502017: 5-1

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.

5. “The High” Midas Hutch ft. Bluey Robinson

Bruno Mars wasn’t the only artist resurrecting sounds of the past. Producer Midas Hutch traveled back to San Janipero’s 80s inspired world with this synth-heavy ode love. It’s odd while I loved 24k Magic, none of it’s songs are on this list. Ironic.

4. “The Land of the Free” Joey Bada$$

In between portraying a knife-wielding foot solider of the Dark Army on USA, Joey delivered his strongest LP to date. A politically-charged concept album gave us this thought-provoking single, taking aim at Trump, police and others that oppress for profit in Amerikkka.

3. “Bodak Yellow” Cardi B

No other artist gave us hope more than Love & Hip-Hop alum Cardi B. The “Trap Selena” catapulted to success, atop the Billboard charts and the Grammys on the strength of her record-breaking debut single. Borrowing heavy from Kodak Black’s flow, Cardi became the first female hip-hop artist to covet a #1 100 hit solo since Lauryn Hill. Money moves indeed.

2. “DNA.” Kendrick Lamar

The second song lifted from DAMN. was this insanely potent declaration of dominance. If “Humble” is braggadocios, “DNA” is unfuckwitable with a dose of bacdafucup. Kendrick’s heaving his fiercest with no regard for peers or naysayers. He obliterates Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera as he transitions spitting at the speed of light to a live Rick James sample. And the video is fucking brilliant. GIVE HIM THE GRAMMYS NOW.

1. “Crew” GoldLink ft. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy

No other song this year did what GoldLink’s “Crew” did. The song, the features, the HOOK. “Crew” is a mood. It’s a mantra. It is the Song of the Summer. 2017’s anthem. Instant classic.

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Second Quarter’s soundtrack

Get You | Daniel Craig

Crew | GoldLink

Love Come Down | Wiz Kid

IMAGINATION | Adrian Marcel

Don’t Go | Kevin Ross

Decemba (Remix) | Divine Council

Take a Picture | Tuexdo

Baby Girl | Gourdan Banks

Let Me Out | Gorillaz

The Parable of the Rich Man | GoldLink

Strobe Light | Little Dragon

Hard for Me | Leela James

No Way Out | Xavier Omar

Mic Jack | Big Boi

Tap In | Blaq Tuexdo

48 | Moss Kena

Fashion Week | Wale ft. G-Eazy

Immortal | Elley Duhe

In the Name | LeToya Luckett

In the Moment | 1-OAK

Ink Blot | Logic ft. Juciy J

Black Ice | MAAD

How | Blaq Tuxedo

Met Gala | Guccie Mane ft. Offset

Helpless | Gucci Mane

X Men | Lil Yachty ft. Evander Griiim

Sideline | Niia ft. Jazmine Sullivan

Chi Chi | Azealia Banks

More Than a Miracle | MNEK

Bodak Yellow | Cardi B

Rain Come Down | Vince Staples

Don’t Choose | dvsn

In the Moment | 1-O.A.K.

Legend Has It | Run the Jewels

BAM | JAY-Z