101 songs that prove 2017 wasn’t entirely awful after all

Don’t worry, there’s no Lil Pump/Big Shaq/Katy Perry/Chris & Kem/Ed Sheeran here.

2017 has been quite a year. To celebrate three things – its musical goodness, me finally getting things in order on these pages, and a year of better playlisting that’s allowed me to bring all the best bits together without it taking approximately a million years – here’s a collection of 101 of the best songs it’s spawned. There’ll be many more words, playlists, and things appearing here over the coming months, especially if I can figure out how to make Spotify embeds look as nice on WordPress as they can elsewhere, so do say hello if there’s anything you think I’ve missed.

Mura Masa feat. Charli XCX – ‘1 Night’

Amy Shark – ‘Adore’

Jessie Ware – ‘Alone’

Vulfpeck feat. Charlie Jones – ‘Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh’

Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Baby Luv’

Selena Gomez – ‘Bad Liar’

Will Joseph Cook – ‘Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine)’

Fyfe feat. Kimbra – ‘Belong’

Sofi Tukker feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno – ‘Best Friend’

IDER – ‘Body Love’

WESLEE – ‘Boy Like You’

Confidence Man – ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’

Declan McKenna – ‘Brazil’

George FitzGerald – ‘Burns’

Aminé – ‘Caroline’

Pnau – ‘Chameleon’

ARLE – ‘Close To You’ (Icarus Edit)

CamelPhat & Elderbrook – ‘Cola’

WizKid feat. Drake – ‘Come Closer’

GoldLink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy – ‘Crew’

Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Cut To The Feeling’

Loyle Carner feat. Tom Misch – ‘Damselfly’

Isaac Gracie – ‘The Death Of You & I’

Sylvan Esso – ‘Die Young’

Tove Lo – ‘Disco Tits’


Rae Morris – ‘Do It’

Wolf Alice – ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’

Sigrid – ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’

Bleachers – ‘Don’t Take The Money’

LANY – ‘Dumb Stuff’

Fort Romeau – ‘Emu II’

Ruthven – ‘Evil’

Portugal. The Man – ‘Feel It Still’

Mabel feat. Kojo Funds – ‘Finders Keepers’

Fieh – ‘Glu’

Jerry Williams – ‘Grab Life’

Mr Jukes feat. Charles Bradley – ‘Grant Green’

Lorde – ‘Green Light’

Mollie King – ‘Hair Down’

Sälen – ‘Heartbreak Diet’

Lorde feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA – ‘Homemade Dynamite’ (Remix)

The Magic Gang – ‘How Can I Compete’

alt-J – ‘In Cold Blood’

Jaded – ‘In The Morning’

RAC feat. Rivers Cuomo – ‘I Still Wanna Know’

HONNE – ‘Just Dance’

Bonobo – ‘Kerala’

Childcare – ‘Kiss?’

Harry Styles – ‘Kiwi’

George Maple – ‘Kryptonite’

ODESZA – ‘Late Night’

Tove Styrke – ‘Liability’ (Demo)

Knox Fortune – ‘Lil Thing’

Lane 8 – ‘Little Voices’

Kelela – ‘LMK’

Khalid – ‘Location’

Amber Mark – ‘Lose My Cool’

Whethan feat. Charli XCX – ‘Love Gang’

Cashmere Cat feat. Camila Cabello – ‘Love Incredible’

Rex Orange County feat. Benny Sings – ‘Loving Is Easy’

NVOY – ‘Make You Mine’

Tom Misch – ‘Movie’

St. Vincent – ‘New York’

Sampha – ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’

Touch Sensitive feat. Electric Fields – ‘No Other High’

NAO – ‘Nostalgia’

Lido feat. THEY. – ‘Not Enough’

Hayden James feat. GRAACE – ‘NUMB’

LCD Soundsystem – ‘oh baby’

Jorja Smith & Preditah – ‘On My Mind’

Wayward – ‘Orissa’

Blaenavon – ‘Orthodox Man’

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – ‘Over Everything’

Parcels – ‘Overnight’

Petit Biscuit feat. Lido – ‘Problems’

Day Wave – ‘Promises’

Rejjie Snow feat. Joey Bada$$ & Jesse Boykins III – ‘Purple Tuesday’

Charli XCX – ‘Roll With Me’

The xx – ‘Seasons Run’

Off Bloom – ‘Shut Up And Let Me Walk’

The Rhythm Method – ‘Something For The Weekend’

Wild Front – ‘Southside’

The Amazons – ‘Stay With Me’

Flight Facilities feat. Broods, Reggie Watts & Saro – ‘Stranded’

KWAYE – ‘Sweetest Life’

Suzi Wu – ‘Taken Care Of’

Dua Lipa & Gallant – ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’

Pale Waves – ‘There’s A Honey’

Drones Club – ‘This House’

Shy Luv – ‘Time’

LOYAL – ‘Tower Over All’

Becky Hill – ‘Unpredictable’

Beck – ‘Up All Night’

Kllo – ‘Virtue’

HAIM – ‘Want You Back’

Billie Eilish – ‘watch’

Tourist feat. Ardyn – ‘We Stayed Up All Night’

Jens Lekman – ‘What’s That Perfume That You Wear?’

Wolf Alice – ‘Yuk Foo’

Author: Xavier Voigt-Hill

I write words. Sometimes say them on the radio too.