Boy, am I glad to be saying goodbye to 2017. What a shit year — Tom Petty died, David Cassidy died, Chester Bennington died. There were hurricanes and fires and I’m pretty sure that Puerto Rico STILL doesn’t have power. Also, Vine died this year. RIP VINE. The world as we knew it literally came crashing down this year. But luckily, we had some kick-ass music to help us get through it.
I’m still trying to figure out my top ten favorite albums of this year, so I figured that before I get to that I’ll talk about my favorite songs that came out this year. Good? Good. Let us begin.
1.) Broken Lives by Our Last Night
From the moment that this EP was released, I knew that it would make my top 10 lists. The only thing I don’t like about this EP is that it isn’t long enough. There’s 7 brilliant post-hardcore songs on it, but I’m eager for some more. This song is so kick-ass, and it was even better live. The stage presence that these guys have is absolutely insane.
2.) In Bloom by Neck Deep
Neck Deep released their latest album “The Peace and The Panic” earlier this year, and this is by far my favorite song off of this record. It definitely leans more on the pop side of pop punk, but Neck Deep pull it off well. The chorus is catchy as hell, the aesthetics of the music video are on point, and it’s so fun to see live. What more could you want?
3.) Double Helix by Knuckle Puck
I was super excited for Knuckle Puck’s new album to come out, and this was definitely a good choice for a single to represent the album. Tbh, I don’t really come back to the album as a whole, but I often find myself jamming out to this song. It’s pure pop punk in the best way possible — this song is a true upgrade of their last album, “Copacetic.” I wish more of the album sounded like this. Maybe some day it’ll grown on me like “Double Helix” did.
4.) Bad Behavior by The Maine
This song took me by surprise. I’ve always known of The Maine, but never really listened to them that much. It wasn’t until earlier this year when they played a show at UNI that I decided it was time to check them out. They had just released this song prior to that show, and I was sooo glad that I checked it out. It’s honestly catchy as hell, just as the rest of their album “Lovely Little Lonely” is.
5.) No Halo by Sorority Noise
Sorority Noise are a band that I’ve always known about and even seen live, but one that I never got into. When they dropped their album “You’re Not As ___ As You Think,” I was BLOWN. AWAY. This album is so emo, holy shit. The band described it as an “emotional bulldozer” and they’re not wrong. “No Halo” is about showing up at a friends house only to realize that they committed suicide a year prior. Also, can we just talk about how amazing this music video is? It perfectly captures the chaos of grief, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. WOW.
6.) Raining by The Front Bottoms
This is another one of those bands that I never really got into, but they released this single that I really enjoy. What I like most about this song is how the lyrics and musical composition work together, even though they are total opposites. The music feels happy, but the lyrics are sarcastic and snippy with a negative mindset behind them. I love songs like this, the ones that really make you think about what you’re listening to.
7.) Daylily by Movements
This song is definitely the fan favorite of Movements’ debut album “Feel Something,” and for good reason. It embodies the softer side of Movements, and the more yelling-style vocals from lead singer Patrick Miranda. This is another song that talks about depression and anxiety, as Miranda wrote it for his girlfriend who struggles with those. This song captures the things I don’t even know how to put into words — in fact, this whole album does. Album of the year for me, tbh.
8.) Out Of It by The Story So Far
YOOO TSSF ARE BACK! Their last self-titled release came out in 2015 which feels like ages ago. TSSF dropped this song in mid-September and have yet to release a date or a name for their next album, but either way this song has me HYPED for whatever they have coming next. It’s pop punk perfection, with angsty Parker back at it again. I could listen to this song looped for days on end.
9.) Talk In Your Sleep by Moose Blood
This song was dropped recently, like within the last week, but WOW it quickly became one of my favorite songs of this year. Moose Blood really knows how to curl their fingers around your heart and yank it out, while still sounding upbeat. How does that even work?! I’m not sure, but this album drops in March and I’m hella excited.
10.) Beautiful Things by Grayscale
And last but certainly not least, we have a song from a band that I discovered in 2017. Damn, this song is catchy as hell. Grayscale kind of has some early 2000s Mayday Parade pop punk vibes to them, with their own twist on it as well. The chorus is catchy, the breakdowns are fantastic, and the ending throws me in a trance. If you haven’t checked out this band yet, you definitely need to.
This list was hard to narrow down but looking back, these were the songs that I was continuously coming back to during this year. And for years to come.