Immortal Reviews' Favorite Songs Of 2017

 
 

1. Linkin Park - 'Sorry For Now'

Linkin Park is always able to deliver anthems, but 'Sorry For Now' is on a different level. Mike Shinoda takes lead with powerful and sweet vocals, apologizing for not always being there when he needed to be. This year took me through one of the worst times of my entire life, and when I needed some clarity this song gave me hope and made my situation a little less final. This electronic rock ballad is one for the record books.


2. Linkin Park - 'One More Light'

When we lose someone, there are always people who tell you "it could be worse" and to move on, because that's what they would want. That's not how you cope with it, and that's what Linkin Park assures you with in the album track 'One More Light.' Heartbreaking lyrics like "Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore," and "The reminders, pull the floor from your feet / In the kitchen, one more chair than you need" describe the sorrow, while the song also promises being angry and upset is okay: "you're angry, and you should be, it's not fair Just 'cause you can't see it, doesn't mean it, isn't there." After the tragic loss of Chester Bennington, this song reminds us how quick life can really be. Every life is important, no matter how insignificant you may feel.


3. PVRIS - 'What's Wrong'

Misery comes in many forms. Pain, sorrow, anger, and so on. Sometimes letting those feelings all out can be hard. PVRIS battles with their own emotions a lot on All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell in such a way that they're searching for a way to escape the pain they feel and return to the happiness. 'What's Wrong' is the center of all this, the uncertainty and insecurity of feeling and releasing those emotions in the right way. Combined with beautiful melodies and powerful drive, 'What's Wrong' is one of PVRIS' strongest and most effective songs.


4. Thirty Seconds To Mars - 'Walk On Water' *

If Thirty Seconds To Mars has one message to share, it's that you can make all of your dreams come true if you believe in them and fight for them. 'Walk On Water,' the lead single from their upcoming fifth album, is the representation of that. The song is anthemic and big in the classic MARS fashion while capturing the political climate of America today, leaving on glaring message: change is in our hands.


5. Arcane Roots - 'Curtains'

Arcane Roots are a band who are capable of making the impossible happen. Their sound is unlike anything anyone can ever hope of replicating, being beautiful and ferocious at the same time. Their sophomore album Melancholia Hymns is one of the more challenging and mind-bending albums of the year, and 'Curtains' stands at the crux of it. It's dark lyrics, slow and brooding build of epic synths, and intense breakdown at the end embodies everything Melancholia Hymns is, and everything Arcane Roots has become. 



6. Brand New - '451'

There aren't many bands as prolific as Brand New, and in their fifth and possibly final record Science Fiction they make certain their legacy of powerful messages and inner demons stay known for a long time to come. There's something in the southern-tinged chaos of '451' that says it all about the album. It's not as mellow or haunting as some other tracks, but there's something about its raw, angry energy that feels like it comes straight from the mouth of the demons that haunt Jesse Lacey and his lyrics display similar angers. Not to mention the song is just immense in its delivery, it's one of the most impactful and memorable songs on a masterpiece of a record.


7. Imagine Dragons - 'Believer'

Imagine Dragons have a niche for being grandiose. Things are about to reach a new height if their single 'Believer' has anything to say about it. Take everything you know about Imagine Dragons in terms of intensity and power, and put it into this track, and you have a good idea of what it's going to sound like. Roaring choruses, pounding drums, and powerful instrumentation make this song a real monster and a true jam. 


 

8. Gorillaz - 'Saturnz Barz'

You can never have an expectation from Gorillaz because it's almost entirely unclear what they'll make. None of their songs are predictable or even comprehendible at times. 'Saturnz Barz' featuring Jamaican artist Popcaan really fits that theme. Not only is this the first official single from the band's long-awaited comeback record Humanz, but everything about it just feels so rightly weird. From the crazy, nonunderstandable lyrics to the haunting melodies and dark, spacey instrumental, this song really takes Gorillaz to the next level. The hook will be stuck in your head for ages, and in a good way. You won't want to forget this song.


9. Julien Baker - 'APpointments'

It's hard to deal with depression and heartbreak - they are amongst the most tragic things we can face. All the same, they are essential in the adventure of life. Julien Baker puts that all into perspective on Turn Out The Lights, her brilliant album that illustrates depression and heartbreak in beautifully simplistic soundscapes. In the album comes 'Appointments,' a powerful ballad that really captures everything Baker has gone through. It's one of the more specific tracks, but hearing Baker promise she'll find help in order to try and save a relationship really cuts deeper than some other tracks given you can hear every ounce of strife in her voice, especially as the song releases all of its emotions in its climax.


10. Paramore - 'Fake Happy'

Paramore's After Laughter is hopelessly charming, taking The Cure's approach of keeping things sounding upbeat and happy while singing about dark themes. At the crux of this is 'Fake Happy,' a song that not only defines the whole album, but the whole theme of depression. Beginning on a somber note, Hayley Williams sings quietly before electronics are introduced, the band returning to their more familiar pop rock sound in the big chorus that chants about pretending to be happy in the face of depression while the infectious groove swallows you in some depressing swirl of fun.



The following is a comprehensive list of our favorite songs from the records we listened to this year.

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Songs noted with an asterisk (*) are track reviews.

Last Updated: November 17, 2017
  1. Linkin Park - 'Sorry For Now'
  2. Linkin Park - 'One More Light'
  3. PVRIS - 'What's Wrong'
  4. Thirty Seconds To Mars - 'Walk On Water' *
  5. Arcane Roots - 'Curtains'
  6. Brand New - '451'
  7. Imagine Dragons - 'Believer'
  8. Gorillaz - 'Saturnz Barz'
  9. Julien Baker - 'Appointments'
  10. Paramore - 'Fake Happy'
  11. Justin Bieber & BloodPop - 'Friends' *
  12. Ed Sheeran - 'Supermarket Flowers'
  13. Coldplay - 'A L I E N S'
  14. Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA.'
  15. Peter Silberman - 'Maya'
  16. Starset - 'Back To The Earth'
  17. Mount Eerie - 'Swims'
  18. 10 Years - 'Ghosts'
  19. Sorority Noise - 'First Letter From St. Sean'
  20. Frances - 'Don't Worry About Me'
  21. Royal Blood - 'Lights Out'
  22. David Bowie - 'Killing A Little Time'
  23. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Snake Eyes'
  24. Mastodon - 'Steambreather'
  25. Incubus - 'Nimble Bastard'
  26. Halsey - 'Sorry'
  27. The Chainsmokers - 'Young'
  28. Lorde - 'Green Light'
  29. Halsey - 'Not Afraid Anymore' *
  30. Brockhampton - 'Summer'
  31. Nothing But Thieves - 'Live Like Animals'
  32. Rise Against - 'The Violence' *
  33. All Time Low - 'Drugs & Candy'
  34. Mew - 'Zanzibar'
  35. SOHN - 'Rennen'
  36. Soen - 'Opal'
  37. Son Lux - 'Dangerous'
  38. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister - 'Jupiter'
  39. Nadia Reid - 'Te Aro'
  40. Bonobo - 'Second Sun'
  41. Do Make Say Think - 'Return, Return Again'
  42. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - 'Something Just Like This' *
  43. XXXTentacion - 'Save Me'
  44. Sam Smith - 'HIM'
  45. Death From Above - 'Freeze Me'
  46. Foo Fighters - 'The Line'
  47. You Me At Six - 'Take On The World'
  48. Zola Blood - 'The Only Thing'
  49. Shy Girls - 'You Like The Pain Too'
  50. Harry Styles - 'Kiwi'
  51. Tigers Jaw - 'Guardian'
  52. Hurts - 'Hold On To Me'
  53. Radiohead - 'Man Of War' *
  54. Nine Inch Nails - 'Less Than'
  55. Meadowlark - 'Paraffin'
  56. Declan McKenna - 'The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home'
  57. Chelsea Wolfe - '16 Psyche'
  58. Vince Staples - 'BagBak'
  59. Evanescence - 'Imperfection'
  60. So Much Light - 'Love That Never Fades'
  61. LIGHTS - 'We Were Here'
  62. Marilyn Manson - 'Revelation #12'
  63. Rationale - 'Somewhere To Belong'
  64. Cigarettes After Sex - 'Sweet'
  65. Kashiwa Daisuke - 'Sacred Play Secret Place'
  66. Sylvan Esso - 'Slack Jaw (Echo Mountains Sessions)'
  67. Steven Wilson - 'People Who Eat Darkness'
  68. alt-J - 'Adeline'
  69. Father John Misty - 'When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay'
  70. Algiers - 'Mme Rieux'
  71. Kacy Hill - 'Am I'
  72. Kesha - 'Praying'
  73. Dillon - '2. Kind'
  74. St. Vincent - 'Happy Birthday, Johnny'
  75. Gogol Bordello - 'Love Bastards'
  76. Kiiara - 'Wishlist' *
  77. The Last Dinosaur - 'Goodnight'
  78. Lorde - 'Homemade Dynamite' (Remix) (ft. Khalid, Post Malone, & SZA) *
  79. dvsn - 'Run Away'
  80. Weezer - 'Feels Like Summer'
  81. Joey Bada$$ - 'Rockabye Baby'
  82. Oddisee - 'Digging Deep'
  83. Trivium - 'Beauty Behind The Sorrow'
  84. Dangerkids - 'Things Could Be Different'
  85. Aminé - 'Veggies'
  86. Nothing More - 'Go To War'
  87. Grandaddy - 'A Lost Machine'
  88. Ryan Adams - 'Do You Still Love Me'
  89. Beck - 'Seventh Heaven'
  90. Citizen - 'Discrete Routine'
  91. Spoon - 'Hot Thoughts'
  92. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - 'Marine Tigers'
  93. Astrid S - 'Breathe'
  94. Minus The Bear - 'Silver'
  95. Kehlani - 'CRZY'
  96. LCD Soundsystem - 'Other Voices'
  97. Odesza - 'A Moment Apart'
  98. Katy Perry - 'Swish Swish'
  99. Maroon 5 - 'Closure'
  100. The Killers - 'Wonderful Wonderful'
  101. Manchester Orchestra - 'Lead, SD'
  102. Niall Horan - 'This Town'
  103. P!nk - 'Secrets'
  104. Vérité - 'Freedom Of Falling'
  105. Lupe Fiasco - 'Pick Up The Phone'
  106. Perfume Genius - 'Die 4 You'
  107. Cloud Nothings - 'Realize My Fate'
  108. HAIM - 'Right Now'
  109. Portugal. The Man - 'Live In The Moment'
  110. Jillette Johnson - 'Love Is Blind'
  111. Zola Jesus - 'Exhumed'
  112. Grizzly Bear - 'Losing All Sense'
  113. Murs - 'Lemon Juice'
  114. Depeche Mode - 'Where's The Revolution'
  115. Margo Price - 'A Little Pain'
  116. Mermaidens - 'Sunstone'
  117. The Luxembourg Signal - 'Laura Palmer'
  118. Dia Frampton - 'Out Of The Dark'
  119. The Afghan Whigs - 'Arabian Heights'
  120. Odonis Odonis - 'Nasty Boy'
  121. Stone Temple Pilots - 'Meadow' *
  122. Lucy Rose - 'Second Chance'
  123. Mogwai - 'Old Poisons'
  124. 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, & Offset - 'Ghostface Killer' (ft. Travis Scott)
  125. Walk The Moon - 'One Foot'
  126. Four Tet - 'Lush'
  127. Thy Art Is Murder - 'Death Dealer'
  128. Enter Shikari - 'Rabble Rouser'
  129. Foster The People - 'Love Like Sid & Nancy'
  130. Waxahatchee - 'Hear You'
  131. Daughter - 'All I Wanted'
  132. Circuit Des Yeux - 'Black Fly'
  133. Stone Sour - 'Knievel Has Landed'
  134. Public Service Broadcasting - 'They Gave Me A Lamp'
  135. The Flashbulb - 'Gray Pill'
  136. Bebe Rexha - '(Not) The One'
  137. Macklemore - 'Ain't Gonna Die Tonight'
  138. The War On Drugs - 'Pain'
  139. Miley Cyrus - 'Malibu'
  140. Twice - 'Likey'
  141. Liam Gallagher - 'I Get By'
  142. Lindstrøm - 'Tensions'
  143. London Grammar - 'Wild Eyed'
  144. Papa Roach - 'Born For Greatness'
  145. Oh Wonder - 'Solo'
  146. Milo - 'Ornette's Swan Song'
  147. Jay-Z - '4:44'
  148. Bugzy Malone - 'Bruce Wayne'
  149. Prophets Of Rage - 'Strength In Numbers'
  150. Seether - 'Let You Down'
  151. Vic Mensa - 'Rage'
  152. Wolf Alice - 'Heavenward'
  153. Migos - 'Deadz'
  154. Future - 'POA'
  155. Frank Iero & The Patience - 'No Fun Club'
  156. Rise Against - 'Wolves'
  157. DragonForce - 'Curse Of Darkness'
  158. Jamiroquai - 'Shake It Off''
  159. The National - 'Nobody Else Will Be There'
  160. Sylvan Esso - 'Signal'
  161. Taylor Swift - 'I Did Something Bad'
  162. Paul Weller - 'New York'
  163. Hisato Higuchi - 'Kimi No Nawa Hikoki'
  164. Feist - 'I'm Not Running Away'
  165. Poppy - 'Moshi Moshi'
  166. James Holden & The Animal Spirits - 'Thunder Moon Gathering'
  167. Echosmith - 'Get Into My Car'
  168. Young Thug & Future - 'No Gap'
  169. Briana Marela - 'Quit'
  170. Circa Waves - 'A Night On The Broken Tiles'
  171. Anathema - 'Springfield'
  172. The Black Angels - 'Currency'
  173. Tall Ships - 'Road Not Taken'
  174. Toro y Moi - 'Labrynth'
  175. Day Wave - 'Bring You Down'
  176. San Fermin - 'Oceanica'
  177. Steps - 'Happy'
  178. Mac DeMarco - 'One More Love Song'
  179. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Anthem For No State'
  180. SZA - '20 Something'
  181. Alder & Ash - 'The Merciless Dusk'
  182. Toby Driver - 'Avignon'
  183. Teen Daze - 'Dream City'
  184. Northlane - 'Zero-One'
  185. Freddie Gibbes - 'Amnesia'
  186. Rosetta - 'Intramortem'
  187. Fifth Harmony - 'Don't Say You Love Me'
  188. At The Drive-In - 'No Wolf Like The Present'
  189. Lilac Lungs - 'Us Vs. Ourselves'
  190. Baio - 'Vin Mariani'
  191. Jen Cloher - 'Strong Woman'
  192. Yung Lean - 'Red Bottom Sky'
  193. Frank Ocean - 'Chanel' *
  194. Everything Everything - 'Desire'
  195. Logic - 'America'
  196. Sampha - 'Plastic 100°C'
  197. Blackfield - 'The Jackal'
  198. Bebe Rexha - 'I Got You'
  199. Gucci Mane - 'Curve'
  200. Jennifer Paige - 'The Devil's In The Details'
  201. Duke Garwood - 'Coldblooded The Return'
  202. Dizzee Rascal - 'Space'
  203. Kasabian - 'Comeback Kid'
  204. Kodak Black - 'Versatile'
  205. Lydia Ainsworth - 'The Road'
  206. Cold War Kids - 'Love Is Mystical'
  207. Alpha Male Tea Party - 'Nobody Had The Heart To Tell Him He Was On Fire'
  208. Machine Gun Kelly - 'The Gunner'
  209. Lana del Rey - 'Love' *
  210. Crescent - 'Willow Pattern'
  211. Syd - 'Shake Em Off'
  212. Amy Macdonald - 'Prepare To Fall'
  213. Stormzy - 'Cold'
  214. Hundredth - 'Vertigo'
  215. Raekwon - 'You Hear Me'
  216. JMSN - 'Drinkin''
  217. All Them Witches - '3-5-7'
  218. Shredders - 'Xanthrax'
  219. Jlin - 'Kyanite'
  220. Zara Larsson - 'Only You'
  221. Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, & Migos - 'Slide'
  222. Kelly Clarkson - 'Move You'
  223. Kauan - 'Sateen Huuhtoma'
  224. Lil Uzi Vert - 'UnFazed'
  225. Mura Masa - 'All Around The World'
  226. Broken Social Scene - 'Stay Happy'
  227. Little Hurricane - 'Isn't It Great'
  228. The xx - 'Test Me'
  229. The Front Bottoms - 'Bae'
  230. Juana Molina - 'Paraguaya'
  231. Young Thug - 'Tomorrow Til Infinity'
  232. Little Dragon - 'Celebrate'
  233. Prince - 'Deliverance'
  234. Drake - 'Fake Love'
  235. John Mayer - 'Helpless'
  236. Temples - 'Certainty'
  237. Little Cub - 'Hypnotise'
  238. Sia - 'Santa's Coming For Us'
  239. The Script - 'Deliverance'
  240. Gone Is Gone - 'Roads'
  241. Code Orange - 'Spy'
  242. Valgeir Sigurðsson - 'Dissonance'
  243. James Blunt - 'Heartbeat'
  244. Valerie June - 'Shakedown'
  245. Elbow - 'Magnificent (She Says)'
  246. Amber Coffman - 'Dark Night'
  247. Future & Kendrick Lamar - 'Mask Off' (Remix) *
  248. Queens Of The Stone Age - 'The Way That You Do'
  249. Demi Lovato - 'Cry Baby'
  250. Ty Dolla $ign - 'Famous'
  251. Kiiara - 'Whippin' (ft. Felix Snow) *
  252. Girl Ray - 'A Few Months'
  253. AFI - 'White Offerings'
  254. Dua Lipa - 'Garden'
  255. Jacques Greene - 'I Won't Judge'
  256. Trey Songz - 'Break From Love'
  257. Half Waif - 'Cerulean'
  258. Lee Foss - 'Deep Congo'
  259. Juliana Hatfield - 'Everything Is Forgiven'
  260. Fever Ray - 'IDK About You'
  261. Tinie Tempah - 'Holy Moly'
  262. Joji - 'Will He'
  263. The Orwells - 'Double Feature'
  264. Hurray For The Riff Raff - 'Halfway There'
  265. Alvvays - 'Dreams Tonite'
  266. Big Sean - 'Sacrifices'
  267. Silja Sol - 'Dyrene'
  268. Sepultura - 'Machine Messiah'
  269. Austra - 'I'm A Monster'
  270. Blanck Mass - 'John Doe's Carnival Of Terror'
  271. Sleigh Bells - 'Favorite Transgressions'
  272. Oikos - 'Ravaged, Burned'
  273. Roger Waters - 'Bird In A Cage'
  274. Arcade Fire - 'Signs Of Life'
  275. Julie Byrne - 'Sleepwalker'
  276. Brian Eno - 'Reflection'
  277. Dropkick Murphys - 'The Lonesome Boatman'
  278. PARTYNEXTDOOR - 'Low Battery'
  279. Baz Francis - 'Revenge Of The Animal Kingdom'
  280. Future - 'Coming Out Strong'
  281. Gucci Mane - 'Tho'
  282. The Menzingers - 'Tellin' Lies'
  283. Les Chants du Hasard - 'Chants I - Le Théâtre'
  284. Muse - 'Dig Down' *
  285. Sound Of Ceres - 'Outer Century'
  286. Paradise Lost - 'Until The Grave'
  287. A$AP Twelvyy - 'Periodic Table'
  288. A$AP Ferg - 'One Night Savage'
  289. Anti-Flag - 'American Attraction'
  290. 2 Chainz - 'Saturday Night'
  291. Shakira - 'Me Enamoré'
  292. Tim Darcy - 'Saint Germain'
  293. Snoop Dogg - 'Neva Left'
  294. The Deslondes - 'Many Poor Boy'
  295. The Vamps - 'Middle Of The Night'
  296. The Lurking Fear - 'The Infernal Dread'
  297. Com Truise - '...Of Your Fake Dimension'
  298. Chromadrift - 'Is This The End...?'
  299. The Flaming Lips - 'One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill'
  300. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - 'Don't Speak For Me (True)'
  301. Galantis - 'Call Me Home'
  302. Splashh - 'Honey and Salt'
  303. Paul White & Danny Brown - 'Lion's Den'
  304. Kelela - 'Onanon'
  305. Heinali & Matt Finney - 'Relationship Goals'
  306. Lawrence English - 'Requiem For A Reaper'
  307. Silverstein - 'Mirror Box'
  308. DJ Khaled - 'Shining'
  309. Pallbearer - 'Dancing In Madness'
  310. Charli XCX - 'Emotional'
  311. Ariel Pink - 'Time To Meet Your God'
  312. Ty Segall - 'Black Magick'
  313. Anna Of The North - 'Money'
  314. Uncommon Nasa - 'Looking Back (It's 3AM)'
  315. Bush - 'Mad Love'
  316. Max Cooper - 'Molten Landscape'
  317. Foxygen - 'Rise Up'
  318. From First To Last - 'Make War' *
  319. Tyler Childers - 'Universal Sound'
  320. Steel Panther - 'Poontang Boomerang'
  321. Trapped Under Ice - 'Backstabbed'
  322. 21 Savage - 'Famous'
  323. Kodak Black - 'Day For Day'
  324. Disperse - 'Tether'
  325. Gorillaz - 'Hallelujah Money' *
  326. Lil Yachty - 'Better'
  327. Jacob Sartorius - 'By Your Side'
  328. Ugly God - 'Fuck Ugly God'
  329. Vermont - 'Norderney'
  330. Emptyset - 'Axis'