2017: The year in singles

Every year I write, “I’ve never written about so many songs!” but this record of the songs I reviewed at The Singles Jukebox, my home for a decade and beyond, speaks for itself.

Next week we return to the grind. Happy new year and thanks for reading.

9

Paramore – Hard Times
Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do

8

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad and Boujee
Cam – Diane
Sun-EL Musician ft. Samthing Soweto – Akanamali
Toni Braxton – Deadwood
Kelela – LMK
Red Velvet – Red Flavor
Lee Ann Womack – All the Trouble
Daley ft. Jill Scott – Until the Pain is Gone
The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds
Charly Bliss – Percolator
Paramore – Told You So
Jay-Z – The Story of O.J
Mondo Grosso – Labyrinth
Future – Mask Off
BGA – Who’s It Gonna Be
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Busta Rhymes – Dis Generation
NCT 127 – Limitless
Maxwell – Gods
Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me A Reason

7

Anderson .Paak – Come Down
Tamar Braxton – My Man
Hyuna – Babe
Migos ft. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B – Motor Sport
Nadia Rose – Big Woman
Pristin – Wee Woo
Kele Okereke ft. Olly Alexander – Grounds for Resentment
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Matter of Time
El Mató a un Policía Motorizado – El Tesoro
Sigrid – Strangers
Meljoann – Personal Assistant
Pale Waves – There’s a Honey
Serebro – Proydet
Haiku Hands – Not About You
Alison Moyet – Reassuring Pinches
Jillian Jacqueline – Reasons
PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
Smiley ft. Juno – Rara
Paramore – Fake Happy
Javiera Mena – Dentro de Ti
Twice – Likey
Tyler, the Creator ft. A$AP Rocky – Who Dat Boy
Romeo Santos – Imitadora
Playboi Carti – Magnolia
Tove Lo – Disco Tits
Putochinomaricón – Gente de Mierda
Thea & The Wild – City of Gold
Taemin – Move
Billie Eilish – Bellyache
Tune-Yards – Look at Your Hands
Malu Trevejo – Luna Llena
Krept & Konan ft. Stormzy – Ask Flipz
Alex Lahey – Every Day’s the Weekend
Midland – Drinkin’ Problem
Seventeen – Don’t Wanna Cry
Clean Bandit & Marina – Disconnect
Mura Masa ft. 67 & Desiigner – All Around the World
BTS – Come Back Home
Shakira ft. Nicky Jam – Perro Fiel
Paloma Faith – Crybaby
Christian Nodal ft. David Bisbal – Probablemente
Jacquees – B.E.D
Calibre 50 – Corrido de Juanito
Nine Inch Nails – Less Than
ONUKA – Vsesvit
Jennifer Lopez ft. Gente de Zona – Ni Tú Ni Yo
St. Vincent – New York
Kesha – Praying
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
MØ – Nights With You
St. Vincent – Los Ageless
Kenny Chesney – All the Pretty Girls
Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don – Instruction
Rita Indiana – El Castigador
Brooke Eden – Act Like You Don’t
Lauren Alaina – Doin’ Fine
Beth Ditto – Fire
Taeyang – Wake Me Up
Te Vaka – Lakalaka
E-Girls – Love ☆ Queen
Erica Campbell – Well Done
J Hus – Spiri
Little Mix ft. Stormzy – Power
G-Dragon – Untitled, 2014
Dan + Shay – How Not To
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses
MHD – Never
Kesha ft. The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
IU ft. G-Dragon – Palette
Rae Sremmurd – Swang
Kevin Ross – Long Song Away
Mon Laferte ft. Juanes – Amárrame
EXID – Night Rather Than Day
Winner – Really Really
Tove Styrke – Say My Name
IU – Jam Jam
Pristin – Wee Woo
Rita Indiana – El Castigador
MHD – Never
Candi Carpenter – Burn the Bed
Miranda Lambert – Tin Man
Prince Royce & Shakira – Deja Vu
Jain – Makeba
Taeyeon – I Got Love
Ariana Grande ft. Future – Everyday
X0809 – Ho
Jesca Hoop – The Lost Sky
Violeta Castillo – Bajo la lluvia
Migos – T-Shirt
Lorde – Green Light
Mary J. Blige – U + Me (Love Lesson)
Jens Lekman – What’s That Perfume That You Wear?
Sơn Tùng M-TP – Lạc Trôi
Juana Molina – Cosoco
Runtown – Mad Over You
RAYE – Shhh
Astrid S – Such a Boy
Wanna One – Energetic
Ghost – Square Hammer
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – No Heart
Sage the Gemini – Now & Later
Prince Royce ft. Gerardo Ortiz – Moneda
Tom Grennan – Something in the Water
AJ Tracey – Buster Cannon
Lana Del Rey – Love
Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – The Fighter
The New Pornographers – High Ticket Attractions
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
M.O ft. Kent Jones – Not in Love
Natalia Lafourcade ft. Los Macorinos – Tú Sí Sabes Quererme
Stormzy – Big for Your Boots (7)
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road
Ray BLK ft. SG Lewis – Chill Out
Laura Marling – Wild Fire
NSG – Eyelashes
GFriend – Fingertip
ionnalee – Samaritan
Romeo Santos – Héroe Favorito
Rae Sremmurd ft. Kodak Black – Real Chill
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
Jax Jones ft. RAYE – You Don’t Know Me
Aimee Mann – Patient Zero
Twice – One More Time
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life
Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot
EXO – Power

6

Lady Antebellum – You Look Good
Ride – Charm Assault
Amber Mark – Heatwave
Jason Derulo – If I’m Lucky
Jorja Smith x Preditah – On My Mind
BTS – DNA
SZA – The Weekend
Kip Moore – More Girls Like You
N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna – Lemon
Kalash ft. Damso – Mwaka Moon
Linkin Park – One More Light
Inna – Gimme Gimme
Alice Merton – No Roots
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – Échame La Culpa
Jennifer Lopez ft. Wisin – Amor, Amor, Amor
Thundercat ft. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show Me the Way
Trippie Redd – Love Scars
Josh Ritter – Showboat
Pinkshinyultrablast – In the Hanging Gardens
Monsta X – Beautiful
Darin – Tvillingen
Mabel Matiz – Ya Bu İşler Ne
Rina Sawayama – Cyber Stockholm Syndrome
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana
Jazmine Sullivan x Bryson Tiller – Insecure
Stormzy ft. Kehlani – Cigarettes & Cush
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
BTS – Spring Day
Halsey – Bad at Love
Shamir – 90’s Kids
The Breeders – Wait in the Car
Shania Twain – Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed
Keith Ape x Ski Mask the Slump God – Achoo!
Davido – If
Rae Sremmurd – Perplexing Pegasus
Hachi ft. Hatsune Miku – Suna no Wakusei
Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
Girls’ Generation – Holiday
Duke Dumont x Gorgon City ft. NAATIONS – Real Life
Ne-Yo – Another Love Song
Sunmi – Gashina
Sam Smith – Too Good at Goodbyes
Tom Misch – South of the River
Taylor Swift – New Year’s Day
Lolita Zero – Get Frighten
Shania Twain – Life’s About to Get Good
Göksel – Tam da Şu An
Camille – Fontaine de lait
Ayo & Teo – Rolex
Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui – Strangers
Poppy – Computer Boy
Julia Michaels – Uh Huh
Charli XCX – Boys
Brockhampton – Heat
Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry
Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane – Fetish
Liz Rose – Swimming Alone
Anitta – Paradinha
Little Big Town – When Someone Stops Loving You
Filthy Friends – The Arrival
Hercules & Love Affair ft. Sharon van Etten – Omnion
Fishbach – Un Autre Que Moi
Luke Combs – When It Rains It Pours
Billy Currington – Do I Make You Wanna
Valerie June – Shakedown
Dua Lipa ft. Miguel – Lost In Your Light
Dierks Bentley – Black
Charisma.com – #hashdark
Lartiste ft. Awa Imani – Chocolat
Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris – Craving You
Darius Rucker – If I Told You
Steps – Scared of the Dark
Gloria Trevi & Alejandra Guzmán – Cuando Un Hombre Te Enamora
Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut to the Feeling
Lethal Bizzle ft. Skepta – I Win
Silent Siren – Fujiyama Disco
Clubz – Popscuro
Japanese Breakfast – Machinist
Triple H – 365 Fresh
Sheryl Crow – Halfway There
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Snoop Dogg – When We Party
Yasutaka Nakata ft. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Crazy Crazy
One OK Rock – We Are
Phoenix – J-Boy
Miley Cyrus – Malibu
Maluma – Felices Los 4
Twice – Signal (6)
The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
Grizzly Bear – Three Rings
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained to the Rhythm
Dirty Projectors – Up in Hudson
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Maggie Rogers – Dog Years
S.E.S. – Paradise
Stokley – Level
Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still
Bomba Estéreo – Duele
Alex Anwandter – Cordillera
The Courtneys – Tour
Maren Morris – I Could Use a Love Song
Feist – Pleasure
Wonder Girls – Draw Me
Rachael Yamagata – Let Me Be Your Girl
Rihanna – Love on the Brain
CupcakKe – LGBT
Kyla La Grange – Justify
Blake Shelton – A Guy With A Girl
Tove Lo – True Disaster
Justin Oh ft. Hyolyn – Jekyll & Hyde
BFlecha – Rutas Circulares
Aymee Nuviola – Rumba de la Buena
Vitaa – Peine & Pitié
Martin Solveig ft. Ina Wroldsen – Places
Mac Miller ft. Ariana Grande – My Favorite Part
Nelly Furtado – Pipe Dreams
Rascal Flatts – Yours If You Want It
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Red Velvet – Rookie
Luke Bryan – Light It Up
Aly & AJ – Take Me
Niki and Gabi – RU
Luke Bryan – Light It Up
Midland – Make a Little
Sofia Carson – Ins and Outs

5

MUNA – I Know a Place
Yaeji – Drink I’m Sippin’ On
Agnez Mo – Long As I Get Paid
Morrissey – Spent the Day in Bed
Gucci Mane ft. Migos – I Get the Bag
Kimbra – Everybody Knows
Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
Big Boi ft. Adam Levine – Mic Jack
TLC feat. Snoop Dogg – Way Back
Katy Perry ft. Migos – Bon Appetit
Becky G – Todo Cambio
The Killers – The Man
Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love
Dawn Richard – Stopwatch
Thomas Rhett – Unforgettable
Major Lazer ft. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar – Sua Cara
Yungen ft. Yxng Bane – Bestie
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Bad Gyal – Jacaranda
Frank Ocean – Chanel
iLoveMakonnen ft. Rae Sremmurd – Love
Megan McKenna – High Heeled Shoes
Beck – Up All Night
Garth Brooks – Ask Me How I Know
Kah-Lo – Fasta
Shekhinah – Suited
SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
Sistar – Lonely Seiko Oomori – Dogma Magma
Gordi – Heaven I Know
Kim Petras – I Don’t Want It at All
Akilah – Black
Joji – Will He
Seyi Shay ft. Eugy & Efosa – Your Matter
Helene Fischer – Achterbahn
Adrenaline Mob – Chasing Dragons
Foo Fighters – Run
Gary Numan – And It All Began With You
Miguel ft. Travis Scott – Sky Walker
Rita Ora – Your Song
U2 – You’re the Best Thing About Me
Lil Peep ft. Lil Tracy – Awful Things
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide
Rombai – Cuando Se Pone a Bailar
Soulwax – Missing Wires
The War on Drugs – Strangest Thing
Mary Lambert – Know Your Name
DAY6 – I Smile
Justin Bieber & Bloodpop – Friends
Björk – The Gate
The National – Day I Die
Christophe Willem – Marlon Brando
Kamaiyah – Build You Up
Bruno Mars – Versace on the Floor
Haloo Helsinki! – Hulluuden Highway
Michael Ray – Think a Little Less
Drake – Passionfruit
Blackpink – As If It’s Your Last
Maggie Lindemann – Pretty Girl
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Speak to a Girl
Hifi Sean ft. Crystal Waters – Testify
DNCE ft. Nicki Minaj – Kissing Strangers
Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – The Fighter
Danny Ocean – Me Rehusó
Syd – All About Me
Depeche Mode – Where’s the Revolution
Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared to Be Lonely
Anne-Marie – Ciao Adios
Marian Hill – Down
Sylvan Esso – Die Young
Old 97’s ft. Brandi Carlile – Good With God
Christian Nodal – Adiós Amor
Maggie Lindemann – Pretty Girl
Slowdive – Star Roving
Goldfrapp – Anymore
Little Big Town – Happy People
Disciples – On My Mind
DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne – I’m the One
Alma – Chasing Highs
Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – In My World
Take That – Giants
K.A.R.D – Don’t Recall
Imelda May ft. Jeff Beck – Black Tears
CLC – Hobgoblin
Lorde – Perfect Places
French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable
Gepe – Hablar de Ti
Amy Shark – Adore
Kyle ft. Lil Yachty – iSpy
Naughty Boy ft. Kyla and Popcaan – Should’ve Been Me (5)
Declan McKenna – Isombard
The Japanese House – Face Like Thunder
Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Harry Styles – Two Ghosts
Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
21 Savage – Bank Account
Florida Georgia Line – Smooth
P!nk – What About Us
Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke
Chano! – Carnavalintro
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
The Weather Station – Kept It All to Myself
A Perfect Circle – The Doomed

4

J. Cole – Deja Vu
Tóc Tiên – Walk Away
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast ft. Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vella Lovell & Gabrielle Ruiz – Let’s Generalize About Men
Justin Moore – Somebody Else Will
Goldfrapp – Moon in Your Mouth
Haim – Want You Back
Planeta No – Maricón Zara
Julien Baker – Appointments
BANKS – Underdog
Yandel ft. Wisin – Como Antes
Niall Horan – Too Much to Ask
LANCO – Greatest Love Story
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – Walk on Water
Selena Gomez x Marshmello – Wolves
Ofenbach vs. Nick Waterhouse – Katchi
Charlie Puth – How Long
Carlos Rivera – Recuérdame
Keith Urban – Female
Nick Jonas – Find You
Not3s – Aladdin
Lindsay Ell – Waiting on You
Steven Wilson ft. Sophie Hunger – Song of I
Why Don’t We – Something Different
Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You
Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – Swalla
Luke Combs – Hurricane
Kelsea Ballerini – Legends
M.I.A. – Finally
Jackson Wang – Papillon
Randy Newman – Putin
Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (
MGMT – Little Dark Age
Kygo & Ellie Goulding – First Time
Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan – There for You
Fleet Foxes – If You Need To, Keep Time On Me
Calogero – Je Joue de la Musique
Clipping. – The Deep
Pabllo Vittar – K.O.
Lana del Rey ft. The Weeknd – Lust for Life
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Hope the High Road
Ofenbach – Be Mine
Fischerspooner – Have Fun Tonight
Olly Murs ft. Louisa Johnson – Unpredictable
Aleksandra Prijović – Testament
Zedd ft. Liam Payne – Get Low
Minzy ft. Flowsik – Ninano
Halsey – Now or Never
Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa – No Lie
Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
Jessie Ware – Midnight
Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna – LOYALTY.
Sigala & Ella Eyre – Came Here for Love
JinSoul – Singing in the Rain
Louis Tomlinson ft. Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals – Back to You
Jessica Mauboy – Fallin’
Sebastián Yatra ft. Wisin & Nacho – Alguien Robó
Juanes – Hermosa Ingrata
Russ – Losin’ Control
Chris Stapleton – Either Way
Papa Roach – Help
Animal Collective – Kinda Bonkers KT Tunstall – It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am
Niall Horan – Slow Hands
Wizkid ft. Drake – Come Closer
Francis & the Lights ft. Chance the Rapper – May I Have This Dance
Tee Grizzley – First Day Out
The Amazons – Little Something
Hey Violet – Guys My Age
Krewella – Team
The Black Madonna – He is the Voice I Hear
Blondie – Fun
Auli’i Cravalho – How Far I’ll Go
Perfume Genius – Slip Away
Reba McEntire – Back to God
Dreamcar – Kill for Candy
Chuck Berry – Big Boys
Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
LCD Soundsystem – call the police
Royal Blood – Lights Out
Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars
Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much
Yelle – Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)
Fitz and the Tantrums – HandClap
The Shins – Name for You
Seohyun – Don’t Say No
Ansel Elgort – Thief
Day6 – I Wait
Broken Social Scene – Halfway Home
Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)

3

Big Bang – Fxxk It
Tove Styrke – Mistakes
Macklemore ft. Kesha – Good Old Days
Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?
Anne-Marie – Heavy
Ty Dolla $ign ft. Lil Wayne & The-Dream – Love U Better
Hardy Caprio ft. One Acen – Unsigned
Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort
Sophie – It’s Okay to Cry
Craig David – Heartline
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar
Maroon 5 ft. SZA – What Lovers Do
Neck Deep – In Bloom
Laurel Halo – Jelly
Bleachers – Hate That You Know Me
Picture This – Addicted to You
Mollie King – Hair Down
Natti Natasha x Ozuna – Criminal
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina – What Ifs
Gorillaz feat. Mavis Staples and Pusha T – Let Me Out
Lady Gaga – The Cure
Balvin ft. Willy William – Mi Gente
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Jake Paul ft. Erika Costell & Uncle Kade – Jerika
Fall Out Boy – Champion
Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels – I Miss You
Yxng Bane – Rihanna
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie ft. Kodak Black – Drowning
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo – Know No Better
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister – Saturn
Calvin Harris ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande – Heatstroke
Kodak Black – Tunnel Vision
Vince Staples – Big Fish
Susanne Sundfør – Undercover
Rudimental ft. James Arthur – Sun Comes Up
Future ft. Nicki Minaj – You Da Baddest
Simone & Simaria ft. Anitta – Loka
Avelino ft. Stormzy & Skepta – Energy
Natasha Bedingfield – Let Go
Beboga – Drama Yori Mo Dramatic
Zac Brown Band – My Old Man
Zak Abel – Unstable
Louisa Johnson – Best Behaviour
Charlie Puth – Attention
Mura Masa & Charli XCX – 1 Night
Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne – No Frauds
The Chainsmokers – Paris
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On
Brett Eldredge – Wanna Be That Song
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Julia Michaels – Issues
Stargate ft. P!nk & Sia – Waterfall
AJR – Weak
Icona Pop – Girls Girls
Martin Jensen – Solo Dance
Brantley Gilbert – The Weekend
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Major Lazer ft. Nicki Minaj & PARTYNEXTDOOR – Run Up
Nils Bech – Glimpse of Hope
Lil Uzi Vert – You Was Right
Gorillaz ft. Benjamin Clementine – Hallelujah Money
Missy Elliott ft. Lamb – I’m Better
Young Fathers ft. Leith Congregational Choir – Only God Knows
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Jhené Aiko – Maniac
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255
Imagine Dragons – Believer
Stormzy ft. MNEK – Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2

2

Jon Bellion – All Time Low
Era Istrefi ft. French Montana – No I Love Yous
Kirin J Callinan ft. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes – Big Enough
Maroon 5 ft. Future – Cold
Jermaine Dolly – Come and Knock On Our Door
Manuel Turizo – Una Lady Como Tú
Nick Jonas ft. Anne-Marie & Mike Posner – Remember I Told You
Indochine – La Vie Est Belle
Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys – God, Your Mama, and Me
Zara Larsson – I Would Like
Thirty Seconds to Mars – Walk on Water
James Hype ft. Kelli-Leigh – More Than Friends
Sabrina Carpenter – Thumbs
Bad Bunny x Prince Royce x J Balvin – Sensualidad
David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne – Light My Body Up
Zayn ft. Partynextdoor – Still Got Time
Leningrad – Ch.P.H. (2)
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything
Zayn ft. Sia – Dusk Till Dawn
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass
Macklemore ft. Skylar Grey – Glorious
Kamaliya – Aphrodite
Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj – Swish Swish
Black M ft. Shakira – Comme Moi
Little Mix ft. Machine Gun Kelly – No More Sad Songs
Wizkid – Daddy Yo
Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
Raye – The Line
Sofi de la Torre – $
Gabrielle Aplin – Miss You
Sechskies – Be Well
Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things
Chris Brown ft. Gucci Mane & Usher – Party
Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito
Tom Zanetti ft. Sadie Ama – You Want Me
Jonas Blue ft. William Singe – Mama
Liam Payne ft. Quavo – Strip That Down
Muse – Dig Down
Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno & Zion and Lennox – Subeme La Radio
Alok & Bruno Martini ft. Zeeba – Hear Me Now
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be

1

Alan Walker – Alone
K’naan ft. Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente – Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
Train – Play That Song
Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls
David Guetta ft. Justin Bieber – 2U
Joakim Lundell ft. Arrhult – All I Need
Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth – Make Me (Cry)
The Script – Rain
Max ft. Gnash – Lights Down Low
Axwell /\ Ingrosso – More Than You Know
Drake – Fake Love
Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass
JP Cooper – September Song
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – Lonely Together
Bebe Rexha ft. Lil Wayne – The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody)
Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato – No Promises
Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay
RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane – Boom Boom
Robin Schulz ft. James Blunt – OK
Blake Shelton – I’ll Name The Dogs
Becky G ft. Bad Bunny – Mayores
Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso ft. Florida Georgia Line & watt – Let Me Go
Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes

0

Bibi H – How It Is (Wap Bap…)
Starley – Call on Me (Ryan Riback remix)
krillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever

Singles 12/15

Russian synth pop, Norwegian melancholo-pop, Thundercat putting — get this — Kenny ‘n’ Michael through the paces as if it were 1979, Frank Ocean, and a misconceived Randy Newman song that sounded worse than it did in August — thus another Amnesty Week, during which we nominated songs we’d missed in 2018, expired.

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Sigrid – Strangers (7)
Meljoann – Personal Assistant (7)
Pale Waves – There’s a Honey (7)
Serebro – Proydet (7)
Haiku Hands – Not About You (7)
Thundercat ft. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show You the Way (6)
Trippie Redd – Love Scars (6)
Josh Ritter – Showboat (5)
Pinkshinyultrablast – In the Hanging Gardens (6)
Monsta X – Beautiful (6)
Bad Gyal – Jacaranda (5)
Frank Ocean – Chanel (5)
Randy Newman – Putin (4)

The best singles of 2017

In a miserable year whose conclusion promises even worse for 2018, I sought pleasure in onomatopoeia, bold colors, and well-wrought angst. Outside adult R&B cirles Sevyn Streeter remains an unknown. This singer-songwriter of exquisite finesse released a disappointing album from which I’ve extracted a single going on four-million-plus YouTube streams, three million of which date from my obsessive listening in September. I’ll have more to say elsewhere.

The notable omission: Paramore’s “Hard Times.” Followers of this blog may understand the omission: I don’t rank songs whose albums appear high on my list; I consider it cheating. Again, I’ll have more to say in due time. Enjoy Cardi B, Playboi Carti, Ibibio Sound Machine, and Red Velvet as much as I have.

1. Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do
2. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
3. Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – wokeuplikethis*
4. Migos ft. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B – Motor Sport
5. Sun-EL Musician ft. Samthing Soweto – Akanamali
6. Toni Braxton – Deadwood
7. Future – Mask Off
8. Red Velvet – Red Flavor
9. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
10. Daley ft. Jill Scott – Until the Pain is Gone
11. Lana Del Rey – Love
12. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life
13. Tee Grizzley – First Day Out
14. Midland – Drinkin’ Problem
15. Charly Bliss – Percolator
16. BGA – Who’s It Gonna Be
17. Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me A Reason
18. Nine Inch Nails – Less Than
19. Selena Gomez – Bad Liar
20. Putochinomaricón – Gente de Mierda
21. Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui – Strangers

Singles 12/8

Her name is Putochinomaricón, the biggest discovery for me in one of the better Reader’s Weeks in recent memory: take a look at those shimmering 7s. I may have underrated Thea & and the Wild and the excellently titled “Every Day’s the Weekend.”

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Putochinomaricón – Gente de Mierda (7)
Thea & The Wild – City of Gold (7)
Taemin – Move (7)
Billie Eilish – Bellyache (7)
Alex Lahey – Every Day’s the Weekend (7)
Darin – Tvillingen (6)
Mabel Matiz – Ya Bu İşler Ne (6)
Rina Sawayama – Cyber Stockholm Syndrome (6)
Kim Petras – I Don’t Want It at All (5)
Clipping. – The Deep (4)
Pabllo Vittar – K.O. (4)
Laurel Halo – Jelly (3)
Bleachers – Hate That You Know Me (3)
Kirin J Callinan ft. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes – Big Enough (2)

Singles 12/1

A large measure of Dolly Parton’s greatness stems from her considerateness — she has written few vituperative songs, and even those are tinged with I-will-always-love-you. She could have written “Diane,” written from the point of view of Jolene’s rival; instead, Cam did, and sings as if she lived it. She learned it from Dolly too.

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Cam – Diane (8)
Paramore – Fake Happy (7)
Javiera Mena – Dentro de Ti (7)
Twice – Likey (7)
Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – Échame La Culpa (6)
Jennifer Lopez ft. Wisin – Amor, Amor, Amor (6)
Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love (5)
Dawn Richard – Stopwatch (5)
Carlos Rivera – Recuérdame (4)
Keith Urban – Female (4)
Bad Bunny x Prince Royce x J Balvin – Sensualidad (2)

Singles 11/24

The week’s biggest singles boasted three superb female rap performances. Long may they, etc.

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Migos ft. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B – Motor Sport (7)
Nadia Rose – Big Woman (7)
SZA – The Weekend (6)
Eminem ft. Beyoncé – Walk on Water (4)
Selena Gomez x Marshmello – Wolves (4)
Ofenbach vs. Nick Waterhouse – Katchi (4)
Stormzy ft. MNEK – Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2 (3)
Ed Sheeran – Perfect (2)
Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be (2)
RedOne, Daddy Yankee, French Montana & Dinah Jane – Boom Boom (1)

Singles 11/17

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Tune-Yards – Look at Your Hands (7)
Malu Trevejo – Luna Llena (7)
Krept & Konan ft. Stormzy – Ask Flipz (7)
Kip Moore – More Girls Like You (6)
N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna – Lemon (6)
Kalash ft. Damso – Mwaka Moon (6)
Joji – Will He (5)
Seyi Shay ft. Eugy & Efosa – Your Matter (5)
Helene Fischer – Achterbahn (5)
Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (4)
MGMT – Little Dark Age (4)
Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels – I Miss You (3)
Yxng Bane – Rihanna (3)
Imagine Dragons – Whatever It Takes (1)

Singles 11/10

How appropriate — the week’s pair of bests are yummy sex jams. The third best is Pitbull’s courtly love number.

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Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – wokeuplikethis* (8)
Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back (6)
Pitbull x Fifth Harmony – Por Favor (6)
Jessie J – Not My Ex (6)
Bolbbalgan4 – Some (6)
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Mad About the Boy (5)
Jessie Ware – Alone (4)
Tears for Fears – I Love You But I’m Lost (3)
Rita Ora – Anywhere (3)
NF – Let You Down (3)
Lil Pump – Gucci Gang (2)
Judah and The Lion – Take It All Back (1)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain (1)

The best singles of 2017, third quarter

It’s too early to place these fifty-plus singles in order, but I can tell you the first fifteen or so are the ones I’m most zealous about.

Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do
Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – wokeuplikethis*
Sun-EL Musician ft. Samthing Soweto – Akanamali
Toni Braxton – Deadwood
Paramore – Hard Times
Future – Mask Off
Red Velvet – Red Flavor
Kesha – Praying
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Daley ft. Jill Scott – Until the Pain is Gone
Lana Del Rey – Love
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life
Playboi Carti – Magnolia
Midland – Drinkin’ Problem
The Mountain Goats – Andrew Eldritch is Moving Back to Leeds
Charly Bliss – Percolator
Mondo Grosso – Labyrinth
BGA – Who’s It Gonna Be
NCT 127 – Limitless
Ibibio Sound Machine – Give Me A Reason
Anderson .Paak – Come Down
Tamar Braxton – My Man
Hyuna – Babe
Kele Okereke ft. Olly Alexander – Grounds for Resentment
PRETTYMUCH – Would You Mind
Smiley ft. Juno – Rara
Tyler, the Creator ft. A$AP Rocky – Who Dat Boy
Romeo Santos – Imitadora
Mura Masa ft. 67 & Desiigner – All Around the World
BTS – Come Back Home
Nine Inch Nails – Less Than
ONUKA – Vsesvit
Jennifer Lopez ft. Gente de Zona – Ni Tú Ni Yo
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
MØ – Nights With You
Kenny Chesney – All the Pretty Girls
Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don – Instruction
Rita Indiana – El Castigador
Brooke Eden – Act Like You Don’t
Lauren Alaina – Doin’ Fine
Beth Ditto – Fire
Taeyang – Wake Me Up
Te Vaka – Lakalaka
J Hus – Spiri
Little Mix ft. Stormzy – Power
G-Dragon – Untitled, 2014
Dan + Shay – How Not To
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses
MHD – Never
Kesha ft. The Dap-Kings Horns – Woman
IU ft. G-Dragon – Palette
Rae Sremmurd – Swang
Kevin Ross – Long Song Away
Mon Laferte ft. Juanes – Amárrame
EXID – Night Rather Than Day
Candi Carpenter – Burn the Bed
Prince Royce & Shakira – Deja Vu
Taeyeon – I Got Love
Ariana Grande ft. Future – Everyday
X0809 – Ho
Jesca Hoop – The Lost Sky
Violeta Castillo – Bajo la lluvia
Lorde – Green Light
Mary J. Blige – U + Me (Love Lesson)
Juana Molina – Cosoco
Runtown – Mad Over You
RAYE – Shhh
Astrid S – Such a Boy
Wanna One – Energetic
Ghost – Square Hammer
21 Savage & Metro Boomin – No Heart
Sage the Gemini – Now & Later
Tom Grennan – Something in the Water
Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – The Fighter
The New Pornographers – High Ticket Attractions
Natalia Lafourcade ft. Los Macorinos – Tú Sí Sabes Quererme
Stormzy – Big for Your Boots
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road
Romeo Santos – Héroe Favorito
Aimee Mann – Patient Zero
EXO – Power

Singles 11/3

The internet monster devoured my Amber Mark post, so I’m posting the blurb-less score. Although not a strong week, it’s worth noting to what degree Arcade Fire and Nick Jonas are recording similarly greasy dance anthems.

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Amber Mark – Heatwave (6)
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break (5)
The Weather Station – Kept It All to Myself (5)
A Perfect Circle – The Doomed (5)
LANCO – Greatest Love Story (4)
Charlie Puth – How Long (4)
Nick Jonas – Find You (4)
Ty Dolla $ign ft. Lil Wayne & The-Dream – Love U Better (3)
Sophie – It’s Okay to Cry (3)
Hardy Caprio ft. One Acen – Unsigned (3)
Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort (3)

Singles 10/27

After a desultory performance at Pitchfork a couple years ago touring behind the anniversary of Last Splash or something, the Breeder return with the sort of comeback single meant to reassure – they can rock, it’s fun, and so on. Shania Twain did the same with “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” one of the few tracks on Now that sounds as committed to aural pleasure as her work even fifteen years ago. The sleeper is McGraw-Hill, which looks like a publishing house but is actually the most consistent brand in modern country.

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Twice – One More Time (7)
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – The Rest of Our Life (7)
Big Shaq – Man’s Not Hot (7)
The Breeders – Wait in the Car (6)
Shania Twain – Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed (6)
Keith Ape x Ski Mask the Slump God – Achoo! (6)
Lizzo – Truth Hurts (5)
Kah-Lo – Fasta (5)
Shekhinah – Suited (5)
Julien Baker – Appointments (4)
BANKS – Underdog (4)
Tove Styrke – Mistakes (3)
Anne-Marie – Heavy (3)
Era Istrefi ft. French Montana – No I Love Yous (2)

Singles 10/20

Jack Antonoff, whose beats powered 1989, does yeoman’s work on St. Vincent’s latest, but I’m not sure he could’ve saved “…Ready for It?” from ignominy. In a week when Sparks and Yaeji strove for aural spritz, I settled for Toni Braxton’s trad, staid “Deadwood,” sung gorgeously — you won’t find a more sumptuous vocal this year.

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Toni Braxton – Deadwood (8)
St. Vincent – Los Ageless (7)
Alice Merton – No Roots (6)
Yaeji – Drink I’m Sippin’ On (5)
Kimbra – Everybody Knows (5)
Sparks – Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) (5)
Midland – Make a Little (4)
Sofia Carson – Ins and Outs (4)
Marcus & Martinus – Make You Believe in Love (3)
Macklemore ft. Kesha – Good Old Days (4)
Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (3)
Rachel Platten – Broken Glass (2)
Max ft. Gnash – Lights Down Low (1)