It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2017. My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2017. Go check it out by clicking on the link. These 20 songs are all genres other than rock. Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not. They are my favorites, that touched me in some way so don’t expect any indie bands or anything trendy. If you want that go to one of the cool sites out there, this ain’t it.
#20 – “Something Just Like This” by the Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay off the album ‘Memories…Do Not Open’: This song was a family favorite during the year. The one song the wife liked as well as all the kids and as a result, I heard it a lot and it grew on me to where I stopped and listened to it when it came on the radio. A catchy little song with a great beat.
For My Sunday Song #55, I am going with Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”. The song features Rihanna and is one of my favorite Eminem songs and favorite songs period. The song was released on June 25, 2010 and is on the album ‘Recovery’. It is one of Eminem’s most successful song selling over 6 million copies, hitting #1 on almost ever chart, receiving numerous Grammy nominations and winning the Billboard Award for Best Rap song in 2011. To say this song struck a chord with a lot of people is an understatement.
Why do I like this song? Easy…it is bringing to light a very dark subject matter that isn’t talked about enough. Domestic Violence. The song is about a couple in an abusive relationship that refuses to separate despite the dangerous situation they are in. The song is very graphic and so is the video which I will discuss shortly. The song’s dark theme and powerful music along with the combination of Rihanna’s vocals and Eminem’s aggressive rap encapsulates every emotion that you would imagine this kind of relationship would garner. I also love how the song jumps from pleasant views to the violent aspects and back and forth. It really makes the song impactful.
What I also find interesting about the song is that it actually mirrors both singers life. Eminem was in an abusive relationship with his ex-wife Kim and of course every one knows Rihanna’s history with her former boyfriend Chris Brown. Knowing their history adds so much credibility to the song.
‘Crooked Teeth’ is Papa Roach’s ninth studio album and with it they show no signs of slowing down. The band sounds incredible and delivers another solid release. Where bands like Linkin Park have completely changed their style, Papa Roach hasn’t changed their sound too dramatically. And why should they as they do it so well.
Papa Roach still brings the rap in their songs, however, the album is more melodic and has a very modern rock sound. With any rock album, it sounds best cranked up as loud as you can take it. Like they did with their last album, ‘F.E.A.R.’, they have also added a couple of collaborations with some spectacular guests including Skylar Grey and Machine Gun Kelly.
The album opens with “Break the Fall” and gives you the rap lyrics you would expect and then cranks up the metal with the classic Papa Roach sound. The album comes out of the gate swinging and doesn’t let up with the title track, “Crooked Teeth”. The first single off the album is a scorcher that attacks you from all sides with the pounding drums and screaming vocals and powerful guitars. You see that even after 24 years, the band has not lost a step.