Best of 2017 

Updated January 9, 2018

Top Tracks
Artist Premium Totals
Top Albums
Top Artist/New Artist
Best Music Video
Best Artwork
Most Disappointing Album
Summary

Top Tracks of 2017

Rank

Artist

Title

Album
1

Sufjan Stevens, et al.

Saturn

Planetarium

2

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Isotype

The Punishment Of Luxury

3

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

What Have We Done

The Punishment Of Luxury

4

Slowdive

Sugar For The Pill

Slowdive

5

David Sylvian

The God Of Silence (remixed by Modesto Muniz)

{digital}

6

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Deadly Valentine

Rest

7

Depeche Mode

Cover Me

Spirit

8

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Ring-A-Ring O' Roses

Rest

9

Sufjan Stevens, et al.

Mercury

Planetarium

10

Aimee Mann

Goose Snow Cone

Mental Illness

11

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The Punishment Of Luxury

The Punishment Of Luxury

12

Madsonik

Drift And Fall Again (feat. Lola Marsh)

Criminal (Soundtrack)

13

Ison

Helios

Andromeda Skyline

14

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

The View From Here

The Punishment Of Luxury

15

Anathema

Ghosts

The Optimist

16

Peter Gabriel

The Veil

Snowden (Soundtrack)

17

Spunkshine

In The Light Of This Event

The Most Distant Machine

18

Morrissey

Spent The Day In Bed

Low In High School

19

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Ghost Star

The Punishment Of Luxury

20

Pam Chapman

Watch Crystal

{digital}

21

Spunkshine

The Realization Of Endless Hugeness

The Most Distant Machine

22

Hammock

This Is Not Enough (Epilogue)

Mysterium

23

Quaeschning & Strauss

Prism

Synthwaves

24

London Grammar

Non Believer

Truth Is A Beautiful Thing

No. 1 Tracks by Year

Year

Track

Artist

Month Added

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

Maire (Moya) Brennan

November

2000

Black Box (Complete)

Recoil

November

2001

Miracles And Wonders

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

2017

Saturn

Sufjan Stevens, et al.

May

The following is an alphabetical listing of artists who appear on the "Best of 2017" tracklist. Included is the total number of (premium) tracks that the artist has placed on either the "Year-End".."Best Of" and/or "500" series.

Artist "Premium" Totals

Anathema

their 1st

Aimee Mann

her 1st

Pam Chapman

her 1st

Morrissey

his 10th

Depeche Mode

their 35th

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

their 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd

Peter Gabriel

his 29th

Quaeschning & Schnauss

their 1st

Charlotte Gainsbourg

her 1st and 2nd

Slowdive

their 1st

Hammock

their 1st

Spunkshine

his 1st and 2nd

Ison

their 1st

Sufjan Stevens, et al.

their 1st and 2nd

London Grammar

their 1st

David Sylvian

his 14th

Madsonik

their 1st

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Top Albums of 2017

OMD

Sufjan Stevens

Charlotte Gainsbourg
#1
#2
#3
The Punishment of Luxury
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Planetarium
Sufjan Stevens, et al.
Rest
Charlotte Gainsbourg

No. 1 Albums by Year

Year

Album

Artist

Key Track
1993

Songs Of Faith And Devotion

Depeche Mode

"I Feel You"

1994

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Sarah McLachlan

"Fumbling Towards Ecstasy"

1995

The Songs Of Distant Earth

Mike Oldfield

"Only Time Will Tell"

1996

Hinterland

William Orbit (Strange Cargo)

"Million Town"

1997

Karma

Delerium

"Silence"

1998

Ray Of Light

Madonna

"Frozen"

1999

Whisper To The Wild Water

Maire (Moya) Brennan

"Peacemaker"

2000

Liquid

Recoil

"Black Box (Complete)"

2001

Why Call It Anything

The Chameleons

"Miracles And Wonders"

2002

Conjure One

Conjure One

"Sleep"

2003

Morning Sci-Fi

Hybrid

"True To Form"

2004

Aero

Jean-Michel Jarre

"Aerozone"

2005

Another Day On Earth

Brian Eno

"Under"

2006

Hello Waveforms

William Orbit

"Sea Green"

2007

Hourglass

Dave Gahan

"Saw Something"

2008

Saturdays = Youth

M83

"Skin Of The Night"

2009

We Like Ghost Girls

Andreas Gross

"Neologism"

2010

History Of Modern

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

"RFWK"

2011

Lessend

Yellow Slots

"Purple"

2012

Spirit Of Talk Talk

Various Artists

"The Colour Of Spring"

2013

The Messenger

Johnny Marr

"The Messenger"

2014

Flesh And Machine

Daniel Lanois

"Forest City"

2015

We Are All We Need

Above & Beyond

"Peace Of Mind"

2016

Epoch

Tycho

"Receiver"

2017

The Punishment of Luxury

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

"Isotype"

Top Artist of 2017

Top New Artist of 2017

OMD
David Asma
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Spunkshine

Best Music Video of 2017

Bluebirds Over The Mountain - Robert Plant

 

 

Best Album Artwork
Most Disappointing Album of 2017
"Legacy"
"Lust For Life"
Legacy - Between Interval
Lust For Life - Lana Del Rey
 

 

Best of 2017: Summary

 

13 is a lucky number for the English band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, as The Punishment of Luxury, their 13th album, easily walked away with the #1 Album of the Year. They equaled the success of their previous release, 2013's English Electric, which also had 7 nominations, and ended up with 5 of those on the Top 24 Tracks of 2013. "Isotype" and "What Have We Done" land at #2 and #3 respectively, while the title track takes #11. At #14 is "The View From Here," with "Ghost Star" at #19. The duo easily also walks away with Top Artist of the year. Only 8 points are given for each song that appears on the Year-End charts, but with 40 more points, OMD was able to take over the #8 position from Clan Of Xymox. (Note: there is nominal chart activity on the Top Artist list due to most acts only placed one or two songs.

 

Spunkshine who had the second-most nominations with five, is honored with Top New Artist of 2017. David Asma is the sole member of Spunkshine, who has been releasing albums, at a rapid pace, since 2005. Only two of the five nominated tracks appear, "The Realization of Endless Hugeness" (#21) and "In The Light of This Event" (#17). Spunkshine is the artist to watch this year.

Sufjan Stevens, along with musicians, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister have the #1 song of 2017 with "Saturn," taken from their album Planetarium, which also is the #2 Album of the Year. All due to two tracks landing in the Top 10, with another planet, "Neptune," appearing at #9. Not to slight the other three musicians, I have included "et al." after Sufjan Stevens name, which simple means, "and others."

The #3 Album of 2017 goes to singer, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. Rest also places a pair of songs within the Top 10, including "Deadly Valentine" at #6 and "Ring-A-Ring O' Roses" at #8. The album actually was released on November 17th, two days after my cutoff, but being so close, and based on hearing the rest of the album, I slightly bent the rules, and placed her fifth album at #3. In fact Gainsbourg could be the first artist to place the same album in the Top 3 on my Year-End chart, two years in a row.

Rounding out the Top 10, Slowdive returned after a long hiatus with a self-titled LP, with "Sugar For The Pill" taking the #4 position. "The God Of Silence" at #5, originally appeared on the 2012 album, Uncommon Dieties by Sylvian, Jan Bang, Erik Honore, Sidsel Endresen and Arve Henriksen. Sylvian even didn't get top billing on the release. In 2017, frequent re-mixer Modesto Muniz put his genius touch on the song, with Sylvian's spoken words, taking up the first half. "Cover Me," the only song from Spirit by Depeche Mode, to make the list is at #7. Rounding out the Top 10 is Aimee Mann's sole entry, "Goose Snow Cone" from Mental Illness.

Many artists, new to my Music Library in 2017, placed at least one song on the Top 24, including Madsonik ("Drift and Fall Again" - #12), Ison ("Helios" - #13), Pam Chapman, my musician/composer wife of 36 years, with "Watch Crystal" at #20. She's another artist to watch in 2018. At #24, is the English indie-pop band London Grammar with "Non Believer," their first track to appear on my Music Library. Other acts to mention include Anathema with "Ghosts" at #15, Peter Gabriel's "The Veil" (heard in the film Snowden), is right behind at #16. Morrissey's best album in over a decade, spawns "Spend The Day In Bed" at #18, his 10th "Best of" track. Quaeschning & Schnauss is at #23 with "Prism" taken from their one-off album Synthwaves. Ironically, since they are 2/3 of Tangerine Dream, since the death of Edgar Froese, no tracks from the new album by my #1 band, made it on the year-end list. One song was nominated, "Idea Proven Matrix," but it was left off. Finally Hammock, was able to place "This Is Not Enough" at #22, and break the 11-year drought without a "Best of" track. At #38 on my Top Artist list, they were the highest ranked act, not to have one. That honor now goes to Side-Liner at #41.

Between Interval's "Legacy" wins Top Album Cover Artwork, chosen by my wife Pam, and Lana Del Rey, for many reasons, had the most disappointing album of 2017. And a song from 1958, originally recorded by Ersel Hickey, is the Top Music Video of the year, reimagined by Robert Plant. Finally, the latest Jon Fryer project Black Needle Noise, who tied Pam Chapman for the most tracks on my Music Library in 2017 (24), was totally shutout. Only two of the 24 were nominated, and neither made it on the year-end list.

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