In 20 years time, when Elon Musk is president of the world and David Attenborough's cryogenically preserved head introduces us to the new series of Blue Planet 9, we will look back at the year of 2017 with mixed emotions. What will we say to our kids when they scratch their wee heads and ask: "Trump, fidget spinners, Snapchat sausage, what are these things mum? What is TREE?". Will we recoil in embarrassment, cringing as we remind ourselves of all that energy we wasted, all those cows we could have saved? Or will look back on this fine year with a wry smile, happy in remembering the good times, great memes, and even better music. Music Editor Louis Fulford-Smith gives a list of his 50 favourites. (Check out our Spotify Playlist)
1. New Rules - Dua Lipa
Sassy, Sexy, Funny, This perfect Beyoncé worthy, pop banger snatches the top spot of I:M's best of 2017. Although the video is rapidly approaching a billion views, a particularly impressive milestone for the 22 year old, New Rules only sat at number one for a mere two weeks, which given the song's awesomeness, could arguably warrant calling it underrated!
2. Herside Story - GoldLink X Hare Squead
Whoever cooked Goldlink in this creamy stock of Irish Hip-Hop Trio Hare Squead has left a spicy taste in my mouth all year long... Bon Appetit!
3. Up in Hudson - Dirty Projectors
For those who don't know Dirty Projectors, you must be warned that this group is neither for the faint hearted nor the close minded. This song comes off their self titled 8th studio album, the first since frontman Dave Longstreth's romantic and proffesional split with vocalist Amber Coffman.
4. Open Eyes - Count Counsellor
Along with "Friends" and "So Much Sass", "Open Eyes" is yet another example of Count Counsellors' unmatched ability to write fantastic songs. Along with its delectable production, this song easily makes this year's top 5 songs of 2017.
5. Truth - Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington first came to the world's attention after arranging segments of Kendrick Lamar's 2015 masterpiece "To Pimp a Butterfly" along with the legendary Robert Glasper. Since then, Washington has been widely accepted as the modern Jazz Shaman he really is, spiritually leading his audience into the musical oasis of his works; "Truth" is yet another exhibition of Washington's superhuman power to elevate his audience through music.
6. Californian Light - Childhood
7. 1st Wurld Problems Solved- Vulture St. Tape Gang
8. Doin' Me - Mikey Mike
9. My Old Man - Mac Demarco
Perhaps the young Canadian's most beautiful song to date, My Old Man comes off his third full length studio album. This delicate masterpiece has a never before seen air of lyrical maturity about it, making it one of Demarco's finest songs to date.
10. Best Friend - Rex Orange County
11. Say Something Loving - The xx
12. (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano - Sampha
13. Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) - Calvin Harris
14. Kounkoun - Oumou Sangare
15. Humble - Kendrick Lamar
16. Issues - Julia Michaels
17. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook
As far as Ibiza hits go, Cola is definitely one of the most interesting, telling the tale of a young party goer getting spiked, this song only charted in the last quarter of the year, making it one of 2017's great late bloomers.
18. Mask Off - Future
19. Something For Your M.I.N.D - Superorganism
20. Honest Man - Fat Night
21. Lemon - N.E.R.D & Rihanna
Released a little over a month ago, the surprise return of N.E.R.D (No one/Ever/Really/Dies), caused mass excitement amongst music lovers everywhere. The Pharrell lead group earned legendary status in the early 00s with their hit "She Wants To Move", although "Lemon" seems to have polarised his modern audience's opinions. Since then, Pharrell has gone on to win ten Grammys with two academy award nominations, one for "Happy", and another for his movie production skills on the movie, "Hidden Figures" .
22. Get it Together (feat. Jorja Smith) - Drake
23. The Story of O.J. - JAY-Z
"'The Story of OJ' is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we're gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger." - Jay-Z on iHeart Radio.
24. Magic - Mr. Jukes
If there was one comeback I needed to happen in 2017 it was that of ex Bombay Bicycle Club frontman, Jack Steadman. After the group's disbandment in 2016, Steadman went about travelling the world in a most unorthodox manner, hopping from cargo ship to train to Kissa. Steadman's return from his exciting voyage ushered in the era of Mr. Jukes, with his debut album "God First" . read here
25. Despacito (Remix) [feat. Justin Bieber] - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
26. Girl Who Wants To Travel The World - Husky Loops
27. The Message - The Cornshed Sisters
Very little is known about The Cornshed Sisters, but this year they made their first big splash when "The Message" got rocket launched into the Apple Music spotlight after being chosen for Elton John's Rocket Hour radio show. This song is super weird and really interesting, it's organic production style and kooky lyrics make it one of my favourite band releases of the year. (Everything Everything plz cover this?)
28. Love Like Ours (feat. Tarrus Riley) - Estelle
29. Wild Fire - Laura Marling
30. Attention - Charlie Puth
31. Anywhere - Rita Ora
Regardless of what stupid beef you have with pop music or Rita Ora, this song is a phattie bombatie tune, with the chopped vocals in the chorus taking you on a nightmarish pikachu acid trip, "Anywhere" is easily Rita Ora's finest work to date.
32. Bodak Yellow (feat. Kodak Black) - Cardi B
33. (She’s) Just a Phase - Puma Blue
34. Shade - IAMDDB
IAMDDB is arguably Manchester's finest export of 2017, causing a major splash in the summer with "Shade", this sassy, saucy, stoner is bringing a new flavour to UK Hip-Hop with her one of a kind voice and bottomless pit of cool. 2018 promises to be an exciting year for the 21 year old, being selected for BBC's sound of 2018 longlist, if you haven't hear of her yet, she's definitely worth checking out.
35. Rockstar - Post Malone
36. Find Me - Porches
37. I Know a Place - MUNA
38. I’m Just Snacking - Gus Dapperton
39. 3WW - Alt-J
(^This video is great, if you have a spare 10 mins do give it a go).
40. Creature Comfort - Arcade Fire
41. Strangest Thing - The War on Drugs
42. Green Light - Lorde
43. Galway Girl - Ed Sheehan
After bagging himself the biggest hit of 2017 with "Shape of You", Ed Sheeran had little to lose for the rest of 2017, making the widespread appreciation for "Galway Girl" all the more sweet. In spite of his label's concerns, the song spent 30 weeks in the charts peaking just short of the top spot at number 2.
44. Morning Blues - Rose Gray
I have no clue who this girl is, but I can't wait to hear what she puts out in 2018 because this is just great.
45. Hard Times - Paramore
46. LAND OF THE FREE - Joey Bada$$
Given 2017 will forever be marked as the beginning of the end, with the inauguration of Donald Trump, it seems only fair that this event was so well documented by the ever growing political force of the American Hip-Hop community. "LAND OF THE FREE" is just one of many pieces of Hip-Hop mastery written either in response or in connection to this enormous political milestone. Check out how other rappers reacted here.
47. We Got The Power (feat. Jehhny Beth) - Gorillaz
48. Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller) - DJ Khaled
49. Ding-A-Ling (feat. Skepta) - Stefflon Don
Stefflon Don's music has been making waves on the grime scene for over two years now with her underground success from "Lock Arff" launching her career fully into the big time, featuring with artists such as French Montana and Jax Jones. "Ding-A-Ling" combines her raw power with a tongue and cheek approach in this Simpsons sampling wobbler.
50. LAIDBACK - RATBOY