Top 50 songs of 2017 countdown (#25-#21)



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21.) Tonya Harding by Sufjan Stevens
(Sufjan Stevens was so prolific in 2017 that I couldn’t even keep up! The oscar-nominated Mystery of Love is affecting, and so is Visions of Gideon, but to me both work best in the context of Call Me By Your Name. Instead I’m going with an unused song that was rejected for the I, Tonya soundtrack. I can’t think why as it gives me goosebumps)




22.) Love by Lana Del Rey
(The lead single is for me the best, and most chill-inducing on her latest album. Has an ambitious video set in outer space!)





23.) Solomon’s Key by Mausoleum Gate
(Heavy metal song from Finland. Has a great riff and is pretty retro in its approach)





24.) Pa’lante by Hurray For The Riff Raff
(Powerful, insistent voice that can almost bring me to tears. By a female artist from New Orleans I had never heard of before. As Said the Gramophone noted in their Top 100 of 2017: “It’s an anthem for carrying on, persisting, from the barrios of Puerto Rico to the slums of New York. “Pa’lante” (short for “para adelante”: “onward” or “forward”)




25.)  Tinseltown Swimming in Blood by Destroyer
(I loved the saxophone and trumpet sections on Destroyer’s 2011 album Kaputt (still my #1 album of the 2010s). This new single features saxophone again and adds a New Order vibe with the guitars and sound effects)





What do you think? As always, comments are welcome

2 thoughts on “Top 50 songs of 2017 countdown (#25-#21)

  1. Honestly, I can understand why the Sufjan Stevens song was left off the I, Tonya soundtrack. It’s difficult to tell how you’re supposed to take it. Listening to the lyrics, it sounded like a joke, but the music suggests that it’s something to be taken seriously. It was just a really weird mix that didn’t work for me.

    Pa’lante is the big winner for me out of this bunch. Such a powerful song. Not only is that insistent, but persistent, too. Really good stuff. I’ll be seeking out more from her.

    I enjoyed Tinseltown Swimming in Blood, and Love, but don’t really love either. Solomon’s Key didn’t float my boat at all. It’s another case where the vocals and the track don’t mesh well for me.

    Great job, as always.

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  2. @Wendell: Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these

    Most things to do with Tonya Harding seem to be on the verge of controversy, so I’m not all that surprised the song got snubbed(as did the film for Best Picture). I haven’t given the lyrics a proper read, I just love the sound and the emotions it stirs.

    Nice you agree on Pa’lante, I haven’t delved into her 2017 album and I really ought to. Let me know if you find anything else great by her, she’s released 7 albums since 2006 so lots to explore


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