It’s time for the final installment of Music of the Month 2017! Will this series be continuing into 2018? I haven’t decided on that yet, so we’ll find out.
This series has been a completely fun way of forcing myself to give new tracks time, to discover new artists and to challenge myself to review a song in a couple of sentences.
Enough about that, let’s get into the best music of December!
Here’s November’s if you missed it.
I Know You – Acoustic – Craig David + Bastille
Taking a production laden track with a focus on it’s twist on the conventional ‘drop’ and turning it into an acoustic isn’t an easy task. Somehow Craig David and Bastille have pulled it off by slowing down their vocals, relaxing it all and changing the entire tune of the song, yet they still absolutely crush it.
Golden Slumbers – Acoustic – Dua Lipa
With a surprise acoustic EP, Dua finishes off what can only be called the ‘Year of Dua Lipa’ nicely. This EP features favourites like a ‘New Rules’ acoustic and event an amazing cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’. Dua is an incredibly versatile pop artist and she’s clearly here to stay, if this EP is any indication.
Never Be The Same – Camila Cabello
Cabello, like Lipa, has had a huge 2017. Following her not-so-amicable break from Fifth Harmony, she’s gone on to hit a UK number 1 single with ‘Havana’, featured on MOTM back in August, rack up an impressive string of collaborations and end up with two tracks in 2017’s final MOTM (which I’m sure is her proudest achievement of all).
Never Be The Same proves that Cabello isn’t a one hit wonder, she’s a pop force to be reckoned with.
Trigger Bang – Lily Allen + Giggs
A collaboration I’m not sure many saw coming was Lily Allen and Giggs, but it’s one that we’re more than happy to have. The two blend their signature vocals and styles into an absolute earworm of a song, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head in weeks.
Tonya Harding (In D Major) – Sufjan Stevens
A chill, zen track focusing on the famous Tonya Harding figure skating incident is a brilliant track to be finishing 2017 on. I’ve never felt more educated or relaxed by a single song before. Get yourself ready to see I, Tonya with this, and delve into Steven’s amazing back catalogue, or even the version of this track in Eb major.
Out Of My Head – Charli XCX + Tove Lo + ALMA\
3 of 2017’s biggest names in pop come together on this track, one of the catchiest tracks of all time. It literally will not get ‘Out Of My Head’. Charli once again solidifies herself as one of the greatest collaborators in pop, she never fails to produce exceptional tracks with amazing features.
Charli, Tove Lo and ALMA have all rocked it in 2017, with albums, mixtapes, singles, festivals and awards galore between the three of them. Fingers crossed this isn’t the last time we hear them together.
Crown – Camila Cabello + Grey
Cabello’s second track in this MOTM comes from the Netflix original Bright, which has been hailed as the worst film of all time by many outlets. This has got to be the worst film with the best accompanying soundtrack, as it features some heavyhighters and now possibly wasted tracks.
Grey is wildly talented at constructing a song you would never expect to see the singer on, especially one so pop focused as Cabello, but they’ve built up something magical that showcases the best of both collaborators.
Thunder / Young Dumb & Broke – Imagine Dragons + Khalid
Two amazing tracks melded into one. How did this come about? I don’t think we care because it’s too good to give a shit about that. Both ‘Thunder’ and ‘Young, Dumb & Broke’ have been two of the best tracks released this year, and despite being so incredibly, fundamentally different in every aspect, Imagine Dragons and Khalid have nailed this.
It’s a testament to all involved, they could probably pick a song out of thin air and naturally weave it into their own. Thankfully, they settled on each other’s tracks.
This Is Me – Kesha
Kesha has come a long way from her heavy synth pop hits a couple of years ago. ‘This Is Me’ is a beautiful ballad showcasing Kesha’s vocal ability and proves that she is more than just what she’s been given credit for.
Kesha has had a huge 2017 and her career resurgence is just beginning.
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Laura Marling
Let’s wind down this year of music with a track from Laura Marling, as if she hasn’t blessed us with enough music this year already! ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ feels quintessentially Marling, meaning that it’s beautiful, unreachable and immediately a solid 8/10.
As always you can find all of the tracks listed here in the complete Bangers of 2017 playlist.
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Cheers for sticking around, hope you enjoyed my picks of the top tracks this year. If not, better luck in 2018.