KGSR's Top 3 Favorite Songs of 2017
As many of you know by now, music is where KGSR's heart lives. Whether it's a song that you've been singing since you were a kid or an up and coming artist that's just about to make their big break, we're fans just like you.
To end this year of amazing music, each of the voices you listen to daily here on KGSR along with the staff behind-the-scenes put together a list of their top 3 favorite songs from 2017. Take a look and share a list of your own with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Jason Isbell - Hope The High Road
Liam Gallagher - For What It’s Worth
Spoon - Hot Thoughts
John Mayer – In the Blood
I’ve always been unapologetically a John Mayer fan. From “Your Body is a Wonderland” through John Mayer Trio, his poncho-wearing Paradise Valley years and yes; I even saw him play with the latest iteration of The Grateful Dead earlier this month. “In the Blood”, to me, is such a universally raw, humanizing song for John. That line “how much of my mother has my mother left in me” tears me apart every time. How has this song not already been written?
Mondo Cozmo – Shine
Those who know me well know I’m obsessed with Mondo Cozmo. That record hasn’t left my turntable since it released in August. Bigger for me personally; my fiancé (boyfriend at the time) and several KGSR staffers arranged an EPIC marriage proposal with Mondo Cozmo performing this past October during ACL. So yeah, this one ends up being pretty important to me.
Noah Kahan – Young Blood
Noah, at just 20 years old, has the wisdom and wit to songwriting some never achieve. From small-town Vermont, this release put Noah on my radar. I’m looking forward to watching his career grow in the years to come.
Band of Horses – In a Drawer
Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Lorde – Green Light
The National - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
I lived in Cincinnati during The National's formation and rise to prominence, and have been a longtime fan. Sleep Well Beast is an excellent album that shows the band simultaneously evolving and enduring.
Spoon - Can I Sit Next to You
In Spoon's ever-changing lineup, this song is unmistakably Spoon (helped by the fact that it's also unmistakably Britt Daniel). But in the video, I enjoy the shots of the subway - a subtle nod to the song title - but which also remind me of my New York hometown where those shots were filmed.
Hayes Carll - The Love That We Need
Hayes is one of my favorite Texas artists, and he teamed up with another Texas great, Jack Ingram, on this one. Lovers and Leavers is definitely a breakup album, among other things, but it was also inspired by Hayes' son and was released two weeks before the birth of my own son.
1. The Lumineers - Angela
2. Moon Taxi - Two High
3. Manchester Orchestra - The Gold
Alice Merton - No Roots
Because she's scrappy AF and the song has a great beat. You can't help but feel sassy.
Mondo Cozmo - Shine
He put on such a great SXSW Live Broadcasts performance I think I fell a little bit in love with him. It's not everyone that can inspire a jaded SX crowd to get up on their feet and sing along.
Moon Taxi - Two High
This song skirts the edge of mellow but manages to be interesting at the same time. And it's uplifting - which is what I've been looking for this year.