10 Songs On My 2017 Music Playlist

10 Songs On My 2017 Music Playlist

This is a list of songs that I have been playing on repeat so far in the new year

So far in 2017, a number of great songs have come out these first two months and have given me some good vibes on how this year in music is going to turn out. Here is just a little list of songs from this year that I have been playing on repeat ever since they were released. On a side note, a couple of these singles were actually released in 2016, but I am including them on this list because they have gained popularity, received more airplay on the radio, and charted well during this year compared to 2016. So, if you see a song on here that was technically released last year, just keep that side note in mind

1. The Weeknd- "I Feel It Coming"


While I ended up being mixed on The Weeknd's last album Starboy, I did think it was an improvement over his sophomore effort Beauty Behind The Madness, and it contained some fantastic pop/alternative R&B jams on it. That being said, this single titled "I Feel It Coming" featuring the house and electronic music duo Daft Punk has been an absolute favorite of mine off of Starboy, and it has been gaining more traction and airplay in 2017. Because of it's heavy Michael Jackson influence, especially on The Weeknd's vocals, and incredibly catchy hook, this has been on my playlist non-stop so far in 2017 and I don't see it leaving anytime soon.

2. Bruno Mars- "That's What I Like"


This was the second radio single to be released off of Bruno Mars' album 24K Magic, which was an album of tracks that highlighted the funk and R&B sounds of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, along with a modern twist to them as well. To me, this song in particular, "That's What I Like," was the most modern sounding track on the entire record and I can see why it has gained some momentum and airplay so far in 2017 by peaking at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 so far. While I didn't really care too much for this song when I first heard it on the album last year, the song has definitely grown on me ever since then and it has actually been a favorite song for me to play while I'm walking to class. For what reason? I have no idea, but as Bruno Mars says in the chorus, "That's What I Like, That's What I Like." So, I guess there's my reason.

3. Ed Sheeran- "Shape of You"


Well, after taking nearly a year off by being out of the spotlight, and I'm not talking just music because this included his social media and any types of communication, Ed Sheeran has come back big in 2017 with two new singles and has a new album titled Divide (that has an actual dividing symbol on the cover of the record) set to come out on March 3 of this year. When I first heard this song, I thought it was a great return to form for Mr. Sheeran as it has a great instrumental set to it and I LOVE the bridge of this song with the "come on be my baby, come on" line being repeated with a sick acoustic guitar solo being played by Sheeran, along with great harmonies being sung in the background as well. While I do think that the "bed sheets smell like you" lyric was a little cringe-worthy, it still can't take away the fact that this is a great song and I'm happy to see this become Sheeran's first number one single on the Billboard charts. This will be playing on repeat on my Spotify playlist until the album release date for sure. Rock on Ed Sheeran!

4. Shaggy Ft. OMI- "Seasons"


Yes I know, it might be a little insane to say that I like Shaggy, but he holds a special place for me because he was one of the first artists I ever heard on the radio as a little kid, and to see him have a resurgence in the 2010s with songs like "I Need Your Love" featuring Mohombi, Faydee, and Costi released in 2015, "That Love" in 2016, and now this new single titled "Seasons" featuring OMI is awesome to see. It just has a great groove to it and gives me a good feeling every time I hear it. I might just be playing this throughout the whole winter season because this song makes me think of summer and how it can't come fast enough.

5. Ed Sheeran- "Castle On The Hill"


While I do love "Shape of You," and it has become the more popular of the two singles that Ed Sheeran has released for his upcoming album, "Castle on the Hill" is by far my favorite out of the two. I think his vocal performance on this song is a lot more passionate and I love the lyrics to this song as Sheeran describes memories of "smoking hand-rolled cigarettes" and going out drinking with his friends while in his hometown of Framlingham in England. It is almost like he is yearning to experience those days again and "go back home." Overall, it is a great tune and you should give it a listen to see if it gives "Shape of You" a run for its money, because I think it does.

6. Jamiroquai- "Cloud 9"


Well, it was certainly nice to hear that funk and jazz band Jamiroquai is returning to the music scene with a new album titled Automaton which is set to be released on March 31. So far the group has released two singles that are going to be on the new release, and this one titled "Cloud 9" is my favorite of the two. There's really nothing I can say about this new track other than it's the same ol' Jamiroquai coming through with that classic Jamiroquai sound. Rest assured this will continue to be on my playlist for quite a long time. Glad to see Jamiroquai back in the music scene again!

7. Zac Brown Band- "My Old Man"


This new song from Zac Brown Band titled "My Old Man," which is the lead single for their upcoming album called Welcome Home which will be released sometime in 2017, is an absolutely beautiful, heart-warming, and touching tune that is about Brown's father. However, it is not only the lyrics that make this song an absolute tearjerker, the music itself makes a big impact as well. I love this song in particular because it shows Zac Brown going back to his roots and making songs with the sound he was known for when he first came on the country music scene. Overall, this song is a big improvement over the band's last album Jekyll + Hyde from 2015 and I can't wait to see what else their new record will have in store.

8. Father John Misty- "Pure Comedy"


Many of you have probably never heard of Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, at all and that's ok if you haven't because while he has certainly been gaining popularity over the past few years, he still doesn't have a mainstream following just yet, and I actually question if he ever will have one. Most people know him as a former member of the Indie folk band Fleet Foxes, but ever since he left the group in 2012, he has embarked on his own solo career by releasing his debut solo album titled Fear Fun in 2012, and his sophomore and most recent record I Love You, Honeybear in 2015, to which they received both critical and cultural acclaim. Now, "Pure Comedy" is the lead off single to Father John Misty's upcoming third studio album of the same title that is set for an April 7 release date, and it is an awesome song. I love the sarcastic lyrics and sounds that this tune contains, along with how it goes together as a whole song with great piano playing, and crisp relaxing drumming patterns during the six minutes and 23 seconds this song lasts. As a result of this song constantly being on my playlist, I can without a doubt say that I can't wait for this album to drop!

9. Big Sean- "Bounce Back"


I don't think I would have ever seen the day where I actually said that I really dig a Big Sean song, but now it's happened. While I've never been a fan of Big Sean's music in the past, especially the incredibly repetitive, clunky, and down right annoying "I Don't F*** With You," he certainly caught me by surprise with this lead single off of his most recent album I Decided which was just released back on February 3. Sean's flow on the track is one of the biggest highlights from this song, not to mention that producers Hitmaka and Metro Boomin put together one heck of an instrumental for Sean to spit his rhymes as well. With this song peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, I expect this song to be around for quite awhile and it won't be leaving my playlist anytime soon either.

10. Imagine Dragons- "Believer"


I actually don't know exactly why I have kept coming back to this song because while it is a decent song by Imagine Dragons, to me it isn't a song that I absolutely love. The heavy percussion and over the top production are some of the highlights of this song for me. However, while I have grown to like this song so far, my only issue with it is Dan Reynolds voice on the track, especially on the chorus. While I think his vocals sound pretty good on the verses, his screaming on the chorus sounds just a bit strained and it's a bit of a turn-off for me. However, I have been coming back to this song ever since it was released and maybe once their new album comes out, it might become a favorite for me by then.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
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Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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