Can you believe we’re at the halfway point of 2017 already? Yes, we’re now moving into the second half of the year which of course means the return of X-Factor, my birthday, Halloween and Christmas! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we still have Summer to get through. And as is tradition, since we’re at the half way point of 2017, it’s time for my annual roundup of the best songs of 2017.
01. Azin – I Still
I was introduced to Azin and her debut album ‘Developpé’ back in 2015 and to this day, it is still one of my favourite albums ever. As an indie artist on a small label, I was worried that I would never get new music from Azin but lo and behold, she’s on a new label and with a new single in tow. ‘I Still’ continues the sound from her incredible debut album which can only be described as euphoric pop. There is just something about Azin’s voice that I just find so incredibly soothing and it’s completely at one with the production. I’m praying that this is leading to a full album as Azin is just incredible.
02. Twice – Knock Knock
Part of me wants to hate Twice because they are a threat to my beloved Girls’ Generations crown and for the most part, I’m not a fan of their music. But ‘Knock Knock’, the single from their repackaged album ‘Twicecoaster: Lane 2’ is a certified bop. As soon as I heard a clip of the instrumental, I knew I was going to love this. It’s totally my type of pop – catchy and fun. I also really like the video and the dance routine.
03. Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
It’s testament to Carly Rae Jepsen’s brilliance that leftover tracks that were deemed ‘not good enough’ for her album (or the B-Sides album that followed) are still A-Class pop songs. ‘Cut To The Feeling’ is a pure pop anthem that packs an absolute punch with that chorus. It’s honestly so infuriating that the general public continues to ignore her.
04. Taeyeon – Make Me Love You
SM’s golden girl Taeyeon finally released her first full length album earlier this year titled ‘My Voice’. And while the lead single ‘Fine’ didn’t quite click with me, the repackage single ‘Make Me Love You’ more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of the Ellie Goulding track ‘Love Me Like You Do’ then you’ll love this as it’s in the same lane. Taeyeon sounds gorgeous on this track especially on the middle eight and when she gets to let loose on those final choruses.
05. Benjamin Ingrosso – Good Lovin
I first heard this song when my friends and I watched the Melodifestivalen final – the show where Sweden votes for their Eurovision entry that year. I remember cackling with my friend Stephen at how cheesy the performance was but you know what, the song clicked with me right away. It was that infectious. I really wish it had won the vote over Robin Bengtsson’s entry. It’s a great slice of sophisticated electro pop with a voice like Shawn Mendes. And Benjamin is a bit of a babe too.
06. Loreen – Statements
After her iconic win at Eurovision back in 2012, Loreen decided that 2017 was the year to take Eurovision on again with ‘Statements’. Sadly, it didn’t work out with Loreen not even making the final in Melodifestivalen which is honestly the biggest pop crime of the year. Statements is an incredibly powerful song with Loreen’s absolutely flawless vocals and stunning storytelling. If this had been recorded by someone like Beyoncé then everyone would be all over this song. Just saying.
07. Amy Macdonald – Dream On
I never thought a new album from Amy Macdonald would be exactly what I needed in 2017. I first heard this when Amy performed it on BBC One Scotland for Hogmanay and I was immediately captivating by it’s stunning melody. ‘Dream On’ has such a gorgeous melody and the production really compliments it.
08. RuPaul – American
After the rather disappointing ‘Remember Me’ album, I was concerned that RuPaul had lost her edge. Thankfully, I was wrong and RuPaul’s latest album ‘American’ is just as brilliant as the rest. Title track and lead single ‘American’ is the perfect representation of the album – high energy dance pop. It’s great fun to listen to in the car.
09. Steps – Scared of the Dark
After their successful reunion tour, I honestly didn’t expect to hear from Steps again let alone a brand new studio album. ‘Scared Of The Dark’ turned out to be so much more than I expected it to be. It takes all the elements that made Steps so great twenty years ago but gives it a 2017 update. I love the orchestra in the production, the harmonies in the chorus and the vocals being split predominately between Claire, Lisa and Faye. I just wish I was going to their tour.
10. Seohyun – Don’t Say No
The third member of the legendary Girls’ Generation to go solo, Seohyun took inspiration from American artists such as Ariana Grande for her debut EP ‘Don’t Say No’. The lead single and title track is a slice of glitzy early noughties inspired R&B pop. I always feel like Seohyun’s voice is underrated so I’m glad she really gets to show it off on this track.