What were your top songs of 2107, and would you care to share your playlists? I’m not taking any more submissions: it’s Christmas music all the way from now on. Besides, 105 songs is quite enough; it’s five more than last year’s list and makes 2017 officially the best year in pop since 1965 (the stats don’t lie; during a long layoff I compiled all my favourites in Spotify going back 50 years).
Maybe, with your help, I can beat last year’s paltry nine followers, or even challenge the wildly popular Best of 2014 playlist (19). As ever, most of these songs came to me via excellent radio shows or podcasts by Pete Paphides, Sean Rowley, and Rob Morgan and Callum Eckersley (the If There’s Hel Below ‘cast), plus the odd intriguing mention in the Guardian music pages, friend’s recommendation, or cock of the ear to 6Music or Radio 1. Enjoy!