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The Best Songs of 2017, Ranked: Part 1
2017 was by all accounts, a very strange year. But at least the music was great. Here are 25 of the best tracks of the year (beginning with #25 - #21). No, Taylor Swift will not be on here. You're welcome.
25. Auður - "I'd Love"
Auður is the most obscure artist on this list, but I can’t ignore the compelling force of this particular slab of Icelandic R&B. Yeah, you read that right, and while it sounds a little hard to imagine, once the sleek and lurching composition of “I’d Love” starts to pick up and the Spanish twinge of the track’s acoustic guitar unravels itself, you’ll be hard-pressed not to admit: “I’d Love” is one of the sexiest singles of the year.
24. Paramore - "Fake Happy"
After Laughter, Paramore’s 2017 album effort, has some of the best pop hooks written this year that I wouldn’t even fault you for glossing over the actually very heavy and prevalent themes of sorrow and heartbreak that run through it. “Fake Happy” is at the center of it all, and its infectious melody accompanied with Hayley’s dripping heart on her sleeve paints a universal experience of smiling through your tears.
23. Tyler, The Creator - "Who Dat Boy"
While most of Tyler’s Flower Boy LP plays out like a hazy daydream, “Who Dat Boy” is a terrifying, bass-induced nightmare in Tyler’s familiar and often unnerving soundscape. Oh yeah, and the video is also frightening. But don’t let that stop you from bumping the volume when this is playing. 'Cause it BANGS.
22. Feist - "Pleasure"
The always versatile and never stagnant Feist made a comeback this year, and her offering this round was a lo-fi punk rock track. Surprising? A little, especially when the guitar starts to rip through the song like we’re back in 1992 when grunge was alive and kicking. But “Pleasure” still holds a serene, significant air to it that only Feist is capable of managing. Bye bye, the “1234” Feist we all knew. I’m liking this stripped down and metallic version, to be honest.
21. Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow"
The first of many tracks on this list that spread like wildfire this year, “Bodak Yellow”’s sinister beat and aggressive rapping catapulted Cardi B to fame and helped her single-handedly conquer 2017. I’ll go ahead and say it: “Bodak Yellow” is this year’s feminist anthem, and if you don’t believe me, check your socials. Let the endless videos, snaps, and Instagram photos accompanied with caption/lyric “I make money moves,” be proof that Cardi B’s entertaining but visceral confidence deeply resonated with my generation.
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