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Top 50 Songs of 2017

List season, baby! This is what I’ve all been waiting for all year. I’ve listened to so much music this year, it’s actually kind of fucked up. But I did it all for this. This list. This brief summary of the 50 best songs of 2017. Let’s burn this mother down and start fresh in 2018.

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  1. BROCKHAMPTON – GUMMY
  2. Calvin Harris (ft. Frank Ocean, Migos) – Slide
  3. Miguel (ft. Travis Scott) – Sky Walker
  4. Spoon – I Ain’t the One
  5. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
  6. SZA – Garden (say it like dat)
  7. The War On Drugs – Holding On
  8. Vince Staples (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Yeah Right
  9. Goldlink (ft. Gucci Mane, Shy Glizzy, Brent Faiyaz) – Crew (Remix)
  10. Cardi B- Bodak Yellow
  11. Future – Mask Off
  12. Jean Claude & The Eclairs – Enzymes
  13. DJ Khaled (ft. Chance the Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber) – I’m the one
  14. Migos (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) – Bad and Boujee
  15. LCD Soundsystem – Call the Police
  16. Lorde- Green light
  17. The xx – On Hold
  18. Drake (ft. Travis Scott, Quavo) – Portland
  19. Young Thug – For Y’all
  20. Sampha – Blood On Me
  21. BROCKHAMPTON – STAR
  22. The National- The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  23. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast
  24. DJ Khaled (ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller) – Wild Thoughts
  25. Kendrick Lamar- DNA
  26. 2 Chainz- Good Drank
  27. Mac Demarco- This Old Dog
  28. Sorority Noise- No Halo
  29. Thundercat- Friend Zone
  30. SZA ft. Travis Scott- Love Galore
  31. Lil Uzi Vert- Sauce it Up
  32. Mount Kimbie (ft. King Krule) – Blue Train Lines
  33. Rae Morris – Do It
  34. Future Islands – Ran
  35. Tyler the Creator – See You Again
  36. Amine (ft. Offset) – Wedding Crashers
  37. Khalid – Location
  38. French Montana (ft. Swae Lee) – Unforgettable
  39. Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up
  40. Real Estate – Darling
  41. Frank Ocean – Chanel
  42. Japandroids – Arc of Bar
  43. Run the Jewels (ft. Danny Brown) – Hey Kids
  44. Tove Lo – Disco Tits
  45. Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever
  46. Rostam – Bike Dream
  47. The Killers – The Man
  48. Hamilton Leithauser (ft. Angel Olson) – Heartstruck
  49. Daniel Caesar – Get You
  50. Slowdive – Star Roving

 

The XX Prove Music Is Stronger than Hate

Concerts can be, and should be, much bigger than music. They can be momentous culminations of emotions, anticipation, freedom, and life. Lately, they have been covered in a shade of darkness following the horrific events in Las Vegas.

As a festival-goer myself, I still can’t look at some of the photos. I know I have to, I just can’t yet. That’s my hometown, and that’s my life. I have always said that festivals are my favorite thing in the world because it’s three days full of music, sunshine, friends, vice.

So the day after a mass shooting at an outdoor concert, I decided to attend an outdoor concert. The XX performed on October 3 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO.

I think the band could feel the heaviness in the air, the palpable shift in tone, as I’ve always believed bands can do. They somehow have this sixth sense called crowd control- knowing how the crowd is receiving the music and can play to that. This night in specific, they played to a crowd of fans who had to view concerts under a new scope.

The XX played with extraordinary grace and substance. They first got attention with their dramatic, emotional mood music, drenched in passion and heavy feelings, like love, hope, loss, and devotion. As The XX glided their way through their silky smooth set, the songs flowed like honey- sweet and sticky. The crowd stuck on each syllable, each bass lick, each soaring guitar note.

The band’s new material “Say Something Loving” and “Dare” sounded like a depressive disco, and felt a little like a Joy Division song walked into a seedy dance club. “Fiction,” lead by bassist Oliver Sim was a highlight and instantly transported the crowd to the place they were when they first heard those lyrics, “Fiction, when we’re not together.”

The surprise hit of the night was the Jamie XX helmed “Loud Places,” which was featured on his exemplary album, Colours. The song is both extremely dancey and heart-wrenching. It tells the story of people who shared love at the club, now only to go to those same clubs alone, and how empty they feel without that person. This song resonated with the crowd on another level.

Finally, the performances of new classic, “On Hold” mixed with their biggest hit to date, “Angels,” from sophomore album, Coexist, allowed the crowd to truly melt away into pure bliss. It was truly during these songs that the air in the sky was alleviated of any heaviness and only the music remained.

Multiple times during the set, the band would thank the crowd profusely for coming to the show. They knew. They are perfectly aware that the crowd could have let the fear win and stayed home. I’m sure plenty of them did. But the ones who decided that fear cannot win, and that music is healing and transformative, they knew too that The XX were here for them. Romy Madley Croft the lead guitarist said that she felt homesick, but the Kansas City crowd fixed that, even if just for the time they were on stage. And the same can be said for me.