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The 12 best songs of 2017 (so far)

June 14 2017, 2:01 PM EDT By AltPress


Yes, it’s already June, which means it’s time for AP staffer's annual mid-year report. We’re going to be breaking down the best songs and albums of the year thus far, as well as our most-anticipated releases for the rest of 2017. See below for the year’s 12 best songs so far. Be sure to check back too see what you voted as the best songs of 2017 so far!

"Back To Me" by Of Mice & Men

Released in late May, this new track thrusts bassist Aaron Pauley into the frontman position after Austin Carlile resigned from the band earlier this year. While fans were enthusing over Carlile and Pauley's tandem vocals on Of Mice & Men's last LP Cold World, Pauley's ascension to front and center is marking a new chapter for the band, one that's destined to transcend generations of hard rock listeners while maintaining their own character. Watch this (head)space.Jason Pettigrew

“Black Butterflies And Déjà Vu” by The Maine

The Maine’s second single from their new album essentially sums up everything Lovely Little Lonely is all about: It’s a romantic rock track with lyrics that’ll make your heart flutter. John O’Callaghan’s entrancing vocals bring to life that feeling of falling for someone—and finding the right words when none of the millions in existence seem to fit exactly how you feel. “There are only twenty six letters I can use just to tell you I won’t let go.” And with that, the Maine have hearts swooning all around the world.Maggie Dickman

"Broken" by Falling In Reverse

"Broken" shows us the boisterously charismatic frontman, Ronnie Radke, at his most vulnerable. This song encapsulates the openness and honesty that runs through the entire record. It's a testament to Radke's songwriting abilities to be able to make such a sad song sound so triumphant and pop-inspired. Taylor Markarian

"Don't Take The Money" by Bleachers

There’s a lot to love about this John Hughes-colored ’80s pastiche: its kitchen sink instrumentation (check out the pre-chorus for some seriously slick production tricks), undeniable hook and Jack Antonoff’s seemingly effortless juxtaposition of intimately personal verses alongside a chorus bursting with universal lyricism—making it simultaneously a song for himself and for everyone else.Evan Lucy

"Eternally Yours" by Motionless In White

"Eternally Yours" takes a note from the page of its Graveyard Shift sister single "570" with a rapid, vicious start more akin to Creatures-era Motionless In White than to their previous industrial-leaning releases. When the chorus hits, it's anything but heavy, however, juxtaposing the shreiked-and-shredded verses with a melodic, near-pop respite that is more traditionally befitting of a love song. It's the perfect marriage of styles that exemplifies MIW's evolution and versatility. Cassie Whitt

"Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man

From that bass line to the politically tinged lyrics, Portugal. The Man really outdid themselves with this single from their upcoming album Woodstock. If you listen closely (and just take a peek at their notes in Genius), the lyrics touch on everything from the social movements in the late ‘60s and ‘80s to the first LSD experiments. Not only is this material vastly interesting, but the song is also — and more importantly — just a straight-up banger. How could you not jam to this every.single.time? Kristine Cannon

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