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Yep, that's right folks. The big 30. I feel like I should be shouting at new users to get off my lawn and talking about how great Sputnik was "back in the day." Or maybe I do that already and just forget because I have dementia. Below are 30 amazing songs (in no order) released this year that you should check out, if you haven't yet.
1Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell Live

"All of Me Wants All of You" - the studio version is great, but this recording is life-changing. Drop what you're doing and go listen.
2Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors

"Little Bubble" - heartbreaking stuff, like watching a slideshow of every relationship I've ever been in that's failed
3Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors

"Keep Your Name" - the lyrics don't put Longstreth in the best light, but that hip-hop changeover is so unexpected and oh so good.
4Peter Silberman

"New York" - reminds me of a quiet Paul Simon song or something, like if it were more emotionally muted and in musical some sort of still photo.
5Peter Silberman

"Ahimsa" - the calmest sounding rally for peace like, ever
6Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface

"Lead, SD" - oh man, you guys are in for a treat...what a return to form this is. Like the emotion of Virgin played through the lens of Simple Math's production...incredible.
7Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface

"The Parts" - Hull at the most vulnerable I've heard since Colly Strings or Hot One.
8Broken Social Scene
Hug of Thunder

"Stay Happy" - BCS at their most grandiose, loud, and happy.
OKNOTOK 1997-2017

"Man of War" - Technically not of this year but it's my birthday and I'll count this if I want to.

"Hard Feelings/Loveless" - the dichotomy between the first and second halves is awesome, and this song wouldn't be as good without either.

"The Louvre" - boom boom boom
12Fleet Foxes

"Cassius, -" - the last minute of this is god-tier
13Fleet Foxes

"Third of May" - three part progressive folk-rock movement? don't mind if I do...
14Roger Waters
Is This The Life We Really Want?

"Picture That" - oh damn Roger can still sound pretty angry and this is proof

"3WW" - like sitting by a large bonfire in the woods as sparks fly up towards the hazy evening sky and then lazily descend towards the earth, like tiny parachuting stars.

"Last Year" - took a while for this to grow into a fave, but it practically reduces me to tears now.
17Perfume Genius
No Shape

"Sides" - dem guitars, this thing is so smooth and jazzy and so rich and beautiful
18Perfume Genius
No Shape

"Just Like Love" - like holding hands with your celebrity crush on a tropical island
19The Afghan Whigs
In Spades

"Toy Automatic" - emotional as all hell. RIP Dave Rosser.
Emperor of Sand

"Jaguar God" - other than the Shadows-like vocals in the beginning this song almost makes me want to forsake indie-rock and go back to listening to metal
21Depeche Mode

"The Worst Crime" - this album is pretty standard fare for musicians wading into politics with no real clue what they're talking about, but it's been a long time since I've heard a more frightening image of the future than this
After Laughter

"Pool" - album is full of 80s themed bangers, but the atmosphere on this is just so damn breezy and cool it's goddamn effortless
23The xx
I See You

"Replica" - the rhythm on this is so insane it makes me, a self-admitted math and computer nerd who writes for sputnik, feel like the coolest mf'er in all of rural pennsylvania
24Vancouver Sleep Clinic

"Someone to Stay" - like Justin Vernon meets Arcade Fire
25Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

"When The God of Love Returns There'll Be Hell to Pay" - the saddest indictment of humanity on an album dedicated to pointing out everything wrong with the world
26Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

"Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before The Revolution" - the chorus is Elton John caliber and that's enough for me
27Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Zombies on Broadway

"Don't Speak For Me" - this has his most infectious hook since he wrote Everything In Transit back in '06
28The Shins

"Half a Million" - I dare you to listen to this and not want to grab the 3 closest people to you and shout along to the chorus loudly
Hot Thoughts

"Whisperl'lllistentohearit" - I did enough work typing out that song name. You do your part and listen to the song.
30Stevens / Dessner / Muhly / McAlister

"Jupiter" - not a popular choice for favorite considering 'Mercury' resides here, but that electronically altered ending with the distorted vocals for some reason gets me every single time.
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