Top Ten English Language Songs of 2017I mainly created this list because I have considered this year to be fairly good in terms of music, while many on here regard it as one of the worst. Since I am from a German language country, I was very much exposed to German songs in addition to English ones, so maybe my idea of modern music differs from that of the site's majority. But now, even after having excluded the songs in other langages than English... there were still quite many decent songs.
The Top Ten
Nickelback created a powerful political statement against a system ruled by a populist leader without dropping names, it can be attributed to many countries, Western and Eastern. The song has both some of their heaviest and most melodic moments, creating an intense atmosphere like out of a dystopian anime - but addressing something far away from fiction. - Martin_Canine
The entire "Coming Home" album was s huge step into maturity but without losing anything about their young and energetic, partly rebelious and partly depressed mood. Radke's vocal delivery, starting off almost apathic, then filling up with anger and pain in the verses and ultimately resulting in tortured screams in the chorus, is top notch, as is the bleaker, less poppy musical composition. - Martin_Canine
Cardi B is the single best newcomer this year. This song is from the beginning of the year, from her masterful mixtape "Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2", before her breakthrough with "Bodak Yellow". It is a tale about having been cheated on, but not in the way you heard it a gazillion of times. It is about a proud woman who claims her respect by all means necessary, and you better don't try to fool her, 'cause she's deadly. Also: gosh, this flow. - Martin_Canine
When buying an Amy MacDonald record you always have the feeling of buying something unspoiled by any expectations. She plays the guitar, writes songs and sings in an instantly recognizable voice, and never at one point tries to sell any sort of image. Her four albums all entered the German top 3, two of them topped the charts, but she barely appears on the media. Her songs manage to capture moods and feels that often appear to be a slice of life, without ever trying to come across as something bigger than they are, that's what makes them so big in the end, and all the more captivating. "From the Ashes" is an enchanting ballad, "Dream On" is an uplifting and energetic song. - Martin_Canine
When Lana Del Rey starts singing, the universe stops for some time to let her finish her performance. Her stripped down, slow and meditative music hypnotizes the listener and leaves them in awe, them deeply inhaling the feel and savoring the songwriting. In the most minimalistic way possible, the moment the chorus of "Love" begins gives the same chills as if a full blown orchestra started playing, simply by the nuances put into musical and vocal performance. - Martin_Canine
Taylor Swift is coming - and in a big way. I never regarded her as one of the best recent mainstream stars, but this excellently catchy jam between pop and hip hop is stuck on replay ever since it was released. I will buy "Reputation" soon, maybe I also need to check out her old stuff again. Maybe I was missing something. - Martin_Canine
Asking Alexandria's newest music video resembles the style of the masterful film noir comic adaption "Sin City", and somehow the song manages to sound just like straight out of the universe the flick is in. I am absolutely euphoric when I say this song would make an excellent movie trailer soundtrack, sounding as epic and huge as possibly imaginable from an alternative rock / metalcore song. - Martin_Canine
What the heck? This came out in 1983, which was literally 34 years ago!
This song isn't even remotely from 2017, it's from 1982, and there is no way you could mistake that. I mean, every once in a while songs from last year pop up on such lists, probably because they became hits some time after their initial release. But this... no. - Martin_Canine