Listmas Odds and Ends 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome to our final little day here at Listmas 2017 at Ranting About Music! We’re gonna close on a fairly light but very list-y day today with some superlatives and awards before coming back in January; think of it as the after-show or something. Listmas was a lot of fun, and, as always, thanks for reading. There might be a small thing or two that goes up before the end of the year if I get an idea, but otherwise, we’ll see you back in January. May you get lots of new music you love for the holidays!
-Blake G.

Favorite Albums That Just Missed the List
White Reaper – World’s Best American Band
Katie Ellen – Cowgirl Blues
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Worriers – Survival Pop
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The Annual “I Meant to Listen to This and Didn’t, So Watch Me Fall For It In Like, April” Award
Big Thief – Capacity
Bjork – Utopia
Oso Oso – The Yunahon Mixtape

“I Forgot I Even Reviewed This Album Until I Saw It On People’s Lists” Album: The xx – I See You

Most Overrated Album: Lorde – Melodrama
Most Underrated Album: Jay Som – Everybody Works

Most Protracted Album Rollouts in Ascending Order:
3. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
2. Taylor Swift – reputation
1. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Most Protracted Album Rollout That People Swore Was Actually Fun, You Guys: Pure Comedy

Most Protracted Album Rollout That Didn’t Even Have the Damn Decency to Come Through With Good Songs Like “So It Goes…” or “Electric Blue”: Pure Comedy

Favorite Album Cover: Kitty – Miami Garden Club

Favorite Concerts
5. Joyce Manor with AJJ and Mannequin Pussy
4. Foo Fighters with The Struts
3. Cherry Glazerr with Mannequin Pussy and Leggy
2. Green Day
1. Arcade Fire with The Breeders

Best of the Pretty Good (Considered for the Best Hits List)
“Unforgettable” by French Montana ft. Swae Lee (live by Montana, die by Montana)
“T-Shirt” by Migos
“Havana” by Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug (although it may make it next year)
“Malibu” by Miley Cyrus (a dopey song, to be sure, but the backing vocals on the chorus are great)

Worst of the Eh (Considered for the Worst Hits List)
“Rolex” by Ayo & Teo (almost grabbed “Everyday We Lit”’s spot, but at least “Rolex” sounds better loud)
“Cold” by Maroon 5 ft. Future
“Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello
“Swalla” by Jason DeRulo ft. Ty Dollar $ign and Nicki Minaj (does anyone get bailed out as often as Jason DeRulo? Does anyone deserve it less?)

Best Number 1 Hit: “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane

Best Number 1 Hit if I’m Not Cheating by Including a Song Culturally Tied to 2016 That Bounced Back for a Week in January: “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar

Worst Number 1 Hit: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (while “Look What You Made Me Do” ranked higher on the Worst list, “Shape of You” was infinitely more insufferable as a number one)

Worst Number 1 Hit That Didn’t Make the Worst List: “Rockstar” by Post Malone ft. 21 21 21

Peak 2017 Number 1 Hit: Also “Rockstar” by Post Malone. Hail Big Algorithm.

2017 Emerging Pop Presence Award: Camila Cabello and Post Malone (tied; Malone seems like a short game winner, Cabello could be playing the long game)

Most Likely to Be a Vegas Resident in 2019 After This Year’s Comeback Attempt: Katy Perry. The “bon appetit” jokes write themselves!

“You Succeeded This Year, But I Don’t Know If You Won” Award: Ed Sheeran

Listmas 2017 Schedule
12/14: Favorite Albums
12/15: The Gibby Fifty (50 Favorite Songs)
12/16: Top Ten Best Hits of 2017 (pt. 1)
12/17: Top Ten Best Hits of 2017 (pt. 2)
12/18: Top Ten Worst Hits of 2017 (pt. 1)
12/19: Top Ten Worst Hits of 2017 (pt. 2)
12/20: The Year In Rant/Odds and Ends


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