20. Black Spiderman by Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson
Logic finally reached commercial success with 1-800-273-8255, but Black SpiderMan is the crowned jewel on the album. He tackles racial issues on this track as one of the few biracial rappers out there.
19. Blindfolded by Nicole Millar
Is this where pop music is going? The Australian vocalist infuses dance music incredibly well into her style as it doesn’t overpower the track, but still borders on the edge of Skrillex synths.
18. 4AM by 2 Chainz ft. Travis Scott
How does a track get almost 100 million streams yet seem underplayed? Travis’s hook excites with his trademark ad libs; Chainz crushes the verses with his playful style.
17. Flare Guns by Quinn XCII ft. Chelsea Cutler
Take two of the most distinct voices in music today and put them on a duet. Easy recipe for success there, and it works here.
16. MotorSport by Migos ft. Nicki Minaj, Cardi B
It was only a matter of time before the lovebirds Cardi and Offset got on the same track. What we didn’t see coming is the two queens of hip-hop teaming up fairly quickly after Cardi’s ascent.
15. Juice by Chromeo
The funk-lords are at it again with their heavily anticipated release of Juice. There’s so much going on here, but the combination of the hundred synths work so well.
14. The Way Life Goes by Lil Uzi Vert
Uzi’s been known for expressing all of his feelings through music. Sampling on Oh Wonder’s 2015 song, Uzi talks all about his recent breakup. XO Tour Life got the radio play, but this song got people on the Uzi train.
13. Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran
Does any song written this year have better imagery than Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill? When the bridge comes around and he talks about where all his friends are, it represents one of the realest moments in music in 2017.
12. I Don’t Want It At All by Kim Petras
When I first heard this song, it was clear to me that Petras was destined to become a star. Her signing with Spotify all but confirms that Petras is going places in 2018. Her debut track comes across as snobby, but aren’t all pop stars divas?
11. Firefly by Mura Masa ft. NAO
Most of the hits off of Mura Masa’s 2017 album came out in 2016, so we have to acknowledge his top track off the album with rising R&B star NAO. Masa’s sound is different from most in the electronic scene, and if you haven’t gotten around to listening to him… take a flier, you won’t be disappointed.
10. Sunshine by KYLE ft. Miguel
If someone asked me to play a song that embodied Cali, this would be it. The beat that KYLE gets on this track is ridiculous, but Miguel and KYLE work so well. KYLE’s rasp paired with Miguel’s smoothness is so dope.
9. South of the River by Tom Misch
For those of you who don’t know Tom Misch, he’s a DJ that headlines jazz festivals with his own material. Take that sentence in for a second… Misch drops a formulaic dance track, but then goes on a ridiculous keyboard solo, showing how musically talented this guy is.
8. Stargazing by Kygo ft. Justin Jesso
Kygo has released this as an acoustic, an orchestral version, and a couple of remixes. This song has so many routes you can listen to it by. Kygo is slowly releasing songs that all sound the same, but this song does stand on its own.
7. XXX by Kendrick Lamar ft. U2
Hot take: I wasn’t a huge fan of DAMN. Good Kid Maad City might still be my most played album of all time, so it’s not that I don’t like Kendrick, but I just thought most of the tracks sounded the same. However, this track with U2 is crazy. The switchup 2/3 of the way through the song is so dope and reminds me of the Kendrick I fell in love with.
6. Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
If you actually listen to this song without thinking that a former member of One Direction is singing it, this song may have hit #1 on the countdown. The Elton John-esque piano ballad takes us back to classic rock. This isn’t the song of a teen pop star, this is the song of an actual artist.
5. T-Shirt by Migos
The top track off the top rap album of the year needs some recognition. Takeoff’s opening verse is so rhythmic it seems more like percussion than an actual voice. Quavo crushes a verse! (not a hook for once). What a track, what a year for the trio.
4. Problems by Petit Biscuit ft. Lido
And FireTunes presents the Top Electronic Track of 2017 to…. Petit Biscuit. I did not see this album being as full of top material as it is, but this track with Lido is better than a 19 year old should be making. This track is so tight and rhythmically on point, it’s unreal.
3. Feel It Still by Portugal, The Man
And FireTunes presents the Top Rock track of 2017 to…. Portugal, The Man. Every now and then, there’s a track that hits radio and deserves to be overplayed. This is one of those tracks. Hundreds of remixes, millions of radio plays and streams, the song still never gets old. It’s absolutely brilliant for the Alaskan band.
2. Pull Up N Wreck by Big Sean & Metro Boomin ft. 21 Savage
And FireTunes presents the Top Hip-Hop Track of 2017 to…. Big Sean & Metro Boomin. I was so tempted to put this as the top track of 2017 because Big Sean on his game is the best. This was the first time I heard 21 Savage and I didn’t mind his verse, speaking to how talented of a producer Metro Boomin is.
1. Slide by Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos
And the Top Track of 2017 goes to…. Calvin Harris. How could this song not be the top song of the year? It encompasses every genre, while featuring some of the most talented acts in music, all while creating an unheard of sound. How the Grammy’s managed to snub this track drives me crazy. Every time Calvin has dropped an album, it’s been a completely different sound, and he deserves credit for being the true pioneer in both dance and pop music.
We wish all of you a Happy New Year from FireTunes!