Perhaps it's too late to still be reflecting on 2017, but it was such an amazing year! When I saw that Spotify made customized playlists of everyone's individual Top Songs of 2017, I was so excited. When I listen to it, it's like an insight into all the moments of the year: the ups and downs, wins and disappointments, changes and nostalgia. Seeing as tonight is about music (the GRAMMYs), I wanted to share my Top Songs of 2017 with you all! The full playlist is below, and I'll highlight a few of my favorites below.
1. Fade Away — Logic
2017 was my year of discovering and loving Logic. Fade Away is one of those songs that makes you feel confident and happy whenever you hear it.
2. We Don't Care — Kanye West
My sister and I LOVED The College Dropout album this year (I know, we're like 13 years late). "We wasn't s'posed to make it past twenty-five, jokes on you we still alive..." 🙌🏽
5. Finesse — Bruno Mars
The Bruno Mars 24K Magic album was actually one of the first albums I listened to on New Years Day at the very beginning of 2017, and I LOVE Finesse. I am also LOVING the remix with Cardi B.
9. II. shadows — Childish Gambino
Donald Glover/Childish Gambino is one of the most talented people ever. He raps, sings, acts, does stand up; literally does it all! I love the because the internet album, and this is one of my favorite songs off the record.
10. 有點兒意思 — Lu Han
"我的现在就是你的未来..." Yes, I have a 中文 (Chinese) playlist. This song is so catchy. Maybe this is strange, but on my walk to my Chinese classes, to "warm my brain up" to start thinking in Chinese, I listen to my Chinese playlist.
11. WHAT'S FUNNY — Bo Burnham
2017 was also the year I discovered Bo Burnham (hi Daniel), and that changed my life for the better. If you haven't seen any of his comedy specials/shows, you have to check him out on Youtube and Netflix. My sister can attest to me singing "WHAT'S FUNNYYY" at any random moment.
14. I'd Rather Die Than Be Famous — Pierce the Veil
"They're trying to take it from us, they're trying to take it from us..." Pierce the Veil is one of my favorite (maybe my actual favorite) bands. I've been listening to them for years, but this year was the first time I really got into their very first album, and this is one of the first songs off of it.
15. Still D.R.E — Dr. Dre
*Cue my sister, our friend (hi Meredith), and I playing the beat on the piano*. This song is a classic that gets stuck in your head forever.
17. Walls Could Talk — Halsey
As I said in my Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Album Review, Walls Could Talk is probably the song that made me fall in love with Halsey's music. It's very reminiscent of early 2000s P!nk (think the Can't Take Me Home album), and that's not really a sound you hear too much of these days. Halsey cites Destiny's Child and old Britney Spears as influences for the song as well. At 1 minute 42 seconds, the song is super short but so amazing.
18. School Spirit — Kanye West
A classic. Tongue in cheek, making fun of all the extra, non-education related distractions of the traditional American college experience. Not to mention one of the catchiest beats off The College Dropout album.
19. AfricAryaN — Logic
I'm not sure words can describe this song. The Everybody album and Logic's whole discussion about the dichotomy of being bi-racial is something I relate to deeply and didn't realize I appreciate having someone I admire express that through music was something I needed so much. This was the song I anticipated most from the album, and Bobby did not disappoint.
20. The Palisades — Childish Gambino
Gambino's Kauai album is so smooth and shows off his amazing singing abilities. Every song on this album is so enjoyable to listen to.
21. XXX. FEAT. U2 — Kendrick Lamar
2017 was Kendrick's year with the release of DAMN. All of Kendrick's albums are very on the pulse of true statements about the conditions of inequality and race in today's world, and this song is no exception.
22. Strange Love — Halsey
The other Halsey song that made me knew I would love her. This song is *edgy* to say the least; it's my favorite from the Badlands album.
23. Can't Tell Me Nothing — Kanye West
"La, la, la la, wait till I get my money right..." I think this is all of our life mottos. Like I said earlier, this year was the year my sister and I "rediscovered" Kanye. Aside from his questionable personal life antics, I think the man is a musical genius and one of the greats.
32. Slide feat. Frank Ocean, Migos — Calvin Harris
This song makes me think of prom because I was obsessed with it around that time, much to my sister's dismay. I put it on the prom car ride playlist and everything, it's fun and catchy.
34. Change — J. Cole
"My intuition is telling me they'll be better days..." This song is in my "A Statement" playlist on Spotify, as it tells a powerful message about the cycle of violence in the US among poorer black communities. The first half of the song is hopeful and uplifting, while the second half is painfully honest and heartbreaking.
41. The World Is Yours — Nas
"Who's world is this? It's mine, it's mine, it's mine..." This is the kind of song you listen to and feel the beat and words and feel happy and proud. Just generally proud, of history, of yourself, I don't know.
46. Perm — Bruno Mars
I laughed so hard when I heard the lyrics of this song. "Throw some perm on that attitude...girl you gotta relax!" Another super fun song from 24K Magic.
56. If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet? — Mayday Parade
A brilliant song title, no? Mayday Parade has the best song titles. They're another band that I love, and people are surprised by that.
69. Under Pressure — Logic
I made EVERYONE listen to this song. It is a pure work of genius. The beginning is super braggadocios, "people callin' me asking me for money, the only thing imma give you motherf*ckers is a dial tone"...then the switch happens. Logic raps from the perspective of his recovering addict and domestic violence victim little sister, calling him on the phone to explain her struggles, hence how she's been feeling Under Pressure. He then raps from the perspective of his father on the phone, with other family issues. A voicemail from his brother is included, and then Logic's response to his family; catching up and explaining the changes in his life. It's truly a masterpiece I will continue to make everyone listen to.
71. It Was A Good Day — Ice Cube
Everyone knows this song just makes YOU have a good day too!
73. It's Gonna Be Me — *NSYNC
This is my SoulCycle song. Literally, when I hear this, I can almost feel myself on the SoulCycle bike getting ready for a set of tapback push-ups or something.
77. Despacito - Remix — Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
This was everyone's song of the year, but none of us knew the lyrics.
87. We Think We Know You — Bo Burnham
We Think We Know You is one of the most amazing performances. You can't just listen to the song; you need to watch the performance that goes with it. If you take anything away from this whole post, it should be to watch this performance. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQTZVnDE2Qw
88. Medicine — Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson was my absolute favorite artist in 5th grade. I saw her in concert in Macau and loved it. She put out a new album this year, and this was one of my favorites from it.
94. Soul Food — Logic
"I swear this music in my genes [jeans] like denim, lyricism seep in em like venom". The second song off the iconic Under Pressure album, with brilliant wordplay, an amazing beat with a really cool switch in the middle, and vivid lyrics. This is one of the songs that made me new I was for sure going to love this Logic guy. We've come a long way since then :) LOL! Fun fact: the beat of this song is so awesome I made it the background music to my AP Economics video project on market structures. Unrelated.
100. She's Mine Pt. 1 — J. Cole
My sister and I really took a strong liking to J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only album. It's raw, it's honest, it's emotional, it's painful, but it's also full of hope. She's Mine is a beautiful song with a beautiful melody, and includes themes and motifs that carry on through the album.
I can't wait to see what my top songs will be for 2018! Do you also love any of these songs? Who was in your Top 100 playlist? Let us know in the comments!