Saturday, December 16, 2017

Best Indie Songs of 2017 - Songs 1-10

     As we noted a year ago, the “best of” music lists provide a great vehicle for discovering music that we missed. During the year, the volume of interesting songs is so great that the expression “drinking from the fire hose” is appropriate. We try to read as many December lists possible.

     Indie Obsessive uses the same ranking algorithm each year:
     It’s an adaption of an arbitrage pricing approach developed in 1973 by Fisher Black and Myron Scholes. The good news is that the complex portion is multiplied “0, so the complex portion is completely irrelevant to the outcome and should be ignored.
     Consequently, the ranking of a particular song is based on its value of P, where P is personal “preference.” Pretty simple – if we like a song slightly more than another song, it ranks higher. The flaw in the process is that the P value for a song is dependent upon our mood at the time, so the order of songs is likely to change from one day to the next. But while the order may change, the songs remain on the list, so you probably don’t care.
      It should be noted that the ranking reflects the blog's focus - Indie artists on the rise. The bias is toward bands that deserve more attention than they are currently receiving. Oh, and the 2017 qualification is based on when we discovered the song. With only a few exceptions, the songs were released in 2017. Those few bands welcome the additional exposure. So, we don't feel badly.

     1. "Better” by SYML (from the post of April 16)

     2. “No Hell” by Cloud Cult (from the post of January 11)

     3. “Long Way Down” by Lloyd Llewellyn (from the  post of September 15)

     4. “Moving As One” by Loyal (from the post of January 10)

     5. “Walking On Fire” by Rilan and the Bombardiers (from the post of August 27 - yes, we know this is a 2016 release, but we were late to the party)

     6. “Behind the Beat” by CREO (from the post of June 9)

     7. “Tracks” by Climbing Trees (from the post of May 18)

     8. “New Rock City“ by Luc (from the post of March 22)

     9. “Monument” by Oly Sherman (from the post of August 4)

     10. “Cool” by Fears Chella (from the post of January 2)

Songs 11 through 20 – CLICK HERE
Songs 21 through 30 – CLICK HERE
Songs 31 through 40 – CLICK HERE
Songs 41 through 50 – CLICK HERE

All 50 (54) are available on Spotify

1 comment:

  1. I preferred Creo's other song, Subtitles for X Y Z.
    Same with SYML. Thought Where's my Love was much classier. But its all subjective isnt it.
    Climbing Trees are a great band.
    Moving As One is a great song too.

    Thanks for all your hard work through the year. It's a shame so much talent is overlooked (being a writer I know the feeling all too well. It's heartbreaking).

    But I do enjoy supporting these bands too and sharing their work.

    Thank you.

    (from Australia)