Another year, another 12 months of trap bangers to remember and cherish as we head into 2018. From regulars on our yearly lists like NGHTMRE, Boombox Cartel, and RL Grime to breakout artists such as QUIX and Dabow, we tried to include the full range of great trap music that dominated Soundcloud and the DJ circuit alike in 2017. So without further ado, check out our 20 selections below and let us know which tracks we missed in the comments section.
Run the Trap’s Top 20 Trap Songs of 2017 | Soundcloud Playlist
20. Troyboi – What You Know
Troyboi solidified his place on our list with his creative “What You Know” original. The hard-hitting single combined Troyboi’s hip-hop prowess with some incredible sound design, making for one of the most unique trap songs of the year.
19. Lil Jon – In the Pit (feat. Terror Bass)
Whenever we think of this absolute monster of a song, this video always comes to mind. Whether you love or hate mosh pits they seemed to have made their way into bass music and when Lil Jon tells you to get ‘In The Pit’ you might as well get in the f***ing pit.
18. Skrillex & Habtrakt – Chicken Soup (Part Native Remix)
Part Native caught our ears this year, first with their remix of What So Not’s “Touched” and then with this roaring remix of Habstrakt & Skrilly’s “Chicken Soup.” The duo flipped one of the dopest bass house songs of the year into a new beast and we can’t get enough of it.
17. UZ & ATLiens – Cavern (UNKWN Remix)
Odds are if you made your way to a trap show this year you’ve heard this remix. The booming sub-bass and the crisp percussion make it an instant classic. “I remember when I found the remix on SoundCloud, and asked him to take it down because I wanted to release it as an official remix because it was too good, game changer!” – UZ on the Remix, Reddit
16. Hydraulix – Headbang
We’ve been impressed by pretty much everything that has come from Brillz’s TWONK imprint this year. But Hydraulix’s “Headbang” is on another level. The break at around 1:55 is just long enough to make you say – “HOLY SH*T.”
15. Gucci Mane – Both (Yehme2 Remix)
Yehme2 has been thriving. 2017 not only brought his first headline tour under the new moniker, but with it a slew of absolute heaters. What we love about this remix is how true it stays to the original song, while still including Yehme2’s flavor in it.
14. QUIX – Lucy’s Place
QUIX quickly became one of our favorite breakthrough artists this year. We had a chance to sit down with him and talk music, but he also dropped some of our favorite songs in 2017. The build-up in “Lucy’s Place” is enough to have you trembling in your boots before the first drop even kicks in. But don’t take our word for it – check out the song for yourself.
13, Flosstradamus & Dillon Francis – Tern it Up
When these two finally linked up for a collab, everyone shared the same feeling – FINALLY. “Tern it Up” hits as heavy as we expected and tells a tale of two stories. The first half of the song is certified fire before dropping into a double-time section that you won’t know what to do with on the dance floor.
12. RL Grime – Era
One thing that hasn’t changed all these years – when RL Grime drops new music, the trap world listens. “Era” is no different. It has all the great elements that we’ve come to expect from Henry’s production. Take a deep breath right before the one minute mark – you are going to need it.
11. Herobust – Vertebreaker
You know that song that plays in the club that makes you want to throw your drink in the air? That was Herobust’s “Vertebreaker” single, an intensely heavy banger ready to go off anywhere. The title makes it pretty obvious what happens when this thing drops on the dancefloor.
10. Dabow – Olé
Dabow was another rising bass producer who had a massive year. “Olé” is a smash and continues to make crowds go crazy with its resonating drums and riot-inducing sound.
9. RL Grime – Reims (Enschway & LUUDE Remix)
It’s not an easy task to take on RL Grime. People expect a lot – but Enschway and Luude absolutely crushed this “Reims” remix we premiered back in May. The first drop gets weird while the second lifts you to euphoric heights.
8. Getter – Inhalant Abuse
Getter took a break from his usual style of production to unleash the super unique ‘Inhalent Abuse’ original. The dark, unique track leaves you no choice but to throw up trap arms and make that bass face.
7. Montell2099 – SUSU
People went crazy over this track after hearing RL Grime play it in his latest Halloween mix. Montell2099 comes through with an insanely catchy, forward-thinking trap heater.
6. Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Skrillex Remix)
Need we say more? Skrillex’s official remix for Kendrick Lamar’s biggest song of the year is one of the cleanest mixes we’ve heard in a long time. It’s hard to think of where this track won’t go off.
5. JOYRYDE – DAMN
While this was technically released December of last year, we just HAD to include JOYRYDE’s “Damn” with Freddie Gibbs on this list for the tremendous impact it had on the culture this year. You knew damn well what was coming during the build up before each drop. And it still hits as hard every time it leads in.
4. Party Favor – WAWA
Name a DJ who didn’t drop Party Favor’s high-octane ‘WAWA’ original at least once this year…. we’re waiting. However you wanna slice it, this track is an absolute banger and will get any crowd moving.
3. Ekali – Babylon (feat. Denzel Curry)
Ekali made huge strides this year, from signing with OWSLA to dropping quality release after quality release. The Vancouver artist practically broke the internet with this Denzel Curry collab and we can’t wait to see where he takes his sound in 2018.
2. Boombox Cartel – Jefe
It’s hard to come up with the right words for this one. Boombox Cartel is always on the cutting edge of new tunes – and “Jefe” is proof of that. Come armed with your best bass face.
1. Travis Scott – Goosebumps (NGHTMRE Remix)
It’s without a question that NGHTMRE’s ‘Goosebumps’ flip was the most played-out trap record of 2017. The remix not only became a staple in just about every DJ’s set but paved the way for 128 BPM-style trap to become more prevalent in the scene this year.
2018 has a lot of work to do if it wants to match up to 2017. We don’t know about you guys, but we CAN’T wait to see what new sounds and breakthrough artists bless us in the new year.
– Track writeups by Max Chung & Nick Isasi