Entertain Us (16-1-2018): The best songs of 2017

EARLY January is a time for resolutions to hang on by a thread, spending every minute at the beach and compiling lists of the things we liked from last year. Yorke Peninsula Country Times journalists have already given you their top 10 albums and are now blessing your ears with their top 10 songs for 2017.

Salomae Haselgrove
10.     Run by Foo Fighters.
9.      Lights Out, Royal Blood.
8.     Shine, The Smith Street Band.
7.     Let You Down, Peking Duk feat Icona Pop.
6.     On Your Way Down, The Jungle Giants.
5.     Lemon to a Knife Fight, The Wombats. The Wombats are Britain’s catchiest band since Oasis and this track uses such quirky descriptions for an argument within a relationship.
4.     The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows, Gang of Youths. This song soothes me like a nice cup of tea after a hard day at work.
3.     Private, Vera Blue. Hearing this angelic-voiced (and faced) woman longingly sing is so haunting, yet strangely invigorating.
2.     The Meadows, Dear Seattle. Dear Seattle’s raw, angsty, grunge sound would make Seattle grunge king himself Kurt Cobain proud.
1.     P Plates, Ruby Fields. P Plates is honest, relatable and original and Ruby also plays a great riff to back up her storytelling lyrics. This is hands down my favourite song of 2017 and I can’t wait to see what Ruby will do in 2018.

Rhiannon Koch
10.    Fool’s Gold by Jack River.
9.    Atmosphere, Kingswood.
8.    Slow Mover, Angie McMahon.
7.    Boundary Road, All Our Exes Live In Texas.
6.    Boys will be Boys, Stella Donnelly.
5.    Jude, Didirri. At 22, he’s wiser than I will ever be and you can feel that in this song.
4.    Exactly How You Are, Ball Park Music. The first taste of the new album shows Ball Park Music continues to grow despite seemingly never ageing.
3.     The Opener, Camp Cope.  An empowering call out of sexism in the music industry which is so needed and timely.
2.     Writer in The Dark, Lorde. Lorde, a piano and her voice. It’s all you need to make to a beautifully-written ballad.
1.     Fear and Trembling, Gang of Youths. I would have picked every single Gang of Youths and Lorde song if I could. But the first song from my album of the year sets the scene for what’s to come and I dig the Springsteen vibes.

Lucy Short
10.     Marryunna by Baker Boy.
9.     Lemon, N.E.R.D. feat Rihanna.
8.     Fear and Trembling, Gang on Youths.
7.     Loyalty, Kendrick Lamar feat Rihanna.
6.     Chameleon, Pnau.
5.     Despacito, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber. Song of the American summer, absolute banger.
4.     Humble, Kendrick Lamar. The king of rap was back in a big way.
3.     Liability, Lorde. I was tempted to fill this list with Lorde’s album, it really is that good.
2.     Perfect Places, Lorde. Few people can so perfectly capture what it’s like growing up like Lorde; this is catchy and so relevant.
1.     Writer in the Dark, Lorde. It normally takes me a few listens to really love a song but every now and then one stops me in my tracks and this did just that. Writer in the Dark is the perfect combination of powerful lyrics, theatrical vocals and beautiful music.

Nick Perry
10.    Green Light, Lorde.
9.    Cut to the Feeling, Carly Rae Jepsen.
8.     I’m the One, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne.
7.     Slide, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean, Migos.
6.     The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows, Gang of Youths.
5.     Pure Comedy, Father John Misty. The ridiculousness of humanity expressed in epic piano ballad form.
4.    God in Chicago, Craig Finn. You know when your friend dies from a drug overdose, then his sister finds the rest of his drugs and the two of you take a road trip to sell them? This song is about just that.
3.     The Maze, Manchester Orchestra. A song written from the perspective of the singer’s baby daughter was always going to resonate with me this year – that is, if it was good, and this song is brilliant.
2.     Midwestern States, The Menzingers. The rocker of the year, packed with poignant lyrics and a chorus that will not leave your head.
1.     Humble, Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick already won the music world championship, and Humble is his victory lap.

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