Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

By | June 27, 2017

What a weird year 2017 is turning into. Internet rappers are morphing into stars and villains, genres are evolving so quickly that people stopped trying to name them, and Young Thug is yelling “yeehaw!”

Apart from the speed at which music is changing, the most mind-boggling thing about music in 2017 is how segmented it’s become. We’ve still got big stars like Drake, Lorde, and DJ Khaled making music for the masses, but other artists are effectively finding their niches and realizing that success can be just as sweet when you cater to a modest but dedicated fan base. Morphing under pop, rock, and hip-hop, we’re seeing little pockets of new styles develop, and each one has its own stars.

Predicting the future is harder than ever—anything can happen. One explosive moment can start a chain reaction, and the power of social media and connectivity adds oceans of fuel to the fire. And who’s most connected? The youth. Fight against the kids all you want, but they’re going to end up winning every time. Just try to keep up.

50. Luis Fonsi – “Despacito (Remix)”

49. Thundercat – “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)”

48. Lil Pump ft. Smokepurpp – “Movin”

47. Choker – “El Dorado”

46. Toro y Moi – “Girl Like You”

45. Brockhampton – “Milk”

44. LEYYA – “Zoo”

43. The xx – “Say Something Loving”

42. Drake – “Gyalchester”

41. Bugus – “Free Bird”

40. Squidnice – “Trap By My Lonely”

39. BLONDAGE – “Stoned”

38. Migos – “T-Shirt”

37. Stormzy – “Cold”

36. Young Thug ft. Millie Go Lightly – “Family Don’t Matter” 

35. Smino – “Anita”

34. Little Dragon – “High”

33. Gucci Mane ft. Offset – “Met Gala”

32. Skott – “Glitter & Gloss”

31. XXXTENTACION – “Look at Me!”

30. LCD Soundsystem – “Call the Police”

29. Goldlink ft. Steve Lacy – “Some Girl”

28. Amir Obe – “Wish You Well”

27. Playboi Carti ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “wokeuplikethis*

26. Cashmere Cat ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Infinite Stripes”

25. SAiNt JHN – “3 Below”

24. J Hus – “Did You See” 

23. Bryson Tiller ft. Young Thug – “Get Mine”

22. Vince Staples – “Big Fish”

21. Jessie Reyez “Shutter Island”

20. Shabazz Palaces – “Shine A Light”

19. Mac DeMarco – “On the Level”

18. Syd – “All About Me” 

17. Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari – “LOVE”

16. Lorde – “Green Light”

15. Future – “Mask Off”

14. OMB Peezy – “Lay Down”

13. Kodak Black – “Tunnel Vision”

12. French Montana ft. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”

11. Cousin Stizz ft. Offset – “Headlock”

10. Sampha – “No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)”

9. Smokepurpp – “Glock in My Benz”

8. SZA ft. Travis Scott – “Love Galore”

7. Playboi Carti – “Magnolia”

6. Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean, Quavo & Offset – “Slide”

5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie ft. Kodak Black – “Drowning”

4. Sigrid – “Don’t Kill My Vibe”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “DNA”

2. Frank Ocean – “Chanel”

1. Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3”

2017 is the year when the entire world started believing Lil Uzi Vert when he says he’s a rockstar. On “XO TOUR Llif3,” Uzi brings together that rockstar energy and pop punk undertones over a contemplative TM88 beat, and he captures a complicated mood somewhere between numbness and celebration. It’s a mood and style that has been bubbling on alternative rappers’ SoundClouds for a couple of years now, but Uzi’s “XO TOUR Llif3” is more evolved—focused and fine-tuned like a pop song. It’s one of the most inescapable tracks of the year, but halfway through 2017 and after dozens of listens, we still aren’t sick of it. When we look back on the evolution of hip-hop, “XO TOUR Llif3” will be a landmark.—Jacob Moore

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