Hello to you and goodbye (good riddance perhaps) to 2017! It’s been a long an trying year in many ways for many people, but hopefully we can all agree that it brought us some great music in the Alternative / Modern / Indie universe that we inhabit here at The SubModern Report. So it’s without any further ado that I present our SubModern 2017 Year End Charts.

Congratulations to Toronto’s Alvvays who bested all of this year’s singles with “In Undertow” from their fantastic sophomore release Antisocialites (which was amongst my favs of the year as you’ll see below). A well deserved victory also goes to indie veterans Spoon, who continued to age like a fine wine with the #1 album of the year, their ninth record, Hot Thoughts.

Here at the end of each year we also take a look at label performance. With a roster of great releases from mainstays like Father John Misty, Wolf Parade, The Afghan Whigs, and Iron & Wine, returning favorites like Bully and METZ, as well as newcomers Marika Hackman and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, it’s been a fantastic year for 2017’s #1 label, Sub Pop Records! Congrats to Scott Perlewitz and company for a job well done! Of course we also give a big thumbs up to the rest of the year’s top ten labels: Columbia #2, Warner Bros. at #3, Polyvinyl at #4, Domino #5, Atlantic at #6, Matador at #7, Concord at #8, RCA at #9, and 4AD at #10. And not to sound cheesy, but thank you to all labels and promo folks, big and small, who champion the new and exciting music that we care about here on these charts!

Now comes my favorite part of this end of the year report, where I share my favorites of the year!

Josh’s Top Ten Songs of 2017
1. Dude York – “Tonight”
2. Charly Bliss – “Glitter”
3. Thumpers – “’99′”
4. Alex Lahey – “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself”
5. St. Vincent – “Los Ageless”
6. Weaves – “Law and Panda”
7. The New Pornographers – “Clockwise”
8. Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort”
9. Mister Heavenly – “Beat Down”
10. Alvvays – “Lollipop (Ode To Jim)” (tie)
     Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” (tie)
Josh’s Top Ten Albums of 2017
1. Charly Bliss – Guppy
2. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
3. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart of Life
4. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like A Brother
5. Alvvays – Antisocialites
6. Weaves – Wide Open
7. Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul
8. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
9. Beck – Colors
10. Mister Heavenly – Boxing The Moonlight (tie)
     Sylvan Esso – What Now (tie)

Until 2018 my friends, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, I wish you peace and long life!

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow
 

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TOP 50 SUBMODERN SINGLES OF 2017
RankArtistTrackLabel
1ALVVAYSIN UNDERTOWPOLYVINYL
2SPOONHOT THOUGHTSMATADOR
3LCD SOUNDSYSTEMCALL THE POLICECOLUMBIA
4THE NATIONALTHE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN TOTAL DARKNESS4AD
5tTHE WAR ON DRUGSHOLDING ONATLANTIC
 REAL ESTATEDARLINGDOMINO
7ST. VINCENTLOS AGELESSLOMA VISTA / CONCORD
8MANCHESTER ORCHESTRATHE GOLDLOMA VISTA / CONCORD
9MIDDLE KIDSEDGE OF TOWNDOMINO
10tFUTURE ISLANDSRAN4AD
 SYLVAN ESSODIE YOUNGLOMA VISTA
12THE DRUMSBLOOD UNDER MY BELTANTI-
13LIAM GALLAGHERFOR WHAT IT'S WORTHWARNER BROS.
14tSPOONCAN I SIT NEXT TO YOUMATADOR
 FATHER JOHN MISTYBALLAD OF THE DYING MANSUB POP
16WASHED OUTHARD TO SAY GOODBYESTONES THROW
17tBROKEN SOCIAL SCENEHALFWAY HOMEARTS & CRAFTS
 RUBBLEBUCKETIF U C MY ENEMIESYEBO
19WHITE REAPERJUDY FRENCHPOLYVINYL
20MGMTLITTLE DARK AGECOLUMBIA
21WOLF PARADEVALLEY BOYSUB POP
22tLCD SOUNDSYSTEMTONITECOLUMBIA
 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERSHIGH TICKET ATTRACTIONSCONCORD
24THE NATIONALDAY I DIE4AD
25tST. VINCENTNEW YORKLOMA VISTA / CONCORD
 LIAM GALLAGHERWALL OF GLASSWARNER BROS.
27DIRTY PROJECTORSCOOL YOUR HEARTDOMINO
28tTHE SHINSNAME FOR YOUCOLUMBIA
 BULLYFEEL IT STILLSUB POP
30DEATH FROM ABOVEFREEZE MELAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
31PERFUME GENIUSSLIP AWAYMATADOR
32THE ACESSTUCKRED BULL
33DAN AUERBACHSHINE ON MEEASY EYE / NONESUCH
34tPORTUGAL. THE MANFEELATLANTIC
 HOOPSRULESFAT POSSUM
36GGOOLLDDSECRETSROLL CALL / INGROOVES
37JOYWAVEIT'S A TRIP!HOLLYWOOD
38tTHE BLACK ANGELSCURRENCYPARTISAN
 ROYAL BLOODLIGHTS OUTWARNER BROS.
 DEER TICKJUMPSTARTINGPARTISAN
41tBLACK PISTOL FIRELOSTRIFLE BIRD / INGROOVES
 FATHER JOHN MISTYTOTAL ENTERTAINMENT FOREVERSUB POP
43MORRISSEYSPENT THE DAY IN BEDBMG
44tQUEENS OF THE STONE AGETHE WAY YOU USED TO DOMATADOR
 GRIZZLY BEARMOURNING SOUNDRCA
 GOLDFRAPPANYMOREMUTE
47tDAY WAVESOMETHING HEREHARVEST
 THE DISTRICTSORDINARY DAYFAT POSSUM
 THE AFGHAN WHIGSDEMON IN PROFILESUB POP
 TENNISMY EMOTIONS ARE BLINDINGMUTUALLY DETRIMENTAL
TOP 25 SUBMODERN ALBUMS OF 2017
RankArtistAlbumLabel
1SPOONHOT THOUGHTSMATADOR
2LCD SOUNDSYSTEMAMERICAN DREAMCOLUMBIA
3ST. VINCENTMASSEDUCTIONLOMA VISTA / CONCORD
4THE NATIONALSLEEP WELL BEAST4AD
5LIAM GALLAGHERAS YOU WEREWARNER BROS.
6ALVVAYSANTISOCIALITESPOLYVINYL
7THE WAR ON DRUGSA DEEPER UNDERSTANDINGATLANTIC
8FATHER JOHN MISTYPURE COMEDYSUB POP
9PORTUGAL. THE MANWOODSTOCKATLANTIC
10THE XXI SEE YOUYOUNG TURKS
11MANCHESTER ORCHESTRAA BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACELOMA VISTA / CONCORD
12REAL ESTATEIN MINDDOMINO
13NEW PORNOGRAPHERSWHITEOUT CONDITIONSCONCORD
14BULLYLOSINGSUB POP
15SYLVAN ESSOWHAT NOWLOMA VISTA
16WOLF PARADECRY CRY CRYSUB POP
17THE DISTRICTSPOPULAR MANIPULATIONSFAT POSSUM
18BROKEN SOCIAL SCENEHUG OF THUNDERARTS & CRAFTS
19FUTURE ISLANDSTHE FAR FIELD4AD
20ALT-JRELAXERCANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
21ARCADE FIREEVERYTHING NOWCOLUMBIA
22WALKER LUKENSTELL IT TO THE JUDGEMODERN OUTSIDER
23THE BLACK ANGELSDEATH SONGPARTISAN
24RIDEWEATHER DIARIESWICHITA
25tGOLDFRAPPSILVER EYEMUTE
 WASHED OUTMISTER MELLOWSTONES THROW