Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer


Top 89 of 2017 Staff Picks
Digital producer Luke Taylor shares his top songs of 2017. (Luke Mills | MPR graphic)

Top 10 songs of 2017

Alex Lahey - "Wes Anderson"
A love letter tinged with melancholy.

André Cymone - "We All Need Somethin'"
Great rock and R&B elements, catchy chorus, and Cymone cleverly rhymes "umbilical cord" in the first verse.

Benjamin Booker - "Witness feat. Mavis Staples"
Topical and inspiring with a clap- and sing-along chorus.

Blondie - "Long Time"
This one stuck in my head for four days in June — and I had no problem with that.

Bully - "Feel the Same"
Another awesome indie-rocker from an awesome indie-rock band.

Dan Auerbach - "Stand By My Girl"
Joyful and honest love song.

JAIN - "Makeba"
Totally infectious beat and chorus.

Jason Isbell - "If We Were Vampires"
Absolutely beautiful, tearjerker of a love song; I wrote more about that here.

JD McPherson - "Lucky Penny"
Fantastic first single off what is an incredible album, Undivided Heart & Soul.

Lorde - "Perfect Places"
Could pretty much pick any track from this album for the top 10.

Honorable Mentions

Alice Merton - "No Roots"
Big Thief - "Mythological Beauty"
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile - "Over Everything"
Future Islands - "Ran"
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - "Hope the High Road"
Lorde - "Green Light"; "The Louvre"
Lucius - "The Punisher"
Margo Price - "A Little Pain"
Nikki Lane - "Send the Sun"
Phoenix - "J-Boy"
Songhoy Blues - "Bamako"
The Shins - "Name for You"

The Current Hosts' and Staffers' Top 89 of 2017

Brett BaldwinBill DeVilleJay GablerJadeCecilia JohnsonLindsay KimballMary LuciaJim McGuinnSean McPhersonShelley MillerMike NovitzkiBrian OakeAnna ReedJill RileyNate RyanDerrick StevensAndrea SwenssonLuke TaylorMark WheatMac WilsonJesse Wiza

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