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The Janky Smooth Top 10 SONGS of 2017 Rated by Contributors

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John Waters

John Waters at Burger Boogaloo by Jessica Moncrief

Low expectations for politics in 2017 made for high expectations in music and though this year saw revolution and protest turned into memes with albums like Eminen’s Revival, if you look closely, almost every genre had standout artists and a raising of the bar. Even hip hop, which was was dominated by trap artists like Post Malone hitting number 1 on Billboard, had more lyrical artists like Big K.R.I.T., Brockhampton, and Tyler, The Creator come out with career defining work. Metal saw old school bands like Obituary come out with incredible songs while newer ones like Power Trip, released their first true thrash anthem. Punk saw a similar phenomenon happen with Cocksparrer’s new joint and then Career Suicide’s. Even though Trump is our president and the Dodgers lost the World Series in game 7, music in Los Angeles, California in the year 2017 was exceptional, better than 2016. In 2017, the world of music realized it can weaponize quality just because it’s so damn good rather than try to convince us that musical weapons must be quality.

This is not about albums or politics though, this is about SONGS. Five minutes of sound that capture the year, two minutes if you’re punk, ten if you’re metal. We here at Janky Smooth took on the challenge of naming the best songs of 2017. Songs that you should listen, dance, drive, fuck, and headbang to. So, here goes:

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Alice Glass

Alice Glass at the Growlers 6 by Jessica Moncrief

TOP SONGS OF 2017

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Brent Smith, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Ty Segall – Break a Guitar
  2. Twin Temple – Girl Trouble
  3. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Loyalty
  4. Isaac Rother & the Phantoms – Hocus Pocus
  5. Thurston Moore – Cease Fire
  6. Drab Majesty – Cold Souls
  7. METZ – Mr. Plague
  8. The Black Lips – Interlude: Got Me All Alone
  9. Wild Wing – Sound the Alarm
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore at the Teragram Ballroom by Grace Dunn

Ty Segall

Ty Segall at FYF Fest 2017 by Jessica Moncrief

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Rob Shepyer, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Incendiary – Fact or Fiction
  2. Integrity – String Up My Teeth
  3. Ho99o9 – Street Power
  4. Power Trip – Executioner’s Tax (Swing of The Axe)
  5. High-Functioning Flesh – Talk About
  6. Helloween – Pumpkins United
  7. Career Suicide – Tighten The Screws
  8. Chelsea Wolfe – 16 Psyche
  9. Quickand – Illuminant
  10. Alex Cameron – Runnin’ Out Of Luck
Career Suicide

Career Suicide at For The Children 2017 by Todd Anderson

High-Functioning Flesh

High-Functioning Flesh at The Echoplex by Grace Dunn

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Lawrence Rengert II, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Ariel Pink – Another Weekend
  2. Mapache – Saltillo
  3. Cleo Lynx – Throwin’ Stones
  4. The Lemon -Twigs – As Long As We’re Together
  5. The Lemon Twigs – These Words
  6. Chris Stapleton – A Simple Song
  7. The War on Drugs – Holding On
  8. The Chillz – Now Now Now
  9. Dave, Brian and the 40 Hour Work Week – I Let the Devil Do My Dirty Work
  10. Entrance – Leaving California
Ariel Pink

Ariel Pink at Desert Daze 2017

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Michael Haight, Photographer at Janky Smooth

  1. Billie Eilish – Bellyache
  2. Sophie – Ponyboy
  3. Charli XCX – Boys
  4. Terror Jr – SadSadGirl
  5. Charli XCX & Cupcakke – Lipgloss
  6. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  7. Drake – Do Not Disturb
  8. Sorority Noise – No Halo
  9. Alice Glass – Forgiveness
  10. Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
SOPHIE

SOPHIE at the Teragram Ballroom by Michael Haight

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Jessica Moncrief, Photographer at Janky Smooth

  1. Egrets on Ergot – Sister, Please
  2. N.E.R.D. – ESP
  3. Queens of the Stone Age – Un-Reborn Again
  4. Kendrick Lamar – DNA
  5. Tenement Rats – Tomb City
  6. The Jesus And Mary Chain – All Things Pass
  7. Iggy Pop – Gold
  8. David Bowie – No Plan
  9. Gorillaz feat. Vince Staples – Ascension
  10. Ride – Home is a Feeling
The Jesus And Mary Chain

The Jesus And Mary Chain at Cloak and Dagger Festival by Jessica Moncrief

Egrets on Ergot

Egrets on Ergot at the Echoplex by Grace Dunn

TOP POSTS: BURGER BOOGALOO 2017: THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND IGGY
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Dave Unbuckled, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. MakeWar – Tiger Lilli
  2. Brand New – Lit Me Up
  3. (Sandy) Alex G – Poison Root
  4. The Falcon – Hasselhoff Cheeseburger
  5. Wicca Phase Spring Eternal – Ice Breaker
  6. Sad Girl – Someone Else’s Skin
  7. Token – Doozey
  8. Japanese Breakfast – Roadhead
  9. Childish Gambino – Redbone
  10. Thundercat – Them Changes
Thundercat

Thundercat at FYF Fest by Jessica Moncrief

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Aria Silva-Espinosa, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Stef Chura – Human Being
  2. Antonio Williams – Changes
  3. Young Fathers – Lord
  4. Clairo – Get With U
  5. No Parents – Over It
No Parents

No Parents at the Regent by Taylor Wong

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Danny Baraz, Publisher at Janky Smooth

  1. King Krule – Biscuit Town
  2. Chicano Batman – The Taker Story
  3. French Vanilla – Carrie
  4. Ty Segall – Warm Hands
  5. Jonwayne – Ted Talk
  6. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Crumbling Castle
  7. Drab Majesty – Dot in the Sky
  8. Power Trip – Executioner’s Tax
  9. Ho99o9 – New Jersey Devil
  10. OCS – Memories of a Cut Off Head

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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard at Desert Daze 2017 by Alyson Camus

Deb Demure of Drab Majesty at Teragram

Deb Demure of Drab Majesty at Teragram

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