31 Top Songs, Artists, And Albums Of 2017

31 Top Songs, Artists, And Albums Of 2017

"I like my music volume high enough to not hear you"
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For those of you who know me, I’m a big music playlist maker. New music Fridays on Spotify brightens up my week more than much else. Here are a few of favorites:

1. Bartender: James Blunt

This song is beyond catchy, you won't be able to resist.

2. Burn Fast: Bryan Fox

This song makes you feel all the feels.

3. Quinn XCII

That instrumental talent though. Here's a rhyme for ya: If you haven't heard of Quinn, where have you been?

4. Demi Lovato: Tell Me You Love Me

Do yourself a favor and youtube her documentary Simply Complicated. You will be left with goosebumps and the inability to form words.

5. Hallelujah: Noah Kahan

Thank you, Spotify for your great suggestions.

6. Never on the day you leave: John Mayer

If you have ever been in a relationship, you need to sit down, listen to this song and have a good cry.

7. Firestone: Kygo

This is my Kygo jam currently. But every Kygo song ends up being my jam. I’m embarrassed for you if you don’t like Kygo.

8. Truth to Power: One Republic

The most truthful and powerful song you will hear all year.

9. River: Leon Bridges

I found this gem while watching Big Little Lies. Great series, even better soundtrack.

10. Help me out: Maroon 5

Julia Michaels is my queen and Adam is my king.

11. OK: Robin Schultz

EDM/Tropical house mixed in James Blunt? Roll a blunt while you’re at it. Sit back relax and try to stop tapping your feet.

12. Low life: X Ambassadors

Thank you, Shazam for coming in clutch.

13. Whiskey: Maroon 5

I didn’t think I needed an ASAP Rocky and Maroon 5 song until this lyrical masterpiece hit my ears.

14. Cross My Mind Part 2

If you haven’t heard part one, what music do you even listen to?

15. Good Old Days: Macklemore and Kesha

If this song hasn’t been on repeat at least once since it has been debuted, I’m sorry but I don’t think we can be friends.

16. If you’re hearing this: Hook and Sling

They really hooked me in.

17. Lady Gaga: Joanne

Lady Gaga is a musical icon. And this song about her late aunt who passed away from Lyme's diseased decades ago will make you feel some type of way.

18. Leon: Surround Me EP

A voice of an angel and an EP sent by the gods.

19. Dua Lipa

Every song on her album is amazing. You may know her from the Martin Garrix song, Scared to be Lonely.

20. Flower Line: Om Shankar

A slow, melodic and soulful song to put you in a calming mood

21. Location: AJR or Khalid

These lyrics though.

22. JP Cooper

The indie rock soul music you didn't know you needed.

23. Week Without You: Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus continues to thrive and her Younger Now album only proves it.

24. Lewis Capaldi

I just keep listening to his songs that pop up on my recommended feed and...I have nothing to say other than every song you listen to of his is extremely moving and beyond fantastic.

25. Parson James

He sang Stole the Show by Kygo. Enough said.

26. Bishop Briggs

Who is Bishop Briggs? Is a question you will kick yourself for not knowing sooner.

27. Pink: Beautiful Trauma

Pink just keeps killin' it with her inspirational ballads and duets with Eminem. No one can do it better.

28. If I’m Lucky: Jason Derulo

Get up off your feet and dance to this god damn fantastic song.

29. Moonlight: Grace Vanderwaal

How is this girl so intuitive at 13 years old?

30. Cheat codes

Always making the best remixes to the best songs. I have no complaints.

31. Hailee Steinfeld

What can she not do?

Now, leaf me alone and listen

(Aka the title of one of my Spotify playlists).

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.
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We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?


Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.


"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*


Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.


Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*


Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.


Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?


First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.


Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?


Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?


It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.


Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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