Best Songs of 2017 (So Far): Edition 2.0 | The Musical Hype
Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, and Migos are among the artists responsible for the 60 best songs of 2017 (so far): Edition 2.0.
The time has come friends! To attempt to assemble a list of the best songs of the year…so far. It’s a daunting task, particularly when it comes to songs because the songs themselves are more memorable than the albums these days. To quote Harry Styles, “it’s a sign of the times.” This list will continue to evolve as the year progresses, with the potential for some of these songs getting the boot by December. Nonetheless, for now, here are the Best Songs of 2017 (So Far) – Edition 2.0. Songs that are new to the list, compared to the first edition, are marked with an asterisks (*).
On energetic single “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar testifies about his come-up. Naturally, he emphasizes being humble, with a brilliant, gimmicky hook. Although some believe it’s a diss track, most likely, it’s more transcendent.
“Pure Comedy” is the centerpiece of Pure Comedy, setting the tone of the album lyrically and musically. The lyrics are ambitious, and pure genius, finding Father John Misty referencing societal issues including women’s rights, religion, and politics. Musically, a full palette of sounds further confirms its excellence.
3. Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee”
“Bad and Boujee” doesn’t convey a deep message, but it’s a sensational banger. It’s another product of ever-formidable producer, Metro Boomin. The hook, clearly, is where the “bread is buttered”:
“Raindrop, drop top / Smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox / F*ckin’ on your b*tch she a thot, thot / Cookin’ up dope in the crockpot / We came from nothin’ to somethin’ n*gga / I don’t trust nobody grip the trigger / call up the gang, and they come and get you / Cry me a river, give you a tissue / my b*tch is bad and boujee / My n*ggas is savage, ruthless…”
4. Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like”
“That’s What I Like” thrives off immense swagger and sexiness. Furthermore, it brilliantly balances the 80s cues that dominate 24K Magic and the urban contemporary sound. The bridge, not to mention Mars’ exquisite falsetto, represent surefire, high-flying moments.
Awaken, My Love!
“Redbone” is a soulful R&B record that’s clearly a throwback to the past. The chorus, in particular, is saturated with soulfulness. Glover’s vocals are gritty and drenched in effects, specifically pitch-shifted. With redbone, he’s referencing a “light skinned female mixed with black and another race.” According to Childish Gambino, he and numerous black dudes desire a redbone.
6. Kendrick Lamar, “DNA”
“DNA” is the second song by Kendrick Lamar to appear on the Best Songs of 2017 (So Far). The record bangs hard from the jump as K-Dot shares the composition of his DNA. Ultimately, various things characterize him. He raps in maddening fashion, showcasing insane wordplay. The bridge divides the song into contrasting parts, addressing the ubiquitous topic of racism. The second verse is the most ferocious, backed by a malicious beat.
7. Ryan Adams, “Do You Still Love Me?”
[PaxAmericana / Blue Note]
“Do You Still Love Me?” Initiates mysteriously and exhibits sensitivity, amplified by the use of an organ pad. The sensitivity is short lived, with guitar interjections intensifying the emotion. Ultimately, the pacing and development of the record are superb. Adams begins his vocal performance tenderly, eventually embracing an assertive, gritty approach.
8. Khalid, “Location”
The best attribute of breakout single “Location” is the voice of teen R&B artist Khalid. No one who sounds like him, hence, he sets himself apart from the rest of the pack. Beyond the slick production work, this is a well-rounded song, as Khalid sensationally shares the desires of his young heart.
9. Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
“Shape of You” was destined to be the hit it became. Though the sound is uncharacteristic of Sheeran, the change of pace is incredibly successful. “Shape of You” is soundly produced (Steve Mac), with a danceable, tropical tinge. As always, Sheeran remains consistent vocally, weaving effortlessly through the rhythmically quick melody. All in all, it’s a fun, infectious gem.
10. Harry Styles, “Sign of the Times”
“Just stop your crying, it’s a sign of the times / We gotta get away from here…” On “Sign of the Times,” Harry Styles delivers an impressive vocal performance that is perfectly suited for this rock-pop ballad. As the song progresses, his voice only grows riper. “Sign of the Times” is beautiful, tackling topics of morbidity, heaven, and being open as opposed to covert.