Digital High’s Top 20 of 2017 [5 – 1]

Digital High’s Top 20 of 2017 [20 – 6]
20. “Just Dance”HONNE
19. “Shining”DJ Khaled ft. Beyoncé & JAY-Z
18. “Save A Little Love”Don Diablo
17. “love somebody like you”joan
16. “Killing Karma”Sol Heilo
15. “Medicine” Kelly Clarkson
14. “Til I Get Found”Marc E. Bassy
13. “Pass You By”The Aston Shuffle
12. “hate you” – Lesser Bay ft. Lowell Oakley
11. “Lost In Your Light”Dua Lipa ft. Miguel
10. “WORSHIP”The Knocks ft. MNEK
9. “Lonely Together”Avicii ft. Rita Ora
8. “Strip That Down”Liam Payne ft. Quavo
7. “All of the Lights” Alexander Lewis & Brasstracks
6. “Pitted”Sløtface

5. “Feels”Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean
If one of my all-time favorite artists releases an album in a given year there are great odds one of those tracks will make the year-ender. The illustrious 2017 honors go to Calvin Harris and his Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 standout “Feels.” A low-key, funked out collaboration with three all-timers of their own, the cut ebbs and flows with bright melodic runs over a disco-tinged bassline. Vol. 2 can’t come soon enough:

4. “Papa Chico’s Semi Freddo”Sweetmates
As if out of nowhere, the spunky duo that make up the Sweetmates released some of the year’s catchiest earworms with their Disco Turd EP. Actually out of Brighton, the two wowed listeners with the incredibly infectious “Papa Chico’s Semi Freddo” due in large part to its unrelenting percussive layers and disco-pop levity; exactly the kind of pick-me-up to end the year on:

3. “Crybaby”Paloma Faith
‘What if men could just deal with their damn feelings?” – a thought provoking query and the premise behind this year’s number three from UK songstress Paloma Faith. “Crybaby” is a heady anthem balanced by a soulful, penetrating groove and unmatched vocal presence but its the provocative lyricism that jumps off the track; a winning take when all is said and done:

2. “Praying”Kesha
There was no greater comeback story these past 365 days than that of Kesha. Entrenched in legal limbo for countless days beyond that, many began to doubt they’d ever get the chance to hear new music from the one-time pop sensation. But that all changed with her emotionally charged and brilliantly captivating “Praying.” Lead single off of her third studio album Rainbow, the power pop ballad showcases a side of the soloist rarely seen before as she bares her soul over a simple piano driven production. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I’m glad to have her back:

1. “Want You Back”HAIM
It was a tough contest for number one, but a decision had to be made and the HAIM sisters proved triumphant in a squeaker. Their sophomore studio effort Something To Tell You was packed with any number of choice cuts that could have made this top spot, but when it came down to it “Want You Back” was the clear favorite. Quirky synths play off traditional melodies while a harmonic arrangement steadies the whole making for an all around warm cut and welcome return for Alana, Danielle, and Este:

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