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!

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September 2017 Alt Col Picks

A bunch of fantastic records were released in September, so here are our favorite albums of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

Two years after their boisterous debut album, Nothing But Thieves returns with yet another pounding release. Broken Machine is characterized by thunderous percussion, deafening guitar riffs, and soaring vocal performances from Conor Mason that are undoubtedly unforgettable. Standout tracks include “Amsterdam,” “Sorry,” and “I’m Not Made By Design.” Broken Machine will appeal to fans of Twin Atlantic, Don Broco, and Night Riots. Click here to listen.

  • MUTEMATH – Play Dead

Energetic synths and creamy guitar melodies define MUTEMATH’s fifth studio effort titled Play Dead, and it’s nothing less than lively and animated. The album is outlined by passionate vocals, cultivated lyrics, and syrupy riffs that are destined to send you into a trance. Standout tracks include “Hit Parade,” “Stroll On,” and “Break the Fever.” Play Dead is sure to attract followers of Two Door Cinema Club, Grizfolk, and POP ETC. Click here to listen.

  • Seaway – Vacation

Seaway recrudesces with their pop punk sensibility and a desire to explore on their new record Vacation. Calibrated musicianship and captivating songwriting causes this LP to be easily replayable and bound to get stuck in your head between its head-bobbing choruses and intriguing lyrics. Standout tracks include “Apartment,” “Something Wonderful,” and “Lula on the Beach.” Vacation will capture listeners of Broadside, Neck Deep, and State Champs. Click here to listen.

  • The National – Sleep Well Beast

Nearly two decades into their musical career, indie rockers The National recharges with Sleep Well Beast, a buoyant display of vibrant instrumentation and introspective lyricism. The crunchy guitar riff of “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” is an undeniable earworm, a term which can also describe the majority of this release. Standout tracks include “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” “Guilty Party,” and “Nobody Else Will Be There.” Sleep Well Beast is sure to interest fans of Local Natives, Vampire Weekend, and The War on Drugs. Click here to listen.

  • Alvvays – Antisocialites

Hazy indie pop rock reaches new heights on Alvvays’s sophomore addition, Antisocialites. Leisurely moments like “In Undertow” and “Dreams Tonite” pack a punch while still offering the daydreamy feeling of floating on clouds, proving this group can dominant diverse realms of indie rock. Standout tracks include “In Undertow,” “Dreams Tonite,” “Plimsoll Punks,” and “Lollipop (Ode to Jim).” Antisocialites will appeal to listeners of girlpool, Beach House, and Real Estate. Click here to listen.

  • Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

Raucous distortion and savory percussion outline Wolf Alice’s latest long-player, which is named Visions of a Life. This album is construed by transcendent musicality, distinct vocal delivery, and memorable melodies, making for a delectable alt-rock listen. Standout tracks include “Heavenward,” “Yuk Foo, and “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” Visions of a Life is sure to satisfy followers of Warpaint, Telegram, and The Vaccines. Click here to listen.

  • The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

Alt-rock veterans The Killers craft something truly wonderful on their most recent release titled Wonderful Wonderful. Through mesmerizing guitar refrains, thought-provoking libretto, and groovy, soulful operatic performances, this record is sure to spin on repeat for a long time to come. Standout tracks include “The Man,” “Wonderful Wonderful,” “Run for Cover,” and “The Calling.” Wonderful Wonderful will capture fans of Keane, Muse, and Kings of Leon. Click here to listen.

  • Makeout – The Good Life

With songwriting assistance from 5SOS members Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood, Makeout’s debut LP The Good Life certainly wears its influences on its sleeve. After changing their name from Trophy Wives to Makeout, the band also made a stylistic shift towards more accessible pop rock constituted by upbeat choruses and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. Standout tracks include “Childish,” “Ride It Out,” “Clockwork,” and “You Can’t Blame Me.” The Good Life is bound to attract listeners of All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and With Confidence. Click here to listen.

  • Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore

Moody and granular, this hard-hitting metalcore project from Counterparts embodies intensity and aptitude. You’re Not You Anymore is vigorous and electric through its robust, gutsy anthems and vehement choruses, but the more creeping moments provide this album its tenacity. Standout tracks include “No Servant of Mine,” “Swim Beneath My Skin,” and “Bouquet.” You’re Not You Anymore will appeal to followers of While She Sleeps, Trophy Eyes, and The Ghost Inside. Click here to listen.

  • TWIABP&IANLATD – Always Foreign

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die returns on Always Foreign with spirited singalong hooks and spry drum cadences, as well as more downtrodden intonations and hypnotic vocal exhibitions. Standout tracks include “The Future,” “I’ll Make Everything,” “Marine Tigers,” and “Gram.” Always Foreign will satisfy listeners of Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, and Pity Sex. Click here to listen.


MORE GREAT ALBUMS
  • Foo Fighters – Concrete & Gold

Standout tracks include “Run,” “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” and “The Line.” For fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, and Audioslave. Click here to listen.

  • Circa Survive – The Amulet

Standout tracks include “Lustration,” “The Amulet,” and “Premonition of the Hex.” For fans of Saosin, A Lot Like Birds, and I the Mighty. Click here to listen.

  • Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Standout tracks include “Go to War,” “Let ‘Em Burn,” and “Fade In/Fade Out.” For fans of Sleepwave, Our Walking Hour, and The Family Ruin. Click here to listen.

  • Being As An Ocean – Waiting for Morning to Come

Standout tracks include “Black & Blue,” “Dissolve,” and “Waiting for Morning to Come.” For fans of La Dispute, Have Mercy, and Hotel Books. Click here to listen.

  • LEDGES – Homecoming

Standout tracks include “All Right,” “Teenage Daydream,” and “New York.” For fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Divine Fits, and Atlas Genius. Click here to listen.

  • The Lone Bellow – Walk Into a Storm

Standout tracks include “Time’s Always Leaving,” “Deeper in the Water,” and “Walk Into a Storm.” For fans of The Head and the Heart, Muddy Magnolias, and Little Chief. Click here to listen.

  • Prawn – Run

Standout tracks include “Hunter,” “Snake Oil Salesman,” and “Leopard’s Paw.” For fans of Deer Leap, Foxing, and Dowsing. Click here to listen.

  • Jaws of Love. – Tasha Sits Close To the Piano

Standout tracks include “Hawaiian License Plates,” “Love Me Like I’m Gone,” and “Jaws of Love.” For fans of Local Natives, Yellow Ostrich and Land of Talk. Click here to listen.

  • Camp Cope – Camp Cope

Standout tracks include “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” and “Done.” For fans of Varsity, Cayetana, and Waax. Click here to listen.

  • Across the Atlantic – Works of Progress

Standout tracks include “Playing for Keeps,” “Sundress Funeral,” and “24 Hours.” For fans of A Day to Remember, Mayday Parade, and I Prevail. Click here to listen.

  • The Movielife – Cities In Search of a Heart

Standout tracks include “Mercy Is Asleep At the Wheel,” “Ghosts In the Photographs,” and “Lake Superior.” For fans of New Found Glory, I Am the Avalanche, and Alkaline Trio. Click here to listen.

  • Looming – Seed

Standout tracks include “Down,” “Tried & True,” and “Leaves.” For fans of Slow Bullet, Dryjacket, and American Football. Click here to listen.

 


Extended Plays
  • 7 Minutes in Heaven – Symmetry

Standout tracks include “Symmetry,” “LOTL,” and “Better Off.” For fans of State Champs, Face Value, and (old) Fall Out Boy. Click here to listen.

  • Joseph – Stay Awake

Standout tracks include “All,” “Lifted Away,” and “Moonlight Mile.” For fans of Penny & Sparrow, Fortunes, and Jillian Edwards. Click here to listen.

  • LAYNE – Wednesday

Standout tracks include “The Fog,” “!!! Omg !!!,” and “The Andes.” For fans of The 1975, Chase Atlantic, and LANY. Click here to listen.

  • Ysgol Sul – Eventide

Standout tracks include “Silhouette,” “Promise Me,” and “Dwell.” For fans of Dryjacket, People Like You, and Moose Blood. Click here to listen.

  • Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder

Standout tracks include “Sidewinder,” “Push,” and “Chemicals.” For fans of Knuckle Puck, Forever Starts Today, and Tonight Alive. Click here to listen.

  • High Wire – Different Places

Standout tracks include “Different Places (ft. Zech Pluister),” “Something in the Way,” and “Count On Me.” For fans of Sleep On It, Seaway, and Mayday Parade. Click here to listen.

  • Life Lessons – Best When In Motion

Standout tracks include “Attention to Detail,” “Control,” and “Without Looking Back.” For fans of Knuckle Puck, Sleep On It, and Bonfires. Click here to listen.

  • The Neighbourhood – Hard

Standout tracks include “24/7,” “You Get Me So High,” and “Sadderdaze.” For fans of BØRNS, Jaymes Young, and Arctic Monkeys. Click here to listen.

  • Good Old War – Part of Me

Standout tracks include “Part of Me,” “How Did You Find Me?,” and “The River.” For fans of The Oh Hellos, Twin Forks, and Rend Collective. Click here to listen.

  • Sleepy Limbs – Sleepy Limbs

Standout tracks include “Sweet and Sour,” “Sunspot Eyes,” and “Out of Body.” For fans of Slow Bullet, The Social Animals, and Woolbright. Click here to listen.

 

  • Echosmith – Inside a Dream

Standout tracks include “Get Into My Car,” “Lessons,” and “18.” For fans of Against the Current, HAIM, and Bleachers. Click here to listen.

 

  • Bearings – Nothing Here Is Permanent

Standout tracks include “North Hansen,” “Petrichor,” and “Letters Home.” For fans of A Will Away, Cold Climb It, and Sleep On It. Click here to listen.

  • Thank the Academy – Navigation

Image may contain: ocean, water and outdoorStandout tracks include “Navigation,” “Breathe,” and “Aboveboard.” For fans of Chase This City, Far Too Young, and Face Value. Click here to listen.

  • The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay (An Acoustic EP)

Standout tracks include “There, There,” “Cardinals,” and “Dismantling Summer.” For fans of Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, Citizen, and Turnover. Click here to listen.


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