BEST IN URBAN 2017

16. Jacob Banks – Unknown (To You)
RELEASEDATE: September 14, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #29 (Dutch Top 40)

We start of this years Best in Urban list with floating tears. Jacob Banks gave us goose bumps all over and made sure we were listening teary eyed to this huge emotional ballad. Wow, this is so amazingly perfect and oh so good. Jacob delivers!

15. Snakehips ft. Anne-Marie & Joey Bada$$ – Either Way
RELEASEDATE: July 30, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #47 (UK Singles Top 75)

Snakehips is famous for it’s incredibly good collaborations. They even scored the number one in our list two years ago thanks to the perfect “All My Friends” featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper. This year they have to be happy with a 14th spot in the list. The song itself is so well produced and so unique in it’s kind. The DJ duo is responsible for the feel-good-summer-beats, Anne-Marie delivers the smooth, seductive vocals and Joey Bada$$ makes sure the song has a bit of spice to it. “Either Way” is just amazing.

14. N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna – Lemon
RELEASEDATE: November 1, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #31 (UK Singles Top 75)

Lyrics on fire. Video on fire. Rihanna’s appearance on fire… or can we just call it a volcano? Oh, and another question; why isn’t this song a huge top 10 hit yet? We mean, like common!

13. Post Malone ft. Quavo – Congratulations
RELEASEDATE: January 31, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #8 (Billboard Hot 100)

Instead of letting us speak we give the word to the hitmaking man himself. “I dreamed it all ever since I was young. They said I wouldn’t be nothing. Now they always say, “Congratulations”. The patience paid off for Post Malone and Quavo. The year 2017 was definitely a year to never forget for mister ‘Stoney’.

12. DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
RELEASEDATE: June 16, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #1 (UK Singles Top 75)

It’s thanks to Rihanna that DJ Khaled got such a jam in his hands. Her attitude with the matching lyrics are pure perfection. And let’s be honest; who else than Miss Rihanna could’ve delivered it like this? “Naked, naked, naked!”. This was for sure our summer jam this year. In case you’re wondering why it didn’t make the Top 10, we love it, we really do. But that Santana sample was just not necessary and actually quite annoying if you ask us.

11. Pia Mia – We Should Be Together
RELEASEDATE:  December 16, 2016
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #X (Didn’t chart anywhere)

Together with Sevyn Streeter (number 4 on the list) it was Pia Mia to deliver those huge slow jams in 2017. The singer gave us a more mature sound on “We Should Be Together”. Good move, this has to be our favorite from the “Do It Again” hitmaker. Can we just sing-a-long to this as loud as possible please?

10. H.E.R. – 2
RELEASEDATE:  October 13, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #X (Didn’t chart anywhere)

Delicious beats, soulful vocals and an extremely cool vibe. Do we need more words to describe H.E.R.’s best track of 2017? Nah, don’t think so.

9. Mabel ft. Kojo Funds – Finders Keepers
RELEASEDATE: May 26, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #8 (UK Singles Top 75)

Mabel finally scored her first top 10 hit this year. Together with Kojo Funds she gave us the most unique dancehall inspired track. What makes it unique? The young singer manages to deliver a quite soulful and calm dancehall infused song with “Finder Keepers”. Usually mainstream dancehall means pumping beats, booty shaking tunes. But not for the amazing Mabel!

8. SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
RELEASEDATE: April 27, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #32 (Billboard Hot 100)

As the Grammy nominations already came in for this newcomer we couldn’t deny this huge collab. Urban princess SZA sings her heart out on some mellow beats on the hypnotizing good “Love Galore”. Travis Scott makes sure the track becomes even better by lending his bars. Big song!

7. John Legend ft. Chance The Rapper – Penthouse Floor
RELEASEDATE: October 12, 2017 (single treatment)
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #X (Didn’t chart anywhere)

Time to get funky before we start the top 5 off. John Legend collaborated with Chance The Rapper on this delicious slice of funky urban music. Of course it comes with a huge dose of soulful vocals by Mr. Legend. Once again he proved he doesn’t have this name without a reason!

6. Stefflon Don ft. French Montana – Hurtin’ Me
RELEASEDATE: June 16, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #7 (UK Singles Top 75)

The top of our list is mainly dominated by American artists. Thank god Stefflon Don is here to represent England and Holland. That’s right, the singer and rapper lived in Holland for ten years! Together with French Montana she managed to score her first big hit with “Hurtin’ Me”. A very well deserved breakthrough. The song is oh so catchy! It makes you feel good, makes the temperature rise and most of all; it makes you wanna dance!

5. Sevyn Streeter – Before I Do
RELEASEDATE: December 2, 2016
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #1 (Billboard Adult R&B Songs, didn’t chart in the Billboard Hot 100)

Yas Sevyn! One of our favorite singers finally released her debut album. It was about damn time Sevyn Streeter gave us what we wanted. One of the singles from the album is the stunning “Before I Do”. It’s one of those songs you want to sing-a-long to as loud as possible. Pluspoints for the “It Won’t Stop” singer to keep soulful slow jams alive!

4. Travis Scott ft. Kendrick Lamar – Goosebumps
RELEASEDATE: December 13, 2016
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #32 (Billboard Hot 100)

Can we give you another absolute jam before we start off the top 3? Travis Scott had a great year. Big performances, great collabs and most of all delicious music. It’s the catchy “Goosebumps” get grabbed our attention the most. Everything on this song is spot one. Good production, current lyrics and a perfect guest appearance by Kendrick Lamar. What a hit.

3. Russ – Exposed
RELEASEDATE: April 5, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #X (Didn’t chart anywhere)

We all know the music industry isn’t as good as perfect as they want to show us. Russ isn’t afraid to speak out on it. He tells his story about the truth behind record labels plus his way to success. This story is written over the sickest beat that 2017 brought you. May we add how hard it was to choose the best Russ track? This one was sooo close to the seductive, sensual and amazing “Ain’t Nobody Takin’ My Baby”.

2. Kendrick Lamar – Humble
RELEASEDATE: March 30, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #1 (Billboard Hot 100)

Kendrick Lamar is one of a kind. He is here with a mission. He is here to safe hip-hop. And hell yeah he did so. The rapper made a huge comeback with the amazing “Humble”. As expected he delivered some great lyrics but it’s way more than that. The beats on this jam are everything. And god oh god it is so damn catchy! As if the music itself wasn’t iconic enough Kendrick made sure to match this with an as iconic video. Icon!

1. Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
RELEASEDATE: June 16, 2017
HIGHEST POSITION IN CHARTS: #1 (Billboard Hot 100)

Cardi B is without any doubt the surprise of the year. Thanks to her participation in real life TV nobody actually expected her to be the superstar she is now. The rapper proved everyone wrong with het huge number one hit song “Bodak Yellow”. She raps, “Said, lil bitch, you can’t fuck with me if you wanted to!”. No lies about that! Cardi managed to break multiple records. With the most important one being that she is the first female in hip-hop to score a number one as a solo artist since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop”. Impressive! Just like the rest of the world she stole our heart. How couldn’t we name this the number one song of 2017?

Bodak Yellow Cardi B GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Reageren