2017 is coming to a close and the Internet is at the theoretical maximum in regards to “Best Of…” lists. Since we like to do things differently at JACK, our music director made a different kind of list. It’s the “If you like ______, we think you’ll like ________” list, 2017 song edition. Let it begin!

If you like: Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

We think you’ll like: Curtis Harding – “On and On”


If you like Gnarls Barkley’s hit “Crazy” you’ll probably also like Curtis Harding’s 2017 song “On and On”. The songs have something important in common; they were both produced by Danger Mouse, which probably helps explain the similar sound of the two songs. Hard not to tap your feet to either of these catchy tunes.


If you like: The Killers – “Somebody Told Me”

We think you’ll like: The Killers – “The Man”


If you like The Killers “Somebody Told Me” you’ll probably also like The Killers “The Man”. This might not be the boldest prediction on this list, but we simply had to include “The Man”. It has such a catchy chorus and is sure to become a staple at sporting events for years to come.


If you like: David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”

We think you’ll like: Parcels – “Overnight”


If you like David Bowie’s dance floor classic “Let’s Dance” you’ll probably also like Parcels “Overnight”. Parcels are an indie band out of Australia who caught the eye of the elusive robots Daft Punk, who then proceeded to produce this funky number for the fledgling band. Daft Punk are collaborators with the legendary Nile Rodgers of Chic, who also produced Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”. So even though these songs were released over 30 years apart, they’re cut from a similar cloth.


If you like: Joan Jett – “I Hate Myself For Loving You”

We think you’ll like: The Beaches – “Money”


If you like Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You” you’ll probably also like The Beaches “Money”. Toronto’s The Beaches exploded onto Canada’s music scene in 2017 with their hard rocking yet catchy sound. They follow in a long line of female rockers, which includes the incredible Joan Jett. Joan’s influence on The Beaches is undeniable.


If you like: Grand Funk Railroad – “Some Kind of Wonderful”

We think you’ll like: Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”


If you like Grand Funk Railroad’s “Some Kind Of Wonderful” you’ll probably also like Portugal The Man’s breakout hit “Feel It Still”. You’ve probably heard “Feel It Still” already (it’s been in a bunch of commercials). It has a real throwback sound and they reference 1976 throughout. Grand Funk Railroad were jamming hard in 1976, and “Some Kind Of Wonderful” came out in 1974. Play the two songs back to back and we can almost guarantee you’ll be dancing.


If you like: The Police – “Message In A Bottle”

We think you’ll like: The Revivalists – “Wish I Knew You”


If you like The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” you’ll probably also like The Revivalists’ “Wish I Knew You”. No, The Revivalists’ lead singer doesn’t play the bass a la Sting but both songs have a sing-a-long chorus and a solid groove. Both are solid road trippin’ songs too.


If you like: Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”

We think you’ll like: Muse – “Dig Down”


If you like Queen’s hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” you’ll probably also like Muse’s “Dig Down”. Muse are pretty much the modern day equivalent of Queen, as both bands were designed for colossal stadium shows, powerful guitars and epic anthems. Put these two songs on your next workout mix and prepare for a new personal best.


If you like: Maroon 5 – “This Love”

We think you’ll like: Charlie Puth – “Attention”


If you like Maroon 5’s “This Love” you’ll probably also like Charlie Puth’s “Attention”. Writing great pop songs is not easy, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine is one of the best in the game. But Charlie Puth is the new kid on the block and with his classical training, insane musicianship and knack for writing catchy tunes, we don’t think it will be long before Charlie takes Adam’s seat on The Voice.


If you like: a-ha – “Take On Me”

We think you’ll like: DREAMCAR – “Kill For Candy”


If you like a-ha’s 80s classic “Take On Me” you’ll probably also like DREAMCAR’s “Kill For Candy”. The ’80s vibe is strong with DREAMCAR, a band comprised of former members of No Doubt and AFI. Seriously, if we told you “Kill For Candy” came out in 1987 you’d probably believe us.


You can also listen to all 18 songs on our handy Spotify playlist!


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