Looking back on an entire year to try and create a ‘Best Of’ list almost feels impossible. I’ve tried to whittle down my favourites to a select few, but every time I think I’ve finished I find myself arguing to myself about other tracks and artists which deserve a mention. From songs that just dominated the airwaves for a good part of the year, to songs that helped an artist smash through to the next echelon of their career, 2017 was absolutely packed with great music.
It takes more than hype alone to be recognised as a song that had an impact. It takes more than being a song that went viral. It takes being a track that not only had everyone bopping heads, but also made a strong impact, both musically and socially. Kendrick Lamar was one of the stand out artists of the year in that respect, alongside Joey Bada$$ & Stormzy, all three using their spotlight to illuminate issues of their past and current, whether it be social, mental health, violence or poverty, the impact of their music helped empower the communities they’re both from and represent.
From those bigger household names round to the lesser known acts, but my favourite all-rounders of the year – Ché Lingo and Dyalla Swain. These two artists make me genuinely just enjoy listening to music. Ché has been putting in such incredible work with crafting and perfecting his incredibly unique and independent sound, whilst Dyalla creates and pushes her fresh, fun, vibrant and incredibly creative productions.
2017 was a great year for music, I can imagine 2018 will only be better.
Check out my ‘Best of 2017’ playlist below. Let me know what you think! Did I miss out a gem? Get at me on Twitter: @AlexPotton_