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 until we reach our number one.
The countdown continues!
45. Shiri Maimon “I Have It All”
What we said: The ridiculously catchy number details Shiri’s struggles with the dating game “You get up at noon, and at night you turn around / A bachelor for almost two years, does not want to commit”. He’s a college dropout and gets drunk in the forest. But the blonde diva has had enough, cheerily singing “But my father was right – in the end we gotta grow”. The nonchalant attitude towards her significant other carries on into the humorous music video. The “Time To Say Goodbye” songstress rids herself of a handsome yet rather useless boyfriend. Luckily for her, she has a team of bellboys to fill the void. They wait on her hand and foot, and the only baggage they carry is her stylish blue suitcases. (Padraig)
44. Sabina Babayeva “Can”
What we said: Fusing the old and new, the “Ey Azerbaycanim” singer gives a modern twist to a century old Georgian classic. Composed by Victor Dolidze, Babayeva was first introduced to the song by fellow Eurovision 2012 star Anri Jokhadze. Fuad Velizade wrote the Azeri text, while the inclusion of tar strings and a little mugham add further local flavour. But rather than delivering an earnest and staid re-working, Sabina’s update is full of vitality and life. Even with the traditional elements, the track is thoroughly modern. Upbeat and completely danceable, we’ve never heard Sabina sound this fun. (Padraig)
43. Loreen “Ride”
What we said: The video begins with long-haired Loreen wandering the streets at night. She comes across posters advertising a “secret concert” starring buzzcut Loreen. Intrigued, she wanders into the theatre and takes a seat on a lone chair in front of the stage. New-look Loreen swaggers up to the microphone and performs “Ride”. The grungy guitar sound of “Ride” is given space. Dressed in a leather jacket, Loreen has an edgy rock look, while delivering the otherworldly vocals of the song. The old Loreen is gone. But that’s not a bad thing. The new-look Loreen has come out from behind her curtain of hair and is delivering a new sound, and a bold new step in her artistic journey. (Robyn)
42. Greta Salóme “My Blues”
What we said: With a name like “My Blues”, one might expect the track to be melancholy or dull, but instead, Greta shows off her aggressive side. The song’s got everything it takes to be hard-hitting: over-saturated vocals, a heavy beat, bold brass, and Greta’s classic harmonies to round it off. The song is themed around finding one’s inner strength. The Icelandic violinist says she’s been “hiding in plain sight and feelin’ just alright.” Beyond that, “My Blues” takes on what it means to wait for someone and just have to “dance away your blues” without them. (Raphael)
Previous top tracks: “ROW” (#6 in 2016)
41. Jamala “I Believe In U”
What we said: Unjustly overshadowed by a prankster when performed at Eurovision 2017, Jamala’s “I Believe In U” is a real gem. Harking back to the days of “It’s Me, Jamala”, the uplifting soul number is a world away from the doom and gloom of “1944”. There are traces of darkness, but the 2016 winner assures us that they’re only fleeting. The good days will come again, and, until they do, Jamala will remain by your side — “Just keep your head up to the sky, Don’t ever look back keep moving on and on”. (Padraig)
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.