I stopped smokin' with writers back in '015 when they tried to tell me Carley Rae Jepsen was an Exciting Artiste. Judging by most of the 2016 music lists I read, the vast majority of these dullard critics still can't tell diamond from wood, which gives me another excuse to mine my own archives for #content in 2017 by condensing my my best non-rap songs of the year generic list post down to a ten song Audiomack playlist. It ain't even that my taste in non-rap shit is 'owt special, more that all these frumpy music writers are so laughably clueless that any mildly-inquisitive dilettante with a decent ear can glitter & gleam like Pimp C's Cadillac in comparison.
No order of preference, but the running order of artists is Tinashe, New Age Muzik, Kwamz & Flava, Moelogo, Shatta Wale, Dexta Daps, Chi Ching Ching, Spice, Mr. Fingers, and Shift K3Y. Never wrote about the latter's Like This, but that shit was my own personal House Every Weekend of 2016 which I never heard anybody play outside my own house. Probably would have expanded the list to a top twelve and included Fifth Harmony & Ty Dolla $ign's Work From Home and J. Balvin & co's Safari if both songs weren't such red flags to the RIAA.