Our final end of year list is here, the top 50 songs of the year as voted for by the members of Viberant! To make it fair each artist is permitted to one song each, thanks for reading anything we’ve put out this year, have a happy new year!
50. Drake ft. Quavo & Travis Scott – Portland
Kicking off the top 50 with three of raps biggest stars of 2017 here. Quavo does what he always does here, kills a hook. All three men rap about their success and their originality in the rap game, and what says originality like kicking off a track with a flute instrumental? It was wacky, but super fresh and it paid dividends as Drizzy’s best track of the year.
49. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar
Post Malone has gained somewhat of a cult following this year from the masses, he’s come under fire recently for being a ‘culture vulture’ but regardless of what people think about him he has a knack of making some sure fire bops, 21 Savage has had a fantastic year and pushed this song to be even better, shame it became massively overplayed.
48. St. Vincent – Los Ageless
St. Vincent made one hell of an album this year which might have went slightly unknown in the mainstream world. This track was one of the highlights of that, it’s one of the craziest songs on this entire list, it’s completely unique, if you haven’t heard that album I highly recommend you give it a listen.
47. Bjork – Blissing Me
From one crazy unique track to another. Bjork is brilliantly bonkers. This song is one of the most chilling pieces of music to be released all year, Bjork has maintained an ability to deliver quality music time and time again, while this might not be every persons cup of tea, you cannot deny it’s brilliance in it’s field.
46. N.E.R.D ft. Rihanna – Lemon
And just like that, Rihanna is the best female rapper in the world. When I first heard the beat I wasn’t sure if it was going to play out well, but boy did she smash it out of the park. N.E.R.D always have had the ability to produce masterpieces in R&B and rap, they carried it on here showing they haven’t missed a beat while they’ve been gone. It was a great moment to see them return with such a bang.
45. Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times
Harry Styles went solo this year, and without a shadow of a doubt cemented his place as the best member of the now defunct One Direction. He came back with a completely different style to that of 1D, and made a fantastic album, and whether people want to admit it or not, he made some belters, the evidence is right here.
44. GoldLink ft. Hare Squead – Herside Story
What’s not to love here? GoldLink has a one of a kind flow and a one of a kind voice, combined with slick production and Hare Squead’s fantastic R&B hook and you’ve got one of the funkiest songs this year, and one of the best off this album, in fact the only track better is Crew, which was released in 2016.
43. Charli XCX – Boys
First things first this is one of the best music videos of all time, second it’s catchy as hell, third the production is outstanding. Charli XCX time and again proves that she’s brilliant at her job. This was a wonderfully fun and creative piece. That sampling of Super Mario Bro’s might be my favourite thing to ever happen.
42. Benjamin Clementine – Farewell Sonata
Benjamin Clementine is an acquired taste. The 2015 Mercury Prize winner is now most recognisable for his Gorillaz feature on ‘Hallelujah Money’ but this is song here is one of sheer beauty, for all of about two and a half minutes, then it just gets rather weird. I absolutely love the carnival sounding instrumentals on it though and Ben Clem, as always, does an incredible job vocally.
41. Cashmere Cat ft. The Weeknd & Francis and the Lights- Wild Love
Cashmere Cat is one of the best producers around, add the ridicoulously talented Abel into the mix and you’re guaranteed a sure fire hit, XO has never not delivered, this song was everything you would expect, and hopefully we see more of this in 2018.
40. Rex Orange County – Apricot Princess
Rex Orange County is 19 and he’s making masterpieces like this. It’s a love song that takes you on various highs and lows, but in the end it’s ultimately an uptempo track that can get the feet tapping. He’s had an amazing year, and at the age of 19 we can all expect massive things from him in the future.
39. Lil Pump – Gucci Gang
The viral hit of the year? Is it anything more or less than a banger? Not really. It’s not in any way a good song, but it’s not that deep, it’s just fun and we’re all allowed a little bit of fun in life, it’s all gucci.
38. MGMT – Little Dark Age
MGMT were back with bang in 2017. There’s not many people on the planet this good at production, it’s nothing short of masterful. MGMT will forever maintain longevity, they are that good at what they do it’s unlikely they’ll ever make anything that isn’t brilliant.
37. Playboi Carti – Magnolia
I can’t really write up a list of reasons about why this a great song, there’s no lyrical meaning, and no offence to the man but Carti isn’t ever going to set the world a light with his rapping, so what made this track so damn good? Producer Pi’erre Bourne is what made it so good. This song is just a pure bop, nothing more and nothing less.
36. The xx – Dangerous
This is easily the song I’ve heard the most this year because it’s part of the fifa sound track, so excuse me if I find this to be highly overplayed but there’s simply nothing I can do about that. If you look deeper though, it’s a quality track by a quality group, it’s something that the xx have done their entire tenure so it’s really no surprise.
35. King Krule – Dum Surfer
King Krule is just a straight up genius isn’t he? Not only has a made one cracking music video, but he made an absolutely cracking album. Dum Surfer is magnificently produced and lyrically chilling. Krule time and again manages to pull that eerie feel off, while maintaining quality jazz production, he’s one of a kind.
34. Offset, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin ft. Travis Scott – Ghostface Killers
Without Warning is my favourite collab album this year, it’s everything Huncho Jack should’ve been. The addition of Travis Scott in this track pushed it that bit further, everyone involved was on absolute top form. 21’s Kim Jong lyric is one of the best of the entire year, let alone this album.
33. A$AP Mob ft. Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo & Frank Ocean – RAF
The A$AP Mob dropped another Cozy Tape this year, and while large in part it was underwhelming, this was a big highlight. The OG version features an awesome rap verse from Frank Ocean, a catchy hook, and typical Mob verses. I think it’s safe to say as good as this track was, we all want the Mob to drop some individual albums in 2018.
32. Migos – T Shirt
The Migos at their damn finest here. If this wasn’t overplayed early like the rest of the album this would be top 20 easily. Each member of this group bounce off each other, they are all fantastic in their own way. Classic production, always amazing on the hooks, just true bangers.
31. Lana Del Rey ft. The Weeknd – Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey is one of the very best around, as is Abel, put them on a track and it’s always going to be a good one. It’s something that sounds like it’ll make sense, it does and it did. This was everything you’d expect and that bit more, Del Rey is at the absolute top of her game right now.
30. Mount Kimbie ft. King Krule – Blue Train Lines
Mount Kimbie are masters of production. With Krule jumping on this track, he exchanges jazz vibes for something more electronic, and it worked to perfection. Krule can deliver an intensity that very few can match, but Mount Kimbie can more than match it with their stellar production, this was a match made in heaven.
29. Mura Masa ft. Charli XCX – 1 Night
Mura Masa exploded on to the scene in 2017 with an outstanding debut album, getting Charli XCX on the track was great idea, she suits Masa’s production really well. It’s clear as day both of these artists will continue to grow in 2018 which is an exciting thought, also it’s safe to say Viberant are in love with Charli XCX.
28. Gorillaz ft. Kelela & Danny Brown – Submission
The revival of the Gorillaz was an absolutely beautiful sight to see in 2017. Kelela delivers some fantastic vocals early, but it’s not till the second half of the song where I go absolutely mental. Danny Brown’s verse is INSANE, one of the best verses of the year and one of the best features of the year, Danny Brown has to be top five, he’s proven himself time and again.
27. Loyle Carner ft. Tom Misch – Damselfly
Loyle Carner is one of Britain’s very best, his album didn’t have a single bad track on it, and this is one of the highlights of the stellar piece. When you think of the current UK music scene, Carner doesn’t really sound like everyone else, but that’s what makes him what he is, it’s uniqueness and maturity beyond his years that have made him such an incredible listen.
26. Toro y Moi – Girl Like You
One of the hottest prospects in the currently overflowing R&B scene. This track is absolutely amazing, a fantastic voice mixed in with stellar production and a awesome hook. If you haven’t heard this mans album go listen to it as soon as you can, because it’s absolutely incredible, what a year for R&B.
25. Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. – Best Part
Unfortunately, Get You was released in 2016, had that been on this list it would’ve been a lot higher then this, but still, Best Part is undeniably a fantastic song. Caesar is an amazing representative of the future of R&B, it’s looking on the up. He collides here with H.E.R to make an amazing love song, which is quite clearly his forte.
24. Jorja Smith x Preditah – On My Mind
A really groovy song here, it’s got the old school vibes about it which is something I constantly welcome time and again. Really well produced and really well delivered by Smith, I think we’re all hoping for more of the same from her in 2018 and beyond. Shout out to the Kurupt FM team for featuring in the music vid.
23. Mac Demarco – My Old Man
2017 was the return of the super lovable Mac Demarco, and he brought back the same thing that brought him to the dance in the first place. You know what your getting with Mac, it’s always quality work, he’s not one to miss the mark with his work, just really chill and really cool.
22. Future – Mask Off
Let’s kick things off by saying this is in fact better than the Kendrick Lamar remix. Future had a very big year, two albums that did very well, and this song was part of it. Mask Off went viral not long after its release, and it remained a massive song for the rest of the year, easily one of the biggest anthems of 2017, large in part to the amazing production and one of the best hooks in a very long time.
21. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Rattlesnake
What a superb hook, catchy as anything you’ve heard all year. This is a really cracking band and a really cracking song. It’s musically very impressive, everything’s on point and as it should be. There’s not enough of this in music at the moment for me, so King Gizzard and The Lizard are a welcome addition to the top 50. Also, what an humdinger of a music video.
20. SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
SZA is one of this years biggest stars, a true MVP for R&B. Travis Scott for the millionth time came through with a wicked feature, the pair had solid chemistry. It’s produced very well and SZA did her usual amazing work, she works so hard on these tracks that we’ll never hear anything but a good track from her, and I’d rather that than artists who drop albums left and right with poor quality.
19. Paramore – Hard Times
This was a big surprise to some, me included. What a bop. People can say what they want about Paramore, but time and again they remain part of the music scene, this was fun, quirky, and something we’ve never heard from them, clear evolution here and a welcome surprise.
18. Miguel ft. Travis Scott – Sky Walker
Time and again Miguel will deliver gold. This is a true bop that’s been on repeat since it’s release, one that hasn’t got boring over time. Having Travis Scott on here is a no brainer, he’s one of the biggest names in music let alone rap, a verse off him makes pretty much any single a bigger single.
17. Travis Scott – Butterfly Effect
One of the very best out and out certified bangers. Reminiscent of his previous bangers, but it’s a formula that will always work for Scott, it’s just really fun music that people can get into, something that hasn’t grown tiresome, and something that on an album, would stand the test of time.
16. Sampha – Blood On Me
A passionate performance from Sampha here. All his songs have incredible vocals and incredible production so this is the same old in that sense. The lyrics are much more than your usual song, Sampha bares all here about his troubles with anxiety, he himself likened it to sleep paralysis.
15. Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort
Musically it’s one of the best tracks of the year, the band really gave it all they got and made some incredible stuff, some deep lyrics in their too, it’s really nothing new for this band though, time and agin they prove they are one of the best bands about, and I think anyone who’s a fan of this kind of music will be hyped for festival season next year, because a lot of bands have made some classic albums this year.
14. Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
Queens Of The Stone Age made a triumphant return to music this year and they haven’t missed a step. This was a wicked track off a very, very good album. This was something different, it doesn’t sound like old school QOTSA, but is that even a bad thing? So long as it sounds good does the rest really matter? I think not.
13. Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever
One of the best music videos of the year right here give that a watch. Father John Misty had a big year, some members of Viberant gave him very high accolades on their end of year lists, some saying this was the song of the year, it’s clear to see why he was praised so highly, a real good track here that has some mad lyrics, what’s not to like?
12. Tame Impala – List Of People (To Try And Forget About)
Tame Impala released some of their B sides earlier in the year. Their B side track is 12th on this list, full of artists A tracks, that’s how good Tame Impala really are. Not many bands in the world come near them, all the B sides were fantastic tracks, and for me this one in particular should have been on the album.
11. Vince Staples – 745
One of the best beats of 2017, when it drops you can’t help but vibe with the track. Vince Staples has had a career year and his vision with production is a large part of it, he stood out from the crowd with this album, this track is a prime example of it. Staples is unique in the rap game, but he’s by far one of the very best.
10. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3
Without a doubt one of the most played tracks of the year. Some might say it’s become overplayed, but not me, I could listen to this masterpiece time and again. Of the three people who voted for song of the year on Viberant one person gave this the number one spot overall. It’s a dark and eerie track that manages to get everyone moving at the same time. Lil Uzi is a rare breed in the rap game, he’s one of the leading guys of the new generation.
9. Joey Bada$$ – Land Of The Free
The number one conscious rap album of the year from Joey produced some of the best songs, this is the cream of the crop. Bada$$ has been underrated for years and years by the mainstream, and finally he’s reached the top. His lyricism in this track is next level, he’s really proven his place on this list, along with every list he’s been on, and h’es earned his place in music.
8. Lorde – Homemade Dynamite
The current Queen of the music industry. Whether people want to admit it or not, she’s the best around right now. Her music is evolved over the past few years, this track is something you’d expect of a seasoned musician who’s been charting for decades, yet Lorde is young and still relatively new, if this is what she’s doing now, imagine what she could be doing in the 2020’s, we could be looking at something special here. The remix of this track deserves props as well, really cool track.
7. Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean & Migos – Slide
The ultimate summer bop. Frank Ocean does his usual epic job as do the Migos. Offset has a fantastic verse, and Calvin Harris really out done himself the production side of things. Never thought I’d see Harris make such a fun album. This track in particular was so fun and so heavily played, but lucky for us it was never overplayed.
6. LCD Soundsystem – how do you sleep?
A song of truly epic proportions. All nine minutes keep you gripped. It builds and builds until you realise you’re listening to something that’s like nothing else. It’s some of the best production of 2017, some of LCD Soundsystem’s best work ever, and one of the most underrated tracks of the year by many.
5. BROCKHAMPTON – BOOGIE
This track came out a day before our end of year deadline. What an amazing piece, of the three BROCKHAMPTON albums there is clear progression, here we got some added extras on the production side of things to give the group that little bit extra. They are correct when they say, they are the best boy band since One Direction.
4. Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life
Wolf Alice hit their very highest heights this year with an absolutely sublime album. This track in particular was something special. Lyrically and musically. I don’t think they are getting the credit they deserve. They all do their jobs fantastically, and after this next level track, I think it’s fair to say they are in the top five UK bands.
3. Kendrick Lamar – DNA.
KILLER FLOW. I mean killer, possibly the best flow of the entire year. This is without a doubt a top five Kendrick Lamar song of all time, he absolutely kills it as always, and when the beat changes up half way through oh my days. Everyone at Viberant has been blessed with tickets to see Kendrick live in 2018, and we will all get to witness one of the greatest to ever do it.
2. Tyler, The Creator ft. Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy & Anna The North – 911 / Mr Lonely
So close yet so far for Tyler. He reached number two for the Viberant song of the year and number two for Liam’s albums of the year. Look how far Tyler has come from Bastard to this. The track varies from rap to R&B, and it’s alt rap were Tyler has really shined as of late. Whenever he works with Frank Ocean you’re guaranteed a fantastic song, two of the very best in music right now.
1. Frank Ocean – Lens
Was it ever going to be anybody else? Without releasing an album he’s got the song of the year. In fact, if we could’ve had more than one song per artist I would say we’d have three of four Frank tracks in the top 10. He’s beyond good, he is undoubtedly the number one solo artist in the world right now. It’s hard to find anyone who gets near him, it’s magical music, and we are all blessed to be living while he’s in his prime. Lens would be the centerpiece of an album if Frank chosen to do it that way, instead he just released it on Blonded Radio and in terms of mainstream it went largely unnoticed.