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!
40. DJ Valdi feat. Elena “Hot Bhangra”
What we said: Elena embraces the Punjabi style both in terms of fashion and music. “The Balkan Girls” singer teamed up with DJ Valdi for this Eurodance track, providing the vocals for the song. While Elena looks amazing in her Punjabi outfits, complete with mehndi on her hands, we can’t help thinking that they blew up the budget on her saris, leaving the other dancers draped in what looks like second hand bed sheets. Not to mention that DJ Valdi himself looks like he just stumbled into the Bhangra party by mistake! A catchy beat makes up for the clumsy cultural appropriation and we can’t keep our eyes off Elena anyway. (Bogdan)
Previous top tracks:“O simpla melodie” (#18 in 2013)
39. Marija Serifovic “11”
What we said: Strings, along with Serifovic’s distinctive vocals, accentuate the emotions found in the song, which was written by Bane Opacic — the talent behind most of her recent hits. Speaking of the meaning behind it, the “Molitva” singer told Serbia Today: “The song is dedicated to all those first and truly great loves that we go through, and it seems that the audience has recognized this, and I am very pleased with it.” The lyrics capture the overwhelming nature of first love. As she sings: “Although you are not my blood, you are my soul, A flower blooms rebellious when it falls in love”. (Jovana)
38. Kristian Kostov “Glubina”
What we said: “Glubina” builds nicely on Kristian’s Eurovision 2017 entry “Beautiful Mess” and further defines the genre in which he wants to play. This thoroughly mature, contemporary track has the same polish and smooth edges of his Eurovision entry. The production is on point and emotive, and gives us major Dima Bilan vibes. (William)
37. Donny Montell “Screw Me Up”
What we said: A pop explosion filled with fast beats and a nostalgia for early millennium acts like Aaron Carter, Britney Spears, and Backstreet Boys, and even a bit of George Michael — may he rest in pop-rock peace. While the track may remind us of simpler times, it’s just as easy to imagine it being sung by main station staples like One Direction or Sean Mendez. This is a total Top 40 banger with everything a pop song could ask for — a catchy melody, a head-bobbing, toe tapping beat and enough synth and “uh-uh’s” to drive any pre-teen girl or thirty-something gay man into bubble gum flavoured euphoria. We’re there. (Andy)
Previous top tracks: “Fly” (#13 in 2016)
36. Michal Szpak “Don’t Poison Your Heart”
What we said: The song is an upbeat rock track with electronic undertones. It has a 1980s indie rock flavour, with a hint of the influential band the Pixies coming through in the chorus. But at the same time, it’s not stuck in the past. Szpak’s vocal warmth gives the song a contemporary flavour. The lyrics share a message of staying true to yourself and to not give into negative influences. At a time when the world sometimes feels chaotic and uncertain “Don’t Poison Your Heart” shares a message of personal strength. (Robyn)
Previous top tracks: “Rosanna” (#36 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.