6.) Everything Now by Arcade Fire
(A great intro, & We Don’t Deserve Love (from the same album) has a great outro.
Nothing I’ve heard this year is as epic as that piano kicking in at 0.45. For me, 2017’s song of the summer, geared towards big stadiums and crowds singing along. The lyric is about our generation’s opportunity to consume everything)
7.) Nothing To Find by The War On Drugs
(In recent years, I haven’t seen eye to eye with the Grammys. I agree A Deeper Understanding (2017) deserves to win Best Rock Album of the year. Nothing to Find wasn’t a single, but has great lyrics and could be one of the band’s most uplifting songs)
8.) Pariah (ft. Ninet Tayeb) by Steven Wilson
(Wilson is sometimes accused of leaning too heavily on his influences. Pariah might be his most affecting song to date. Tayeb’s vocal contribution is inspired. The year’s best duet)
9.) Sugar For The Pill by Slowdive
(We exist in a revival era designed to please the fans. Having listened to Slowdive’s entire discography (1990-2017), I’d put Sugar for the Pill up there with the band’s best songs)
10.) New York by St. Vincent
(The line ”New York isn’t New York without you love” might be my favorite lyric of the year. I’d love to know more about the hero/friend. Other stand out moments on her 2017 album include Los Ageless, Happy Birthday Johnny, and Savior)
What do you think? As always, comments are welcome. The top 5 will be posted later in May!