Class of 2017: The Soundtrack

Albums continue to be my format of choice. I think they always will be. Lucky for me, the artists I follow seem to prefer albums as well. That’s not to say there isn’t a place in my life for singles though. Most years are packed with individual tracks that catch my attention…whether because they are really good, extremely awful, or just inescapable. That’s why putting together a yearly soundtrack is so much fun. Not only do I get to hunt for stand-out tracks as I dissect the albums I’ve enjoyed all year, but I also get to dive into the various songs I’ve ignored over the past twelve months. It’s a time of reflection, discovery, and documentation. Of all my year-end lists, it’s The Soundtrack I come back to most often.

The Soundtrack isn’t necessarily comprised of the “best” songs of the year. It’s just a collection of the songs that fit into a compilation outside of the full album format. With the exception of metal, it is a true representation of what the year sounded like. I’ve never been able to extract single tracks from a metal albums. The full album format will always be sacred for that particular genre.

The Class of 2017 Soundtrack consists of 100 tracks, with no more than a trio of songs from any single album. The Top 25 are listed with YouTube links below. This Spotify playlist includes the full Soundtrack.

“american dream” by LCD Soundsystem
(from american dream)

you just suck at self-preservation

american dream

“Appointments” by Julien Baker
(from Turn Out the Lights)

maybe it’s all gonna turn out all right
and I know that it’s not, but I have to believe that it is


“Blend” by Aldous Harding
(from Party)

saw you walking on the sand
In Thailand


“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton
(from From a Room: Volume 1)

seen my share of broken halos
folded wings that used to fly

Broken Halos

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National
(from Sleep Well Beast)

gonna keep you in love with me for a while

Dark Side of the Gym

“DNA.” by Kendrick Lamar
(from DAMN.)

shine like I’m supposed to, antisocial, extrovert


“Dreams Tonite” by Alvvays
(from Antisocialites)

in fluorescent light
antisocialites watch a wilting flower

Dreams Tonite

“Drew Barrymore” by SZA
(from Ctrl)

you came with your new friends
and her mom jeans and her new Vans
and she’s perfect and I hate it

Drew Barrymore

“Drink I’m Sippin On” by Yaeji
(from EP2)

bringing out the colors in me
I feel so fine

Drink I’m Sippin On

“Either Way” by Chris Stapleton
(from From a Room: Volume 1)

pass in the hall on our way to separate rooms

Either Way

“Empire Line” by The National
(from Sleep Well Beast)

a line that goes all the way from my childhood to you

Empire Line

“Frontline” by Kelela
(from Take Me Apart)

hold up, wait, you’re fucking with my groove


“God in Chicago” by Craig Finn
(from We All Want the Same Things)

we kissed on the corner
we kissed in the corridors
we fumbled with clothing
we all want the same things
and then it was morning

God in Chicago


Kevin can’t rap, he too sappy with his shit
he don’t rep me with his shit, he on that teenage bullshit


“Horizon” by Aldous Harding
(from Party)

here is your princess
and here is your horizon


“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
(from DAMN.)

show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks


“If We Were Vampires” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
(from The Nashville Sound)

if we were vampires and death was a joke
we’d go out on the sidewalk and smoke
laugh at all the lovers and their plans
I wouldn’t feel the need to hold your hand

If We Were Vampires

“K.” by Cigarettes After Sex
(from Cigarettes After Sex)

like you best when you’re dressed in black from head to toe


“Lemon” by N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna

tell the paparazzi get the lens right


“New York” by St. Vincent

you’re the only motherfucker in the city
who can stand me

New York

“No Glory in Regret” by John Moreland
(from Big Bad Luv)

I’ve been pouring whiskey in the wind
burning pictures of my best friends
until the ashes cover me like rain

No Glory in Regret

“On Hold” by John Moreland
(from Big Bad Luv)

I’ve been pouring whiskey in the wind
burning pictures of my best friends
until the ashes cover me like rain

No Glory in Regret

“Pure Comedy” by Father John Misty
(from Pure Comedy)

oh, their religions are the best
they worship themselves yet they’re totally obsessed
with risen zombies, celestial virgins, magic tricks

Pure Comedy

“Smoke Signals” by Phoebe Bridgers
(from Stranger in the Alps)

‘the future’s unwritten
the past is a corridor
I’m at the exit looking back through the hall
you are anonymous
I am a concrete wall

Smoke Signals

“Sour Breath” by Julien Baker
(from Turn Out the Lights)

the harder I swim, the faster I sink
the harder I swim, the faster I sink

Sour Breath

The Soundtrack to 2017:
16 Psyche by Chelsea Wolfe
911 / Mr. Lonely by Tyler, The Creator
The Alien by Manchester Orchestra
american dream by LCD Soundsystem
Anoche by Arca
Apocalypse by Cigarettes After Sex
Appointments by Julien Baker
Ascension by Gorillaz ft. Vince Staples
Astral Plane by Valerie June
Bad and Boujee by Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert
BagBak by Vince Staples
Blend by Aldous Harding
Blissing Me by Björk
Bodak Yellow by Cardi B
Bounce Back by Big Sean
Boy by Charli XCX
Broad Daylight by Allison Crutchfield
Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton
Can’t Have Everything by Drake
Cave by Future Islands
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Cut To the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen
Dark Side of the Gym by The National
Daughter by Four Tet
Devastated by Joey Bada$$
DNA. by Kendrick Lamar
DQ by Charly Bliss
Dreams Tonite by Alvvays
Dress by Taylor Swift
Drew Barrymore by SZA
Drink I’m Sippin On by Yaeji
Dum Surfer by King Krule
Either Way by Chris Stapleton
Empire Line by The National
Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Fatal Gift by Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Frontline by Kelela
God in Chicago by Craig Finn
Goose Snow Cone by Aimee Mann
Green Light by Lorde
Gucci Gang by Lil Pump
GUMMY by Brockhampton
Horizon by Aldous Harding
(How Could Anyone) Feel at Home by Open Mike Eagle
Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scene
HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar
Hymn by Kesha
I Love You Like a Brother by Alex Lahey
I Miss Those Days by Bleachers
If We Were Vampires by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unite
In Undertow by Alvvays
Jackpot by Nikki Lane
K. by Cigarettes After Sex
Keep The devil Off by Big K.R.I.T.
Lemon by N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna
Liability by Lorde
Lies I Chose to Believe by John Moreland
Long Lonely Road by Valerie June
Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
Los Ageless by St. Vincent
Love by Lana Del Rey
Love Galore by SZA ft. Travis Scott
LOYALTY by Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna
Midnight by Jessie Ware
Motion Sickness by Phoebe Bridgers
Need to Feel Your Love by Sheer Mag
New Year’s Day by Taylor Swift
New York by St. Vincent
Nice and Quiet by Bedouine
No Glory in Regret by John Moreland
(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano by Sampha
Nothing’s Gonna Change That Girl by Hurray for the Riff Raff
On Hold by The xx
Pa’lante by Hurray for the Riff Raff
Please by Blanck Mass
Praying by Kesha
The Pure and the Damned by Oneohtrix Point Never ft. Iggy Pop
Pure Comedy by Father John Misty
raingurl by yaegi
Real Death by Mount Eerie
Relationship by Young Thug
Same Logic / Teeth by Brand New
Send the Sun by Nikki Lane
Show You the Way by Thundercat ft. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins
Slip Away by Perfume Genius
Smoke Signals by Phoebe Bridgers
Soak by Zola Jesus
Sour Breath by Julien Baker
Strangest Thing by The War on Drugs
Sugar for the Pill by Slowdive
Truth by Kamasi Washington
Truth Hurts by Lizzo
Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker
Two Thousand and Seventeen by Four Tet
The Underside of Power by Algiers
The Weekend by SZA
White Lies by Alice Glass
White Man’s World by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Windswept by Johnny Jewel
XO TOUR Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert

Class of 2017: The Performers


Songs of 2017