NME’s best songs of 2017 so far 

These are the new tunes you need in your life

51. Charli XCX – ‘Babygirl (feat. Uffie)’

This glossy, funny highlight from Charli’s mixtape ‘Number 1 Angel’ practically winks at the listener. ‘Babygirl’ is cutesy and ironic, taking suggestive pop lyrics to the extreme.

52. Jorja Smith – ‘Beautiful Little Fools’

Titled after a line from The Great Gatsby, this laid-back jam finds the West Midlander railing against superficiality: “Beautiful little fools,” she smirks, “That’s what us girls are destined for… born to be adored.”

53. Steve Lacy – ‘Dark Red’

Short and sweet from The Internet’s youngest member: ‘Dark Red’ is full of gorgeous guitar melodies, choral backing vocals and, over it all, Lacy’s soaring voice.

54. Little Cub – ‘Too Much Love’

The South London electro trio showcase their danceable brand of cynicism on this opening track from their forthcoming debut album ‘Still Life’.

55. HMLTD – ‘To The Door’

Looking and sounding totally unlike any other band right now, HMLTD mix Spaghetti Western guitars with electronic womps on this intense new single.

56. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘XO TOUR Llif3’

Inescapably bleak and often compared to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, this hip-hop punk anthem is filled with brilliant lines like “I cannot die because this my universe“.

57. Superfood – ‘Double Dutch’

The Brummie lot used the eponymous skipping game as inspiration for this whirling, sample-filled slice of synthpop. It practically soars.

58. Nick Hakim – ‘Green Twins’

The opener from the Brooklynite’s album of the same name is the perfect introduction to his retro, psychedelia-soaked soul.

59. Grace Lightman – ‘Fangs’

Where the future-psych haze of Unknown Mortal Orchestra meets St. Vincent’s lyrical bite. ‘Fangs’ is about that bit of a relationship where things turn sour.

60. Wolf Alice – ‘Yuk Foo’

Two years after their debut ‘My Love Is Cool’, Wolf Alice returned with ‘Yuk Foo’, a two-minute riot that had guitarist/vocalist Ellie Rowsell screaming: “You bore me to death / well deplore me / I don’t give a shit“. Supposedly the rest of the album is a little more chilled.

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