2017 Nominations 

The following are the nominees for "Best of 2017". Scroll down or click on a category below.
The Top 50 nominees are listed alphabetically by track title. Year indicates the year of release.
A track does not have to be released in 2017 to be nominated, however more weight is given to tracks that were released this year.
To qualify for Top Album of 2017, the album must have been released between November 2016 and November 12, 2017.
To be nominated for Best Album Cover Artwork, at least one track from the album must have appeared on my Music Library in 2017.
To qualify for Top New Artist, the artist must not have appeared on my Music Library prior to 2017. A new artist can also be nominated for Top Artist
To qualify for Top Music Video, the track must have been included on my Music Library in 2017.


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Top Track Nominees
Artist Nomination Tally
Year by Year #1 Single Tracks
Top Album Nominees
Year by Year #1 Albums
Top Artist / New Artist
Album Cover Artwork
Top Music Video Nominees
Most Disappointing Album

Brief Summary

     

The Nominations for 2017 have finally been posted, after being delayed twice due to personal health issues. There has been more downtime with Chapworld since January of 2017, than all other years combined. Hopefully 2018 will bring better days ahead. Due to three months of work on my once-every-five-years project, the '500' series, there were fewer entries this year. 40 compared to 48 in 2016. Total number of tracks were 653, compared to 815 last year, however the number of New Artists were just one shy from the previous year at 67.

Of the 50 nominated songs, only 4 were released prior to this year. As mentioned above, a track does not have to be released in the calendar year, however more weight is given to 2017 tracks, in the final decision of narrowing songs down. Of the three nominated Music Videos, two of the three were also nominated for best song, only Robert Plant's "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" was left off. As always, I let my wife Pam pick the final winner of the four Album Cover Artwork choices.

 

Some small notes...Pam Chapman (yes, my wife of 35 years) tied with Black Needle Noise for the most tracks used in 2017 with 24. Pam however placed three nominated tracks, while BNN only two. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark tied themselves with seven nominated tracks, equal to the number from 2013's English Electric. That year 5 of the 7 ended up on the Best of 2013 chart. Spunkshine (aka David Asma) came in second place with five noms, all but one from 2017's The Most Distant Machine. With two more nominations this year, Hammock will try to finally place a song on a "Best of" list. Not to give anything away, but there is pretty much a lock on Top Artist and New Artist in 2017, however Top Track is still up for grabs. Concerning the Most Disappointing Album of the Year, In The Nursery appears with their latest, 1961. It should be noted that the higher an act is on my Top Artist list, the more critical I will be on their work. Remember these are NOT the worst albums of the year, just the ones that did not live up to expectations. Hopefully there will be no delays in posting The Best of 2017 on January 9. Happy New Year!

Best of 2017 will be posted January 9.

Nominees for the Top 24 Tracks of 2017

Shown alphabetically by title

Title
Artist
Album
Year

Amaris

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk

Passage

2017

Another Century

The Church

man woman life death infinity

2017

Can We Talk

Pam Chapman

Launchpad

2017

Church Mountain

Erik Wollo

Different Spaces

2017

Cover Me

Depeche Mode

Spirit

2017

Deadly Valentine

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Rest

2017

Drift And Fall Again (feat. Lola Marsh)

Madsonik

Criminal (Soundtrack)

2016

Experiment In Glitch

Pam Chapman

Launchpad

2017

Ghost Star

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

2017

Ghost Star (Hagans Opulent End Edit)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

MP3

2017

Ghosts

Anathema

The Optimist

2017

Glorious (feat. Midge Ure)

Rusty Egan

Welcome To The Dance Floor

2017

The God Of Silence (Remixed by Modesto Muniz)

David Sylvian

MP3

2017

Goose Snow Cone

Aimee Mann

Mental Illness

2017

Helios

Ison

Andromeda Skyline

2018

I Face The Wall (feat. Dr Strangefryer)

Black Needle Noise

Before The Tears Came

2016

Idea Proven Matrix

Tangerine Dream

Quantum Gate

2017

Illuminate (feat. Lisa Gerrard)

Stefano Guzzetti

digital

2017

In Slow Motion

Pet Shop Boys

Elysium: Further Listening 2011-2012

2017

In The Light Of This Event

Spunkshine

The Most Distant Machine

2017

Isotype

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

2017

Mercury

Sufjan Stevens, et. al

Planetarium

2017

Nattvasen

Carbon Based Lifeforms

Derelicts

2017

Non Believer

London Grammar

Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

2017

Now And Not Yet

Hammock

Mysterium

2017

Paris

The Chainsmokers

Memories...Do Not Open

2017

Patient Zero

Aimee Mann

Mental Illness

2017

Precision & Decay (Hagans Extended Version)

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

digital

2017

Prism

Quaeschning & Schnauss

Synthwaves

2017

The Punishment Of Luxury

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

2017

Pure Shores

Blank & Jones

Relax Edition 10

2017

The Realization Of Endless Hugeness

Spunkshine

The Most Distant Machine

2017

Ring-A-Ring O' Roses

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Rest

2017

Saturn

Sufjan Stevens, et. al

Planetarium

2017

A Shiver Of Want (feat. Bill Leeb)

Black Needle Noise

Lost In Reflections

2017

Spent The Day In Bed

Morrissey

Low In High School

2017

Sugar For The Pill

Slowdive

Slowdive

2017

Things We've Done

M.I.N.E.

digital

2017

This Is Not Enough (Epilogue)

Hammock

Mysterium

2017

This Way Come...

Spunkshine

The Epoch Of Inflation

2015

Tied To The Weather

Cut Copy

Haiku From Zero

2017

The Veil

Peter Gabriel

digital

2016

The View From Here

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

2017

Watch Crystal

Pam Chapman

Launchpad

2017

Water In Heaven

Teen Daze

Theme For Dying Earth

2017

Weaponized Narratives

Spunkshine

The Most Distant Machine

2017

What Have We Done

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

2017

While You Were Gone

Paul van Dyk

From Then On

2017

You're The Best Thing About Me

U2

Songs Of Experience

2017

16.9995 kps

Spunkshine

The Most Distant Machine

2017

Artist Nomination Tally

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

7

The Chainsmokers

1

Morrissey

1

Spunkshine

5

The Church

1

Pet Shop Boys

1

Pam Chapman

3

Cut Copy

1

Quaeschning & Schnauss

1

Black Needle Noise

2

Depeche Mode

1

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Monk

1

Charlotte Gainsbourg

2

Rusty Egan

1

Slowdive

1

Hammock

2

Peter Gabriel

1

David Sylvian

1

Aimee Mann

2

Stefano Guzzetti

1

Tangerine Dream

1

Sufjan Stevens, et.al

2

Ison

1

Teen Daze

1

Anathema

1

London Grammar

1

U2

1

Blank & Jones

1

Madsonik

1

Paul van Dyk

1

Carbon Based Lifeforms

1

M.I.N.E.

1

Erik Wollo

1

Year by Year #1 Single tracks

Year

Track

Title

Month Recorded

1993

I Feel You

Depeche Mode

March

1994

High Hopes

Pink Floyd

August

1995

Liberty

Patrick O'Hearn

August

1996

Woman

In The Nursery

May

1997

Vanishing Blue

Tangerine Dream

September

1998

Frozen

Madonna

March

1999

Peacemaker

Moya Brennan

November

2000

Black Box (Complete)

Recoil

November

2001

Miracles And Wonder

The Chameleons

August

2002

Mulholland Drive

Angelo Badalamenti

April

2003

True To Form

Hybrid

August

2004

The Hardest Heart (Ambient Mix)

Blank & Jones

September

2005

Speed Of Sound

Coldplay

June

2006

No Tomorrow

De/Vision

April

2007

Goodbye

Ulrich Schnauss

June

2008

Skin Of The Night

M83

April

2009

Optical Illusions

William Orbit

October

2010

Feelin Good

Faithless

June

2011

Playground

Patrick O'Hearn

August

2012

The Colour Of Spring

Zero 7

September

2013

The Messenger

Johnny Marr

February

2014

Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey

August

2015

Heart Throb

Tangerine Dream

April

2016

Beautiful People

Mark Pritchard

May

Nominees for the Top 3 Albums of 2017

Shown alphabetically by artist

"Derelicts"

"man woman..."

"Spirit"
"Rest"
"Mysterium"
Derelicts
Carbon Based Lifeforms
man woman life death infinity
The Church
Spirit
Depeche Mode
Rest
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Mysterium
Hammock
"Mental Illness"
"Low in High School"
"The Punishment..."
"The Most Distant Machine"
"Planetarium"
Mental Illness
Aimee Mann
Low In High School
Morrissey
The Punishment Of Luxury
OMD
The Most Distant Machine
Spunkshine
Planetarium
Sufjan Stevens, et.al

Year by Year Top 3 Albums

1997
1

Karma - Delerium

2

Pocket Universe - Yello

3

The Dream Roots Collection - Tangerine Dream

1998
1

Ray of Light - Madonna

2

Between Green and Blue - David Helpling

3

Lingua - In The Nursery

1999
1

Dead Bees On a Cake - David Sylvian

2

Wide Angle - Hybrid

3

Pearl + Umbra - Russell Mills/Undark

2000
1

Liquid - Recoil

2

Pieces in a Modern Style - William Orbit

3

Play - Moby

2001
1

Why Call It Anything - The Chameleons

2

Dream Mixes III - Tangerine Dream

3

Poem - Delerium

2002
1

Conjure One - Conjure One

2

18 - Moby

3

Tres Lunas - Mike Oldfield

2003
1

Morning Sci-Fi - Hybrid

2

Sensor - Camouflage

3

Farewell - Clan Of Xymox

2004
1

Aero - Jean Michel Jarre

2

Talkie Walkie - Air

3

Immortal Memory - Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy

2005
1

Another Day on Earth - Brian Eno

2

Extraordinary Ways - Conjure One

3

Aerial - Kate Bush

2006
1

Hello Waveforms - William Orbit

2

The Dawnseeker - Sleepthief

3

Nuages Du Monde - Delerium

2007
1

Hourglass - Dave Gahan

2

Out of the Woods - Tracey Thorn

3

Oblivion With Bells - Underworld

2008
1

Saturdays = Youth - M83

2

Sehnsucht - Schiller

3

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay

2009
1

We Like Ghost Girls - Andreas Gross

2

Sounds of the Universe - Depeche Mode

3

Chandra (The Phantom Ferry Pt 1) - Tangerine Dream

2010
1

History Of Modern - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

2

Olympia - Bryan Ferry

3

Disappear Here - Hybrid

2011
1

Lessend - Yellow Slots

2

Transitions - Patrick O'Hearn

3

Destroyed - Moby

2012
1

The Spirit Of Talk Talk - Various Artists

2

Sonne - Schiller

3

Music Box Dancer - Delerium

2013
1

English Electric - Orchestral Manoueuvres In The Dark

2

Tomorrow's Harvest - Boards Of Canada

3

The Messenger - Johnny Marr

2014
1

Flesh And Machine - Daniel Lanois

2

Fragile - Midge Ure

3

Big Music - Simple Minds

2015
1

We Are All We Need - Above & Beyond

2

Greyscale - Camouflage

3

Music Complete - New Order

2016
1

Epoch - Tycho

2

Mythologie - Delerium

3

Luminosity - Rykard

Nominees for Top Artist of 2017

Shown alphabetically by artist

Pam Chapman

Charlotte Gainsbourg

OMD
Spunkshine
Sufjan Stevens
Pam Chapman
Charlotte Gainsbourg
OMD
Spunkshine
Sufjan Stevens, et.al

Nominees for Top New Artist of 2017

Shown alphabetically by artist

John Fryer

Pam Chapman

Quaeschning & Schnauss
Spunkshine
Sufjan Stevens
Black Needle Noise
Pam Chapman
Quaeschning & Schnauss
Spunkshine
Sufjan Stevens, et.al

Nominees for Best Album Cover Artwork

Shown alphabetically by artist

"Legacy"
"Beast Epic"
Legacy - Between Interval
(2017)
Beast Epic - Iron & Wine
(2017)
"Mental Illness"
"Different Spaces"
Mental Illness - Aimee Mann
(2017)
Different Spaces - Erik Wollo
(2017)

Nominees for Top Music Video of 2017

Shown alphabetically by artist (Click on Artwork to view the video)

Paris
The Chainsmokers

The Punishment Of Luxury
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Bluebirds Over The Mountain
Robert Plant

 

Nominees for Most Disappointing Album of 2017

Shown alphabetically by artist

"What We Do at Night"

"Lust for Life"

"1961"
#WhatWeDoAtNight
Blank & Jones
Lust For Life
Lana Del Rey
1961
In The Nursery

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