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. 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 - '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."


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. Coldplay - 'A L I E N S'

You don't always think of Coldplay when you imagine a band that's pushing boundaries, but the band surprised this year on their Kaleidoscope EP with 'A L I E N S.' The otherworldly track not only features an incredibly innovative instrumental with lots of experimentation, but tackles a powerful cause: the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The song tells the story of creatures that travel from their war-torn world in hopes of finding safety but most overcome the hatred they find when they try to integrate into society. Instead of speaking on the subject, the band writes from their perspective, everything about the song making the situation in real life all the more real and urgent. Few songs can really do that, let alone from such a notable artist.


9. 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.


10. 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. 



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: June 22, 2017
  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. Coldplay - 'A L I E N S'
  9. Peter Silberman - 'Maya'
  10. Kendrick Lamar - 'DNA.'
  11. Paramore - 'Fake Happy'
  12. Mount Eerie - 'Swims'
  13. Sorority Noise - 'First Letter From St. Sean'
  14. Frances - 'Don't Worry About Me'
  15. Royal Blood - 'Lights Out'
  16. David Bowie - 'Killing A Little Time'
  17. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - 'Snake Eyes'
  18. Mastodon - 'Steambreather'
  19. Incubus - 'Nimble Bastard'
  20. Halsey - 'Sorry'
  21. The Chainsmokers - 'Young'
  22. Lorde - 'Green Light'
  23. Halsey - 'Not Afraid Anymore' *
  24. Rise Against - 'The Violence' *
  25. All Time Low - 'Drugs & Candy'
  26. Mew - 'Zanzibar'
  27. SOHN - 'Rennen'
  28. Soen - 'Opal'
  29. Son Lux - 'Dangerous'
  30. Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister - 'Jupiter'
  31. Nadia Reid - 'Te Aro'
  32. Bonobo - 'Second Sun'
  33. Do Make Say Think - 'Return, Return Again'
  34. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - 'Something Just Like This' *
  35. You Me At Six - 'Take On The World'
  36. Zola Blood - 'The Only Thing'
  37. Shy Girls - 'You Like The Pain Too'
  38. Harry Styles - 'Kiwi'
  39. Tigers Jaw - 'Guardian'
  40. Radiohead - 'Man Of War' *
  41. Meadowlark - 'Paraffin'
  42. Cigarettes After Sex - 'Sweet'
  43. Kashiwa Daisuke - 'Sacred Play Secret Place'
  44. alt-J - 'Adeline'
  45. Father John Misty - 'When The God Of Love Returns There'll Be Hell To Pay'
  46. Algiers - 'Mme Rieux'
  47. Kacy Hill - 'Am I'
  48. The Last Dinosaur - 'Goodnight'
  49. Weezer - 'Feels Like Summer' *
  50. Joey Bada$$ - 'Rockabye Baby'
  51. Oddisee - 'Digging Deep'
  52. Dangerkids - 'Things Could Be Different'
  53. Grandaddy - 'A Lost Machine'
  54. Ryan Adams - 'Do You Still Love Me'
  55. Spoon - 'Hot Thoughts'
  56. Astrid S - 'Breathe'
  57. Minus The Bear - 'Silver'
  58. Kehlani - 'CRZY'
  59. Katy Perry - 'Swish Swish'
  60. Vérité - 'Freedom Of Falling'
  61. Lupe Fiasco - 'Pick Up The Phone'
  62. Perfume Genius - 'Die 4 You'
  63. Cloud Nothings - 'Realize My Fate'
  64. HAIM - 'Right Now'
  65. Portugal. The Man - 'Live In The Moment'
  66. Murs - 'Lemon Juice'
  67. Depeche Mode - 'Where's The Revolution'
  68. Dia Frampton - 'Out Of The Dark'
  69. The Afghan Whigs - 'Arabian Heights'
  70. Portugal. The Man - 'Live In The Moment'
  71. Lucy Rose - 'Second Chance'
  72. Vince Staples - 'BagBak'
  73. Waxahatchee - 'Hear You'
  74. Stone Sour - 'Knievel Has Landed'
  75. Public Service Broadcasting - 'They Gave Me A Lamp'
  76. London Grammar - 'Wild Eyed'
  77. Papa Roach - 'Born For Greatness'
  78. Oh Wonder - 'Solo'
  79. Jay-Z - '4:44'
  80. Seether - 'Let You Down'
  81. Migos - 'Deadz'
  82. Future - 'POA'
  83. Rise Against - 'Wolves'
  84. DragonForce - 'Curse Of Darkness'
  85. Jamiroquai - 'Shake It Off''
  86. Sylvan Esso - 'Signal'
  87. Paul Weller - 'New York'
  88. Hisato Higuchi - 'Kimi No Nawa Hikoki'
  89. Feist - 'I'm Not Running Away'
  90. Circa Waves - 'A Night On The Broken Tiles'
  91. Anathema - 'Springfield'
  92. The Black Angels - 'Currency'
  93. Tall Ships - 'Road Not Taken'
  94. Toro y Moi - 'Labrynth'
  95. Day Wave - 'Bring You Down'
  96. San Fermin - 'Oceanica'
  97. Steps - 'Happy'
  98. Mac DeMarco - 'One More Love Song'
  99. SZA - '20 Something'
  100. Toby Driver - 'Avignon'
  101. Teen Daze - 'Dream City'
  102. Northlane - 'Zero-One'
  103. Freddie Gibbes - 'Amnesia'
  104. At The Drive-In - 'No Wolf Like The Present'
  105. Lilac Lungs - 'Us Vs. Ourselves'
  106. Baio - 'Vin Mariani'
  107. Frank Ocean - 'Chanel' *
  108. Logic - 'America'
  109. Sampha - 'Plastic 100°C'
  110. Blackfield - 'The Jackal'
  111. Bebe Rexha - 'I Got You'
  112. Jennifer Paige - 'The Devil's In The Details'
  113. Duke Garwood - 'Coldblooded The Return'
  114. Kasabian - 'Comeback Kid'
  115. Lydia Ainsworth - 'The Road'
  116. Cold War Kids - 'Love Is Mystical'
  117. Alpha Male Tea Party - 'Nobody Had The Heart To Tell Him He Was On Fire'
  118. Machine Gun Kelly - 'The Gunner'
  119. Lana del Rey - 'Love' *
  120. Crescent - 'Willow Pattern'
  121. Syd - 'Shake Em Off'
  122. Amy Macdonald - 'Prepare To Fall'
  123. Stormzy - 'Cold'
  124. Hundredth - 'Vertigo'
  125. Raekwon - 'You Hear Me'
  126. JMSN - 'Drinkin''
  127. All Them Witches - '3-5-7'
  128. Jlin - 'Kyanite'
  129. Zara Larsson - 'Only You'
  130. Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, & Migos - 'Slide'
  131. Mura Masa - 'All Around The World'
  132. Broken Social Scene - 'Stay Happy'
  133. Little Hurricane - 'Isn't It Great'
  134. The xx - 'Test Me'
  135. Juana Molina - 'Paraguaya'
  136. Young Thug - 'Tomorrow Til Infinity'
  137. Little Dragon - 'Celebrate'
  138. Prince - 'Deliverance'
  139. Drake - 'Fake Love'
  140. John Mayer - 'Helpless'
  141. Temples - 'Certainty'
  142. Little Cub - 'Hypnotise'
  143. Gone Is Gone - 'Roads'
  144. Code Orange - 'Spy'
  145. Valgeir Sigurðsson - 'Dissonance'
  146. James Blunt - 'Heartbeat'
  147. Valerie June - 'Shakedown'
  148. Elbow - 'Magnificent (She Says)'
  149. Amber Coffman - 'Dark Night'
  150. Future & Kendrick Lamar - 'Mask Off' (Remix) *
  151. Kiiara - 'Whippin' (ft. Felix Snow) *
  152. AFI - 'White Offerings'
  153. Dua Lipa - 'Garden'
  154. Jacques Greene - 'I Won't Judge'
  155. Trey Songz - 'Break From Love'
  156. Half Waif - 'Cerulean'
  157. Lee Foss - 'Deep Congo'
  158. Juliana Hatfield - 'Everything Is Forgiven'
  159. Tinie Tempah - 'Holy Moly'
  160. The Orwells - 'Double Feature'
  161. Hurray For The Riff Raff - 'Halfway There'
  162. Big Sean - 'Sacrifices'
  163. Silja Sol - 'Dyrene'
  164. Sepultura - 'Machine Messiah'
  165. Austra - 'I'm A Monster'
  166. Blanck Mass - 'John Doe's Carnival Of Terror'
  167. Oikos - 'Ravaged, Burned'
  168. Roger Waters - 'Bird In A Cage'
  169. Julie Byrne - 'Sleepwalker'
  170. Brian Eno - 'Reflection'
  171. Dropkick Murphys - 'The Lonesome Boatman'
  172. PARTYNEXTDOOR - 'Low Battery'
  173. Baz Francis - 'Revenge Of The Animal Kingdom'
  174. Future - 'Coming Out Strong'
  175. Gucci Mane - 'Tho'
  176. The Menzingers - 'Tellin' Lies'
  177. Muse - 'Dig Down' *
  178. 2 Chainz - 'Saturday Night'
  179. Shakira - 'Me Enamoré'
  180. Tim Darcy - 'Saint Germain'
  181. Snoop Dogg - 'Neva Left'
  182. The Deslondes - 'Many Poor Boy'
  183. The Vamps - 'Middle Of The Night'
  184. Com Truise - '...Of Your Fake Dimension'
  185. Chromadrift - 'Is This The End...?'
  186. The Flaming Lips - 'One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill'
  187. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness - 'Don't Speak For Me (True)'
  188. Splashh - 'Honey and Salt'
  189. Paul White & Danny Brown - 'Lion's Den'
  190. Lawrence English - 'Requiem For A Reaper'
  191. DJ Khaled - 'Shining'
  192. Pallbearer - 'Dancing In Madness'
  193. Charli XCX - 'Emotional'
  194. Ty Segall - 'Black Magick'
  195. Bush - 'Mad Love'
  196. Max Cooper - 'Molten Landscape'
  197. Foxygen - 'Rise Up'
  198. From First To Last - 'Make War' *
  199. Steel Panther - 'Poontang Boomerang'
  200. 21 Savage - 'Famous'
  201. Kodak Black - 'Day For Day'
  202. Disperse - 'Tether'
  203. Gorillaz - 'Hallelujah Money' *
  204. Lil Yachty - 'Better'
  205. Jacob Sartorius - 'By Your Side'
  206. Vermont - 'Norderney'
  207. Emptyset - 'Axis'