Top 17 Tracks of 2017

To be bluntly honest, 2017 was a depressing year. Not only to see it from a global perspective, but personally I began to realise that no matter how much you wanted to change the world (or in a smaller scope, the world around you), it was already too corrupted.

But I will keep on voicing my rights, and not turn into some kind of a pragmatic git. I remember how excited I was to listen to Depeche Mode’s “Where’s The Revolution” – this part in particular:

Your rights abused
Your views refused

And this gave me a slight ray of hope that I was not alone and there were many others out there fighting for their rights in this mad, mad world.

Another song that could be the anthem of the year in the middle of an era of conservatism and closed-mindedness is Public Service Broadcasting’s “Progress”. It features Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on vocals, chanting

“I believe in progress”

and it always gives me the shivers every time I listen to this.

On a lighter side, Sophie Ellis-Bextor also tried to remind us not to conform in “Wild Forever”

Why be so ordinary,
why just conform?

According to Spotify, this was my top track of 2017 – and I even listened to this song more often than Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s “The Punishment of Luxury” and Bright Light Bright Light’s “Running Back To You”.

Anyway, 2017 was also the year of ruined plans, frustration of not performing well at work, and time wasted on things you shouldn’t have spent that much time on.

And during those troubled times, I usually play The Divine Comedy’s “To The Rescue” and let myself drowned inside my sorrows, while trying to keep me back on my feet again as Neil Hannon sang this part:

But I’ll march behind you
Wherever you may go

Well 2017 was not entirely bad. Throughout the year I have been intensively listening to Bright Light Bright Light. “Running Back To You” had this great video with a touch of Erasure’s “Blue Savannah”, and the EP even featured a remix by none other than.. Vince Clarke! (my heart skipped a beat for a bit as I wrote this).

And “Into The Night” was brilliant. I lost count on how many times I watched the video on repeat. It was definitely the ultimate weekend song for me.

When I first listened to Bright Light Bright Light’s 2016 album “Choreography” I was very much attracted to “I Only Want To Please You”, because it has a very strong Pet Shop Boys influence to it, and with Ana Matronic (of Scissor Sisters) on guest vocals, it really took me back to the Pet Shop Boys-Dusty Springfield duet of “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”

In fact, shortly before the single was released, Bright Light Bright Light released a cover of Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls”, also featuring Ana Matronic. This single had actually been released on his soundcloud back in 2014.

Another fine duet was the cover of Annie Lennox and Al Green’s version of “Put A Little Love in Your Heart”, where Rod sang with Nerina Pallot. The single was released as a charity to raise money for Neath Port Talbot Hospital’s Elderly Day Care ward, who took care of Rod’s grandmother until her passing last year.

But what I called a great comeback was the latest album of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, “The Punishment of Luxury”. It was like a mix of early OMD (ie. their 1980 self-titled album and “Organisation”), Kraftwerk, and Heaven 17 – all packaged into one brilliant album of heavy synths with depressive lyrics on social behaviour.


So here are my top 17 tracks of 2017:

(please note that some of the videos are NSFW)

1. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury

The official video is rather disappointing, so I have this live video instead. Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys are definitely my future #goals.

2. The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue

3. Bright Light Bright Light – Running Back To You

4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wild Forever

5. Public Service Broadcasting (feat. Tracyanne Campbell) – Progress

6. Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution

This video is directed by Anton Corbijn btw (hooray!)

7. Hercules and Love Affair (feat. Rouge Mary) – Rejoice

8. Kid Kasio – Some Kind of Love

9. MUNA – I Know A Place

10. Gorillaz (feat. Jehnny Beth) – We Got The Power

Their live performance at the Graham Norton Show (and it even featured Noel Gallagher, yay!) was also something worth to watch on repeat. The music is slightly different though, unfortunately

11. The xx – On Hold

12. Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – I Gotta Praise

13. Erasure – Love You To The Sky

This song does not really have an official video (merely a lyric video), so I put this video instead, where they performed at the 2017 Roskilde Festival. After all, we all prefer to see Andy Bell in tight sparkling pants than animated birds, right? 😉

14. Jens Lekman – How We Met, the Long Version

“What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” was probably the ultimate single from Jens Lekman’s latest album “The World Will See You Now”, but I had already had that song on my top 14 of 2014 list after he uploaded it to soundcloud along with the other two tracks in his WWJD mixtape.

15. Texas – Let’s Work It Out

16. Man With Glasses – The Saddle

17. Black Grape – Pop Voodoo

And here are the Top 7 albums of 2017:

1. Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
2. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
3. Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley
4. Hercules and Love Affair – Omnion
5. Depeche Mode – Spirit
6. Erasure – World Be Gone
7. Texas – Jump On Board

According to Spotify on their 2017 Wrapped, here are my top artists and top tracks of 2017:

Top tracks:
1. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wild Forever
2. Night Drive – Easy to Lie
3. Orbital – Kinetic 2017
4. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury
5. Bright Light Bright Light – Running Back to You

Top artists:
1. The Smiths
2. Bright Light Bright Light
3. Jens Lekman
4. The Divine Comedy
5. Pet Shop Boys

While according to, here are my top albums and top tracks of 2017

Top tracks:
1. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wild Forever
2. Muna – I Know A Place
3. The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue
4. Bright Light Bright Light – Running Back To You
5. Sondre Lerche – Soft Feelings
6. The xx – On Hold
7. Orbital – Kinetic 2017
8. Jens Lekman – Evening Prayer
9. Texas – Let’s Work It Out
10. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The Punishment of Luxury

Top albums:
1. Bright Light Bright Light – Choreography
2. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
3. The Smiths – Louder than Bombs
4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Familia
5. Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood

Anyway, just in case some of you are wondering why there is a heavy rotation of The Smiths in my playlist, it was because of a music project that I have been doing with Peter of Anoa Records. The band is slow progressing (frankly I am also very slow in this project as I barely had enough time), but I hope there will be a bit of progress this year! #fingerscrossed

Mixtape and the 2017 playlist (in spotify and youtube) will be up in this blog very soon!


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