Best Songs of 2017

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The Top Ten

1 Praying - Kesha

I plan on making a whole blog series dedicated to reviewing Kesha, explaining her thought process and intent behind her music since the very beginning, but I'm so glad she's finally broken free. No longer held back by people who try to control her every action, now she can make music that can be enjoyed by more than just the music nerds. Because yeah, this is downright magical. 6/5 - WonkeyDude98

This song is absolutely amazing! It makes me so happy to see Kesha back in such a big way, especially after all the crap she's had to go through. This is the best she's ever sounded by far, and the song itself is a masterpiece. If this doesn't take the top spot by the end of the year, I will be both shocked AND disappointed. - tonyb500

Between everything she's gone through and where she's at now, Kesha has come such a long way. She is stronger than ever, and this song proves it in such a huge way. Hands down her best song, and hands down the best song of 2017 so far. This NEEDS to take the top spot!

This song is absolutely georgeous! I can very well relate to her heartfelt words. The official music video is relevant to how I might feel, but not any suicidial thoughts. The song releases a good message, a well-thought moral, and Ke$ha, (if you tend to be reading this comment) I sure hope you inspire others to be making some life-affirming songs throughout 2018, for it is February 19 I believe, and you don't see a lot of music in modern day that passes messages or morals about flaws faced in life, like "1-800-273-8255" or "Stand by You" or "What About Us". You go girl! (:-D

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2 The Promise - Chris Cornell

Looking at what was topping the charts this year, this is easily the best. It reflects on the third world problems we face and how they continue to plague us, and Chris's vocals really are amazing. Really hadn't changed a bit. Rest In Peace, Chris Cornell. 5/5 - naFrovivuS

Especially "Praying", which is probably the most meaningful song of the year. It's not love, sex, or partying, it's about how Kesha won't be broken. She is the best pop artist of the year. - DCfnaf

This is a wonderful song...so true...so touching. We miss Chris...may he RIP. Blessings to his wife and children...may they have the strength to understand his early passing. This song should be in the top 10.

Even though I may not listen to this very often, I understand people love it. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Chris, rest in peace. 8/10

How is this below Believer? - 445956

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3 Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran

This is way better than Shape of You. There is an electric guitar in place of a boring tropical house beat, the lyrics about Ed's childhood beats the generic sex narrative of Shape of You, and there is actually energy and effort put into here. 9/10 - NiktheWiz

This is way better than Shape of You. Can feel that this song means more to Ed than Shape of You. Its just a pity it wasn't the number 1 hit it deserved to be because people didn't listen to both Ed Sheeran songs at the time and realize Castle on the Hill is a mile better - crowdiegal

I must admit, I was somewhat disappointed by this album. It wasn't bad, in fact it was quite good, but it just didn't have quite the same magic as Ed Sheeran's previous work. But this song is truly a gem. It's so real and personal and just feel very much like Ed sheeran. - GrimmShady

Ed sheeran is boss.

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4 All I Got is You - Deep Purple

A classic band making a comeback! Love it! - naFrovivuS

This song is very good Deep Purple still sound good after all these years - christangrant

Deep Purple rock! Moreover, singer Ian Gillan was 71 when recorded it in 2016! - Metal_Treasure

I prefer Birds of prey though

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5 Ravens - Mount Eerie Ravens - Mount Eerie

Ultimately, there have been many discussions on whether or not the album that this song is from can even be considered music... However, the difference between this song and every other song on this list is that it truly comes from the heart. It's not some cheesy anthem song, nor is it some nonsensical banger, this is a song that focuses fully on telling a story and not on being some dumb, phoned-in, "inspiring" song. Honestly, there's no reason for any person to bash this song, let alone the album, because it's not like the album nor the song even charted... the reason as to why this song is this high on the list is a testament to both Phil's songwriting craft and the tragic circumstances that surround his life. (Also, this song gets stuck in my head a lot for some reason, especially when I'm outside mowing the lawn.) In conclusion, I'm just happy that this song has even been recognized considering the fact that most people would rather settle for some cheap pop music... and at least ...more

Oh thank god this fell out of the top 3. This guy seriously can't sing. He has vocals similar to other terrible artists like Mike Kinsella and Giles Corey. The lyrics suck too. What, it's about the death of his wife? Pfft, why would anyone be so depressing. Go listen to Sound Of Silence by Disturbed or Car Radio by twenty one pilots. That's real music that actually does make you think about life. As for the production, it's godawful. I've heard many masterpieces in my life, ranging from Angelic 2 The Core by Corey Feldman, to #NEWGOREORDER by BORGORE. They have much better production that's more than just some guitar that's barely there. Missio have actual lyrics too unlike this guy so ha. Seriously, I don't know why people are praising this guy instead. In a year where Linkin Park (rip Mike Shinoda), Arcade Fire, and All Time Low are making their best music ever, I don't see a need for this. Go listen to some Amy Lee or twenty one pilots, or better yet AJR instead. At least they have ...more - ProPanda

This comment was funny but I don't like this song. I like Car Radio. - lovefrombadlands

If you're going to listen to this, I recommend that this music has nothing to do with the popular music scene. This is a very personal song off of a very personal album, about his wife's death. His voice is weak and that's his singing style. Almost definitely one of the best album of the year.

WHAT!? - judo8alex

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6 Speak to Me - Amy Lee

Uhh, I wasn't feeling the song as much as others were but I can still respect that it's a good song. 4/5 - AlphaQ

Amy Lee has been working so hard recently and and she most definitely deserves the recognition and the number one spot. The song gives me chills every time I listen to it and it never gets old. Seriously, her vocals in the song can not be overlooked nor the heartfelt lyrics. The lyrics and the melody come from a very melancholic place that you can relate to more if you see the movie "Voice from the Stone". It's an amazing 2017 dark masterpiece. - mood333

Amazing song, it's one of the best touching songs so far, Amy Lee did it again, she has just overcome the My Immortal "best ballad of her" hype with something even better, great lyrics, incredible piano, stunning video.

Very emotional! Super!

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7 Believer - Imagine Dragons

I don't understand why this is so low... 54 is not justice for a song like this. But maybe that's because I'm a giant Imagine Dragons fangirl

This song was Nintendo's worst decision ever. - WonkeyDude98

The poll is incredibly ridiculous... Believer is by a long long (and I mean very long) margin better than all the pop craps above it as well as one of their all time top three tracks alongside Demons and Radioactive. putting this masterpiece in the same list amongst these garbages is a disgrace for the existence of music let alone comparison..

Best Song ever by the best band ever

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8 Sign of the Times - Harry Styles

I'm not a fan of One Direction or Harry Styles but this song is actually good. I feel like it was influenced by Pink Floyd (Maybe some David Bowie too). The drum beats, guitar and just the mood of the song. He actually has a nice voice, which is surprising since he's from One Direction. My faith in new music has been restored. - BrianScott01

Before sign of the times I didn't know what Harry Styles' voice sounds like and the first time I heard this song it just got me. His first note gave me goosebumps and the song is incredible. It's easily outstanding from the temp pop songs. The guitar and drum front and center vibe is so nostalgic and old-school which I loved very much. And he's got such a powerful voice. I love the raspy deep but clear texture of it. And he's a very good performer too. The live of this song has totally blown my mind.

This and Two ghosts were easily the best on the album. The style is sort of like a queen/Pink Floyd style driving guitar-based rock song, with the awesome feedback based guitar sound and surprisingly well-written lyrics. I was always a one-d hater, but this great, and the rest of the album was ok too, but I like that this was all him. I know this is his voice, his lyrics his guitar, and that's great. Right now, I think he's just trying to find the right sound to make a formula, and I'm looking forward to the next album. Well done Harry.

I was very pleasantly suprised by this song. It reminded me of some classic Bowie albums I love to listen to.

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9 DNA. - Kendrick Lamar

There's something that hits as hard as HUMBLE., a song that I already love and give a 5/5, but then there's THIS. Mike WiLL made up for his entire discography (and that's saying a LOT) and then some with a spacious keyboard loop that is just minimalist enough for Kendrick's incredible bars. The song is about Kendrick's quest to clean the reputation of a genre notorious for sex, money, and murder and doesn't really do much to change that. The bars on their own kick ass as well, and his flow is great. Then a beat switch happens after he crams as many syllables as possible, and goes WAY harder against a powerful vocal sample.

When I first listened to DAMN, I literally hurt myself from dancing to two select songs, and those were HUMBLE and DNA (the same could've happened on ELEMENT as well). I swear, Kendrick tore all of these tracks up, but it's not like that's something new. Whenever he drops something, I'll always make sure to have enough space around me for the get down. This track is absolutely monstrous. 6/5 - Mcgillacuddy

Yay this is getting ranked higher and proves I don't have an unpopular opinion on liking this! 6/5 - AlphaQ

ken is dad

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10 Green Light - Lorde

This song is a some way to return to the charts after 4 years away. Lorde has grown up, she isn't a teenager anymore and the Pure Heroine days are over and fans need to move with her. Sure Green Light still contains traces of Pure Heroine but its dance pop at its finest. You've done well, Ella! - crowdiegal

I wasn't too convinced with this song on first listen, but after giving it a few more shots, I'm loving it. Lorde sounds great and the instrumentals are more upbeat in comparison to Royals. - NiktheWiz

Welcome back queen. 5/5 - ProPanda

Lorde at her finest. "Green Light" is an instant classic and if there are a handful of songs that define 2017, this song is definitely one of them. 10/10

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The Newcomers

? Mystery of Love - Sufjan Stevens
? Occidentali's Karma - Francesco Gabbani (Italy)

Damn straight - Robchuzzz

The Contenders

11 Talking to Myself - Linkin Park

RIP Chester Bennington. That is all... - tonyb500

Excellent tribute to Chester Bennington, and an excellent catchy track itself. - DennisLai290

Not best linkin park song as linkin park has much better music but it is best song of 2017.

RIP Brother

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12 Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

Despite taking some elements from one of their previous songs, Roses, the song itself was pretty charming indeed though the originality would give this song a little miss. But I love it anyways 4/5 - Neonco31

This annoys me in the same vein as All We Know. It's a collaboration between two artists I like, and the final product is great, but it sounds just like another song of theirs. In All We Know's case it was Closer, and here it's Roses. 4/5 - ProPanda

How 53? must to be in top 5!

Check out there new song "you owe me" 2018 released February 16th

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13 Haze of Interference - Bedwetter Haze of Interference - Bedwetter

Get this to #1 ASAP. Not one song on this list can get as emotional as this one, except for maybe Man Wearing a Helmet and Stoop Lights. - SwagFlicks

He still wets beds? - DankGodX

He wets beds. Ew. - AlphaQ

This is DCfnaf's favorite song! Vote for it! - lovefrombadlands

This isn't my favorite song of all time, but it's the best song of the year without a doubt. - DCfnaf

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14 Lady B. Goode - Chuck Berry

Chuck was a rock n roll legend, and this is what he decided to go out with. Amazing. - isaaonrtdmtr

Last song before he died and his first song was johnny b goode :-(

Chuck is not a king. He is god.

yom

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15 Pure Comedy - Father John Misty

Easily the best song of the year, Pure Comedy provides a much-needed analysis of the flaws of humanity, politics, religion and other issues; and the timing couldn’t be better.

Best song of the year. Not a Father John Misty fan myself, but this song is the best reflection of reality that’s been released in song form in a long time - katman46

16 That's What I Like - Bruno Mars

This song is good but it overplayed - RoseCandyMusic

I listen to this song 24/7 it makes you just want to get up and dance

Bruno just nails this song, its fantastic. One of my favourite hit songs of 2017 so far. - crowdiegal

Yes I have this song on my phone on my music

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17 The Cure - Lady Gaga

Eh. Good beat, good lyrics, I'll take it. 5/5 - ProPanda

I'm sad this flopped, I expected after being gone for so long that Lady Gaga would have finally have a had a hit. Oh well this may not be the best song this year, but it is a close second next to Million Reasons. - MilesW1998

This song describes to a T, my unconditional love for my boyfriend who struggles with depression. On the way to becoming one of my favorite Gaga songs. - theOpinionatedOne

I like this song

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18 Back in the USA - Green Day

This is a masterpiece and honestly one of the best music videos of any rock band in recent times! It both perfectly matches the theme and lyrics of the song and manages to be very political, yet also witty, funny and light-hearted all at the same time! The directors of this really deserve a huge amount of respect for what they have achieved here!

Green Day is a great band. Very political, but they use it in a way to express themselves and don't do it for publicity, or the money. They do it for the fans. Unlike Colin Kaepernick, but we won't go there.

The excellent Green Day continue to carry th3 torch for rock music.

Best band ever

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19 Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man

What? Why do you people LIKE this?! It is horrendous! It's overplayed LITERALLY at least 14 times a day! This is the next "Shape of You", except Ed Sheeran, the singer of that terrible song actually has some great music. This song has a REALLY bad instrumental. Plus the name of the band: Portugal The Man. WHAT?! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Portugal IS A COUNTRY NOT A PERSON! This is a GROUP, not one man. Therefore it doesn't make sense AT ALL. The worst thing of all is the voice though. You really can't argue that the voice is horrendous. It sounds like a monkey on weed. Ironically the group is called Portugal The Man when this high monkey doesn't even sound remotely manly. JESUS CHRIST WHAT HAS POP MUSIC BECOME?! I can't EVEN CALL THIS POP THAT WOULD BE AN INSULT TO Michael JACKSON AND ALL THE GREAT POP ARTISTS! PLEASE SOMEBODY SAVE US FROM THIS SONG

Should be way higher! It's amazing! They have an amazing voice and I love the lyrics and OOH OOH I'M A REBEL JUST FOR KICKS NOW GOT ME FEELING LIKE THIS SONG IS 11/10 NOW MIGHT BE OVER NOW, but I can put this song back on. I could listen to it 100 times. - lovefrombadlands

DEFINITELY best pop song of 2017 besides "Believer" by Imagine Dragons.

This song, along with AWOLNATION's Passion, are my favorites of 2017.
Both are catchy as hell. - ZeroBlaster

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20 Reaction - The Pale White

This song should have been one of the biggest songs of the year. A chorus that is aggravatingly catchy. It's actually hard to describe because this song is just so damn good. - crowdiegal

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