Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Top 10 BEST Songs of 2017

Happy New Year Friends!!! It's been a nice year for me on this blog. Writing has been a great hobby and I hope to continue it next year!

I'm going to flashback to the first post I ever wrote on this blog. My Top 10 Favorite Hit Songs of 2015. I skipped 2016 but I'm back for 2017. (Just 5 minutes ago, I wrote a post called, The Number #1 Song of 2016, because I had A LOT to say about Closer by the Chainsmokers).

Once again, a song is eligible to be on this list if it was on the Billboard End of the Year 2017 Hot 100 Songs List. So that's just 100 songs to choose from.

The Top 10 Best Songs of 2017 (Despacito, Bodak Yellow)

10) Thunder by Imagine Dragons

I know my favorite reviewer ToddInTheShadows HATED, "Thunder," on his new The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2017 video, but I liked it! It's a motivating song. The "punch" sound effects are fun to dance and punch to. Say what you want about this song - at least it's not boring. A lot of other Imagine Dragons songs make me fall asleep like, "Demons."

9) Havana by Camila Cabello

I'd say this song is fun in the way fantasizing is fun. This song is about Camila going to Havana, Cuba and finding an AWESOME man. But unfortunately, she had to leave him behind. Now all she has is memories of him. It sometimes sounds like a fantasy - did she really meet such a cool dude? Or is she just imagining meeting and having an intense, short, passionate love affair? IDK...but it's fun to imagine with her. It's also a fun song to dance to.

8) I Don't Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik

The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is supposed to be sexy but this song is not. However, it is intense and passionate which I like. Zayn sounds very soulful. Taylor Swift's writing skills are in full-force here. "I've been looking sad in all the nicest places" - my FAVORITE LINE. I relate to that line a lot. That line might be the main reason why this song is on this list.

7) There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes

This song is similar to Havana as it's about an awesome girl who may or may not exist. I think I read somewhere that Shawn Mendes wrote it based on a movie character. The music in this song is excellent - there are some great guitar riffs. When Shawn plays this song live, it sounds so good! It's energetic and fun. It's also a song filled with passion and emotion and the feeling that anything can happen. It's a song about taking a leap of faith and doing something crazy. And mostly, it's a song of being 100% authentic and living life fully something I am always struggling to be.

Favorite verse:
'Cause if we lost our minds and we took it way too far 
I know we'd be alright, I know we would be alright 
If you were by my side and we stumbled in the dark 
I know we'd be alright, I know we would be alright

6) Bad And Boujee by Migos

Rain drop, drop top, this is a goes off

Bad and Boujee was a meme this year!! A meme that didn't really have a pattern lol. But the song itself is excellent. The beat is great, there are some great bars. It's one of the first songs by Migos which became popular and introduced us to their music style where they make a sound effect after many of their lines. A lot of people don't like this music style but I've seen it done in other songs and it sounds fine to me. 

5) DNA by Kendrick Lamar


This is a great "self-empowerment" anthem and it's not of the usual type. (Usually self-love songs are sung by women and are very cute-sy). I like this song more than Humble because I cannot get past the chorus of Humble which is very boring. The chorus of DNA is WAYYY better than Humble but Humble does have some REALLY poppin lines. ("If I kill a [censored], it won't be the alcohol" AND also some talk about being against photo shopping girls maybe "Humble" is like the girly self-love songs I mention earlier LOL just kidding just kidding). 

"DNA," is nice because he isn't saying he is great because of all he has accomplished. He's great because of how he was born. He is great because of everything he is - the good and the bad. It's a great message. Also, this song switches tempos quickly and sharply so it's never boring.

4) XO TOUR Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert

All my friends are dead. Push me to the edge.

I love the,  "All my friends are dead," line. I read on Genius that this line MIGHT be referring to money. The dead friends are the dead presidents and historical figures on US currency. Either way, it's a sad song for sure. Music-wise, this song is great to listen to. Who ever produced this song did a great job because it's an ear worm. I love listening to it.

3) Praying by Kesha

But some things only God can forgive.

This song is so emotional. Have you noticed a theme on my top 10? I love the emotional, passionate songs the most. "Praying" is about Kesha dealing with her feelings about how her producer Dr. Luke abused her. The story behind the song makes it even more heartbreaking. There's a lot of anger in this song and I LOVE IT. She does try to say that she wishes that he becomes a better person by praying and looking deep within himself and seeing the mistakes he made. I was thinking that's awfully kind of her - she doesn't want another girl going through what she did. You can literally hear her voice breaking in this song - I love the vocal performance in this song.

2) Bodak Yellow by Cardi B

This is the song that made Cardi B the lovable darling in the hearts of America (or just me, IDK). Honestly, the bars on this song ARE SO GOOD. I was about to quote some of my favorite lines but then I realized I started quoting the ENTIRE song. I just love that there is a SECOND female rapper KILLING it out there. The music behind the verses are awesome too!

Honorable Mentions Songs of 2017

These are just some songs I wanted to give a shout out to:

Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd: I LOVED this song in 2016. It was in the 2017 Billboard list but I felt like it was more of a 2016 song so I didn't include it. I'm sure this would have been high if I had done a 2016 list.

New Rules by Dua Lipa: I didn't see this song in the Top 100 Year-End 2017 Billboard Songs so I didn't include it. But when I think of 2017 in the future, I will think of this song. It was so good! I love the sassy, "DON'T PICK UP THE PHONE LYRICS." It was even a meme!! The music video was FIRE.

Hard Times by Paramore: I didn't see this song in the Billboard List but I thought Paramore's new album filled with pop, emo music was great!

1) Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

DESPACITO IS THE SONG OF THE YEAR 2017. It is effectively, the Closer of 2017. I have been saying this since the summer when it first went OFF. I told myself if a song that is better comes to challenge it, I will reevaluate. I waited and waited - but no such song came to take Despacito's place. I knew no song would come because Despacito is too good. It shook up the Hot 100 charts. It's so different than what else is on the pop charts. I like that it's a Spanish song so you can't understand the lyrics. I like the Latin influences. I like how dance-able and FUN this song is. Despacito even tied with Mariah Carey and Boys II Men for being the longest running number 1 song in history! I'm proud of the song though I wish Uptown Funk had achieved this success. (I remember when See You Again premiered and knocked Uptown Funk off the list. I was pretty upset).

As always, these are just my opinions. These are just the songs I was most attached to throughout this year. Let me know what your list would have been in the comments!

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