1. Queens Of The Stone Age “The Way You Used To Do”
What’s better than rocking out and being able to dance at the same time? Well, Queens Of The Stone Age captured that this year with their new album, Villains. It’s produced by Mark Ronson, who may be known more for his pop songs, took a turn at good ol’ rock and roll. This song, “The Way You Used To Do”, had my toes tapping right away. It almost reminds me of some sort of Gothic/Victorian-era kind of masquerade ball – and it’s amazing.
2. The Beaches “Money”
Don’t you love it when your rocking out to a new song and you find out that that band is from Toronto? That happened to me this year with The Beaches’ song, “Money”. This four piece from Toronto’s east end really packs a punch, and they also proved their worth opening up for Death From Above on their fall tour. “Money” was produced by Emily Haines of Metric, so you know it’s gonna be good.
3. Matt Mays “Faint of Heart”
Matt Mays proved that songs about love and heartache can still rock out in 2017, and nothing proved that more than his song, “Faint of Heart”.
Honourable Mention: K.I.D. “Taker”
The biggest ear worm of the entire year (in my books), “Taker” was a song that hooked me in right from the beginning. It’s a powerful-alternative pop single from the dynamic duo from Mississauga, and a great follow-up to 2015’s “I Wish I Was Your Cigarette”. Opening for Prozzäk in 2017 didn’t hurt either!
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