Incredibly, 2017 is almost up. And that means one thing — the return of our annual Top Tracks countdown!
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs voted for their favourite 2017 releases and recordings by and featuring Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who have yet to compete on the Eurovision stage.
After considering well over 100 songs, we finally settled on our top 50. And now we’re ready to share it with y’all. We’ll publish five tracks daily for the next ten days.
Let the countdown commence!
50. Eric Saade “Another Week”
What we said: Following his 2016 reinvention with a more sophisticated pop sound, Eric Saade continues with the dreamy “Another Week”. He sings of the feeling of a summer love, when the days and weeks glide by. “Oops, there goes another week of my life, and I’m so glad I spent it with you”. (Robyn)
49. Cascada “Playground”
What we said: Following the pattern of the group’s back catalogue, the song begins and ends in electro wonder — it pulsates with synths, clangs, bangs and other digi-sounds you’d struggle to name, but which reign in euro-dance territory. While it never reaches the heights of “Everytime We Touch” or the iconic “Evacuate the Dancefloor”, the tune serves its purpose and falls into the guilty pleasure category — perfect for when you’re cruising through Ibiza with the roof down and the stereo cranked up…or in this case when you’ve got your hockey sticks out and are ready to slay that little black puck. (Bernadro)
48. Basim “Aji Aji”
What we said: He’s heavily indebted to the Latin sounds which have been dominating the world’s music markets in the wake of “Despacito”. Like his last release, Basim works both his Danish and Moroccan Arabic roots with bilingual lyrics. He seeks forgiveness and promises that he’s changed. Regardless of whether his motives are sincere or not, he’s serving up spicy hot multi-cultural rhythms. And for those alone, we’re more than happy to forgive any misdemeanours. (Padraig)
47. Guy Sebastian “High On Me”
What we said: The up-tempo track picks up where his Eurovision entry “Tonight Again” left off, with Guy singing suggestively about spending time with his suitor. There are some great production tricks at play, including a creamy synth and an addictive drum beat that add a disco feel on top of his existing soul. Guy stretches his vocal register, getting high enough to make Romania’s Cezar envious. The delicious hook is delivered with his signature pizzazz and attitude. It’s wormed itself so far into our ears that it won’t be forgotten tomorrow… making tonight so good. (Sebastian)
46. Dima Bilan “Derzhi”
What we said: It’s vibrant, catchy and easy to dance to. But unlike so many other dance efforts from other artists, both the production and the lyrics smack of quality. This is good. Dima sends a sweet message to his loved one, letting her know he wants some contact: “Hold! Hold! Hold my hand! Tell me what you want! Get it! Hold it!” But it’s not about getting sweaty and oozing lust. This is about holding hands — an innocent sign of mutual support and tenderness. The intimacy here is real and no one else needs to know about it. (Jovana)
Previous top tracks: “V Tvoyey Golove” (#24 in 2016)
Our Top Tracks of 2017 ranking is determined by votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Josh, Robyn, Jonathan, William, Mario, Edd, Mikhail, Antranig, Mike, Renske, Jovana, Sebastian, and Padraig.