Immortal Reviews' Favorite Songs Of 2017
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."
'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.
Linkin Park are constantly evolving and changing. 'Heavy' is no different. The lead single from One More Light is a beautiful track, powerful in its simplicity, and with Linkin Park's first female guest Kiiara helping to make the song even more accessible, this track was only meant for success.
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.
The Chainsmokers are no strangers to creating huge summer pop songs. Many of their tracks revolve around love (a problem that will catch up to them soon), but on their debut album Memories...Do Not Open, the manage to pull through with huge instrumentals and beautiful melodies to make the messages strong. 'Young' is a song that embodies everything The Chainsmokers are and elevates it with beautiful orchestration and execution. This is the pinnacle of their music so far - a beautiful track laced in emotional summer glory.
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.
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.
A lot of emotion went into Sorority Noise's new album You're Not As _____ As You Think, but it all culminates in the tragic story told in 'First Letter From St. Sean.' This song hits like a bulldozer, vocalist Cameron Boucher's voice sounding incredibly defeated to an almost believable point. Just when the song reaches its low, the lyrics remind that there is more to life as the song begins to build itself back together in a final glimmer of hope. It's depression back to the road to recovery.
Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked At Me is a lot of things. All of that falls under the category of depression and love, the most brutal combo. The record is comprised of songs confessing Phil Elverum's undying love for his late wife and mother to his one-and-a-half year old daughter in harrowing and utterly heartbreaking detail. The song that perhaps hits the hardest is 'Swims,' delivering the perfect devastated emotion between anger and grief and truly heart-rending lyrics, including "Today our daughter asked me if mama swims / I told her yes she does / and that's probably all she does now."
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.
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.
- Ed Sheeran - 'Supermarket Flowers'
- Starset - 'Back To The Earth'
- Linkin Park & Kiiara - 'Heavy' *
- Ed Sheeran - 'Castle On The Hill' *
- The Chainsmokers - 'Young'
- Peter Silberman - 'Maya'
- Imagine Dragons - 'Believer' *
- Sorority Noise - 'First Letter From St. Sean'
- Mount Eerie - 'Swims'
- Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA.'
- Frances - 'Don't Worry About Me'
- David Bowie - 'Killing A Little Time'
- Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Snake Eyes'
- Mastodon - 'Steambreather'
- Halsey - 'Not Afraid Anymore' *
- Rise Against - 'The Violence' *
- SOHN - 'Rennen'
- Soen - 'Opal'
- Nadia Reid - 'Te Aro'
- Bonobo - 'Second Sun'
- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - 'Something Just Like This' *
- You Me At Six - 'Take On The World'
- Shy Girls - 'You Like The Pain Too'
- Lorde - 'Green Light' *
- Linkin Park - 'Good Goodbye' *
- Father John Misty - 'When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay'
- Weezer - 'Feels Like Summer' *
- Joey Bada$$ - 'Rockabye Baby'
- Oddisee - 'Digging Deep'
- Dangerkids - 'Things Could Be Different'
- Grandaddy - 'A Lost Machine'
- Ryan Adams - 'Do You Still Love Me'
- Spoon - 'Hot Thoughts'
- Minus The Bear - 'Silver'
- Kehlani - 'CRZY'
- Lupe Fiasco - 'Pick Up The Phone'
- Cloud Nothings - 'Realize My Fate'
- Murs - 'Lemon Juice'
- Depeche Mode - 'Where's The Revolution'
- Dia Frampton - 'Out Of The Dark'
- Migos - 'Deadz'
- Future - 'POA'
- Jamiroquai - 'Shake It Off''
- Circa Waves - 'A Night On The Broken Tiles'
- Tall Ships - 'Road Not Taken'
- San Fermin - 'Oceanica'
- Teen Daze - 'Dream City'
- Northlane - 'Zero-One'
- Freddie Gibbes - 'Amnesia'
- Frank Ocean - 'Chanel' *
- Sampha - 'Plastic 100°C'
- Blackfield - 'The Jackal'
- Bebe Rexha - 'I Got You'
- Jennifer Paige - 'The Devil's In The Details'
- Katy Perry - 'Chained To The Rhythm' *
- Duke Garwood - 'Coldblooded The Return'
- Lydia Ainsworth - 'The Road'
- Cold War Kids - 'Love Is Mystical'
- Lana del Rey - 'Love' *
- Syd - 'Shake Em Off'
- Amy Macdonald - 'Prepare To Fall'
- Stormzy - 'Cold'
- Raekwon - 'You Hear Me'
- All Them Witches - '3-5-7'
- Zara Larsson - 'Only You'
- Little Hurricane - 'Isn't It Great'
- The xx - 'Test Me'
- Juana Molina - 'Paraguaya'
- Little Dragon - 'Celebrate'
- Drake - 'Fake Love'
- John Mayer - 'Helpless'
- Temples - 'Certainty'
- Gone Is Gone - 'Roads'
- Code Orange - 'Spy'
- James Blunt - 'Heartbeat'
- Valerie June - 'Shakedown'
- Elbow - 'Magnificent (She Says)'
- Kiiara - 'Whippin' (ft. Felix Snow) *
- AFI - 'White Offerings'
- Jacques Greene - 'I Won't Judge'
- Trey Songz - 'Break From Love'
- Half Waif - 'Cerulean'
- Lee Foss - 'Deep Congo'
- Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, & Migos - 'Slide' *
- Tinie Tempah - 'Holy Moly'
- The Orwells - 'Double Feature'
- Hurray For The Riff Raff - 'Halfway There'
- Big Sean - 'Sacrifices'
- Silja Sol - 'Dyrene'
- Sepultura - 'Machine Messiah'
- Austra - 'I'm A Monster'
- Blanck Mass - 'John Doe's Carnival Of Terror'
- Oikos - 'Ravaged, Burned'
- Julie Byrne - 'Sleepwalker'
- Brian Eno - 'Reflection'
- Dropkick Murphys - 'The Lonesome Boatman'
- Baz Francis - 'Revenge Of The Animal Kingdom'
- Future - 'Coming Out Strong'
- The Menzingers - 'Tellin' Lies'
- Tim Darcy - 'Saint Germain'
- Chromadrift - 'Is This The End...?'
- The Flaming Lips - 'One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill'
- Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - 'Don't Speak For Me (True)'
- Splashh - 'Honey and Salt'
- Paul White & Danny Brown - 'Lion's Den'
- Lawrence English - 'Requiem For A Reaper'
- Pallbearer - 'Dancing In Madness'
- Charli XCX - 'Emotional'
- Ty Segall - 'Black Magick'
- Bush - 'Mad Love'
- Foxygen - 'Rise Up'
- From First To Last - 'Make War' *
- Steel Panther - 'Poontang Boomerang'
- Kodak Black - 'Day For Day'
- Disperse - 'Tether'
- Gorillaz - 'Hallelujah Money' *
- Jacob Sartorius - 'By Your Side'
- Vermont - 'Norderney'
- Emptyset - 'Axis'