As we come to the end of another year, I always like to take some time and reflect on the past 12 months. 2017 has certainly been a great year for pop music with several of my favourite artists making comebacks with incredible new material. It has however made this best songs post incredibly difficult to compile. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to these songs over and over while juggling around the ordering. It’s good though when you have so much incredible music to listen to. So here it is – the best 17 songs of 2017.
17. Steps – Scared of the Dark
Can you believe that Steps have just toured and I didn’t go?! Raging! It’s still amazing to think that Steps are back with brand new music and not only did it sell really well, it was also really good. ‘Scared of the Dark’ still remains the stand out track for me – I love that the verses are slower and then the energy is notched up to eleven for the chorus. It’s great to have them back.
16. Benjamin Ingross – Good Lovin’
I was introduced to Benjamin Ingrosso through the Melodifestivalen competition which is where Sweden picks it’s Eurovision entry. At the time of the show, I was team Loreen but this track from Benjamin quickly became my favourite. I love the production and tone of Benjamin’s voice. He’s also a bit of a babe so that’s a plus too.
15. Michelle Branch – Last Night
After years in pop prison, Michelle Branch finally managed to get a new album out and let me tell you, it was worth the wait. ‘Last Night’ is the standout track on the album for me. Written with longtime collaborator John Shanks, it’s probably the closest track to her original sound while managing to sound current. I love the tone of Michelle’s voice and the gritty guitars on the chorus.
14. Nadine – Go To Work
After the commercial failure of her debut album ‘Insatiable’, I didn’t expect to get anymore music from the voice of Girls Aloud, Nadine Coyle. And yet here we are, in 2017 with a fantastic new single. Written and produced by the same team behind Girls’ Aloud’s biggest hits, ‘Go To Work’ is a really fun summery song that sounds very much like what Girls Aloud would be releasing if they were still around. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many singles from Nadine.
13. Taemin – Move
I’m still getting into my boybands in the world of K-Pop and working out who is who. With SHINee now seemingly on hiatus, it’s up to the members to give me my fix with their solo material. And Taemin certainly delivered with this incredibly sexy slice of electro pop. It’s so incredibly well produced, everything about it is sooo slick and sexy. I could totally see Justin Timberlake releasing this.
12. Kelly Clarkson – Move You
I have been a massive fan of Kelly Clarkson since the days of American Idol and Miss Independent. And to this day, she still wows me with her voice. While I’m not that into her latest album, ‘Move You’ is simply stunning. Kelly has honestly never sounded better, you can really feel the emotion in her voice in this song. Gives me goosebumps every time.
11. Red Velvet – Peek-A-Boo
The lead single from their most recent album, ‘Peek-a-boo’ is the groups best single this year by far. I love that each member gets their own moment to shine vocally. The chorus is a lot of fun with the post chorus really selling the song to me. I also absolutely love the visuals for this song – the video is really fun and they all look great. I hope to see more concepts like this from them in 2018.
10. Twice – Knock Knock
Twice have without a doubt become the biggest girl group in Korea this year. I never saw the fuss in them at all until this song came along. I remember hearing a clip of just the instrumental and I knew right away that I would love it. It’s incredibly infectious pop with a killer hook in that chorus. How can you not love it?!
09. Red Velvet – Look
From their 2nd full length album ‘Perfect Velvet’, ‘Look’ shows a mature side to Red Velvet. This is sultry 80’s inspired electro pop which is a genre which you don’t see a lot of now. What I love most about this song is the production. All those synths just really grab my attention and when you add in the gorgeous high vocals, particularly from Seulgi and Wendy – I’m in heaven.
08. EXO – Power
EXO are one of those bands that when they get it right, I absolutely love them. But when they get it wrong, I really don’t like it. It’s definitely the former with their current single ‘Power’ – a slice of high octane pop. It’s pretty simplistic in terms of arrangement and production but who says pop has to be anything other than fun right?! Plus they are babes.
07. Taeyeon – Curtain Call
The closing track to the deluxe version of ‘My Voice’, I have spent most of 2017 obsessed with this song. Every time it comes on, I turn it up and sing along. From the gorgeous production to Taeyeon’s incredible voice – there’s nothing to dislike about this song. I love some MOR guitar pop and this ticks all the boxes for me. That final 30 seconds at the end? Stunning. Makes me put the song on loop for hours.
06. MAMAMOO – Yes I Am
MAMAMOO are one of those groups that I’ve heard of but never looked into. There are so many K-Pop groups on the go that it’s incredibly difficult to follow everyone. But when I heard ‘Yes I Am’, I instantly became a fan. It’s the bridge and chorus that does it for me. Incredibly infectious, I love that constantly jumps from talking to singing throughout. A group I will certainly be keeping an eye on in 2018.
05. Red Velvet – I Just
It’s amazing how a song can grow on you. Initially when I heard ‘I Just’ from Red Velvet’s most recent album, I liked it but felt there were stronger tracks. It’s now my absolute favourite track of theirs this year. Showcasing a more hard hitting R&B sound, ‘I Just’ is all about the vocals and my girls sound sublime. Whether it’s Wendy’s silky smooth vocals on the bridge or the harmonies in the chorus, this is girl group perfection. This is why I stan girl groups.
04. Girls’ Generation – Holiday
The most anticipated comeback of 2017 for me, Girls’ Generation finally come back after a 2 year hiatus. ‘Holiday’ was one of the 2 lead singles from their 6th album ‘Holiday Night’ and even now 6 months on, it’s still fun as ever. This track just exudes positivity and happiness, I honestly don’t know how you can’t smile when listening to this song. This track really shows of the vocal capabilities of my girls, all wrapped in a nice big pop wrapper. Little Mix could never.
03. Aly and AJ – Take Me
After 10 years in pop purgatory, pop duo Aly and AJ finally made a comeback with their new EP ‘Ten Years’. It was preceded by the lead single ‘Take Me’ which was released back in the Summer and it still hasn’t lost it’s shine. The production is just stunning – it gives me serious Carly Rae Jepsen (the queen of pop) vibes. A certified bop. I really (REALLY) hope this is a prelude to a wig snatching album in 2018.
02. Girls’ Generation – All Night
The second lead single from ‘Holiday Night’, ‘All Night’ is what I’d call ‘peak GG’. I was always more of a fan of their more slicker, mature tracks and All Night is the epitome of that. A slice of 80’s inspired disco pop, splashed with gorgeous vocals and visuals. Each member gets a moment to shine and that key change in the final is to die for. If this really is the end of Girls’ Generation as an eight member group then what a way to go out. Incredible.
01. Azin – I Still
There is nothing better in the world than when you fall in love with a song. When you hear those first few notes and you become instantly captivated. ‘I Still’ is not only my song of 2017 but also one of my favourite songs of 2017. Why I love this song so much, I cannot explain. I feel like I am transported out of this world whenever I listen to this, into a world where this song exists. I listen to this song so intensely, focusing on every tiny detail in the production and in Azin’s voice to fully soak up the beauty of this song. I understand that K-Pop isn’t for everyone but this song is just so beautiful that it should breaks those boundaries.
And that’s it folks, my top 17 songs of 2017. Are there any songs here that you love too? Let me know what you think and as always, thanks for reading. Here’s to more incredible music in 2018.