2017 Year-End Roundup

Alright, so the big album-related lists from 2017 are out of the way (Best Albums & “Worst” Albums), so let’s jump into some more year-end lists! Let’s start with best songs. We’re gonna blow through the majority of these and then talk about the list-toppers a bit more in detail. Keep in mind this is all my personal opinion and you’re free to disagree! Let me know your favorite songs of 2017 down in the comments below.

Best Songs of 2017

  1. “All the Land Glimmered” by Julie Byrne
  2. “No Halo” by Sorority Noise
  3. “Main Attraction” by Sincerely, Me
  4. “Hiccups” by WATERS
  5. “Get By” by Real Friends
  6. “All” by Joseph
  7. “Better Off” by 7 Minutes in Heaven
  8. “Cannot Do This Alone” by Colony House
  9. “New York” by LEDGES
  10. “Take What You Want (feat. 5 Seconds of Summer)” by ONE OK ROCK
  11. “Feel Good” by Neon Trees
  12. “Apartment” by Seaway
  13. “The Last of the Real Ones” by Fall Out Boy
  14. “Paradise” by Broadside
  15. “Okay” by As It Is
  16. “Certainty” by Seasonal
  17. “What’s Wrong” by PVRIS
  18. “Sold” by Heavy Things
  19. “Caroline” by A Will Away
  20. “Everything You Want Me to Be” by Coldfront
  21. “Young for the Summer” by DALES
  22. “Celebrate the Reckless” by Magic Giant
  23. “The Fog” by LAYNE
  24. “Kids” by The Gospel Youth
  25. “Feelings” by Hayley Kiyoko
  26. “Don’t Take the Money” by Bleachers
  27. “Last Young Renegade” by All Time Low
  28. “The Breakup” by LANY
  29. “Slow Burn” by State Champs
  30. “Lookers” by The Menzingers
  31. “Fire” by The Dangerous Summer
  32. “In the Middle of It All” by Citizen
  33. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
  34. “Tiger Teeth” by Walk the Moon
  35. “Daylily” by Movements
  36. “Hiding With Boys” by Creeper
  37. “Liability” by Lorde
  38. “Beautiful Things” by Grayscale
  39. “Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu” by The Maine
  40. “Fake Happy” by Paramore

That’s it! My top choice is “Fake Happy” by Paramore because I found myself constantly coming back to this song and loving it more and more every time. The lyrics are amazingly well-written and give such an awesome commentary, and the melodies in this song are absolutely stellar. “Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu” is my second pick because this song is so emotionally-charged and “gives me all the feels,” if you will. The instrumental is fantastic and the guitar melody is always stuck in my head on repeat. “Beautiful Things” by Grayscale is next on the list due to its heartfelt lyrics and spectacular vocal performance, along with that catchy hook! “Liability” by Lorde is a song that I can personally relate to and is such a moving piano ballad, which is quite out-of-the-ordinary for Lorde. “Hiding With Boys” is an epic rock tune outlined by smoky nostalgia and heart-rending lyrics that makes me feel some type of way. “Daylily” by Movements also makes me … feel something … and is such a poignant song between its raspy, impassioned vocals and raw instrumentals. I’ve been waiting for a studio version of “Tiger Teeth” by Walk the Moon for AGES and we finally got it! It definitely lives up to and even surpasses the live recordings of this atmospheric, emotional tune. “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles isn’t what most fans expected from him, but my God, this monumental power ballad the best thing we could’ve ever dreamed of getting from this former boy band member. All of my top picks have something in common: they all made me feel. I don’t mean to get sappy, but that’s why I love music, it makes me feel things.

Best EPs of 2017

  1. Fade by Cold Climb It
  2. Likes Me Like That by Over Atlantic
  3. Aesthetically Pleasing by Sincerely, Me
  4. Do You Feel the Same Way Now? by Forbidden Envy
  5. Best When In Motion by Life Lessons
  6. Bloom by Seasonal
  7. Symmetry by 7 Minutes in Heaven
  8. Hard by The Neighbourhood
  9. Without You by pineview
  10. Wednesday by LAYNE

Click the links to read what we have to say about these EPs!

Best Debut Albums of 2017

  1. Totem by Welman
  2. AM/PM by The White Noise
  3. Lovely Domestic Bliss by Guide Dog
  4. Prosper by Gold Route
  5. Love Jail by Julia Louise
  6. Tasha Sits Close to the Piano by Jaws of Love.
  7. Homecoming by LEDGES
  8. Busybody Lazybones by Woolbright
  9. Landmark by Hippo Campus
  10. Red, Green, or Inbetween by WSTR
  11. Fail You Again by Can’t Swim
  12. Float Around by Coldfront
  13. Overexposed by Sleep On It
  14. Coast Modern by Coast Modern
  15. Always Lose by The Gospel Youth
  16. The Heights by Knox Hamilton
  17. Dreamcar by Dreamcar
  18. Cigarettes After Sex by Cigarettes After Sex
  19. Greatest Hits by Remo Drive
  20. Here Again by A Will Away
  21. In the Wind by Magic Giant
  22. Eternity, In Your Arms by Creeper
  23. LANY by LANY
  24. Feel Something by Movements
  25. Harry Styles by Harry Styles

Click the links to read what we have to say about each of these albums!

Most Underrated/Overlooked Albums of 2017

  1. Apprise. Assemble. Arise. by Concealed in Clouds
  2. Enjoy the Great Outdoors by Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else
  3. Odyssey by The Accidentals
  4. Swear I’m Good At This by Diet Cig
  5. Fever Dream by Everything Everything
  6. Sincerely by Dude York
  7. Telephone by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
  8. Waiting on the Sun by Jule Vera
  9. Bear Your Mind by Free Throw
  10. come out, you’re hiding by flor
  11. Connect the Dots by MisterWives
  12. Make the Best of It by Have Mercy
  13. For Posterity by Dryjacket
  14. Overexposed by Sleep On It (ironic title)
  15. Vultures by Dead Leaves
  16. Orc by Oh Sees
  17. Chew by Muskets
  18. Hurts So Good by The Polarity
  19. The Same View With a New Light by WATERMEDOWN
  20. Easy by The Weeks
  21. Homecoming by LEDGES
  22. The Love You Let Too Close by Thousand Below
  23. The Good Life by Makeout
  24. Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers
  25. Tasha Sits Close to the Piano by Jaws of Love.
  26. Waiting for Morning to Come by Being As An Ocean
  27. Totem by Welman
  28. Not Even Happiness by Julie Byrne
  29. Always Hope by Forever Starts Today
  30. Float Around by Coldfront
  31. Camp Cope by Camp Cope
  32. Busybody Lazybones by Woolbright
  33. Metaphysical by The Technicolors
  34. Landmark by Hippo Campus
  35. Content by Joywave
  36. The Heights by Knox Hamilton
  37. Goner by Heavy Things
  38. Dreamcar by Dreamcar
  39. Volcano by Temples
  40. In the Wind by Magic Giant
  41. Awkward Phase by Eternal Boy
  42. Coast Modern by Coast Modern
  43. Here Again by A Will Away
  44. Back to Beautiful by Picturesque
  45. Diverge by Hawking
  46. Something More! by WATERS
  47. All These Countless Nights by Deaf Havana
  48. Synesthesia by Courage My Love
  49. Origami by Vinyl Theatre
  50. After the Party by The Menzingers

Click the links to read what we have to say about each of these albums!

Those are all the lists we have for 2017! Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below. Thanks for reading!


February 2017 Alt Col Picks

A bunch of great albums appeared in February, so here are our favorite releases of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • The Menzingers – After the Party

The Menzingers explore the struggles of growing up and maturing through vigorous alt-rock and spirited songwriting. Impassioned lyricism melds with musical brio to produce a delectable listen from start to finish bound to hit you right in the gut with its raw relatability and emotion. Standout tracks include “Lookers,” “House on Fire,” and “Bad Catholics.” After the Party will appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem, Red City Radio, and Dave Hause.

  • Courage My Love – Synesthesia

The sprightly, upbeat style of Courage My Love is expanded upon in their third full-length Synesthesia yet introducing a more electronic timbre. The three-piece efficiently blends rock and electronic inflections to create this jaunty, biting masterpiece. Synesthesia is enthralling and hypnotizing and keeps your ear hooked for more. Standout tracks include “Stereo,” “Need Someone,” and “Dirt.” Synesthesia is sure to attract followers of Youngblood Hawke, The Colourist, and Icon for Hire.

  • Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness – Zombies on Broadway

Andrew McMahon’s second long-player Zombies on Broadway is a solid sophomore follow-up characterized by explosive melodies, catchy hooks, and introspective libretto. The organic instrumentation blends fabulously with the artificial accents to straddle the line between alternative and pop. Standout tracks include “Fire Escape,” “Walking In My Sleep,” and “So Close.” Zombies on Broadway will capture listeners of New Politics, JR JR, and POP ETC.

  • The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings

Alt-rockers The Orwells return for a shattering third album that attests to their musical prowess and lyrical aptitude. Terrible Human Beings provides gritty rock anthems and dark melodies defined by amped-up guitars and boisterous drumming. Standout tracks include “They Put a Body In the Bayou,” “Heavy Head,” and “Black Francis.” Terrible Human Beings is sure to interest fans of Twin Peaks, Royal Blood, and SKATERS.

  • Hippo Campus – Landmark

The debut full-length Landmark from Hippo Campus is a dazzling outing characterized by daydreamy guitars and glossy percussion. As its name implies, Landmark is a monumental album with plenty to offer for any fan of intriguing indie rock and creamy alternative music. Standout tracks include “Way It Goes,” “Boyish,” “Vines,” and “Simple Season.” Landmark will appeal to followers of Grizfolk, Bad Suns, and Knox Hamilton.

  • Carousel Kings – Charm City

Crunchy guitars and hard-hitting choruses positively  infect Charm City from track one to the end. Carousel Kings mesh pop punk influences and charged alt-rock to create a diverse album that effortlessly cuts through the monotony of modern rock. Standout tracks include “Grey Goose,” “Dynamite,” and “Bad Habit.” Charm City is bound to attract listeners of Like Pacific, Handguns, and Broadside.

  • WATERMEDOWN – The Same View With a New Light

WATERMEDOWN’s debut long-player The Same View With a New Light embodies alt-rock that bestrides the line between pop punk and indie rock. “Locks and Blinds” echoes the more pop punk position with brisk vitality yet “Dead Things” reveals a more stripped-down side to this versatile band. Standout tracks include “Locks and Blinds,” “Stagnant,” and “Blend.” The Same View With a New Light will capture fans of Dryjacket, Moose Blood, and Microwave.

  • Acceptance – Colliding By Design

Savory musicianship and astute songwriting are highlighted on Acceptance’s latest long-player, Colliding By Design. Catchy melodies coupled with fervent lyricism makes for an infectiously delectable record from start to finish. Standout tracks include “Haunted,” “Diagram of a Simple Man,” and “Goodbye.” Colliding By Design is sure to satisfy followers of Taking Back Sunday, Paper Route, and I the Mighty.

Honorable Mentions
  • Dude York – Sincerely

Lo-fi alt-rock bliss. Standout tracks include “Paralyzed,” “Tonight,” and “Love Is.” For fans of Varsity, Sleater-Kinney, and Best Coast.

  • Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Canny rock with a classic tinge. Standout tracks include “Do You Still Love Me?,” “Outbound Train,” and “Doomsday.” For fans of Whiskeytown, Tweedy, and Drive-By Truckers.

  • Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound

Impish modern rock dazzled in electronic flair. Standout tracks include “Boomerang,” “Had Enough,” and “I Would.” For fans of Don Broco, Deaf Havana, and Issues.

  • Communions – Blue

Fluid alt-rock with a gritty touch. Standout tracks include “Got to Be Free,” “Come On, I’m Waiting,” and “Today.” For fans of Foals, Wolf Alice, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • Surfer Blood – Snowdonia

Creamy, lo-fi alt-rock underlined by simplicity. Standout tracks include “Matter of Time,” “Dino Jay,” and “Frozen.” For fans of Glass Oaks, Wild Nothing, and Sea Bear.

  • Welman – Totem

Gravelly alternative punk with slick guitar melodies. Standout tracks include “Wolf,” “Neanderthal,” and “UFO.” For fans of My Iron Lung, Senses Fail, and Trophy Eyes.

  • Strand of Oaks – Hard Love

Sabulous indie rock highlighted by vivacity. Standout tracks include “Rest of It,” “Radio Kids,” and “Everything.” For fans of Cloud Nothings, The Orwells, and Faces Like Flint.

  • Dave Hause – Bury Me In Philly

Animated alt-rock with spirited emotion. Standout tracks include “With You,” “Dirty F****r,” and “The Flinch.” For fans of The Menzingers, The Gaslight Anthem, and Teenage Bottlerocket.

Let us know what you think of February’s releases down in the comments below!