502107: 20-16

Like an episode of Scandal written by The Onion, season one of Trump is reaching its season finale. If nothing else positive occurred, 2017 was laced with a wonderful soundtrack. Featuring songs from artists for every mood and moment, follow me as I count down my favorite 50 songs of 2017.

20. “The Weekend” SZA

While I didn’t enjoy her project, I can’t deny the sheer success coming her way. The most Grammy-nominated female artist of the year booked a Maroon 5 duet and an SNL appearance. And all I got was this perfectly 90s R&B single about being the cousin to SWV’s man sharing ways. Being the side chick never sounded so good.

19. “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

With possibly the hottest line of 2017 (my left stroke just went viral) Kendrick continued his reign as the king of rap. Bars lit with fumes from Hades erupted this bombastic benchmark of bravado from the album that deserves that Grammy win.

18. “1999” Big K.R.I.T. ft. Lloyd

A double album from Mississippi’s own was slated with remarkable track after another. Somewhere between “Confetti” and “Aux Cord” laid this ode to booty bouncing in the cut. With Lloyd on the hook, K.R.I.T. presents his thesis on the art of a woman’s body, continuing a tradition from the ’99 and 2000.

17. “Ink Blot” Logic ft. Juicy J

I really tried to get into Logic. He’s talented. Likable. You know he’s biracial, right? Yeah everything should align. But like Rachel Dolezal, close but no cigar. However, I did enjoy the dexterity shown on this short offering from his album. He and J trading bars at lightning speeds is fun as hell. More of this Logic, please.

16. “Magnolia” Playboi Carti

The hottest dance got an official theme song. Playboi Carti may be completely unidentifiable in a room full of niggas with flats, but as soon as I hear Jamie Foxx ask for Pierre, I become a Mighty Morphin Milly Rocker.

502107: 25-21

Like an episode of Scandal written by The Onion, season one of Trump is reaching its season finale. If nothing else positive occurred, 2017 was laced with a wonderful soundtrack. Featuring songs from artists for every mood and moment, follow me as I count down my favorite 50 songs of 2017.

25. “Attitude” Leikeli47

One of the joys of having more representation on TV is we’re exposed to more cultural things we may not otherwise. Thanks to Insecure I was reacquainted with Leikeli47 just in time to cop her album Wash & Set. “Attitude” is half hip-hop, half ballroom culture: 100% blackness.

24. “Lavender (NIghtfall Remix) Badbadnotgood & Kaytranada ft. Snoop Dogg

This hipster jazz outfit had an otherworldly tune when they recruited Kaytranada for the original mix. But once they added Snoop’s #BlackLivesMatter rhetoric, it became a hauntingly powerful ode to 2017’s struggle.

23. “Sorry Not Sorry” Demi Lovato

Demi followed-up her breakout Confident with the much more focused Tell Me You Love Me. The album herald this larger than life single –  a pop, gospel-fused anthem of shoulda, coudla woulda to the ex.

22. “Hood Go Bang” Wu-Tang Clan ft. Method Man & Redman

The Wu released an album to makeup for that fiasco with the pharmaceutical scammer. With the shortest track on the album – and this list – Meth and Red remind us of why the 90s remains a pristinely untouchable era of hip-hop. Prepare to rewind this 1:32 of boom bap glory.

21. “Careless” Daley ft. Chiiild

I saw Daley live this year, and he mentioned The Spectrum was an array of his musical influences. He wanted to capture all these sounds to stem off from being boxed into doing a certain type of genre. He finds himself at home effortlessly on the dance track reminiscent of 1990s house&B.

502017: 40-36

Like an episode of Scandal written by The Onion, season one of Trump is reaching its season finale. If nothing else positive occurred, 2017 was laced with a wonderful soundtrack. Featuring songs from artists for every mood and moment, follow me as I count down my favorite 50 songs of 2017.

40. “Want You Back” Haim

This pleasurable bop felt nostalgic as shit. Pressing play directed me back to 1990 as Wilson Phillips blended harmonies ocean side. Very few make them like this anymore. Haim did THAT.

39. “Slide” Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos

I did not understand this collaboration. I don’t even care for Calvin Harris’ black moniker stealing ass. But Frank’s melody atop those stutter claps is irresistible. I can’t help but do a generic MJ two-step when it comes on.

38. “S.O.S.” Kelela

I waited for the proper return of R&B’s mysterious, genre-bending maven. While I loved her entire Take Me Apart, I was drawn to the album’s shortest track. Like the songs of \ Sirens, Kelela beckons for her lover. And just as you get settled, it’s over.

37. “Lonely” Demi Lovato ft. Lil Wayne

Ever since Demi ditched the Disney crowd she’s been trailblazing her own path as a Pop&B artist. Her latest Tell Me You Love Me steams with hearty choir-assisted bops, sexy ballads and Drake-ish breakups. While I’m not sure why she enlisted Dwayne Carter, the one is Instagram caption approved.

36. “Work It Out” Karizma

I remember listening to the sample every morning via The Russ Par Morning Show. The way Google lifted the dance remix for it’s Chromebook rubbed some the wrong way. But I am slain in the spirit every time I hear it.

 

Q3: Say lil bih….

  1. The Story of O.J. | Jay-Z killed his ego and brought us Shawn Carter on 4:44 – the vulnerable, imperfect husband and father. Never before had we heard him being so honest.
  2. $lay | Meek Mill ft. A&AP Ferg
  3. Magnolia | Playboi Carti
  4. Bodak Yellow | We met Cardi B. via Mona Scott. The instant reality star soon realized Love & Hip-Hop’s true potential, and catapulted off that success. Years later her song is #2 on the Billboard charts.
  5. Good Drank | 2 Chainz ft. Gucci Mane & Quavo
  6. Family Feud | Jay-Z ft. Beyoncé
  7. Party | The artist we love to hate dropped another meaningless single — but it knocks. I can’t sing a single verse, but as soon as the chorus hits:Smary Guy
  8. Bring Dem Things | French Montana ft. Pharrell
  9. Hands | Father
  10. BAM | Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley
  11. ELEMENT. | Kendrick Lamar
  12. Sorry Not Sorry | Demi consistently improves as the Christina of this generation’s Disney divas. While Selena meddles in whispers, and Miley in whiteness, Demi gives us vocals and seasoning.
  13. Midnight | Jessie Ware
  14. Careless | Daley ft. Chiiild
  15. Want You Back | HAIM
  16. Late Nights & Heartbreak | Hannah Williams & The Affirmations dropped this album last year. 4:44 put me on the soulful force as the basis for the title track. Hannah sings down. 
  17. RAF | A$AP Mob ft. A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert & Frank Ocean
  18. do re mi | blackbear ft. Gucci Mane
  19. Heat | Aaron Camper
  20. What They Say | The gem that gave us “Truffle Butter.” And for THAT, Maya Jane Coles, I say your name.
  21. Sky Walker | Miguel ft. Travis Scott
  22. Stingy | Elijah Blake
  23. No Limit | G-Eazy ft. A$SAP Rocky & Cardi B
  24. Love So Soft | The ORIGINAL American Idol has always delivered. And she’s back on a new label with a sound honoring R&B tendencies of 90s legend. A class Kelly can easily be associated with vocally.
  25. Through Enough | VanJess ft. GoldLink
  26. Attitude | Leikeli47
  27. Think Bout That | A searingly personal song from UK import Jessie J has to be her best single. Ever. I was always aware of her talent, but something was missing before.
  28. Hello | Ledisi
  29. Dive | Tiffany Gouche will take her sensual R&B on tour with Daley as an artist who isn’t leaving her sexuality out of her art.