Once again, it’s Awards Season and that means it’s time for the Fourth Annual Makin’ Tracks DJ Service “TRACKIE AWARDS.” These awards go to my picks for the best song of 2017 in each of several genres. Big factors in the “TRACKIE AWARDS” selection are: how high on the charts a song went and how long it stayed in the top 10 during 2017. Also considered are vocal, rhythm, instrumental and lyrical qualities, and whether or not I feel a song is suitable to play for all my audiences. Consequently, the biggest-selling, highest-charting and longest-lasting songs don’t necessarily turn out to be the “TRACKIE AWARD” winners. I proudly present these award winners because they are “…songs you don’t have to be ashamed for your children to hear…or your parents.” Here are the winners for 2017, by category:
TOP 100 Chart and DOWNLOADS Chart (Multiple Winner):
“Something Just Like This”/Chainsmokers and Coldplay, which spent 17 weeks in the top 10 of the Top 100 Chart, and got as high as #3. It was also in the top 10 of the Downloads Chart for 18 weeks, 3 weeks at # 1.
MODERN/ALTERNATIVE ROCK Chart:
“Chain Breaker”/Zach Williams This song spent 6 weeks in the top 10 and got as high as #8. It also spent 25 weeks in the top 10 of the Christian Chart, including 5 weeks at #1.
“What Ifs”/ Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, which has been in the Top 10 for 22 weeks, including 5 weeks at #1, and is still in the top 10 going into 2018.
Unfortunately, as was the case in 2016, NONE of the songs that made the top 10 on this chart in 2017 are songs that I would recommend or play for my audiences. Almost all of the top 10 songs suffered commonly from profane, vulgar, suggestive lyrics, and/or were just plain poor, musically. The current state of R&B music continues to sadden me. As I wrote last year: “Where are the Aretha Franklins, the Stevie Wonders, the Sam Cooks, the Cupid’s, the DJ Slides…? It’s a shame that what used to be a great music genre has become so trashed.” The influence of this type of music on the lives, attitudes and morals of our young people also worries me!
ADULT CONTEMPORARY Chart (Co-Winners):
“Scars to Your Beautiful”/Alessia Cara. This song spent 42 weeks in the top 10, 2 of those weeks at #1. Also, “Water Under the Bridge”/Adele. Adele continues to work her musical magic and this song was in the top 10 for 47 weeks and got as high as #3.
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN Chart:
“What a Beautiful Name”/Hillsong Worship. 49 weeks in the top 10 including an amazing 29 weeks at #1!
SPECIAL UPDATE/UNFINISHED BUSINESS
In last years “Trackie Awards” presentation, I predicted that the song “Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail)”/United, after being in the top 10 of the Christian Chart continuously for the previous two years, would remain in the top 10 for at least half of 2017. My prediction was off by 5 weeks; this song fell out of the top 10 the week of June 3, 2017.
Congratulations to all of the Fourth Annual (2017) Trackie Awards winners, and Happy Listening to everyone during 2018!