I’ve been putting off making this list for a few weeks now because there’s so much good new music from 2017 that I didn’t know where to begin. There were some amazing singles as well as full albums.
Check out the list below, in no particular order:
(You can listen to my Top Music Picks of 2017 Spotify Playlist too!)
Top Ten Songs of 2017
- Arcade Fire, Everything Now
- Cage the Elephant, Whole Wide World
- The Pains at Being Pure at Heart, My Only
- Dan Auerbach, Shine On Me
- Broken Social Scene, Halfway Home
- Manchester Orchestra, The Gold
- Beck, Colors
- War on Drugs, Holding On
- Belle & Sebastian, We Were Beautiful
- Harry Styles, Sign of the Times
Top Six Albums of 2017
1. St. Vincent, MASSEDUCATION
I was disappointed to miss her two nights at Kings Theater earlier this month but I was thrilled to get a snippet of her energy and badassness at The Daily Show.
2. Jaws of Love, Tasha Sits Close to the Piano
This is Kelcey Ayer from Local Natives side project. He played a gig at The Park Church Co-Op on Friday night. There were less than 200 people there sitting in pews. It was magical. After the show, Kelcey hung around the audience. I approached him, told him I loved him (no, I didn’t tell him ‘he’s my biggest fan’) and got him to sign the album I purchased. He’s dreamy.
3. The National, Sleep Well Beast
I was looking forward to seeing them for months and finally in October we trapsed to Forest Hills to see them. When Matt Berninger came into the audience during Terrible Love, I ran towards him and held onto him for a good .30 seconds. I wouldn’t let go whether he dragged me through the crowd or not. It was all I could have asked for. Afterwards, a random guy came from backstage and handed me the setlist. It was a perfect night.
4. Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Lotta Sea Lice
These two are made for each other. What more could you want when their names are Kurt & Courtney? Saw them at The Beacon in November — they put a constant smile on my face.
5. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, James McAlister, Planetarium
In June, the Lower Eastside Girls Club held a listening party of this album along with images in their planetarium.
6. Grizzly Bear, Painted Ruins
Stupidly missed them on this tour; this album is so good though.