Top Ten Songs of 2017 by Underrated Artists

So... I have recently written a lot about 2017 in music, and while several big and successful artists made some awesome songs last year, let's focus on the artists that got too little attention. This is your time to shine.

The Top Ten

1 From the Ashes - Amy MacDonald From the Ashes - Amy MacDonald

Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist Amy MacDonald is a star in Great Britain and in Central Europe, where all four of her albums often peaked at number 1 or 2, but out of this territory, she's virtually unknown. But she deserves a world career. Her music sounds pure and honest, is handcrafted and wonderfully written. "From the Ashes" currently ranks at number 12 on my best of the year list. - Martin_Canine

2 Deadly Valentine - Charlotte Gainsbourg Deadly Valentine - Charlotte Gainsbourg

Praised as the wonderful actress who stars in Lars von Trier's artful philosophical movies, Charlotte Gainsbourg's singer-songwriter career is little known outside of France and Belgium, where her fifth album had moderate success (unfortunately, it hitting 49 on the Austrian charts is one of the highest positions). Sadly, as this is some graceful, elegant music. And songs like "Deadly Valentine" even have a certain catchiness, in their own, more sophisticated way. - Martin_Canine

3 The Culling - Chelsea Wolfe The Culling - Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe's 2017 album is a brilliantly unsettling piece of art music, built around nightmar-ish yet demanding, intelligent soundscapes and poetry. "The Culling" doesn't need much to create the most frightening sound of the year, and does so in a way that's like the music equivalent of Lars von Trier, David Lynch or Andrej Tarkowskij. - Martin_Canine

4 Deadly Dull - Movements

Let's go back to where it all began. Movements, a new and still unknown emo rock group has more in common with the rough, heartfelt gems of Sunny Day Real Estate or Jimmy Eat World than their modern day mainstream counterparts. Not that they would be in any way bad, but nevertheless, while the subculture's music leaned more and more towards metalcore, it's nice to hear the genre's indie roots again. - Martin_Canine

5 True Identity - Pepper Coyote

In his respective subculture, Pepper Coyote is actually quite popular and well known (also as the former lead singer of Look Left), but it's an isolated fame, and he deserves more attention, as his indie rock songs can be universally enjoyeed by anyone. On "True Identity", we hear a certain power that comes off as totally natural and not as manufactured as we know it from commercially more successful artists. It has this roughness, it doesn't sound as polished, but never amateurish. - Martin_Canine

6 Himmelstadt - Navy Westghost

Navy Westghost is part of the German indie movement cyber hip hop, whose biggest and commercially most successful artists are the trio DatAdam and the rapper Sierra Kidd. The movement combines heavily electronic elements with bionic and musically advanced sound, and is opposed to what German mainstream hip hop stands for (masculinity, aggressiveness, feuds,...), having more aware lyrics. While he was featured on previous songs by the commercially successful DatAdam, Navy Westghost didn't the big market yet, but with such a strong 4 track debut EP, includung this magnificent off-beat track, I hope that's still to come. - Martin_Canine

7 Scorpio Machine - Angelspit

Just when you start to wonder whether the ultra-hard punk-ish industrial project Angelspit, unfortunately completely ignored on a worldwide level, might start to get repetitive, they suddenly start experimenting with new sounds and tempos, and keep their songs fresh and exciting. This here is a serious competetor to Nine Inch Nails. - Martin_Canine

8 Jeder kann ein Held sein - Horrorkissen

To Americans, Horrorkissen may appear like a "weeaboo", but she actually best captures the spirit of the generation Germans who were born in the 90s to early 2000s. We grew up with anime, and we have taken many lessons of values to our hearts. This is what Horrorkissen is all about. "Everybody can be a hero" she sings, and she sings it to really teach you something. This is a common German zeitgeist, and even commerciqlly successful and praised artists such as DatAdam and Cro spread those messages. Since she was featured in darkviktory's videos, she gained a certain following, bur she still is somewhat a niche that deserves to be bigger. - Martin_Canine

9 Libera, Pt. I: Saturnine Spheres - Ne Obliviscaris

I like DCFnaf but I'm worried he will find this list and put overrated Amy Lee on the list - 445956

She's neither over- nor underrated. She's the lead singer of a rightfully internationally successful rock group. She can sing really well and has a really outstanding lyricism, but at number 8 in the US and number 5 in Germany for Evanescence's new album isn't really underrated either, at least not popularly. - Martin_Canine

10 Fkn Ghost - Young Kira & Leroy Westghost

I can say pretty much the same about these two guys than about Navy Westghost. The cyber hip hop movement is an awesome alternative to mainstream genres, and both artist have already been supported by DatAdam, hopefully getting more attention in the future (they are not in for the fame though, that's one of the premises of cyber hip hop). - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Landslide - Eat Your Heart Out

A rock cover of "Shape of You" is newcomer band Eat Your Heart Out's best song of 2017, but you are likely to discover that on your own since the original song is a worldwide chart topper, so that's why I introduce you to this neat little pop punk gem for those who want to get to know new and fresh teen angst bands on the rise. - Martin_Canine

12 Bleeding in the Blur - Code Orange

More on the heavier side, but this is pretty good song. Quite catchy too. - cjWriter1997

13 World War Now - Kreator
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Top Remixes

1. From the Ashes - Amy MacDonald
2. Deadly Valentine - Charlotte Gainsbourg
3. The Culling - Chelsea Wolfe


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