By idobi Staff |
December 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM
2017 was…something. While our leaders set the world on fire, our favorite artists rose to the occasion and spat out some fire of their own, making the year gone by a whole lot more bearable. idobi’s staff put together their best of 2017 music picks, and shared some of the moments that made it all better—throwing in a few memes along the way (because what would the internet be without them?). Join us as we raise our glasses and say goodbye to 2017 with some good tunes and some reasons to cheer:
Best Album: How Did We Get So Dark? – Royal Blood
Best Song: “Young Dumb & Broke” – Khalid
Best Music Video: “Obsession” – OK Go
Favorite Collaboration: Kristen Bell & Dave Grohl perform Frozen & Metallica mash-up on Jimmy Kimmel
Moment that Made it Better: The Women’s March.
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: Flying cars.
Favorite Meme: The one where it shows what Trump’s doodling when signing bills.
Best Album: The Altar – BANKS (it dropped in 2016 but it’s all I listened to this year)
Best Song: “Weaker Girl” – BANKS (it’s ALL I listened to. Fight me.) “Die Young” “Humble” (I’m all over the place)
Moment that Made it Better: My nephew singing, “I love my tia!”
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: We enter an age of enlightenment without further turmoil.
Favorite Meme: I’m ringing the “shame bell” for idobi founder Tom Cheney—he never turned in his list. Way to lead by example, sir. Way to lead.
Best Album: Mansionz – Mansionz
Best Song: “Black Butterflies and Deja Vu” – The Maine
Best Music Video: “Cassie” – Chase Atlantic
Favorite Collaboration: “All My Friends” – Hoodie Allen feat. State Champs
Moment that Made it Better: The first Warped Cruise
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: I hope everyone can get along in 2018
Favorite Meme: —
Best Album: This is really, really, really hard. There was so many incredible albums this year. Picking one seems unfair, when in reality, for myself, there’s 30-40 records I could easily list. It was a great year for heavy music, and an absolute pleasure to be a fan of these genres. Here’s five you should all check out, listed in no particular order:
You Are We – While She Sleeps Deadweight – Wage War False Idol – Veil of Maya The Mortal Coil – Polaris Arch Echo – Arch Echo
Best Song: “Doomsday” – Architects This is a very special, emotionally heavy, and personal song for the band. First time I ever listened, I definitely had a pretty huge lump in my throat along with tears welling up.
Best Music Video: “After The Party” – The Menzingers
Favorite Collaboration: “Ascending a Mountain In Heavy Light” – The Body & Full of Hell Two great bands on their own, this epic collaboration album is something fans of heavy, experimental music need to hear.
Moment that Made it Better: Glassjaw releasing their first album in 15 years. I think most fans would agree, it was worth the wait!
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: I’d really like if Motion City Soundtrack, along with some other broken up, OG Warped Tour bands (My Chemical Romance, etc.) reunited to play a couple dates of the last year of Vans Warped Tour 2018. Regardless, if Kevin & co. are able to reunite some bands for some special shows, the lineup will be nothing short of incredible!
Favorite Meme: Rollsafe meme, Meryl Streep singing meme, and who could forget, the distracted boyfriend and all the hilarious memes that spawned! Cracking Open A Cold One with the Boys was good, and just about any Wendy’s tweets/comebacks they posted all year.
Best Album: From A Room – Chris Stapleton
Best Song: “Taylor Swift” – Beans on Toast
Best Music Video: Do they still make those?
Favorite Collaboration: Brett Davern & Katie Leclerc on The Brett Davern Show (lame answer?)
Moment that Made it Better: When we got to interview Frank Turner on the show! Big fan of his and it was cool to make him laugh.
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen:
Favorite Meme: Not sure what this is…
Best Album: All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell – PVRIS
Best Song: “Same Soul” – PVRIS
Best Video: “Boys” – Charli XCX
Favourite Collaboration: Carly Rae Jepsen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Moment that Made it Better: The Dangerous Summer reuniting
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: I get one (1) full night of restful sleep
Favorite Meme: Richard Spencer getting punched in the face to various perfect songs
Moment That Made It Better: Chrissy Teigen’s pregnancy announcement, bless
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: Watching the scene – and world as a whole – rebuild a safer and more inclusive atmosphere for my siblings to grow into.
Favorite Meme: The Old Carly Is Dead
Best Album: The Search For Everything – John Mayer
Best Song: “Could It Be Over” – Eli Teplin
Best Music Video: “Ahead Of Myself” – X Ambassadors
Favorite Collaboration: “Walk On Water” – Eminem & Beyoncé
Moment that Made it Better: Krispy Kreme donuts at the office
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: Eminem and Ed Sheeran Collab (dream is coming true December 15th)
Favorite Meme: Shocked guy blinking
Best Album: After Laughter – Paramore // AWKOHAWNOH – PVRIS
Best Song: “Rose Colored Boy” – Paramore
Best Music Video: “Kiwi” – Harry Styles
Favorite Collaboration: Him & I – Halsey & G-Eazy
Moment that Made it Better: The Dangerous Summer reuniting
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: ONE DIRECTION REUNITING…..and world peace.
Favorite Meme: White guy blinking gif meme…gets me every time.
Best Album: A Black Mile To The Surface – Manchester Orchestra Best Song: “Yours” – Now Now Best Music Video: “The Alien” – Manchester Orchestra Favorite Collaboration: “Your Name” – Radwimps & Makoto Shinkai
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: I find the time to beat Zelda BOTW Favorite Meme:
Best Album: Last Young Renegade – All Time Low
Best Song: “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” – The Maine
Moment that Made it Better: Finally graduating from Ohio State University was definitely my favorite moment in 2017.
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: More new music from Fall Out Boy soon! I love everything off Mania so far and can’t wait to hear what they are doing with the rest of the album.
Favorite Meme: Eevee on the TV
Best Album: Masseduction – St. Vincent I was torn between St. Vincent, Lorde and Bjork—all three put out beautifully unique, lush and gorgeously constructed indie pop records, but Masseduction is the one I’m likely to put on more often. Just stunning, and Annie Clark is at the top of her game.
Best Song: “Green Light” – Lorde Lorde continues to mature and dive inside her own psyche. This is just a gem of a tune.
Best Music Video: “The Gate” – Bjork We already knew Bjork was a psychedelic pop imp-ress, and this wonderfully weird and compelling video proves it.
Favorite Collaboration: I got nothin’
Moment that Made it Better: Even though it started last year, the ongoing Guns N Roses reunion has been a thing of joy. To see this fallen giant reclaim its place at the top, to put aside differences and just kick ass all over the world, has been phenomenal. They might not be dangerous anymore, but they’re still exciting.
Thing You Still Hope Will Happen: Whisper it. Impeachment.