ARTISTdirect's Top Ten Songs Of 2017
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- Genre : Latin
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Thu, 21 Dec 2017
The advent of streaming platforms has made 2017's musical world a place where all the sounds and all the ages of popular music coexist, co-mingle and evolve. The ARTISTdirect picks for top ten songs showcase selects fruits of the latest evolution of what is known as pop music, a definition that is being re-written on a weekly basis right now.
From bilingual juggernauts to multi-genre mashups and from rock stars brandishing a pop sheen to pop stars showcasing new tricks, this year has been a truly interesting time to be alive and multitudes of musical platforms an interesting collection of places to be visiting.
But first a warning: These ten tracks are almost impossible to get out of your head once you have hear them, no matter how many (or how few) times you have heard them before. Approaching with caution would be advisable, though approaching with joyous abandon and open ears is much more heartily recommended.
Welcome to the ARTISTdirect Top Ten Songs of 2017.
10. K.Flay — "Black Wave"
Stanford student-turned rapper Kristine Flaherty, professionally known as K.Flay has spent the best part of a decade solidifying her own flow and then diversifying the music that accompanies the words. Here in 2017, she followed a GRAMMY-nominated Top Ten Alternative hit in "Blood In The Cut" with this mood-swinging alternately languid and frenetic effort which matches and mirrors the lyrical content perfectly. Keep this up and there will have to be many follow-ups to Crush Me the charming book she also released in 2017, compiling personal notes from her fans...
9. Queens of the Stone Age — "The Way You Used To Do"
Putting aside the great work Josh Homme does in all his other projects as both a musician and producer, the arrival of new music from his main squeeze Queens of the Stone Age is always much anticipated. His latest return from the solitude of the desert was announced by Homme and his compadres with an infectious, swinging buzzsaw of a track uniting 50's rock and roll with the slick 21st-century sound of producer Mark Ronson. Creating a whole new kind of power pop, the rawness of QOTSA is in no way muted here, but rather amplified into an unstoppable monster of airwaves and speakers everywhere.
The tiger that is Katy Perry can savage an entire room all by herself, so when she teamed up with the equally fierce Ms. Minaj, power was never going to be an issue. Seemingly a part of the ongoing feud with Taylor Swift, that battle is one that continues to be a winner for fans of perfect pop moments. Irresistible bassline meets its slinky counterpart in the vocal delivery of both Katy and Nicki and a few short minutes later, swish, swish, another one in the basket.
7. MISSIO — "Middle Fingers"
Austin-based duo Missio have added a new chapter to the book of youth revolt anthems with "Middle Fingers", an electronic-tinged brooding missive to an unforgiving world. What makes it so good lies in an ability to make music that is negative and joyous at the same time, no mean feat for any musician, let alone relative newcomers to the scene just three years into their career. The plural in the title is all-important: this is not a single outsider raging against the machine, but a collective on a shared mission (the latin version of which serves as the group's name). Viva la revolucion!
6. Alice Merton — "No Roots"