56 Random Albums: A 2017 Retrospective

I forgot to post my annual music roundup! I know all three of my readers have been disappointed…until now! I don’t disappoint forever!

In 2017 I added 56 new albums to my library. I witnessed 34 concerts (or the greater number of 61 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 15 concerts for a different blog I write for about living in Washington, DC! Check out the reviews here.

In previous years, I didn’t give much commentary, but I’m eager to redeem your disappointment. Or maybe extra thoughts will just add to it?

Top Albums Listened to in 2017*

  1. ‘After Laughter’ by Paramore – This absolutely sounds different than previous albums (which I like), and wow after 500 listens, I still love it.
  2. ‘Conscious’ by Broods – I can’t stop listening to this. Can. Not. Stop.
  3. ‘The Ride’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen – Just great. “Soundcheck” is my new favorite song today.
  4. ‘A Deeper Understanding’ by The War on Drugs – I had not listened to them before, but I’m sold on their sound.
  5. ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ by Royal Blood – Rocks!
  6. ‘American Dream’ by LCD Soundsystem – Good album and they are great live too!
  7. ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ by Alex Lahey – A new rocking artist from Australia. Pretty cool.
  8. ‘All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’ by PVRIS – They were #6 on my list in 2016…I’m sensing a theme.
  9. ‘Three’ by Phantogram – Dig it.
  10. ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ by The Killers – Sort of liked it, then kept listening and think it’s solid.

Honorable mentions: ‘Rockisdead’ by Dorothy; ‘Weezer (The White Album)’ by Weezer; and ‘Jessica Rabbit’ by Sleigh Bells

*Does not have to have been released in 2017.


Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2017

  1. Queens of the Stone Age (The Anthem)
  2. LCD Soundsystem (The Anthem)
  3. Paramore (The Theater at MGM National Harbor)
  4. Silversun Pickups (9:30 Club) (Read the Review!)
  5. Mandolin Orange (9:30 Club) (Read the Review!)
  6. The Pretty Reckless (9:30 Club)
  7. Ella Vos (Songbyrd Music House)
  8. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton (Sixth & I Synagogue) (Read the Review!)
  9. Coldplay (FedExField)
  10. Alex Lahey (DC9) (Read the Review!)

Honorable Mentions: Royal Blood (9:30 Club), Alvvays (Rock and Roll Hotel) and Michelle Branch (9:30 Club)


Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2017 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Soundcheck’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen (60)
  2. ‘Heartlines’ by Broods (59)
  3. ‘We Had Everything’ by Broods
  4. ‘Hold The Line’ by Broods
  5. ‘Amarillo By Morning’ by George Strait – Damn straight!
  6. ‘Fake Happy’ by Paramore
  7. ‘Still Breathing’ by Green Day
  8. ‘So Good’ by Band of Skulls
  9. ‘Hyper Dark’ by Sleigh Bells
  10. ‘Rotten’ by The Naked and Famous
  11. ‘Ophelia’ by The Lumineers
  12. ‘Always Waiting’ by Deep Sea Diver
  13. ‘Last Forever’ by The Naked and Famous
  14. ‘Rose-Colored Boy’ by Paramore
  15. ‘Great Light’ by Deep Sea Diver
  16. ‘Couldn’t Believe’ by Broods
  17. ‘Conscious’ by Broods
  18. ‘We Stay Together’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  19. ‘Are You Home’ by Broods
  20. ‘All Of Your Glory” by Broods
  21. ‘Recovery’ by Broods
  22. ‘Full Blown Love’ by Broods
  23. ‘7’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  24. ‘Free’ by Broods
  25. ‘Twice’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen (30)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2017

1. ‘The Ride’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen
2. ‘Cleopatra’ by The Lumineers
3. ‘The Malibu Sessions’ by Colbie Caillat
4. ‘Big Mess’ by Grouplove
5. ‘Three’ by Phantogram
6. ‘Midnight Boom’ by The Kills
7. ‘The Getaway’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. ‘Revolution Radio’ by Green Day
9. ‘It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense’ by Ingrid Michaelson
10. ‘Hotel Paper’ by Michelle Branch
11. ‘Ghostory’ by School of Seven Bells
12. ‘Strange Little Birds’ by Garbage
13. ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ by Coldplay
14. ‘Two Vines’ by Empire of the Sun
15. ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ by Metallica
16. ‘Weezer (The White Album)’ by Weezer
17. ‘Conscious’ by Broods
18. ‘Home of the Strange’ by Young the Giant
19. ‘Wild World’ by Bastille
20. ‘Why Are You Ok’ by Band of Horses
21. ‘This is What the Truth Feels Like’ by Gwen Stefani
22. ‘Flashes of Quincy’ by Snowball II
23. ‘I See You’ by The xx
24. ‘Jessica Rabbit’ by Sleigh Bells
25. ‘Badmotorfinger (25th Anniversary Remaster)’ by Soundgarden
26. ‘Day Breaks’ by Norah Jones
27. ‘Metal Frames’ by Split Single
28. ‘The Mix Up’ by Beastie Boys
29. ‘Head’s Up’ by Warpaint
30. ‘Silver Eye’ by Goldfrapp
31. ‘Adore Life’ by Savages
32. ‘Singles Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)’ by Various
33. ‘Royal Blues’ by Dragonette
34. ‘Humanz’ by Gorrillaz
35. ‘After Laughter’ by Paramore
36. ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ by Royal Blood
37. ‘Ti Amo’ by Phoenix
38. ‘American Dream’ by LCD Soundsystem
39. ‘Somersault’ by Beach Fossils
40. ‘Sleep Well Beast’ by The National
41. ‘Nothing Feels Natural’ by The Priests
42. ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ by Alex Lahey
43. ‘Wilowbank’ by Yumi Zouma
44. ‘Bedouine’ by Bedouine
45. ‘Volcano’ by Temples
46. ‘A Deeper Understanding’ by The War on Drugs
47. ‘Forced Witness’ by Alex Cameron
48. ‘Reservoir’ by Gordi
49. ‘Backwater’ by Kllo
50. ‘Its Alright Between Us As It Is’ by Lindstrøm
51. ‘Body Copy’ by Gel Set
52. ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ by The Killers
53. ‘All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’ by PVRIS
54. ‘Pikul’ by Silversun Pickups
55. ‘Rockisdead’ by Dorothy
56. ‘Laughing At The System’ by Total Control

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