Let’s admit it, 2017 was weird. Everyone can agree that, on many fronts, 2017 wasn’t the best of years. Many scandals and tragedies fueled the news cycle. But the thing is, I had a good time. I don’t know about you, but 2017 was definitely good to me. I made some amazing friends, traveled places I never even dreamed of before, finally figured out what I wanted to do with my life (mostly)… So all around: pretty great. So now, when I look back at all the memories I made, I also have a long list of songs associated with each one of them.
The soundtrack to my 2017
January 1st, I moved houses. After that, I met some pretty great people and enjoyed the summer sun as much as I could. For the next 6 months, all I did was living the best life I could while studying abroad. That entailed a lot of traveling, days spent at the beach, nights spent dancing and sometimes some studying. The next 6 months were a bit tamer, as I went back to ‘real’ school. But it also means that I’ve settled down and had more times with my old friends and my family.
I could go on and on talking about the past 12 months. Instead, I’ll simply give you a list of my favorite songs of the year. Enjoy!
BROCKHAMPTON is an American hip-hop collective formed in Texas in 2015. The group partially came about thanks to the internet, where most of the members met on a forum called KanyeToThe.
1 year, 3 albums.
In June 2016, the band released their first mixtape, ‘All-American Trash.’ In the past year alone, they also released two albums. The first, titled ‘Saturation’ was quickly followed by ‘Saturation II’. And when I say ‘quickly’, it’s because they were released within two months of each other. They respectively came out in June and August 2017. Their next album, ‘Saturation III’, is slated for release in December 2017. And sadly for us, the collective has announced that it will be their final studio album.
A unique sound
The sound of the band, more so than even their lyrics, is what differentiates them from any other current artists. It is often described as cool and funky while still being polished. On this new album, they never fail to bring a touch of unexpected that makes them stand out from more mainstream hip-hop artists.
LANY is an American alternative band from Los Angeles, California. The band formed in 2014. That year, Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest decided to create music together. They shortly released their first songs anonymously on the platform Soundcloud. They revealed their identity and the name of the band soon after the success of their song “ILYSM.”. The group offers a different sound, which is what makes them stand out. It is a mix of old-school pop song enthusiasm and the soulfulness of the ’90s R&B. The band also adds a touch of uniqueness and modernity with the sound of synths.
My top 3 songs
Pink Skies – kinda-EP (We can work it out you and I are meant to be together, this is how it’s supposed to feel I’m in love with how this feels)
ILYSB – LANY (Ain’t never felt this way, can’t get enough so stay with me, it’s not like we got big plans, let’s drive around town holding hands)
Super Far – LANY (Got me begging for affection, all you do is roll your eyes, broken down, I’ve had enough, if this is love I don’t want it)
Matt Corby was first discovered at age 16 on Australian Idol, where he finished as runner-up. He later said that competing was for him a big mistake and that he regretted it. It was only in 2013, four years and two EPs later, that Matt’s career really took off. With his new song, “Resolution”, he charted on Australian top50 for the first time. After that, the Australian singer-songwriter got people to pay attention to his music, old and new. He also started to tour Europe and played in big festivals such as Glastonbury or Latitude.
My top 3 songs
Resolution – Resolution-EP (It’s dangerous to speak and sigh, you might know what I’m trying to hide)
Brother – Into the Flame-EP (Pull yourself out of this state dear, acknowledge you were a fake here, from there on you might just grow)
Breathe – Made of Stone-EP (So far from the ocean’s thrall, I was homesick inside city walls)
In 2017, Dua Lipa went from being a relatively unknown artist to one the world’s biggest pop star. It’s with her song “New Rules” that the singer’s career really took off. To top of a successful album release, the singer also had three singles charting in the U.K. Top 15 at the same time.
Her music fits a safer ‘commercial’ pop song sound with lyrics reflective of her personality. Those two aspects combined, as well as many collaborations with respected artists, are what made her so popular.
My top 3 songs
New Rules – Dua Lipa (Talkin’ in my sleep at night, makin’ myself crazy)
Garden – Dua Lipa (Used to think that this love was heaven sent, how did we get lost, can’t get back again. Tell me, is the light on the outside?)
Thinking ’bout You – Dua Lipa (I’ve been sleeping later, I’ve been breathing stronger, I’ve been digging deeper but the memories won’t stop)