12 Days of Christmas

A daily list looking back at some of the top tracks from 2017

A daily countdown that will show off some of my favourite tracks that were released in the last twelve months. With the help of my Top Songs of 2017 Spotify playlist, I have somehow narrowed down some bloody brilliant tracks to just 12 of the very best. In a true fair style, I have selected only one from each band because, let’s be honest, the whole list would just be made up of Paramore, Don Broco and Lower Than Atlantis tracks if I had my own way. Check back daily to see what came top.

Want to see my full playlist of top tracks? See here: https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1E9KKW9vgaJqib


How Do You Feel? – The Maine

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting much when I decided to review the newest edition to Arizona bred quintet The Maine. But after a couple of listens, it was already making quite the impression. Their sixth studio album, entitled ‘Lovely Little Lonely’ was a grown-up version of what you had once heard from these pop-rockers. Each track has depth and unique sounds throughout which makes the album thoroughly enjoyable. ‘How Do You Feel?’ was the track that really stood out to me from the get-go, with enticing guitars and a chorus that makes you want to listen to it over and over again. This year, it is safe to say that The Maine truly pulled it out of the bag and produced some of their best work to date.

My review of their album is here: http://bit.ly/2BtI08Z


Run – Foo Fighters

A band that needs no introduction. It is common knowledge to believe that the Foo Fighters are going to deliver some excellent tunes when they release a new album. This year, they have dominated radio stations with singles from their ninth full-length album ‘Concrete and Gold’ and the one that really stuck with me has to be ‘Run’. Plenty of punch in true Foos style and one that I will need to see live very soon.


The Last of the Real Ones – Fall Out Boy

2017 marked the return of Chicago based emo pioneers Fall Out Boy in a whole new light to what you have seen them in before. The purple washed appearance acts as their newest demeanor for upcoming album ‘MANIA’, due to be dropped on January 19th. The quartet already have treated their fans to, not one, but four additions to the record. The tracks have a new sound that may have surprised listeners; with more electro vibes than ever before. But the best part of their newest sound is that they still pull it off effortlessly, like they’ve always been this way. ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ has been on repeat since it first came out in September and probably still will be when the album is finally released.


Rx – Theory of a Deadman

When this track came out back in July, I was incredibly happy to hear more of the classic Theory style; talking about drugs and featuring catchy musical hooks. The release of this track also marked the announcement of their sixth studio album. It was an unexpected addition to music this year, but a very pleasant one at that.


Fabuless – Stone Sour

This track really stuck with me after witnessing it live at Cardiff Motorpoint earlier this month. It is thick and punchy, as Corey hints towards his heavier project Slipknot with his powerful vocals. Their latest album Hydrograd features a lot of new, catchy and incredibly bold tracks and it is a brilliant addition to their back catalogue.


Vampires – Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

He blew me away at 2000 Trees Festival this year and his albums are equally as good. Previously not something that I would usually try to get into, but after seeing him create a giant revolving pit around the sound desk at the mainstage in July, Frank and his rattlesnakes have definitely made quite the impression on my musical tastes.


What’s Wrong – Pvris

Let’s be honest here, Pvris have never failed to let me down since I heard ‘My House’ for the first time back in 2014 and I fell in love with Lynn’s beautifully enticing and haunting vocals and complimenting instrumentals. When ‘What’s Wrong’ was released, it marked a new era for the American trio and it was wonderful. The next step is to witness their glory live, which is an aim for the coming year.


American Attraction – Anti-Flag

It’s the beginning of the New Year and it is we’re into the top 5 tracks of the last year. And what a track this one is. After seeing this hard-hitting punk quartet on the Fireball tour in Bristol back in October, they left me in awe. Taken from their latest and – in my opinion – greatest album ‘American Fall’, this track was big, bold and bursting with enticing rhythms and exciting choruses that made me excited every time it was played. These guys were never in my radar up until then, but now, I think they are going to be there for a long time.

My review of their album is here: http://www.brokenarrowmagazine.com/anti-flag-american-fall/


Up For Ran$om – Dead!

This year has been brilliant for discovering new artists and bands, and Dead! are no exception. Having seen them in the flesh twice in the last six months alone, I can safely position them as one of my all-time favorite bands. With only a mini album and a selection of EP’s under their belt so far, the London based four-piece still have so much more to give. Their new album, set to be released 26th January will bring even more energy and brilliance to their sets and if ‘Up For Ran$om’ is anything to go by, then it will surely be a treat for the ears.


Hard Times – Paramore

It may be surprising that Paramore is only number three in the top 12, but that was not an easy decision to make. This year was truly the Tennessee trio’s year for reestablishing their place in music. With Zac Farro back in the mix, their sound has taken a fresh and somewhat interesting new turn and I am totally down for this new addition. Out of nowhere, the group introduced this new track, a new album and a succession of tour dates across the UK and America in April this year. It was a wonderful moment and, despite the stress of getting tickets, they pulled out all the stops at their intimate UK dates and I fell in love with them all over again. Bring on their arena dates later this month!


Pretty – Don Broco

The top three on my list are incredibly difficult to put into an order, but here it is; number two is from British pop-rock four-piece Don Broco. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but these guys never fail to make me want to sing along to every track they bring out. ‘Pretty’ has been on repeat since it was released back in May and has since been un-skippable on countless playlists. They’ve had a crazy 2017, having headlined a sold-out show at Alexandra Palace, played a ‘secret’ set at Reading/Leeds Festival and set up a wedding for bassist Tom to promote their dark, somewhat disturbing but brilliantly humorous music video for the acclaimed track. With recent allegations put behind them, they are now ready to conquer the new year, with their third full-length album ‘Technology’ due in February and UK/US tours to support.


Boomerang – Lower Than Atlantis

What a band. And what a song. The English four-piece have never failed in producing excellent tracks that are full to the brim with wonderful melodies and catchy vocals that were incredibly powerful on the mainstage at 2000 Trees back in July. They brought out their latest album ‘Safe In Sound’ early in February and it is easily one of my top records from the year due to the diverse selection of tracks that have been collated.


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