It’s hard to believe it’s been this long since some of these songs. So much has happened in the last five years, the sound of 2017 feels like a distant era of popular music history. Here’s a list of representative songs from the year to refresh your memory.
Kendrick Lamar - “Humble”
The celebrated Compton rapper’s commercial peak.
Jay-Z - “4:44”
A mid-album highlight from Jay-Z’s last album. Both the song and album received a Grammy nomination.
Mount Eerie - “Real Death”
From the first album inspired by the death of singer/songwriter Phil Elverum’s wife, this song is one of the most heart-wrenching tracks of 2017.
Lorde - “Green Light”
Lorde used her second album to encapsulate a classic pop persona, announcing Melodrama with the stylish, unique yet familiar feeling of “Green Light.”
SZA - “Love Galore” (feat. Travis Scott)
SZA hit graceful, moving creative heights with this thrilling track from her last album, Ctrl.
Drake - “Passionfruit”
Love him or hate him, “Passionfruit” showcased all the strengths of Drake.
Ed Sheeran - “Shape of You”
The pop hit that took the world by storm, “Shape of You” made Ed Sheeran the icon he is today.
Taylor Swift - “Look What You Made Me Do”
Swift’s ventures into “adult” pop culminated in a shocking change of style with this single’s electropop trapping.
St. Vincent - “Los Ageless”
MASSEDUCTION remade the image of indie artist St. Vincent, with the sultry guitar-and-synth pop drive of “Los Ageless.”
Kesha - “Praying”
Kesha’s emotional comeback lives on in the world’s memories thanks to her difficult years leading up to this recording.
Tyler, the Creator - “Who Dat Boy” (feat A$AP Rocky)
With heavy bass, grinding beats, and an aggressive rapping performance from Tyler, “Who Dat Boy” was one of his strongest songs ever released at the time.
Harry Styles - “Sign of the Times”
Harry Styles’ first solo single showcased a shift towards rock-influenced songwriting.
LCD Soundsystem - “Call The Police”
From the group’s last album, American Dream.
Sampha - “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”
From the singer/songwriter’s Mercury Prize-winning debut album, Process.
The National - “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”
Highlight from the indie band’s 2017 record.
Future - “Selfish” (feat. Rihanna)
Though overshadowed by the rapper’s other 2017 singles, his better album of the year HNDRXX featured this seamless blend of Rihanna-styled pop.
Khalid - “Young Dumb & Broke”
Khalid’s best-known solo song captures the sound of the time.
All of these songs are available on streaming services everywhere!