The Western world is blamed for nearly everything that has been or is currently wrong in other countries. They were responsible for colonization and subsequent drainage of indigenous resources (no debate there). Their influence is purported to have caused moral decay in other developing countries, which may be true. However, the west is also responsible for the introduction of education, religion, clothing and music. For those living in Africa, Asia, Australia, there may be times that you feel the need to jam to a song from the Western world.
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- The following are the best top 10 western songs 2017-2018 hits currently.
- 10. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
- 9. French Montana – Unforgettable
- 8. Axwell Ingrosso – More Than You Know
- 7. Jonas Blue ft. William Singe
- 6. David Guetta ft. Justin Bieber – 2U
- 5. Charlie Puth – Attention
- 4. DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
- 3. J.Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente
- 2. Calvin Harris – Feels
- 1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito
The following are the best top 10 western songs 2017-2018 hits currently.
10. Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Alt-rock group group Imagine Dragons sure has accomplished a lot since their inception, which was eight years ago. Just after releasing their debut album in 2012, the group went on to win a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Performance”. They then went to release another record called “Smoke + Mirrors which was as chart topper not just in the United States’ charts but also in other countries. Smoke + Mirrors was certified gold. After that, the group went on a grueling tour which encompassed 109 shows in a ten- month period. Not slowing down yet, they released Thunder, a thrilling three-minute affair that according to the group is about “the desire to be free of youth”. The song begins with sonorous singing that resounds across a subtle bass line and percussion ahead of thrilling electronics. The song is an enchantingly calm and collected composition which will undoubtedly endear itself to music lovers across all genres. The song has over 137 million views.
9. French Montana – Unforgettable
Unforgettable was a pleasant surprise for those that aren’t French Montana fans and maybe even a surprise for those who are. The collaboration with Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd fame took the world by surprise, becoming a hit almost instantly. The song made its first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 T number 16 and has of late, risen to number 3 on the same chart. In other parts of the Western world, the song has been certified platinum and has risen to the top or close to the top of their charts. With its steady rise on the charts, there’s no predicting how high Unforgettable can go. The video of the song which features Ugandan dance group, The Ghetto Kids has over 300 million views on YouTube.
8. Axwell Ingrosso – More Than You Know
The two former members of revered house group Swedish House Mafia released this song in 2017 which was the second single from their EP which bears the same name as the track. The track had massive approval from many European countries including the duo’s native Sweden. The song was number two on the Swedish chart and appeared on other European countries’ charts. in the US, More Than You Know left its mark, peaking at number 2 on the US Dance charts and number 17 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts. The song also debuted on the US Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart at number 23. The song’s video on YouTube has gained over 35 million views to date.
7. Jonas Blue ft. William Singe
English DJ and producer, Jonas Blue Released Mama on the 5th of May 2017. The song features William Singe and is a tropical house song. The song explores the themes of freedom, young adulthood, partying and living large. The song peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles chart and debuted at number 9 on the US Dance Club Songs and number 10 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The song’s video has over 200 million views on YouTube.
6. David Guetta ft. Justin Bieber – 2U
2U is further proof that David Guetta can work with just about anyone from dancehall artists like Sean Paul to hardcore hip hop artists like Justin Bieber’s silky voice coupled with Guetta’s superb, masterful production voice is a recipe for a great hit. The charts certainly agreed with the song peaking at number 4 on the US Dance Charts, clinching the fourth spot on the US Hot Dance Singles chart and being number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. YouTube also concurs, with the video garnering over 204 million views.
5. Charlie Puth – Attention
Previously, critics have been minimal with their praise as far as Charlie Puth was concerned; especially with regards to his inauguration album, Nine Track Mind. As a matter of fact, the album only received a score of 37 from Metracritic. With Attention however, Charlie Puth has definitely taken a step forward from his lackluster album. His falsetto on his album has always been his strong point, and it is showcased even more on this pop song. The song’s production is also better when contrasted with the album’s production. The song definitely is danceable, which of course is a plus and its songwriting, while so-so manages to be flirtatious without being distasteful. The song’s video has over 388 million views.
4. DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled has given us hit after hit, working with famed artists on the R&B and hip-hop scene. Songs like Hold You Down and Do You Mind all have Khaled’s signature touch and have appeared on the charts. Wild Thoughts is a track that features Rihanna and Bryson Tiller and has been on the charts for a while now. Add Rihanna’s sexy alto to Bryson Tiller’s smooth voice and great guitar work and you have one of the hottest songs from the Western world this year. This song is a great hit to party to and to relax to also. On YouTube it has over 344 million views to date.
3. J.Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente
Mi Gente is a version of Willy William’s Voodoo Song. The song is the second most streamed song on the planet, after Despacito. The catchy banger is yet another win for reggaeton, and its takeover of the music scene. The song combines French sensibilities with Latina songs. The track is a fusion of EDM imagery with Colombian culture. The song is a slight departure from old school reggaeton edging closer to moombahton. This collaboration with a French producer shows reggaeton’s footprint on the global pop scene. The song has over 573 million views.
2. Calvin Harris – Feels
Scottish DJ and producer proves that he can work with multiple artists from across many genres. In Feels, the song features vocals from pop artist, Katy Perry, hip hop artist, Big Sean and Pharell. Calvin Harris manages to fuse the three different sounds to create this club banger that has dominated the charts. The track received praise from critics who lauded the guitar and keyboard presence in the song. There are those however that stated that the record was only good because of its beats as opposed to its vocals and lyrics. Love it or hate though, Feels is here to stay. The track was a huge success, being number 2 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart. On YouTube, the song has over 157 million views on YouTube.
1. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito
This chart topper has remained at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for an astonishing 8 weeks, which is the longest any single has dominated the charts since Mariah Carey’s collaboration with Boyz II Men , One Sweet Day. The track, is the first mostly Spanish record track to be at the top of the Hot 100 since Los Del Rio’s Macarena. The song has been streamed on Spotify 10.1 million times. It is a great victory for Latin music that a mostly Spanish record could have so many people connecting with it. On YouTube, the song has an astonishing 3.4 billion views.
The songs in this playlist of top best western songs 2017 are the current crop of Western singles. Play them when bored, sad, need to dance or when you just need a foreign distraction. They will do the trick which you might be looking for.