TPM Top 30 Songs of 2017


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My taste in songs is quite strange at times.  What I see as a huge, climactic, progressive masterpiece of an epic might lose out to a four minute diddy that simply works and sounds better.  I might love one single song on an album, or I might have lots of trouble picking my favorite on others.  For this list, I generally try to pick only one song per album, though.  With that said, here are my top 30 favorite songs of the year.

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30. Poem – “Weakness”

Poem’s “Weakness” rocked its way into my favorites list at the very end of the year.  I’m not sure why I didn’t listen to it sooner, but the strong alternative metal/rock vibe in the song reminds me of certain songs from my youth.  I love this song.

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 29. Nine Skies – “The Blind Widower”

Nine Skies debuted strongly this year, and I was particularly impressed with the two part “The Blind Widower” (the second part is also on YouTube).  I love the expressive, urban feel of the song.  It feels like a good story being told in a wonderful way.

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28. Anubis Gate – The Black Suite

Anubis Gate’s latest album is my favorite from them, and that is partly because of what I call “The Black Suite”, which consists of “Black”, “Blacker”, and “Blackest”.  You can hear the other two parts on YouTube, and I suggest you give them a try.  The suite is furious, climactic, and, of course, very dark.

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27. Steven Wilson – “Refuge”

Despite the hate Steven Wilson has received for his new album, I personally liked it quite a bit.  “Refuge” is one reason for this with its fantastic instrumental near the end.  I can’t get enough of this song.

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26. The Interbeing – “Spiral Into Existence”

The Interbeing feels like a guilty pleasure sometimes with their overpowering new wave metal.  This song, and the whole album, are heavy and melodic to the core, and I particularly love the sweet chorus here.

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25. When Mary – “Wings of Wax”

“Wings of Wax” was almost second to “Soothing Stitches”.  Both of them, however, have addictive choruses and awesome trip hop beats.  I think I like them both equally.

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24. Roger Waters – “Picture That”

I love the grumpy Gran Torino version of Roger Waters, and this song particularly sits well with me.  I love the f-bombs, I love the crassness, and I love the amazing keys near the end.

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23. Ulver – “So Falls the World”

Ulver’s newest album is smooth as butter, and this song specifically has a chorus that feels amazing and keys that soar.  It is stuck in my head right now, actually.

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22. Carptree – “The Fleeting Deep”

From the first time I heard this song, I loved it.  I love the keys and the way that the song rises to a spectacular climax near the end.  It really jives with me.

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21. Von Hertzen Brothers – “Jerusalem”

While all the songs on the new album are rather catchy, “Jerusalem” is at a different level, in my opinion.  It’s huge and melodic!

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20. Lonely Robot – “False Lights”

I wish this song were available worldwide on YouTube.  It is truly glorious.  The latest Lonely Robot album is ethereal and dreamy, and this immense song feels wondrous as it climbs into this huge emotional upwelling.

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19. Caligula’s Horse – “Songs for No One”

The latest Caligula’s Horse album is emotional and melodic, but this song sticks out for me.  I daresay that it might have the best chorus of the year.

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18. A Perfect Circle – “The Doomed”

APC is back, and I couldn’t be more excited.  All three songs that I’ve heard from the new album have been more progressive and more outside-the-box than almost anything they have done.  “The Doomed” is my favorite, though, with its powerful lyrics and fantastic music.  I’m also a big fan of the video itself.

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17. Retrospective – “Right Way”

Retrospective is a fantastic Polish band that deserves more recognition.  While I love the whole new album, “Right Way” is what I listen to the most.  I happen to love this beautiful video and the explosion of melody in the middle of the song.

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16. White Moth Black Butterfly – “The Sage”

“The Sage” is something of an anomaly.  I did like the new WMBB album, but I thought they could have done more.  However, this song is 100% perfect.  I love everything from the smooth chorus to the Incubus-inspired instrumentals.

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15. Susanne Sundfør – “Mountaineers”

Susanne outdid herself vocally on the new album, but it is this final track on the album that combines her voice with that of John Grant to wonderful effect.  I especially love the very climactic, emotional ending.

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14. Beatrix Players – “Not for the First Time”

While every song is its own journey on the Beatrix Players’ debut album, this melancholic, urban song feels just right.  I love the way it opens and ends on the same lyrical notes, and I love the chorus.

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13. Transport Aerian – “Last Days of Peace”

Transport Aerian released one of the best, most interesting albums of 2017.  I loved especially the multi-part “Abstract Symphony” suite, but this “single” is just so melodic and eerie that I can’t help but select it as my favorite.

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12. Daniel Cavanagh – “The Silent Flight of the Raven Winged Hours”

While much of Daniel’s solo album is bright and colorful, this masterpiece of a song is grey and ambient and jazzy, moving us with rain and textures more than overt melodies.

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11. Lifesigns – “Impossible”

There’s just something about this song.  I believe that the newest Lifesigns album has one of the best trifectas of songs of the year in “Different”, “Impossible”, and “Touch”.  The first one was a favorite in 2016 because of its live version that was released, so that is why I did not choose it this year.  Out of the other two, “Impossible” just has the better chorus and even verses, and it gets stuck in my head all the time.

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10. Major Parkinson – “Blackbox”

Ah, Major Parkinson.  I absolutely love their new album and every single song.  The title track is pure melancholy and greyness, though, as it explores the effect of smart phones and social media on our minds.  “Madeleine Crumbles” is a very close second, but this song, in addition to its awesome video, takes the cake.

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9. Leprous – “Mirage”

Oh my, has this song grown on me.  I mentioned in my review of the album that this song would probably become my favorite, and it has.  Everyone in the band outdoes themselves here with pulsating riffs, guttural bass, and the amazing vocals.  I absolutely love it.

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8. Nad Sylvan – “The White Crown”

Out of all the albums this year, Nad’s is the one that was the most trouble for me to pick a song.  At different parts of the year, various songs were my favorite (from “The Quartermaster” to “When the Music Dies” to “A French Kiss in an Italian Cafe”), but I’ve settled on “The White Crown”.  I love the glorious, orchestral nature and the fantastic vocals.

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7. Amarok – “Winding Stairs”

“Winding Stairs” from Amarok is not only one of my favorite songs of the year, but also my daughter’s and son’s (Gloria and Atlas).  They recognize it as soon as it begins.  We love the awesome chorus and the winding nature of the beat.  Amazing song.

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6. Pain of Salvation – “On a Tuesday”

Does it get much better than Daniel’s whispering dialogue?  I can’t get enough of it, and the song that follows has one of the best last few melodic minutes of any song of the year.

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5. Wintersun – “Loneliness (Winter)”

I love all four songs on the new Wintersun album, but this agonizingly emotional song that ends the album absolutely captivated my mind earlier this year.  Gloria is also a huge fan of this song, too.

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4. Lunatic Soul – “A Thousand Shards of Heaven”

I almost used the jazzy “Red Light Escape” as my favorite from Lunatic Soul’s latest.  However, “A Thousand Shards of Heaven” includes the jazzy, ambient vibes of that song, as well as probably the best vocals I’ve ever heard from Mariusz.

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3. Nordic Giants – “Immortal Elements”

The colorful, soaring nature of the new Nordic Giants album is beautiful and nearly flawless.  This powerful song, though, really spellbinds me and makes me feel motivated and able to change the world.

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2. Persefone – “Aathma”

Persefone’s “Aathma” title suite was nearly my favorite song of the year.  The spiritual nature of the lyrics and spiraling tone of the music are a fantastic combination, and the transitions between tracks are on point.  There is something about this song that raises my heart through the ceiling.

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1. Soup – “Sleepers”

Here it is.  Here is the song that grabs me by the throat every time I hear it.  I love the warm ambiance, the raw emotions, the groovy bass lines, and the humongous keyboard melodies.  I love every single thing about this song.  Every time I hear it, I feel like the guy on the cover.  Soup really knocked it out of the park here.

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