60. Cross My Mind by A R I Z O N A ft. Kiiara
A R I Z O N A has managed to blend electronic music with a classic band setting, and none of their songs show their distinct sound more than Cross My Mind. Kiiara is a perfect compliment to Zach Hannah’s vocals.
59. Win by Tee Grizzley
Tee Grizzley and Helluva Beats go better together than orange juice and champagne. Tee goes absurd over the intense beat, matching his violent lyrics. It’s one of the few songs that Tee has out there with an actual hook, and it works so well.
58. Closer by POWERS
POWERS is another duo that has had a breakout 2017. Closer is a modern take on an acoustic singer-songwriter classic, but the upbeat nature of the song makes it great to listen to. No matter when you listen, you’ll be thinking of warm weather.
57. Dancing With Our Hands Tied by Taylor Swift
So I talked about Taylor’s album earlier with …Ready For It?, but this is the song that steals the show on Reputation. While it’s not her big hit yet, she’s waiting to make this song blow up everywhere. Everyone in the industry has been waiting for Taylor to make her dance music debut, and this is a banger.
56. More Than You Know by Axwell /\ Ingrosso
It seemed like this song was played everywhere this summer. The chorus was stuck in everyone’s head with everyone singing Bam Ba Da Da Da Da…. The former Swedish House Mafia members crush this one, which is why it was one of the top hits of the year.
55. It’s A Vibe by 2 Chainz ft. Trey Songz, Jhene Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign
Pretty Girls Love Trap Music was one of the best albums released this year, with bangers front to back. Trey Songz’s verse sets Chainz up for one of his best verses he’s ever dropped, lacking his classic metaphors but delivering in overall flow.
54. You Might by Curtis Alto ft. Julia Anrather
And the vocal chop of the year goes to…
53. Hearts Don’t Break Around Here by Ed Sheeran
Sheeran’s Divide was another top album of 2017, and this song in particular stands out. His lyrics are always exceptional, but his imagery on this track bring you right to his situation.
52. Strangers by Halsey ft. Lauren Jauregui
When you bring two of the most powerful female vocalists in the same song, it just works no matter the song. Lucky for us, it’s an excellent song with Halsey and the breakout member of Fifth Harmony’s vocals blending perfectly, almost reminiscent of the Miley Cyrus Ariana Grande collab.
51. Slow It Down by Kim Petras
Kim Petras was another breakout star of 2017, partnering all of her music with Spotify to get prime placement on playlists. Fortunately, her music deserves to be on any/all playlists she is on. Petras reminds me of when Katy Perry first came onto the scene, and will look to be following in the megastar’s footsteps.
50. Show You Love by Kato & Sigala ft. Hailee Steinfeld
Banger Banger Banger. If you haven’t heard this track, do yourself a favor and listen because it is certainly one of the top dance tracks of the year.
49. Rewind by Louis Futon ft. Ashe & Armani White
Louis Futon has been flipping plenty of top songs for a while now, but it’s time his solo career takes off. With a trumpet stealing the show in this track, Ashe and White also deliver solid verses.
48. Sky Walker by Miguel ft. Travis Scott
The R&B crooner made his return to the music scene this fall with Travis Scott, and he picked up right where he left off with Face The Sun. Surprisingly, Travis Scott steals the show here showing his singing voice and almost (key word is almost) giving Miguel a run for his money.
47. Falls by Odesza ft. Sasha Sloan
Odesza has just gotten to the point where no matter what they release it’s going to be of the highest quality. This track with Sasha (as talked about earlier in the countdown) shows their incredible use of percussion coupled with a vibrant build with a string section in the background.
46. Over & Under by Party Pupils
Let’s get funky now. The funkiest duo in music burst onto the scene with reworking the timeless Ms. Jackson and Pony, but their original songs have been just as groovy. Check out our interview with the duo here to fully understand how cool these guys are!
45. Ric Flair Drip by Offset & Metro Boomin
It’s quite incredible how all three of the Migos are developing excellent solo careers, and this song in particular is Offset’s coming out party. Not usually tasked with doing hooks, Offset got “Rick Flair Drip go WOO on a bitch” stuck in all of our heads, showing his growth as an artist.
44. Get Some by Ghosted ft. Kamille
This song dominated the viral charts this year, with one of the more memorable drops, mirroring the melody of the track. This has been Ghosted’s only release, so stay tuned to see what comes from them next.
43. Have You Ever Been In Love by The Ivy
It seems like bands are following The 1975’s retro path to success, but very few of them work. The Ivy does an excellent job with their various synths and the instrumental breaks are so reminiscent of the 80’s I feel like I’m watching Stranger Things.
42. Sign by VHS Collection
The indie group from Brooklyn continues to put out awesome music. This song is definitely one of their more out-there tracks, but it works so well. Heavy echo and reverb are needed for this, but as the song grows the intensity builds as well.
41. Killed Before by Young Thug
When Future and Thug surprised everyone by dropping a joint tape this fall, I don’t think anyone would have seen the top track was just a solo track with Thug and a guitar. Thug as at an all time peak as his falsetto can’t get much higher. Thug is the definition of a modern rapper: being able to mumble with the best of them, sing with the best of them, and write with the best of them.
Come back tomorrow for the next part of the countdown!