It’s already December! This year has gone so quickly 😭 anyway, we’re happy because it means that it’s christmas again and we will also be creating a ranking with the best songs that were released this year so stay tuned.
1. Just Fine- Taj Ralph
Taj Ralph is a catchy song about trusting the process, being grateful for who you are and what you have. Ralph shares. “It’s easy to forget to live in the moment when you’re focused on the future. I thought that’s something people could relate to.” The song will catch your attention since the first second, starting with kids chants to move into his soothing vocals over a hip-hop-inspired beat.
I know I’ll change but
I never wanna stray from the way things are
‘IDC’ is a really chaotic song about embracing identity and flaws and giving up in the most positive way. Before I came out as trans, I was always hiding parts of myself so I blended in more to the people around me. Once I came out, I didn’t really have to ‘blend in’ anymore, since being trans is still an idea a lot of people turn their heads to. I’ve lost a lot of relationships with (very judgmental) friends and family because of my gender identity and sexuality. ‘IDC’ is really about that optimistic nihilism, and the sort of “release” to be yourself and find your community after the abandonment.
Baby, you’re so pretty, but you’re not the one I need
Maybe I’ll be wealthy, but that don’t mean shit to me
I’m on my own, I’m on my own
Everybody hits me, but I’m not afraid to bleed
Gave him all my loving and he turned his back on me
I’m on my own, I’m on my own
3.- What’s Not To Like-Lime Cordiale, Idris Elba
Lime Cordiale and Idris Elba have shared their second collaborative single together, ‘What’s Not To Like’. The song has a gritty sound and an early 00’s garage style. Elba said ‘What’s Not To Like’ is “a song about finding who you really are and not chasing who you think people want you to be.” this collaboration will be part of their next EP. They were meant to record just one feature for a single but they connected so deeply that they agreed on recording a new EP together.
Heavy is the heart that wants to be a famous face
Sucking all the air out of the room
Fragile is the ego of the man that needs to win
‘Cause he doesn’t know how to lose
4. Talk Down- Dijon
“I heard a chord that my friend John played. And I started freestyling this thing, and I just kept quoting ‘Look at Miss Ohio,’ and that became the basis of the song. It was me listing off songs I was listening to while driving and trying to contrast a little bit. I wanted to do a little homage to the Baltimore club. I tried to do a few Baltimore club songs that failed, and this is the closest that we got” Dijon creates a laidback song including a subtle guitar and piano into a soundscape that keeps growing and evolving, turning this musical piece not only into a song but into a whole mood. What we also love about this project is that it feels so raw, yet every detail has been carefully considered.
Listenin’ to Gillian Welch
Ooh, I can’t help myself
Look at Miss Ohio
That ain’t how you smile though
I like it when you
Talk down, turn the radio down
5. WHO DIED AND MADE YOU KING?- Jaguar Jonze & Shungudzo
The song is a celebration of the #metoo movement and the music industry finally recognizing the sexist abuse that has been going on for decades. Of the track, Deena says, “Within a year, we have taken down many notable ‘kings’ or heads at the top of the music industry,” and “This song is to both celebrate that, as well as act as a warning that more downfalls and cleanups are yet to come.” Jaguar sounds powerful in an electronic and dark anthem.
I’m leading, I’m the voice of change
Your downfall isn’t far away
Believing that you’re here to stay
Now that you’re leaving, we can finally say
6. Every Flavor- Eli Smart
Eli Smart brings us a summerish and colorful proposal with his song “Every Flavor” This song will instantly put you in a good mood. The playful guitars will hook you since the very first second but we also want to mention how Eli’s voice flows effortlessly. Smooth!
Too long, too long, too long, too long, too long
Since I ever held you
Since I ever felt you and me
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
That when I’m all around you
When I’m all around you I see
7. Wisdom Tooth-Wallice
Wallice knew exactly how to put into words one of those toxic relationships where you love someone but they are so toxic yet so addictive. If you feel identified with this one, we’re sorry.
You got me so messed up
I’m so bad at love
You’re like a wisdom tooth
You hurt so much out of the blue
8. don’t miss me- Claire Rosinkranz
If we had to declare an avoidant attachment style anthem it would be this one, clearly. Claire is problematic and she accepts it through crazy melodies, a lo-fi beat, and distinctive call and response backing vocals.
9. Sunny Boy- Ritt Momney
Ritt wanted to reflect the hard time that we had last year but no matter what happens, he encourages us to stay positive. Through this indie-rock tune he sets the tone of the rest of his LP.
These days stuck in my phone, I hardly feel like I’m free
Caged up in my body, hardly feeling like me
Dirt on my mind, my feet are so clean
Slow down, kid, there’s no need to hurry
Someday soon I know we’ll figure it out
Calm down, kid, there’s no need to worry
10. A.M Radio- The Lumineers
“A.M. Radio” features the biggest chorus we’ve ever recorded, while colliding with an intimate verse“ The song is an anthem about the supernatural pull of one’s calling in life – for Jeremiah and me, it was songs.” A.M radio is the third single of their upcoming album.
These are just the top 10 placements but you can always follow our playlist for monthly updates on the best new indie/alternative music!