At the midway point of the year, music writers and various publications take a look at the year in music and choose their favorite tracks and albums so far.

Already, we’ve seen lists from Spin, Vulture and Consequence of Sound.NME, Complex, National Public Radio and Gorilla vs. Bear have also released their picks.

I try to keep up with new music as best I can. My tastes tend to skew a little Americana and folk, with some lo-fi, post-punk and indie rock in the mix. I feel like I’ve got as capable an ear for “good” music as anybody. I’m not an expert, though; I just know what I like.


Most of the songs I come across will get dumped in the below Spotify playlist of favorite tracks of 2017. I’ve offered my list of favorite tracks so far below.

What would your top five or 10 favorite tracks look like? Help me (and anyone reading this) find some new favorites.

Here is my list in no particular order. I can pick 10, but ordering them is impossible. They’re all great.

The Mountain Goats,“The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement”

Jesca Hoop,“The Lost Sky”

Cloud Nothings,“Things Are Right With You”

The New Pornographers,“Whiteout Conditions”

Hurray for the Riff Raff,“Pa’lante”

Ryan Adams,“Doomsday”

Kevin Morby,“Crybaby”

Sylvan Esso,“Die Young”

Frank Ocean,“Chanel”

Arcade Fire,“Creature Comfort”

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