Top 50 songs of 2017 countdown (#50-#46)


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46.) Change of Heart by Neil Young and Promise of the Real
(Album highlight Change of Heart has a distinctive, alluring melody. An anti-Trump protest song in which Young, among other things, airs his disapproval over a border wall to Mexico. I thought I better share this one now before gets deleted from YouTube!)



47.) Sweet Arcadia by Saint Etienne
(I’d probably enjoy Sarah Cracknell narrating audiobooks. A proggy-electronic spoken-word train journey through southern England. The title references the candy shop Sweet Arcadia in Bedford. The flute-assisted instrumental section starting at 3.14 might be the most beautiful moment on the album)



48.) No Horses by Garbage
(The uptempo sections are especially impactful. A vision of a dystopian future where the authorities destroy anything that doesn’t make large amounts of money. All profits from the streaming and sales of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross)



49.) Wearing a Mask by Ducktails
(Mellow, introspective indie pop, about the masks we wear. The album disappointed me, but this is a gem of a track)



50.) Safari Song by Greta Van Fleet
(The Robert Plant influence is obvious yet this new American band sure can rock. Often labeled hard rock, their sound is closer to pop rock)




What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

4 thoughts on “Top 50 songs of 2017 countdown (#50-#46)

  1. I admire your ability to wait till the year is done and dusted before you compile this. I wish I had that self control!

    And I keep saying this, but I must get that new Saint Etienne record… you’re spot on about Sarah Cracknell!

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    1. @Rol: I’m still organizing the order of the top 50. For the sake of variation, trying to go with one song per artist. Although don’t hold me to it! I may slip up here and there.

      Yes, Cracknell has an appealing voice. I’m only familiar with Saint Etienne ‘s 2012 and 2017 albums, both patchy, but have good moments. I’m curious to check out their early albums from the 90s


  2. Wow, a Top 50! I’ll be doing a Top Twelve song list of my own soon, so I’ll be interested to see how yours compares. I haven’t heard of any of these songs thus far, so this is a good way for me to widen those horizons.


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