The 50 Best Songs of 2017


The 50 Best Songs of 2017

Good music can change my whole world. It's always been an integral part of my life and continues to provide me a ton of happiness. 

So every year I try to make a Best of playlist, highlighting all the songs that defined that year for me. There are no rules. Some of the songs weren't even actually released in 2017. I think there was one on last year's playlist released in 2013 lol. 

I try and write a message for each song, why it was important to me. There's links to check it out on Apple Music or catch the whole playlist at the bottom on Spotify. I'm personally a Spotify gal. 

Hoping 2018 brings you happiness, good fortune and tons of great new music. 


#1 "Stay (with Alessia Cara)" Zedd

2017 was Alessia Cara's year. This is my favorite of her collabs and will always stick out to me as what '17 sounded like. 

#2 "Feel It Still (Lido Remix)" Portugal, The Man

Portugal, The Man is not new. I never understood the hype before, but I love this song. I feel like true fans (aka Portugal, The Fans - this better be what they call themselves) are probably a little upset about the newfound commercial success. Like why didn't we all see it before? Well, I'm sorry but "Modern Jesus" is not a good song. Don't @ me.

#3 "Praying" Kesha

I am LIVING for Kesha's comeback. As a woman who has been through some bad relationships, the lyrics speak so strongly. 2017 was the year of #metoo and Kesha was there for it. 

#4 "Too Good At Goodbyes" Sam Smith

Welcome back Sam. I missed you.

#5 "I Like Me Better" Lauv

This is the catchiest song. Plus, who doesn't love being drunk in love in New York City?

#6 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran

If I had to guess, "Shape of You" has been the most listened to song of 2017. Apparently it started out as a song for Rihanna, but sounded to much like Ed himself so he decided to release it at the last minute. Good choice Ed.

#7 "Your Song" Rita Ora

#8 "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar

#9 "Issues" Julia Michaels

Julia speaks the truth about our generation. This how we all feel. 

#10 "River" Bishop Briggs

The songs good, but what made me really fall in love with it was this dance.

#11 "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" Billy Currington

#12 "Say You Won't Go" James Arthur


I went through a dark time a few years ago. I felt like I was making YouTube videos just to make money. I was in a relationship to keep the income coming and I decided to change it. The lyrics in this song, "I went looking for attention in all the wrong places. I was seeking recognition and all I got was just cages."

This defines, in a really painful way, that time in my life and everything that was wrong with it. 

#14 "Dive" Ed Sheeran

This could just have easily been "Perfect" or really any other song on the Divide album because they are all so good. But I played "Dive" at my wedding and will always remember it fondly. 

#15 "The Cure" Lady Gaga

#16 "Thunder" Imagine Dragons

#17 "Mi Gente" J Balvin, Willy William

#18 "Drinkin' Too Much (8PM)" Sam Hunt

#19 "Clearly" Dylan Hyde

My favorite kind of love song , the kind that don't play games. Like yes, I love you a lot, clearly. 

#20 "Sua Cara (feat. Anitta, Pabllo Vittar" Major Lazer

Of all the not in English songs this year, I have to give some love to the Major Lazer Portugese offering because it's good and because Diplo. 

#21 "Either Way" Chris Stapleton

Nobody writes a heart-wrenching song about a relationship like my dear friend, Chris Stapleton writes it. Ok, so I met him backstage once this year and we're not really friends at all, but he was really cool. 

#22 "Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes X CADE Remix)" Maggie Lindemann

Badass babe anthem of 2017.

#23 "All My Friends" Dermot Kennedy

Dermot Kennedy just writes really great music. 

#24 "1 Night (feat. Charli XCX)" Mura Masa

#25 "Rainbow" Kesha

#26 "Let You Down" NF

Wait, is this about parents? I feel old. 

#27 "Fake Love" Drake

#28 "In Cold Blood (Baauer Remix) alt-J

#29 "Burden" Foy Vance

#30 "Believer" Imagine Dragons

#31 "Bastards" Kesha

In 2009 when I would write something like, “YASSSS KE$HA is my spirit animal because she brushes her teeth with a bottle of jack”, did I ever think for a second, “Wow, can’t wait for Kesha and I to grow up and mature into wonderful upstanding citizens together.” But we managed to do it anyway so that’s awesome #spiritanimal

#32 "Bodak Yellow" Cardi B

I love me some Cardi.

#33 "How Far I'll Go (with Alessia Cara) - From Moana" Alessia Cara

#34 "Nancy Mulligan" Ed Sheeran

#35 "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Shawn Mendes

#36 "Scarecrow In The Garden" Chris Stapleton

#37 "Nobody Else But You" Trey Songz

#38 "Doin' Me" Mikey Mike

#39 "When Someone Stops Loving You" Little Big Town

#40 "Sign of the Times" Harry Styles

#41 "Romantic (NOTD Remix)" Stanaj

#42 "Don't Take The Money" Bleachers

#43 "Light" San Holo

#44 "All Night" The Vamps, Matoma

#45 "Thinking About It (Let It Go) [KVR Remix]" Nathan Goshen

#46 "Live Love Learn (feat. Peg Parnevik)" Sondr

#47 "Just You & I" Tom Walker

#48 "Scared To Be Lonely" Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa

#49 "Show You Love (feat. Hailee Steinfeld)" KATO, Sigala

#50 "In the Arms of a Stranger (Grey Remix)" Mike Posner


F A L L | Sunday Inspo #58

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F A L L | Sunday Inspo #58

As we say goodbye to our Thanksgiving weekend, I am not quite ready to move on from Fall just yet. Maybe it's because Thanksgiving was so early this year or because it's just beginning to feel like Fall here in Florida... Whatever the cause, here's a small nod to some of my Fall favorite. 

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afternoon bike rides

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New Music Monday #47

"Better By Now"                 R I T U A L

Category: Emo AF


Category: This Song is Everything

"Calm Down" Skip Marley

Category: This seems especially relevant to the world we are living in now

"Clearly" Dylan Hyde

Category: Best Love Song of the Week

"Dreams" ZHU & NERO

Category: Most Game of Thrones Sounding House Music, but Also Kind of Sexual

"F**K THEY" Sofi Tukker

Category: Most Likely to Make Me Vogue Real Hard

"Finishline" Natasha Lee Hunt

Category: Piano Ballad of the Week

"Get Some (feat. Kamille)" Ghosted

Category: Catchiest Do You Sister of the Week

"Gold" The Ivy

Category: Most Deliciously Retro

"If You're Hearing This (feat. Parson James & Betty Who)" Hook N Sling

"In Cold Blood (Baauer Remix)" alt-J

Category: Most Likely to Be My Walk Up Song if I Was a Baseball Player

"In the Arms of a Stranger (Grey Remix)" Mike Posner

"Kings and Queens of Summer" Matstubs

Category: End of Summer Anthem

"Learn to Let Go" Kesha

Category: Because Kesha Deserves a Little Love

"Long Sun" Jez Dior

Category: Most Likely to Make You Try and Reconnect With Some Old Friends

"Lost On You" Lewis Capaldi

Category: Most Heartbreaking

"Miss Me" Leikeli47

Category: She Wears a Mask and That's Pretty BA

"Movin' Around (feat. Schoolboy A)" Cyhi the Prynce

"Plot Twist" Marc E. Bassy

Category: Most Relateable

"Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes X Cade Remix)" Maggie Lindemann

Category: I think I already had the original version of this song on a playlist before, but this remix is just so good. So nice, I added it twice.

"Rich Love (feat. Seeb)" One Republic

Category: My Husband Says This All the Time

"Vibe." Jojo

Category: Vibes

"Who Dat Boy (feat. A$AP Rocky)" Tyler, the Creator

Category: Best Beat

"Would You Ever (feat. Poo Bear)" Skrillex

Category: Who is Poo Bear and why is he not featured on all the songs?

"You and I" Tullio

Category: Best Use of a Saxophone Solo