically. But what sells it for me is Lorde’s vocal. In the chorus you can tell how strong the emotion is, and it makes for one of the most special moments in a Lorde song ever. The simplistic and stripped down arrangement compliments the power of Lorde’s emotional performance. It makes for a brilliant listen and is the reason why it’s my second favourite track from “Melodrama” and an overall favourite of mine from Lorde.
♪♫ I throw this energy out, watch it burn up. We illuminate ♪♫
While this has not matched the peak of "Fade Out" nor its End of Year placing, Viceroy has delivered a brilliant track here. It's less funky than his previous smash on my chart, instead opting for something that it's a bit more chill and dancey. Kinda like "Bullit" as harley described on Sunday Anjulie's vocals are lovely. The core dance beat is good of course, but the inclusion of the piano melody and the colourful flute really add another dimension. Very pleasant and beautiful listening.
♪♫ So silly, caught up with anything. With all the birds and bees, falling forward ♪♫
After the "Good Look For You" EP I wasn't expecting any more tracks from Gavin Turek as lead artist for the rest of the year. Then unexpectedly she dropped this track in September. I got into it quickly, as evidenced by its #2 debut. It couldn't quite make it to #1, but became an enduring chart hit not unlike previous singles. I do like the less conventional sounding production. I think Gavin's voice suits it well, and while the chorus seemed odd at first, I ended up really enjoying it.
♪♫ We been waiting in line to get into this club. Like all night, all night ♪♫
Only the second greatest song of all time about being refused entry to a nightclub. I do find it amusing that a song about this topic has become such a big hit on my chart, but there's a lot to like here. Raye's voice is brilliant and shows yet another rising young British female star. The production is very good and I like how loud it is to match Raye's frustration at not being allowed entry. Perhaps the best thing is that this song is full of hooks, quite a lot of them for a song with a length of 3:19.
♪♫ Why don't we lay down for a while lay down for a while lay down for a while? ♪♫
"Pizza Guy" was a great electronic track from 2013. Four years later Touch Sensitive is back and this time with a slightly different sound. "Lay Down" definitely relies on its main lyric a lot, but there's far more depth in here. It's well produced and depending on my mood can make me want to dance or make me want to literally lay down. It's a fun tune with Jack Vellens' vocals, in particular the falsetto, working perfectly with the beat. Was improved for me after KLP incorporated it into her set when I saw her live. I adored it from that moment on and have never looked back.
It is interesting how quickly this Tez Cadey release resonated with me. "Seve" didn't take long to click, but did need a few weeks to get to the top 5 of my chart. It also didn't manage to make it to #1, although that was more thanks to unlucky timing more than anything. "Ivory" has a lovely sound to it. The production is not as varied this time around, while the track is more vocal focused. Like with "Seve" it features what sounds like a vocal sample of children. Overall it follows convention more than past Tez Cadey efforts but still has its charm. I don't quite love it as much as I did when it was at its peak but it's definitely one of the highlights of 2017.
This song instantly connected with me. That I was highly anticipating new Alison Wonderland would be an understatement. This track does live up to what I expected. Crazy electronic trap beats with Alison's voice makes for a fantastic tune that has become yet another banger from arguably one of the finest artists in her particular field. The struggle for finding a happy place is one I can relate to as well, particularly over the time since this song's release. It was absolutely brilliant live and is definitely an Alison Wonderland favourite. Sufficiently fucked up on a spiritual level.
♪♫ Wasting my time with trivial motion. Trivial motion ♪♫
The first time I went to Cargo in Salamanca I noted how good the music was there. So it's perhaps no surprise that the third time I went there, I heard this track that sounded cool. Shazam is the best in these situations and bam I had a new track to add to my playlist. It ended up becoming a big #1 hit, so I thank Cargo with their fantastic pizza and cool tunes for luring me in enough to hear this absolute delight.
It sounds like an R&B/pop song with a disco/funk infusion and it's not the first time that kinda thing has made it to #1 on my chart (see: Uptown Funk and Can't Feel My Face). It's an interesting interpretation of what was originally a slower song with more emphasis on chill electronics rather than trying to sound a bit more upbeat and pop friendly. It went well with what Dan Vidmar describes as a dissection of the concept of time and growth and decay. There's still a kind of laidback and easygoing vibe to this remix however. Dan's gentle vocals go well with the disco infused beats and funky horns. In fact Dan Vidmar's vocals do sound a little reminscent of The Weeknd's. All in all it's a fantastic track that I'm not surprised managed to hit it big for me.
♪♫ I'm fully charged, nipples are hard. Ready to go ♪♫
2017 has seen some even more sexually explicit songs do well for me. People have been spared of "Cumshot" in this broadcast but "Disco Tits" is here for you all to listen to. With a title inspired by Tove Lo and other female musicians' flashing of their tits while performing live, this is quite the look into what Tove Lo loves sexually. I do love the detail she goes into here. There's something I love about women expressing what they love sexually in a way that is focused on them and what they want, rather than being about what a man wants from them. I didn't expect to love this as much as I do but I can't deny it's been one of my favourite tunes of 2017.
♪♫ We can get heavy on it all night, all night, all night ♪♫
Oh Wonder are a pop duo I had no idea about until 2017. They certainly captured my attention this year. First with the track "Ultralife", sharing the name of the album. "Heavy" was where it was really at though. Even for 2017's standards it was a very slow climber up my chart, first reaching its #1 peak on the 19th August, its 13th week in my chart. I do love how the female vocals are the most prominent, but yet there's still that dual vocal aspect to it. Not to mention how catchy it is and how beautiful the production sounds. Its ascent to #1 came at a time when things were beginning to ramp up in my love life, and it still has a strong connection to that time of my life. This feeling of love is reflected in the lyrical content and I think the combination of both members' vocals only strengthens that. A beautiful piece of alt-pop.
#7 No Other High - Touch Sensitive featuring Electric Fields
♪♫ Oh, I've been wishing for life, for love. No other high. It had to be you ♪♫
The second release from "Visions" was a track that sounded even more catered to my tastes. "Lay Down" was still in the top 3 of my chart when this debuted, but it was quickly overtaken by "No Other High". After about a month or two I ended up liking this one more. The voice of Zaachariaha Fielding, a former contestant on the Australian versions of both X Factor and The Voice, is absolutely delightful here and will take anyone back to the era of classic disco records. His voice goes well with the beautiful lyrical content. It just makes me so happy listening to it and was the soundtrack of happy times during the last five months of 2017.
When I first listened to this I didn't expect to end up liking it more than #62 peaker "Day By Day". Then I said before it went top 10, that I did not expect it to go top 10. Then I said I didn't expect it to do better than #8 peaker "Play Your Part". Then I said I thought it'd end up stuck at #2. But a week at #1 is what it ended up achieving. I perhaps shouldn't be surprised as it sounds exactly like the type of song I'd adore. French filter house production, disco vibes, beautiful female vocals, robot voices and dual vocals. Plus a catchy and simplistic (in a good way) chorus that is so much fun!
♪♫ I don't know what to do. What to say. What to think anymore ♪♫
The long awaited solo track by Wild Eyed Boy was actually pretty amazing. Almost two years after the release of GRMM's "Die Young", was the release of "I Don't Know Anymore". I wasn't sure what to expect but the important thing is that it clicked quickly. And yep - same thoughts as the above lyrics many times during 2017. His voice is still as excellent and emotionally powerful as it was in "Die Young".
♪♫ Ooh, it's the light (it's the light). Oh, that shines (shines) ♪♫
2016 was a big year for Gavin on my chart. A #1 hit that spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart and another song that made my End of Year top 10 is nothing to scoff at. 2017 has arguably been a bigger year. Gavin's "Good Look For You EP", which featured said massive #1 hit on The Line, alongside four other tracks, was released in mid-February. "Good Look For You" and "The Distance" had already been released. But what of the two previously unreleased tracks? My life would be pretty empty if I'd never listened to those.
"It's The Light" is not as good as "My Delight", but it's full of its own delight. It's a far more mellow effort, kind of like a thoughtful reflection on a life situation compared to the joyous and crazily fun "My Delight". The yin and yang I guess you could describe it as. Gavin's more restrained vocals here, for most of the track at least, are well suited to a slow and steady disco beat. The lyric "I suppose what makes me comfortable, isn't always right" has always stuck out to me, and seems even more important to me at the time of writing. The slight change in each of the choruses, with Gavin first talking about 'you', and then in the second chorus talking about herself with the same lyrical content makes for a good contrast. It's interesting though that around the 3:45 mark is where things really go up a level for me. Gavin's vocals being filtered through a vocoder works better than I expected, and I like that her vocal becomes less restrained towards the end. It's very satisfying and I always look forward to reaching that part.
♪♫ So many changes. Fucking changes. I'm going crazy oh whoa oh ♪♫
2017 was the year of changes for me. The one for lots of new discoveries. I could easily rattle off a lot of them. KLP's Changes was the soundtrack for a significant portion of 2017. The night I first heard it was the night I broke up with an ex, around the time when I was getting excited to make the change of moving to Hobart. It got to #1 on my chart in the first week in Hobart, where I had to make a lot of adult decisions, many for the first time. There was also the second week of being in Hobart, where I heard this song live and got to meet KLP and get a photo with her. The first famous musician I've had the honour of meeting. Within the next month of it still being at #1 on my chart, I went through many other changes. Most of those good. The changes kept on coming and sometimes they make me crazy. It's easy to wonder what you've done to have it all lumped on you. But now that I've reflected on 2017 I can say it was a good year for me personally. This song is just such a banger and always makes me happy.
♪♫ I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it ♪♫
After two months of working at the strawberry farm, it was my second day of working 10 hours there. These hours were killing me, and eventually became literally seizure inducing. It was a rough day, I was struggling to keep up with anyone else and the uncertainty as to how long I was required to stay at work for each day made me (and my parents) furious. The constant threat of being fired didn't help either.
This song was released that day, and I didn't get to hear it until about 17:20 on that Friday afternoon. While sitting by the tree at the end of the driveway waiting for my parents to show up, I went onto Spotify and gave this a listen. I was blown away, it was as good as I was hoping for. It lifted my spirits. It helped me to continue resisting the awful conditions I was under at that job and made me feel stronger. It was the best moment of that day and nothing else would compare at all.
It was a special moment for me, but perhaps the most special thing is how amazing this track is. I've loved it every moment I've heard it, every time. It never gets old. It's Lorde at her best, telling deeply personal lyrics while reflecting on what it's like to be young and developing as a person through different life experiences. In this case a song about being cheated on and dealing with the repercussions of that. In this it shows her experience of developing as a singer and lyricist. And subsequently developing as a person as a result of these situations. While I'm not a musician myself, I can certainly appreciate her putting her emotions into the form of a song and continuing to be someone my age I admire.
♪♫ It's my delight, to make you feel alright. It's my delight, to make you move tonight ♪♫
"My Delight" is a display of what I love best about Gavin Turek. A lively vocal performance, with a lot of variation. I do love how her voice changes with each section of the song, she knows how to use and manipulate her voice in the best way. Her voice in particular is a delight during the chorus. Take note of the "ooaw" and other vocals in the background that are present throughout and easy to miss. They only add to the passion. The bridge helps wrap up the song well. It may only be just over three minutes long but the song feels like so much more than that to me. There's so much joy packed in this one piece of music and it makes me so happy.
Thanks everyone who tuned in or just followed along in chat or in this thread. I loved making this list of my favourite songs of 2017 and I'm glad others enjoyed the reveal of it. I'll be posting some more EOY stuff later on at some point so stay tuned
And here's some albums/EPs that I enjoyed most in 2017:
Backwater - Kllo Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 - Calvin Harris Good Look For You EP - Gavin Turek Lover - George Maple Low Blows - Meg Mac Melodrama - Lorde The Kite String Tangle - The Kite String Tangle Visions - Touch Sensitive
not sure if I've missed any, I might update this post if I realise I have