The Best Instrumental Pop Music of 2017

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A look at the best instrumental pop music of 2017. These are the songs that made us feel the most and told the best stories without any words.


Instrumental pop music is a genre of music that is primarily or exclusively performed without lyrics. This type of music often features catchy melodies and hook-filled choruses, and is often associated with film and television soundtracks.

2017 was a great year for instrumental pop music, with many artists releasing catchy and innovative tracks. In this article, we will count down the best instrumental pop tracks of 2017.

Best Instrumental Pop Songs of 2017

There’s something about instrumental music that can be both calming and invigorating at the same time. It can be the perfect background music for studying, working, or just relaxing. And when it comes to instrumental pop music, there are plenty of great songs that were released in 2017. Here are some of our favorites.

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee is one of the best instrumental pop songs of 2017. The song has a catchy beat and is very easy to listen to. It is also a great workout song.

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

“Shape of You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released as a digital download on 6 January 2017 as one of the double lead singles from his third studio album ÷ (2017), along with “Castle on the Hill”. The dancehall-influenced pop song contains tropical house elements, samples Stomp by Lion’s Law and interpolates TLC’s No Scrubs. “Shape of You” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Sheeran’s first number one single as a lead artist and stayed there for 13 weeks, until it was knocked off by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”, which featured Justin Bieber. In the US, “Shape of You” spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Sheeran’s longest-running US number-one single.

“Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay

“Something Just Like This” is a song by American DJ duo The Chainsmokers and British rock band Coldplay. It was released on February 22, 2017, through Disruptor Records and Columbia Records. The song was written by all four members of the two bands, and produced by The Chainsmokers.

“Something Just Like This” is a dance-pop track with synthpop features, and contains an interpolation of “Clocks” (2002) by Coldplay. It received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its wide-ranging appeal. Commercially, the song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became both The Chainsmokers’ and Coldplay’s fifth top 10 entry in the country. Additionally, it reached number one in Australia and the top 10 in 17 other countries including Canada, France, Germany and Sweden.

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” is a song recorded by English singer Zayn and American singer Taylor Swift for the soundtrack to the 2017 film Fifty Shades Darker. The song was released on December 9, 2016, through Universal Music Group and Republic Records as the lead single from the soundtrack. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” peaked at number one in Sweden and debuted within the top ten in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

“Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga

“Million Reasons” is a song recorded by American singer Lady Gaga for her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016). It was released to digital retailers on October 6, 2016, as the album’s second single. Written by Gaga, Hillary Lindsey and Mark Ronson, and produced by Ronson, the track serves as an inspirational ballad about Gaga’s struggles in love and life. Lyrically, it features positive messages of self-worth and resilience. Music critics praised “Million Reasons” for being a return to form for Gaga after the commercial disappointment of her previous single “Perfect Illusion”. Commercially, the song peaked within the top 10 of over 20 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Mexico and the United States. In the latter country it became Gaga’s highest-charting single in three years. An accompanying music video for “Million Reasons” was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and released on December 19, 2016. In it, Gaga is seen performing inside a desert tattoo parlor.


After listening to and analyzing a wide variety of instrumental pop music from 2017, we have come to the conclusion that the best music of the year was produced by a variety of artists. While some might argue that one artist or another was better than the rest, we believe that the best music came from a variety of different artists, all of whom brought something unique and special to the genre. We hope you enjoy our list of the best instrumental pop music of 2017.

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