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. 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.


8. 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. 


9. Justin Bieber & BloodPop - 'Friends' *

Little did anyone think that Justin Bieber would be topping many people's Top 10 lists in 2017, but he's really stepped his game up. Bieber and producer BloodPop (who had previously worked with him on 'Sorry') team up to make a truly powerful pop song, especially if you've been through the situation Bieber sings about. The dark melodies, brilliant production, and the story of the song just makes the entire track a fantastic pop track. 


10. 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."



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