Listed in no particular order, except for number one, here are 15 Best Songs of 2017. which song do you think should be on the list?
1. “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
There is no one on the planet who feels lukewarm about this song — you either hate it or you’re incapable of playing it any less than six times a day. Whether you were on board from day one or came around once Justin Bieber got involved, there’s no question that “Despacito” was the song of the year.
2. “Love,” Lana Del Rey
If you’re not into Lana’s particular brand of Instagram-filtered nostalgia, then I’m sorry your life is so joyless, but if you are, “Love” is everything you’ve ever wanted from your queen. It’s somehow more cinematic than even her most cinematic songs, and comes with a music video where people go to space or something? Also, she traded her flower crown for loose daisies strewn all over her head, and it was flawless.
3. “Green Light,” Lorde
Lorde has said that “Green Light” is about her “first major heartbreak,” a fact that’s clear in lyrics like, “She thinks you love the beach, you’re such a damn liar.” She must have written this after the wallowing period was over, though, because “Green Light” is almost impossible to listen to without dancing in your seat.
This gorgeous baroque-pop gem perfectly captures the feeling of being in love, but also touches on what happens when that love isn’t universally accepted. “There are still a lot of really horrible things going on right now,” said Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas. “So there’s a joy to this song, but it’s a protest too.”
5. “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B
Christian Louboutin may as well change their brand name to Bloody Shoes because no one’s ever going to think of them as anything else again.
6. “Shakedown,” Valerie June
A lot of Valerie June’s best songs are plaintive ballads about love and loss, but “Shakedown” is all party — the bluesiest, hand-clapping-est party you’ve ever attended.
7. “Show You the Way,” Thundercat feat. Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald
This genius collaboration between Thundercat and yacht rock legends Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald is almost too smooth to be believed. By the time Thundercat introduces Kenny with the line, “Tell ’em how you feel, Kenny,” you’ll think you’ve taken a time machine back to the most chill 1970s boat party you can imagine.
8. “New York,” St. Vincent
St. Vincent is known for pushing the boundaries of what a guitar can do, but “New York” is a plaintive, pared-down piano ballad that’s the perfect blend of melancholy and sass.
After a very long and very public legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha returned with this gorgeous, cathartic ballad about gaining strength from the darker moments in life. It’s one of many great songs on her latest album Rainbow, and finds her stretching her vocals to new and impressive heights.
10. “Young Dumb & Broke,” Khalid
Of the many extremely catchy songs on Khalid’s delightful debut album American Teen, “Young Dumb & Broke” is the one most likely to get stuck in your head three or four times a day.
11. “Malibu,” Miley Cyrus
After dabbling in glitter and psychedelia on Dead Petz, Miley returned to her country roots with this adorable love song that’s almost definitely about Liam Hemsworth. The song’s only flaw is that the music video features just one of her dogs instead of all of them.
12. “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar
You’ll never hear the phrase “sit down” the same way again.
13. “Passionfruit,” Drake
Drake called his 2017 release More Life a playlist instead of an album, which, fine, whatever, but at least it produced “Passionfruit,” a song so annoyingly catchy that you almost hate it but just can’t because it’s so freaking smooth.
Please let 2018 bring more incidences of Rihanna rapping.
15. “Friends,” Justin Bieber and BloodPop
After teaming up with Justin for the Purpose hits “Sorry” and “I’ll Show You,” producer BloodPop reunited with Mr. Bieber for this bouncy song about staying friends with an ex. (It’s even more meta now that Jelena is a thing again.)