Okay, so it's nearly March, which probably makes this the world's most untimely 'Best of 2017' list! First I'll get to the music, but there's a personal note at the bottom of this post explaining why I'm sometimes much later with posts than I'd like, and why I think they're still worth doing anyway.

Wow, I was really blown away by the musical offerings from last year! There's some truly spectacular music being made by incredibly creative artists who are dedicated to their craft. and to making brilliant music for the sake of it. Though it's easier than ever to find music from all over the world to suit your particular tastes, I'm pretty convinced there's also just more and more amazing music being produced. This playlist features a song from each of my favourite 2017 albums. It's pretty long, with fifty-five tracks, coming in at around three hours and forty minutes of listening. I heard so much great stuff, this was as much as I could narrow it down! And you'll notice this is only Part One.... 


  1. Lucky Soul - One Touch Is Enough (Hard Lines)UK flag
  2. Rose Elinor Dougall - Colour of Water (Stellular)UK flag
  3. Tristen - Partyin' Is Such Sweet Sorrow (Sneaker Waves)American flag
  4. Robert Finley - Medicine Woman (Goin' Platinum!)American flag
  5. The Green Flamingos - The Silver Voice On Doomsday Drums (The Southern Oracle)French flag
  6. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Rumors (Soul of a Woman)American flag
  7. El Michels Affair - Tearz (feat. Lee Fields and The Shacks) (Return to 37th Chamber)American flag
  8. Carla Morrison - Azúcar morena (Amor Supremo Desnudo)Mexican flag
  9. Anna Ternheim - Dreams Of Blue (All The Way To Rio)Swedish flag
  10. Jane Weaver - Did You See Butterflies? (Modern Kosmology)UK flag
  11. Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis - My Electric Chauffeur (Summer Dancing)UK flag
  12. Saint Etienne - Out Of My Mind (Home Counties)UK flag
  13. Kumisolo - Pop Girl (Kabuki femme fatale)Japanese flagFrench flag
  14. Magic & Naked - The Night That I Found Out (Human Expression)Swiss flag
  15. Shadow Band - Endless Night (Wilderness of Love)American flag
  16. Tracy Bryant - Forever Certain (A Place for Nothing and Everything in Its Place)American flag
  17. Dogu Blok - Beyaz Çiçekler (Şeytan Hazretlerinin Son Yolculuğu)Turkish flag
  18. Eloïse Decazes & Eric Chenaux - Le deuil d'amour* (La Bride)Swiss flag
  19. Satellite Jockey - Opacity (Modern Life, Vol. 1)French flag
  20. Miranda Lee Richards - Lucid I Would Dream (Existential Beast)American flag
  21. Bedouine - Nice and Quiet (Bedouine)American flag
  22. Le fruit vert - Jour nuit jour* (Paon perdu)French flag
  23. Sospetto - Mancanza Di Sonno* (Il Sonno Eterno)German flag
  24. Nana - Gato é Crime, Denuncie (CMG-NGM-PDE)Brazilian flag
  25. Catherine Leduc - Rien comme le froid (Un bras de distance avec le soleil)Canadian flag
  26. Triptides - Moonbeams (Afterglow)American flag
  27. H. Hawkline - Love Matters (I Romanticize)UK flag
  28. The Cats Never Sleep - Whales in the Clouds (Massage)Swiss flag
  29. Juniore - L'accident (Ouh là là)French flag
  30. Serpent Power - Jekyll & Hyde (Electric Looneyland)UK flag
  31. L.A. Witch - You Love Nothing (L.A. Witch)American flag
  32. Juliana Hatfield - You're Breaking My Heart (Pussycat)American flag
  33. Margo Price - Do Right By Me (All American Made)American flag
  34. Molly Burch - Try (Downhearted)American flag
  35. Reptaliens - If You Want (FM-2030)American flag
  36. Froth - Show A Flower A Candle And It Will Grow (Outside (Briefly))American flag
  37. OCS - On and On Corridor (Memory Of A Cut Off Head)American flag
  38. White Poppy - Love Molecules (The Pink Haze of Love)Canadian flag
  39. Julie Aubé - Quand j'dors pas (Joie de vivre)Canadian flag
  40. Jake Bugg - Every Colour In The World (Hearts That Strain)UK flag
  41. The Greek Theatre - Stray Dog Blues (Broken Circle)Swedish flag
  42. The Church - Another Century (man woman life death infinity)Australian flag
  43. Gun Outfit - Cybele (Out of Range)American flag
  44. Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Galactic Emergence* (Find Me Finding You)French flag
  45. Sahara - Bouleversement (Colibris)French flag
  46. Forever Pavot - Hutre (La pantoufle)French flag
  47. Nadah El Shazly - Palmyra (Ahwar)Egyptian flag
  48. Cosmic Analog Ensemble - Après vous* (Les Sourdes Oreilles)French flag
  49. Keith Seatman - Mr Metronome (feat. Douglas E Powell)* (All Hold Hands and Off We Go)UK flag
  50. Tara King Th. - Cosmoscillations (Stellar Fantasies)French flag
  51. Art Of The Memory Palace - Voiture Blanche Dans Le Noir* (Voiture Blanche Dans Le Noir)UK flag
  52. Calypso Valois - Le Jour (Cannibale)French flag
  53. Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest (Rest)French flag
  54. Colleen - The stars vs creatures (A flame my love, a frequency)French flag
  55. Hampshire & Foat - The Solar Winds (and Cadenza) (Galaxies Like Grains of Sand)UK flag

*Not on Spotify.

A quick note about the 8tracks playlist: I really prefer using 8tracks because I can add any song rather than relying on content on streaming services, but I realise it's restrictive for many users. I've also made a Spotify version below, but you'll notice it's missing several songs from the list, so I encourage you to give 8tracks a try with the tips you'll find under the player. Shorter version: I find it a smooth experience using 8tracks with the free, very easy-to-use VPN program Psiphon, set to a Canadian IP. 

There are also links in the list above to play each song indivdually (Bandcamp, Soundcloud or Youtube).

Spotify version

Now for the excruciatingly hard part where I try to pick my absolute favourite albums from this list! 

Top 10 albums:

Other standouts include Juliana Hatfield, Bedouine, Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis, Jake Bugg, Keith Seatman, Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, The Church, Satellite Jockey, Sospetto, Nana... okay, I'm on the verge of listing everyone again, so I'll just say: every album in the playlist is worth checking out!

If you're looking to buy any music from this list, I suggest trying out my Music Search page, which lets you search for digital or hard copy releases from multiple stores around the world.

A few thank yous to those who introduced me to some of the artists here: Sheila B. on her WFMU show Sophisticated Boom Boom, Ashley from Pop Junkie (check out his fantastic 2017 list here), Tim from Powerpopulist, The Active Listener, Pretty Odd AuthoritySteveJinSoCal, Rhid, Matt, and Jens.

So onto that personal note: I have severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which makes blogging very challenging for me most of the time. If you're interested in learning more about it, I'd recommend checking out the acclaimed film Unrest. Unfortunately, I also have particularly bad stretches where I can't manage to blog at all, as has happened the last couple of months. But I've often started working on an idea, and it's too heartbreaking to simply abandon something I've already put a lot of love and effort into – so I'd rather put it up late than not at all. 

I really appreciate that people still support these posts and still drop by at this late stage, or even later, to listen to what I've shared, and sometimes to let me know they've been enjoying it. And even though I'm self-conscious about the delays, I also know it doesn't really matter because music is there to be discovered at any time. I doubt my readers care about set times to post things or think something not brand spanking new is passé. I think many of you live in the same time warp I do where musc from fifty years feels completely fresh! Anyway, I don't particularly like to get into personal stuff on this blog, but I did want to explain the delay and I wanted to be honest about it. If you've read this far, an extra thanks for your time and your understanding.

Comments (3)

  • Powerpopulist  
    Read on twitter: pplist1
    It's never too late to post such a great list. Thanks for the thoughtful mention. I admire your taste, courage, and persistence and look forward to all your posts. Keep up the great work.
    • Christine  
      Read on twitter: spikedcandy
      Thank you! That's a really lovely comment to receive. And thanks for putting me onto Tristen's album. It's so brilliant!
  • Roar  
    Hi Christine!

    Mutual favourite: Forever Pavot

    Personal favourite (off the top of my head): Wesley Gonzalez ("Excellent musician")

    Friendly greetings from Oslo! Good to see you're still active blogging. I appreciate the effort you're making even though feedback is scarce. I ran a blog called Quite Quite Fantastic in the noughties. Once in a while I visit music blogs, but almost all the ones I knew seem to have disappeared. But I discovered you started blogging again some time ago and have stopped by to read up. Having read your blog back in the day it feels like meeting an old acquaintance while I'm here, sort of (we've never met, of course). Anyway, I doff my hat to you and wish you all the best. Take care :)

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