Immortal Reviews' Favorite Songs Of 2017

 
 

1. 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."


2. Ed Sheeran - 'Supermarket Flowers'

All of Divide was written beautifully. The entire album didn't embody love so much as it embodied being human. As Ed Sheeran retold some of his fondest memories, he didn't steer away from some of the more sobering ones. 'Supermarket Flowers' is the closing track on the record, as well as the most crushing. The raw piano and vocal track tells the tale of Sheeran losing his grandmother, all of the emotions summed up beautifully in the final chorus: "You were an angel in the shape of my mum / You got to see the person I have become / Spread your wings / And I know when that when God took you back he said Hallelujah / You're home."


3. Linkin Park - 'Sorry For Now'

An album written so powerfully, two songs from it have made the list (more would have, too, if we didn't have some self-restraint). On their quest to remind us of our own well-being, Linkin Park delivers 'Sorry For Now,' which more or less turns everything you may know about the band on its head. It's poppy structure makes it a fun listen, but it's Mike Shinoda that really carries the track. Continuing his message to his kids from 'Invisible,' Shinoda discusses the sacrifices he makes for them that they don't yet understand, delivering a powerful vocal performance with huge dynamics. Chester Bennington rapping over the bridge is also a welcomed surprise.


4. Starset - 'Back To The Earth'

'Back To The Earth' is the epitome of everything that's great about Starset and Vessels - a new focus on electronic elements will still maintaining big, arena rock guitars and dramatic cinematics.


5. 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.



5. Ed Sheeran - 'Castle On The Hill' *

Another album that's made it onto the list twice, Divide was so masterfully written, two songs from it have landed a spot on our top songs of the year. Upon his huge comeback, Ed Sheeran shared this personal tale about his childhood and growing up in his hometown that not only is a touching recollection, but also a big, fun song that's great to sing along to.


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. Peter Silberman - 'Maya'

All of Peter Silberman's record Impermanence has a way of painting vivid pictures full of color and wonder while focussing on the black and white memories that come with them. 'Maya' is the crux of that idea, illustrating the beautiful setting of a paradise island while you set alone watching the sun set, remembering a love you hold dearly.


9. Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA.'

For a record that ponders life and death, Kendrick Lamar sure does spit some godly bars. DAMN. is an album that challenges society's values and discusses morality, along the way challenging your ideals. The first full track 'DNA.' is a blistering hip-hop track, Kendrick's fiery delivery unrelenting and threatening, giving the album a destructive start. It's a torch in a pool of fiery and powerful tracks, serving as the standard for the ones that followed. 


10. Paramore - 'Fake Happy'

Whether we admit it or not, we're all hiding something within ourselves. Not all of our emotions bubble to the surface. Paramore's new album After Laughter talks about the darkness of our lives and paints it all in an optimistic light, and 'Fake Happy' epitomizes it all. We are all pretending to be something we're not, for any of our own reasons. Paramore brings this to music, with powerful anthemic vibes backing its premise.



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.

  1. Linkin Park - 'One More Light'
  2. Ed Sheeran - 'Supermarket Flowers'
  3. Linkin Park - 'Sorry For Now'
  4. Starset - 'Back To The Earth'
  5. Gorillaz - 'Saturnz Barz'
  6. Ed Sheeran - 'Castle On The Hill' *
  7. Imagine Dragons - 'Believer' *
  8. Peter Silberman - 'Maya'
  9. Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA.'
  10. Paramore - 'Fake Happy'
  11. Mount Eerie - 'Swims'
  12. Sorority Noise - 'First Letter From St. Sean'
  13. Frances - 'Don't Worry About Me'
  14. David Bowie - 'Killing A Little Time'
  15. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Snake Eyes'
  16. Mastodon - 'Steambreather'
  17. Incubus - 'Nimble Bastard'
  18. The Chainsmokers - 'Young'
  19. Halsey - 'Not Afraid Anymore' *
  20. Rise Against - 'The Violence' *
  21. Mew - 'Zanzibar'
  22. SOHN - 'Rennen'
  23. Soen - 'Opal'
  24. Son Lux - 'Dangerous'
  25. Nadia Reid - 'Te Aro'
  26. Bonobo - 'Second Sun'
  27. Do Make Say Think - 'Return, Return Again'
  28. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - 'Something Just Like This' *
  29. You Me At Six - 'Take On The World'
  30. Shy Girls - 'You Like The Pain Too'
  31. Lorde - 'Green Light' *
  32. Harry Styles - 'Kiwi'
  33. Father John Misty - 'When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay'
  34. Weezer - 'Feels Like Summer' *
  35. Joey Bada$$ - 'Rockabye Baby'
  36. Oddisee - 'Digging Deep'
  37. Dangerkids - 'Things Could Be Different'
  38. Grandaddy - 'A Lost Machine'
  39. Ryan Adams - 'Do You Still Love Me'
  40. Spoon - 'Hot Thoughts'
  41. Minus The Bear - 'Silver'
  42. Kehlani - 'CRZY'
  43. Lupe Fiasco - 'Pick Up The Phone'
  44. Perfume Genius - 'Die 4 You'
  45. Cloud Nothings - 'Realize My Fate'
  46. Murs - 'Lemon Juice'
  47. Depeche Mode - 'Where's The Revolution'
  48. Dia Frampton - 'Out Of The Dark'
  49. The Afghan Whigs - 'Arabian Heights'
  50. Papa Roach - 'Born For Greatness'
  51. Seether - 'Let You Down'
  52. Migos - 'Deadz'
  53. Future - 'POA'
  54. DragonForce - 'Curse Of Darkness'
  55. Jamiroquai - 'Shake It Off''
  56. Sylvan Esso - 'Signal'
  57. Paul Weller - 'New York'
  58. Hisato Higuchi - 'Kimi No Nawa Hikoki'
  59. Feist - 'I'm Not Running Away'
  60. Circa Waves - 'A Night On The Broken Tiles'
  61. The Black Angels - 'Currency'
  62. Tall Ships - 'Road Not Taken'
  63. Day Wave - 'Bring You Down'
  64. San Fermin - 'Oceanica'
  65. Steps - 'Happy'
  66. Mac DeMarco - 'One More Love Song'
  67. Toby Driver - 'Avignon'
  68. Teen Daze - 'Dream City'
  69. Northlane - 'Zero-One'
  70. Freddie Gibbes - 'Amnesia'
  71. At The Drive-In - 'No Wolf Like The Present'
  72. Lilac Lungs - 'Us Vs. Ourselves'
  73. Frank Ocean - 'Chanel' *
  74. Logic - 'America'
  75. Sampha - 'Plastic 100°C'
  76. Blackfield - 'The Jackal'
  77. Bebe Rexha - 'I Got You'
  78. Jennifer Paige - 'The Devil's In The Details'
  79. Katy Perry - 'Chained To The Rhythm' *
  80. Duke Garwood - 'Coldblooded The Return'
  81. Kasabian - 'Comeback Kid'
  82. Lydia Ainsworth - 'The Road'
  83. Cold War Kids - 'Love Is Mystical'
  84. Machine Gun Kelly - 'The Gunner'
  85. Lana del Rey - 'Love' *
  86. Syd - 'Shake Em Off'
  87. Amy Macdonald - 'Prepare To Fall'
  88. Stormzy - 'Cold'
  89. Raekwon - 'You Hear Me'
  90. JMSN - 'Drinkin''
  91. All Them Witches - '3-5-7'
  92. Jlin - 'Kyanite'
  93. Zara Larsson - 'Only You'
  94. Little Hurricane - 'Isn't It Great'
  95. The xx - 'Test Me'
  96. Juana Molina - 'Paraguaya'
  97. Little Dragon - 'Celebrate'
  98. Prince - 'Deliverance'
  99. Drake - 'Fake Love'
  100. John Mayer - 'Helpless'
  101. Temples - 'Certainty'
  102. Little Cub - 'Hypnotise'
  103. Gone Is Gone - 'Roads'
  104. Code Orange - 'Spy'
  105. Valgeir Sigurðsson - 'Dissonance'
  106. James Blunt - 'Heartbeat'
  107. Valerie June - 'Shakedown'
  108. Elbow - 'Magnificent (She Says)'
  109. Future & Kendrick Lamar - 'Mask Off' (Remix) *
  110. Kiiara - 'Whippin' (ft. Felix Snow) *
  111. AFI - 'White Offerings'
  112. Jacques Greene - 'I Won't Judge'
  113. Trey Songz - 'Break From Love'
  114. Half Waif - 'Cerulean'
  115. Lee Foss - 'Deep Congo'
  116. Juliana Hatfield - 'Everything Is Forgiven'
  117. Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, & Migos - 'Slide' *
  118. Tinie Tempah - 'Holy Moly'
  119. The Orwells - 'Double Feature'
  120. Hurray For The Riff Raff - 'Halfway There'
  121. Big Sean - 'Sacrifices'
  122. Silja Sol - 'Dyrene'
  123. Sepultura - 'Machine Messiah'
  124. Austra - 'I'm A Monster'
  125. Blanck Mass - 'John Doe's Carnival Of Terror'
  126. Oikos - 'Ravaged, Burned'
  127. Julie Byrne - 'Sleepwalker'
  128. Brian Eno - 'Reflection'
  129. Dropkick Murphys - 'The Lonesome Boatman'
  130. Baz Francis - 'Revenge Of The Animal Kingdom'
  131. Future - 'Coming Out Strong'
  132. The Menzingers - 'Tellin' Lies'
  133. Muse - 'Dig Down' *
  134. Tim Darcy - 'Saint Germain'
  135. Snoop Dogg - 'Neva Left'
  136. Chromadrift - 'Is This The End...?'
  137. The Flaming Lips - 'One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill'
  138. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - 'Don't Speak For Me (True)'
  139. Splashh - 'Honey and Salt'
  140. Paul White & Danny Brown - 'Lion's Den'
  141. Lawrence English - 'Requiem For A Reaper'
  142. Pallbearer - 'Dancing In Madness'
  143. Charli XCX - 'Emotional'
  144. Ty Segall - 'Black Magick'
  145. Bush - 'Mad Love'
  146. Foxygen - 'Rise Up'
  147. From First To Last - 'Make War' *
  148. Steel Panther - 'Poontang Boomerang'
  149. Kodak Black - 'Day For Day'
  150. Disperse - 'Tether'
  151. Gorillaz - 'Hallelujah Money' *
  152. Jacob Sartorius - 'By Your Side'
  153. Vermont - 'Norderney'
  154. Emptyset - 'Axis'