Staff Picks: Best Songs of 2017

Ah, 2017. What a year right?

While the world was literally bursting into flames, flooding, erupting and just plain unraveling into chaos – we had music to keep us anchored (The War On Drugs), energized (Kendrick Lamar), and occasionally escape from it all (Slowdive).

COLLiDE staffers share their favorite songs of 2017 from under-the-radar tracks you might have missed, to chart-topping anthems that dominated the airwaves. Discover our “passionfruit” for Drake, Chelsea Wolfe, Bombe Estereo, Mac DeMarco and many more.

Listen to all the tracks on our COLLiDE Best Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify, and see individual picks below.

Gigie Hall – Editorial Director and “resident outdoor dirtbag”

“Passionfruit” – Drake
“Bofou Safou” – Amadou and Mariam
“I’m Not Running Away Anymore” — Feist
“I Don’t Know” BadBadNotGood
“Duele” – Bomba Estereo

Maria Sauer – Business Development/Project Manager and “Tuna Queen”

“Taxi’s Here”- Tame Impala
“Hot Pepper”- Action Bronson (feat. Mayhem Lauren + Jah Tiger)
“Bring it on Home to Me” (Sam Cooke Cover) – Van Morrison
“Will You Still Speak of Love” – Peter Matthew Bauer
“Thinking of a Place” – The War On Drugs

Megan “What it Doooo” McCredie – Project Manager

Bloodboy – “Human Female”
SZA – “Drew Barrymore”
Mr. Jukes – “Leap of Faith”
Andrew VanWyngarden- “Nature Boy”
Kendrick Lamar – “XXX”

Monique Gilbert – Business Development and Marketing and “constantly depriving herself of mac and cheese”

“The Joke” – Brandi Carlile
“Everything Now” – Arcade Fire
“DNA” – Kendrick Lamar
“Lemon” – N.E.R.D. w Rihanna
“The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” – The National

Gillian Driscoll – Editorial Assistant and “Resident pop culture maven and Harry Styles fan”

“Lose My Cool” – Amber Mark
“Sweet Creature” – Harry Styles
“New York” – St. Vincent
“Passionfruit” – Drake
“On The Level” – Mac DeMarco

Richard Pace – Business Development Director and “Seeker of Anything Fun”

“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
“Element” – Kendrick Lamar
“Bad Things” – Machinegun Kelly * Camilla Cabello
“Closer” – Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
“Roots” – Zac Brown Band

Robben Barquist – Intern and  “Resident Dungeon Delver”

“Blank-Faced Oblivion” – Curved Blade
“A Vision of Supremacy Cast upon Shango’s Hammer” – Sanguine Eagle
“16 Psyche” – Chelsea Wolfe
“Within the Weaves of Infinity” – Sinmara
“Poison Trash” – Midnight

Wes Martin – Marketing and “is not watching Pawn Stars right now, he promises”

“Bad and Boujee” – Migos
“DNA.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Concrete” – Shame
“Shotgun” – Spoon
“Neverwhere” – Hiccup

Gabrielle Costa – Social Media Manager and “Resident Vibe Manager”

“Dot in the Sky” – Drab Majesty
“Blue Train Lines” – Mt. Kimbie ft. King Krule
“Star Roving” – Slowdive
“Only Once Away My Son” – Brian Eno / Kevin Shields
“Children” – Grouper

Molly Kodros – Project Manager and “resident bowler and karaoke extraordinaire”

“Sugar for the Pill”  – Slowdive
- Kelela
“Drew Barrymore”
 – SZA
“See You Again” – Tyler, the Creator feat. Kali Uchis

Leah Hobbs – Artist Relations and “plays soccer on tuesdays”

“Die Young” – Sylvan Esso
“Energy” – B Boys
“Loveless” – Lo Moon
“Notion” – Tash Sultana
“Crying On The Bathroom Floor” – MUNA
“You’re Dreaming” – Wolf Parade