John M. Borack’s Top 40 Songs of 2017

Overall, I felt that 2017 was one of the finest years for new music in many a moon. So fine, in fact, that I had a devil of a time narrowing down this list of my favorite songs of the year to a “top 40,” as it were. But narrow it I did, so what follows is a list of my picks of the best of what I heard in 2017. Some of these tunes are instant earworms and others may take just a bit to grow on the listener, but all of ’em are jam-packed with melodic goodness and have that certain (often indefinable) something special.

Many of the tunes listed below are lifted from albums that will show up on my rundown of the 20 best long-players of 2017; similarly, some albums that will be included on that list are not represented by songs on this particular list. Because I’m strange like that.

At any rate, here’s the best of the best from last year, featuring 40 songs that would make one hell of a mixtape. (Remember those?) Listed after each song and artist is the corresponding album (if applicable) and record label. Do some digging online and if you like what you hear, please support these talented artists’ endeavors by purchasing their songs, albums, CDs, downloads, etc. Let’s go!

  1. “Kiss a Memory” – Lannie Flowers (CD single; SpyderPop)
  2. “Now It’s All This” – The Red Button (from Now It’s All This!; JEM)
  3. “Little Crumbles” – Corin Ashley (from Broken Biscuits; Murray Hill)
  4. “Tourist Attraction” – Sitcom Neighbor (from Shag; Gravity Works)
  5. “Happiness” – Derrick Anderson (from A World of My Own; Omnivore)
  6. “Distance Runner” – A View of Earth from the Moon” (from Closer to a Ghost; self-released)
  7. “Baby Blue Sky” – Nick Heyward (From Woodland Echoes; Universal/Sony)
  8. “A Hard Man to Love” – Cait Brennan (From Third; Omnivore)
  9. “Please Be Nice” – The Wellingtons (From End of the Summer; Off The Hip)
  10. “Euphoria Love” – Brenyama (from Euphoria Love; JEM)
  11. “Slow it Goes” – Eyelids (from Or; Jealous Butcher)
  12. “Always” – The Stanleys (from The Stanleys; Pop Detective/Off The Hip)
  13. “Sugar Anne” – The On and Ons (from Welcome Aboard; Citadel)
  14. “I Can Really Disappoint You” – The John Sally Ride (From A New Set of Downs; Kool Kat)
  15. “My Heart Belongs to One Boy” – Dana Countryman featuring Lisa Jenio (from Girlville!: New Songs In The Style of Yesterday’s Hits!; Teensville)
  16. “Claustrophobia” – Coke Belda (from 3 Gs: A Tribute to the Bee Gees; Kool Kat)
  17. “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” – Pop Co-Op (from Dana & Carl Present: This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Vol. 4; Kool Kat)
  18. “Oh Tonight” – Gorilla* (from It’s All Pop EP; Hidden Volume)
  19. “And Such and Such” – The Forty Nineteens (From Good Fortune; Kool Kat)
  20. “Jumbotron” – Mo Troper (from Exposure & Response; Good Cheer)
  21. “Fall into Me” – Chris Church (from Limitations of Source Tape; SpyderPop)
  22. “Scottish Mud” – Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors (from The Devil’s in the Detail; Fanny Pack)
  23. “Lollipop Girl” – Gentle Brent (from Just Dandy; Jigsaw)
  24. “No More Chances” – Wesley Fuller (from Inner City Dream; 1965)
  25. “I’m On Your Side” – Circe Link and Christian Nesmith (from Dana & Carl Present: This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Vol. 4; Kool Kat)
  26. “Come Down from Your Raincloud” – Plasticsoul (From Therapy; Big Stir)
  27. “Twelve Songs” – The Hangabouts (From Kits & Kats and Saxon Wives; Futureman)
  28. “Leroy Boy” – Bill DeMain (from Transatlantic Romantic; Tin Panda)
  29. “Work in Progress” – The Lunar Laugh (from Mama’s Boy; You Are the Cosmos)
  30. “Got Myself a Sweetheart” – Bread and Butter (from Bread and Butter; self-released)
  31. “Walking Along” – Ruby Free (from Shades; SodaStar Music)
  32. “Narita (Tokyo Girl)” – Kyle Vincent (from Miles and an Ocean; MotMot)
  33. “What Are You Like” – Pugwash (from Silverlake; Lojinx)
  34. “I Don’t Need You” – Richard Turgeon (from In Between the Spaces; Kool Kat)
  35. “Christmas Again” – The Pengwins (Digital download; SpyderPop)
  36. “On and On She Gets By” – The Nines (from Colour Radio: American Transistor; TAS Gold)
  37. “So What” – Richard X. Heyman (from Incognito; Turn-Up)
  38. “I Need Your Love Tonight” – Ray Paul (from Dana & Carl Present: This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Vol. 4; Kool Kat)
  39. “26” – Diamond Hands (from Twelve String High, Vol. 2; You Are the Cosmos)
  40. “Stay with Me” – Huxley Rittman & the Rusty Hitmen (from International Pop Overthrow, Vol. 20; Pop Geek Heaven)

One thought on “John M. Borack’s Top 40 Songs of 2017

  1. John – great to see old favorites of Nick Heyward, Kyle Vincent and the Pengwins on the list. Below is my 40 favorite songs from 2017. Warren

    1 Walk On By – Bill Pursell feat. Laura Pursell
    2 The Surprising – Deep Purple
    3 Take Me Down – Dez Money
    4 Better Man – Little Big Town
    5 Walkin’ – Buzz Cason
    6 California – Honey West
    7 Blown Rose – Blossoms
    8 Preachin’ To the Choir – A Thousand Horses
    9 Innocent Moon – Rusty Young
    10 We Are Calling – Tommy Talton
    11 When Children Cry – Lucifer’s Friend
    12 The Fighter – Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
    13 All We Ever Knew – The Head And The Heart
    14 Serpent Love – Emily Saliers
    15 Where Do We Turn – Michael Stanley
    16 Craving You – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
    17 Get Me Out of Here – John Lodge
    18 Love On the Wrong Side of Town – Little Steven
    19 Nobody Knows (Live) – The Raspberries
    20 My Only True Friend – Gregg Allman
    21 Sorry, Not Sorry – Jessica Lee Morgan
    22 Rendez-Vous 6:02 (Live) – John Wetton
    23 Cry Freedom (Live) – Uriah Heep
    24 It’s Ok – Emily Estefan
    25 More Dreams Than Dollars – Maggie Rose
    26 A Song for My Friend – Aziza Miller
    27 It’s Your World Now – Jack Tempchin
    28 You’ll Be with Me – Bobby Kimball
    29 Check Cashin’ Country – Midland
    30 Amarillo – Shakira
    31 Dreaming in the Day – Aubrie Sellers
    32 If It Ain’t One Thing – The Band in the Basement
    33 Barbies – P!nk
    34 Psychedelic Resurrection – The Blues Magoos
    35 I Don’t Want To Call It Goodbye – Engelbert Humperdinck
    36 Hurt – Lady Antebellum
    37 Drink Up – Train
    38 Losing You – Alison Krauss
    39 In My World – Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
    40 Smell the Roses – Roger Waters

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