NME’s best songs of 2017 so far 

These are the new tunes you need in your life

81. Yaeji – ‘Raingurl’

Distorted house with slimy bass and two dialects (Korean and English), nothing else sounds like this track from Kathy Yaeji Lee.

82. The Horrors – ‘Something To Remember Me By’

From ghoulish goths to krautrock-loving weirdos, and now for the next step in The Horrors’ amazing evolution: a throbbing dance triumph.

83. J Hus – ‘Bouff Daddy’

An ultra-confident standout on the East London rapper’s impressive, Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Common Sense’ debut.

84. Sheer Mag – ‘Expect the Bayonet’

These Philadelphia-based, political punks demand direct action – even if it means violent payback – on a track from this year’s ‘Need To Feel Your Love’.

85. Lil Uzi Vert – ‘XO TOUR Llif3’

Of all the gloomy, nepotistic and addictive songs about death to rule the charts in 2017, this is the bleakest.

86. The Killers – ‘The Man’

Most giant bands would run out of anthems by album five, but Brandon Flowers and co. penned one of their finest in 2017. A macho mentality-dissing stormer.

87. SZA – ‘Supermodel’

Yes, SZA really did sleep with one of her boyfriend’s “homeboys” when she found out he was cheating, and it became the subject of this ballsy opener from her ‘Ctrl’ album.

88. Dave – ‘Question Time’

The 19-year-old rapper somehow sums up the UK’s frustrations in one song, taking on David Cameron, Theresa May, police brutality and Brexit on this game-changing epic.

89. Rex Orange County – ‘Loving Is Easy’

The world needs more of Rex’s sunny-side-up pop. He tackles hard times with a love song that’s as honest and sappy as they come – somehow it’s not cheesy, or like having your private space invaded by PDA.

90. Brockhampton – ‘Gummy’

Austin, Texas’ “all-American boyband” released two albums in the space of six months in 2017. ‘Gummy’ is their most straight-down-the-line effort yet.



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