NME’s best songs of 2017 so far 

These are the new tunes you need in your life

31. Jaded – ‘In The Morning’

It’s simple, brutally upbeat vibes that make this London trio shine here.

32. QTY – ‘Dress/Undress’

With Suede guitarist Bernard Butler behind the mixing desk, the New York duo came good on the potential shown last year with another gigantic chorus and infectious guitar licks.

33. Zara Larsson – ‘TG4M’

From the Swedish popstar’s international debut ‘So Good’, this mid-tempo balladbanger deals with self-destructiveness and low self esteem: “You’re too good for me / but I want you anyway.”

34. Shame – ‘Tasteless’

South London’s finest rage themselves raw on this furious post-punk storm.

35. Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’

Far more immediate than the majority of last year’s ‘Blonde’ and ‘Endless’, Frank Ocean’s latest is also brilliantly lyrical, pitting the complexity of his bf against the mirrored iconography of a luxury brand.

36. Yaeji – ‘Noonside’

Kathy Yaeji Lee is a 23-year-old house DJ based in New York and Seoul. The tracks on her self-titled EP manage to be both completely languid and deeply catchy – none more so than opener ‘Noonside’, whose Korean chorus, though slackly sung, bashes out an indelible impression.

37. Drake – ‘Passionfruit’

Every time Drake produces a sadbanger of this quality, it just proves that Sad Drake is the best kind of Drake.

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38. Perfume Genius – ‘Slip Away’

The first taste of Mike Hadreas’ fourth album, ‘No Shape’, drives things up a gear with pounding drums and brilliant lines like: “If you never see them coming/You never have to hide.”

39. Pond – ‘The Weather’

The Perth quartet end their forthcoming seventh studio album with this sublime synth-led track produced by their mate Kevin Parker, of Tame Impala. The lyrics, of course, are fairly impenetrable.

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New track from POND’s forthcoming album The Weather to be released May 5th

40. Mac DeMarco – ‘My Old Man’

Something deceptively soft and simple from Canadian slacker Mac, who isn’t happy to see his dad in the mirror: “There’s a price tag hanging off of having all that fun“.

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