Have a place for one eindejaarlijstje? We hope it is, because you can do it only advantage: the 50 best, not most famous or most successful, but most beautiful and biggest names singles of 2017! Rappers, folkies, punks, soulpoezen, rockers, r&b-girls and -boys, young, old, black, white, all mixed together – was the entire world, but if the Knack Focus Single top 50!
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1. Thundercat – Show You The Way
Nowhere is it written that the single of the year on the album of the year. But now, it is nevertheless the case. Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, was Drunk two of his musical heroes prepare to engage for this timeless hybrid of pop, rock and soul. Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, both beard zestigers, renewed the band that they’re late ’70, early ’80 plotted with classics like What A Fool Believes (The Doobie Brothers) and This Is It (a solosingle of Loggins). “My happiness could not be told Bruner this year at Knack Focus. ‘For decades, had the two no longer worked together, and now they stood with me in the studio, put together a song to write!’. And not just a song; a single of the year, darn it!
2. Moses Sumney – Quarrel
Our favorite Dutch translation of ‘to quarrel’: arguing. ‘With you, half the battle Is proving that we’re at war, / I would give my life just for the privilege to ignore’, sing Moses Sumney with his distinctive, fragile falset. Synth and harp in ministering role. Up to the end of a jazzy epilogue all of the space to open to bloom. Argue, it can also in a whisper.
3. Vince Staples – Big Fish
Also acclaimed rappers sit sometimes in the knot with herself: “shoulda leg dead broke / shoulda leg chalked out’ – but instead of broke or death is Staples a successful artist, surrounded by grinning sharks. Always something, but with beats as his does ie not only his lips above the water, the legs stay in motion.
4. Melanie De Biasio – Your Freedom Is The End Of Me
On Lilies gathered Melanie De Biasio the minimalism in her blend of jazz, blues, and atmospheric pop. With the second, heady single from the album proves the Walloon that they are not undeserved by many to be at the same height with Portishead and Nina Simone.
5. Bedouine Solitary Daughter
Azniv Korkejian is of Armenian origin, was born in Syria, grew up in Saudi Arabia, but has appeared on her self-titled debut as a songbird that is graceful about the American country – and folkgeschiedenis slips.Solitary Daughter is the highlight of the album, with thanks to the sloping hot production of Matthew E. White.
6. Dirty Projectors – Little Bubble
Love songs, they are there in all keys. In Little Bubble sings Dave Longstreth, today solo at the battle as Dirty Projectors, about the moment when the love evaporates when the vacuum bubble explodes. A song with cracks.
7. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
On the title track of his third album as Father John Misty dissects Josh Tillman at the piano in a masterly way the naked ape, and all his errors. Symphonic rock with two feet on the ground: ‘Just random matter suspended in the dark / I hate to say it, but each other’s all we got’.
8. Shabazz Palaces – Shine A Light
The strijkerssample is, they took in Dee Dee Sharpe I Really Love You, a hit of 1965, the stream ofconsciousness-flow – ‘She said I’m too deep, then she fell asleep / How that llama repeat sound hella sweet’ – slips of the tongue of Ishmael ‘Digitable Planets’ Butler. Space age-rap high-John Barry-the content.
9. Kendrick Lamar – Humble
With Humble sweeps Kendrick Lamar in one motion the by funk and jazz influenced sound on the album To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) of the table: a solid pianoriff and a coughing synthesizer flank his verbal uppercuts.
10. Nilüfer Nanya – Golden Cage
The youngest artist in our singles top 10: Nilüfer Nanya, 22 years. The British conjured sunlight from the speakers with Golden Cage, jazzy soul that is limping to the radio beckons. A name to in the coming year to keep an eye on.
11. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quaret – Eh Ya Ye
12. Msafiri Zawose – Pole Pole
13. Helado Negro – Come Be Me
14. Mac Demarco – On The Level
15. Forest Swords – The Highest Floods
16. Nick Hakim – Bet She Looks Like You
17. Foxygen – Follow The Leader
18. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts (ft. Karen O) – Talissa
19. James Holden & The Animal Spirits Pass Through The Fire
20. Tyler, The Creator – Mr. Lonely/911
21. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith To Follow & Lead
22. King Krule – Czech One
23. Mount Kimbie ft. James Blake – We Go Home Together
24. Frank Ocean – Chanel
25. Charlotte Dos Santos – Good Sign
26. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
27. Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion
28. Benjamin Clementine – Jupiter
29. Anna St. Louis – Fire
30. Floating Points – Silurian Blue
31. Fabiana Palladino – Mystery
32. Arca – Piel
33. ABRA – Diamonds & Gold
34. Migos – Stir Fry
35. Kelly Lee Owens – Anxi.
36. Jessie Ware – Selfish Love
37. Lambchop – The Hustle Unlimited
38. A. Savage – Wild, Wild, Wild Horses
39. GoldLink ft. April George – Rough Soul
40. Field Music – Count It Up
41. Hercules & Love Affair – Controller
42. NannaB ft. Hodgy – Golden
43. Jamila Woods – Holy
44. Robert Finley – Medicine Woman
45. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Tears On Fire
46. Ravyn Lenae – Sticky
47. Alt-j – 3WW
48. Trevor Sensor – The Money Gets Bigger
49. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
50. The xx – On Hold (Jamie XX remix)