Best of 2017 Playlist

I have to admit something…I’m not totally in love with this year’s best-of. It’s not that I don’t like the songs (they wouldn’t have made the consideration cut if that were true), but this year’s version of the list didn’t auto-populate as in the past – I had to dig around, drop some, add some, convince myself of some. Of course, there are a few that stood out as obvious choices and at the end, I am satisfied enough to call it complete and to move on. Ezra and Elia’s taste in music is still something that I am proud of, and their selections for this year’s list remind me a lot of a good animated movie (made for kids, adults will enjoy – a lot sometimes).

Like always, there are three rules that go into qualifying for the list: Rule #0 (because it applies every year): fit on a traditional CD and come to my library in the calendar year (even though the songs may be older than that). Rule #1: Don’t suck. Rule #2 (and most important): Be interesting.

1 – The Album Leaf – The Outer Banks

2 – Camila Cabello – Havana

3 – Marian Hill – Down

4 – Run The Jewels – Talk To Me (explicit)

5 – Judah & The Lion – All I Want Is You

6 – Wildermiss – Keep It Simple

7 – K.Flay – You Felt Right

8 – Kamasi Washington – Truth

9 – Maggie Siff – Lullaby For A Soldier

10 – St. Vincent – New York

11 – Pandas & People – Find You

12 – Dirty Projectors – Cool Your Heart

13 – Rag’n’Bone Man – As You Are (Shy FX Remix)

14 – Japandroids – No Known Drink Or Drug

15 – Weezer – Feels Like Summer

16 – Keller Williams – Mama Tooted

17 – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Imaginary Friend


  • Elia’s Song Choice: Mama Tooted (it’s great)
  • Ezra’s Song Choice: Imaginary Friend (also great, the lyrics are pretty stellar)
  • My Favorite: 
  • The One Despite All Efforts I Couldn’t Keep Off: Havana
  • Biggest Surprise: Talk To Me (not my normal bag, but I really enjoyed this entire album)
  • Really Crank This One…No, Louder Than That: New York
  • Band Not Making The List For The First Time In A Few Years: Doesn’t apply this year
  • Bands Continuing Their Run: Judah and the Lion, Pandas and People
  • Dammit If They Didn’t Show Up Again: See above
  • Last Song Dropped From The Playlist: Intro by M83
  • Concert We Went To Featuring Three Of The Bands: Broncos Tailgate at Mile High w/ Judah and the Lion, Pandas and People, and Wildermiss

Previous Year’s Best Of Lists:

Best of 2016

Best of 2015

Best of 2014

Best of 2013

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

Best of 2009

Best of 2008

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