Best Songs of 2017

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It’s early March, so it must be time for me to post my list of the best singles of the past year!

1. Tove Lo – “Disco Tits” – A woman doesn’t have to be modest to earn respect, and don’t Tove Lo know it.
2. Kesha – “Praying” – The gospel-tinged anthem we all need right now.
3. Lorde – “Green Light” – If you’re looking for euphoria, Lorde has you covered.
4. Jain – “Makeba” – This guaranteed toe-tapper/hip-spinner was technically released in 2016, but while it may have taken off in Jain’s native France that year, it didn’t really hit in the U.S. until that Levi’s commercial debuted in late 2017.
5. Marian Hill – “Down” – A deceptively simple piano-driven trip-hop jam from this Philadelphia duo.
6. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling” – We all need to just follow the Tao of Carly.
7. St. Vincent – “Los Ageless” – St. Vincent is still the master of combining genuine chops with super scuzzy distortion.
8. Beck – “Up All Night” – Put this track on if your house party’s tunes are bringing everyone down.
9. Miley Cyrus – “Younger Now” – Is this what agelessness feels like?
10. Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Dua Lipa’s anthem attempt = anthem success!
11. Miguel – “Told You So” – If there is one singer above all others belting out tunes right now about whom I would say, “You’ve got to listen to what they’re saying,” it’s gotta be Miguel.
12. Alice Merton – “No Roots” – There may be no roots to Alice Merton’s disposition, but there plenty of roots, powerful ones at that, to her musical influences.
13. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – This song makes me sweaty. But it’s the sweat of passion, so I don’t feel gross.
14. Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” – Zedd is the kind of DJ so skilled at bottling up those moments you don’t want to let slip away.
15. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean – “Feels” – Just some tropical vibes to get you by.
16. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still” – The sort of generational rock song with lyrics that might mean something profound or nothing at all.
17. Katy Perry ft. Ziggy Marley – “Chained to the Rhythm” – Direct, but also pointed and bopping.
18. The Killers – “The Man” – One thing we can count in this life is songs entitled “The Man” being silly but also kind of anthemic.

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Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of September 2, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
2. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
4. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
5. Linkin Park – “Numb”
6. Linkin Park – “In the End”
7. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
8. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
9. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
10. The Killers – “The Man”
11. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
12. Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done”
13. Bleachers – “Don’t Take the Money”
14. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
15. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
16. Linkin Park – “One More Light”
17. Linkin Park – “Crawling”
18. Foo Fighters – “Run”
19. The Lumineers – “Angela”
20. Sir Sly – “High”
21. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
22. Judah & the Lion – “Suit and Jacket”
23. Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
24. Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong”
25. Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. The Man
2. High
3. Feel It Still
4. Run
5. What I’ve Done
6. Hard Love
7. Everything Now
8. One Step Closer
9. Numb
10. Somewhere I Belong
11. In the End
12. Crawling
13. Feels Like Summer
14. Shadow of the Day

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 26, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
2. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
4. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
5. Linkin Park – “Numb”
6. Linkin Park – “In the End”
7. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
8. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
9. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
10. The Killers – “The Man”
11. Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done”
12. Linkin Park – “One More Light”
13. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
14. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
15. Linkin Park – “Crawling”
16. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
17. Foo Fighters – “Run”
18. Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”
19. Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
20. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
21. Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong”
22. Bleacers – “Don’t Take the Money”
23. B.E.R. – “The Night Begins to Shine”
24. Sir Sly – “High”
25. The Lumineers – “Angela”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. The Man
2. High
3. Feel It Still
4. Run
5. What I’ve Done
6. Hard Love
7. Everything Now
8. One Step Closer
9. Numb
10. Somewhere I Belong
11. In the End
12. Crawling
13. Feels Like Summer
14. Shadow of the Day

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of August 19, 2017

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
2. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
4. Linkin Park – “Numb”
5. Linkin Park – “In the End”
6. The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”
7. Linkin Park ft. Kiiara – “Heavy”
8. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
9. Linkin Park – “What I’ve Done”
10. Lord Huron – “The Night We Met”
11. Linkin Park – “One More Light”
12. Linkin Park – “Crawling”
13. Arcade Fire – “Everything Now”
14. The Killers – “The Man”
15. Zach Williams – “Old Church Choir”
16. Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
17. Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong”
18. Weezer – “Feels Like Summer”
19. Linkin Park – “Breaking the Habit”
20. Linkin Park – “Talking to Myself”
21. Foo Fighters – “Run”
22. The Killers – “Run for Cover”
23. Lana del Rey ft. The Weeknd – “Lust for Life”
24. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Hard Love”
25. Linkin Park – “Faint”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. The Man
2. Feel It Still
3. Run
4. Faint
5. What I’ve Done
6. Hard Love
7. Lust for Life
8. Everything Now
9. Breaking the Habit
10. One Step Closer
11. Numb
12. Somewhere I Belong
13. In the End
14. Crawling
15. Feels Like Summer
16. Run for Cover
17. Talking to Myself
18. Shadow of the Day