17 Best Songs Of 2017 So Far

17 Best Songs Of 2017 So Far

Some amazing music has come out of this year.

Shockingly enough, 2017 has flown by and we're closer to 2018 than we are to 2016. And with these past eight months have come some really incredible new music releases. Here are 17 of the best songs of 2017 so far.

17. "I Don't Wanna Dance" - COIN

After the release of their new album, How Will You Know If You Never Try, in April, I'm just convinced COIN have mastered the art of the perfect indie-pop song. "I Don't Wanna Dance" perfectly encapsulates that.

16. "Green Light" - Lorde

Lorde is queen and Melodrama, her most recent album and return to the music scene after almost 3 years of silence is pure genius (see here). "Green Light" was the first promotional single that introduced the new album, and received an incredible amount of well-deserved attention, so it has to make this list.

15. "I Miss Those Days" - Bleachers

Hidden in the middle of Bleacher's June release, Gone Now, is "I Miss Those Days," a true, honest, fun, saxophone-filled, absolute jam. I have tried too many times to express in words how great this song is, but I tend to fail. That's probably as close as I'm going to get.

14. "J-Boy" - Phoenix

One week post-Gone Now release, we saw French synth-pop band Phoenix's Ti Amo crash onto the scene. The Grammy-award-winning group's lead single was "J-Boy," released in late April to successful reviews and was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork. Yes, it is that good.

13. "Want You Back" - HAIM

If you only know the ladies of HAIM as Taylor Swift's friends, you are missing out. They gained success with their first album in 2013, but the three sisters are back making even better music than before. This first single was released in May and has been killing it ever since.

12. "The Man" - The Killers


The Killers are still making music? Yes, and you can get their fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, on September 22nd, 2017. In the meantime, listen to "The Man," the lead single released on June 14th. It's nothing like "Mr. Brightside" but it's definitely the disco-rock sound that we love this band for.

11. "Older Now" - 888

The epitome of an alternative rock jam is this song. "Critical Mistakes" saw success in 2016 but it's clear that this band has found exactly where they belong in "Older Now" and their certainty makes their talent undeniable.

10. "Malibu" - Miley Cyrus

Contrastingly, the uncertainty and unpredictability of Miley Cyrus are what makes her so incredible. Who is she, really? With "Malibu," we might now know for sure. Her newfound simplicity and mellowed out music are likely to be what grounds her forthcoming album, for which we cannot wait to finally arrive.

9. "Slide" - Calvin Harris

There is literally nothing like this song, it is just so good. I never get tired of it; I will dance every time it is on, no matter what. I actually had a hard time believing it was actually released in 2017, because it feels like it's been around for a lot longer. But that might just be because I listen to it every day.

8. "Ever Since New York" - Harry Styles

Oh, Harry Styles, how I love you. Before the release of his first solo studio album, I included this song on my spring playlist because it was performed live on Saturday Night Live and I fell in love with it. Many months later, here I am, still begging people to listen to this song because I'm still in love.

7. "Still Feel Like Your Man" - John Mayer

If you aren't in love with this new John Mayer, I don't have much to say to you. "Love On The Weekend" was the perfect introduction to his new era, back and better than ever. But the true growth is in the heart-wrenching honesty of songs like "Still Feel Like Your Man," chronicling his inner struggles with letting go throughout the album.

6. "where do you go" - Flor

If you know nothing else about Flor , know that they are cool. In every sense of the word, at all times, simply, utterly, absolutely cool. "where do you go" is a jam, and in my opinion, the best song off their new album. They're currently running the summer music festival route (did you see them at Lolla this weekend?) and still have Made In America in Philadelphia and The Meadows in New York to go. See them.

5. "Feel It Still" - Portugal. The Man

If any song deserves to be on this list, it has got to be this one. "Feel It Still" has spent the past 12 consecutive weeks at the number one spot on Sirius XM Alt Nation's Alt 18. Literally every week for the past three months no one has bumped it from the number one spot. I can't really think of anything more impressive than that.

4. "Suit and Jacket" - Judah & the Lion

Do you know "Take It All Back," the lead single off Judah & the Lion's latest album? You'll like this one even more. Folk rock is at the heart and soul of this band and "Suit and Jacket" will tug at your heartstrings in its honest lyrics while staying true to the sound.

3. "Bad Behavior" - The Maine

I couldn't tell you one negative thing about The Maine. April saw the release of their sixth studio album, Lovely Little Lonely, but the hype began in January with the release of this single, "Bad Behavior." The nice thing about The Maine is that while they have grown and changed over their ten years, as one should, the best way to describe them is cohesive and consistent. They're the same band you fell in love with in 2007, it's the same sound you know and love because they know who they are and they're loyal to their sound. You can't ask for anything more.

2. "Humongous" - Declan McKenna

In case you didn't know, Declan McKenna is literally 18-years-old. In 2015, at 16-years-old, he released "Brazil" which was praised as a "sharp critique on sports, money and power," and even gained recognition from Adele on his incredibly mature and successful songwriting. Needless to say, the stakes were high for "Humongous," his latest release. And it did not disappoint. He's still killin' it (and I hope you caught him at Lolla this weekend, too.)

1. "I'm The One" - DJ Khaled

Don't fight me on this.

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10 TV Shows that were Canceled Before Their Time

They should have been given a real chance.

Television shows have been a staple in many homes around the world for almost 100 years. During that time, multiple shows have come and gone without being given the opportunity to really get on their feet.

Some were of low quality and could have just been pulled because of it; while many others were excellent...but due to low ratings, were canceled by their network. I asked TV junkies on Tumblr and Oh No They Didn't which shows they thought were undeserved victims of such an injustice. Here were the top 10.

1. "Pushing Daisies"

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This was overwhelmingly named as the top show that got treated dirty by the network, ABC. It was bright and colorful, literally, and had a gripping story of Ned, a piemaker (Lee Pace), who had the ability to bring dead people back to life with just a single touch. He used this talent to help solve murder cases. Throw in dynamic characters, such as the private investigator, played by Chi McBride; and Olive, portrayed by the amazing Kristin Chenoweth, it's a shame this show didn't make it past three seasons. It was canceled in 2009.

2. "Selfie"

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This sitcom was another casualty of ABC. It was a modern-day version of "My Fair Lady." Granted, neither its title, nor its pilot, were very appealing, but it really hit its stride on the third episode. Plus, John Cho as the romantic lead? Yes, please. Sadly, the ratings did not improve by midseason. ABC pulled it in 2015 after airing only 13 episodes.

3. "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23"

Yet another show that ABC canceled (it's not intentional, I swear!). Starring a pre-"Jessica Jones" Krysten Ritter, it centered around Chloe, a party girl who intentionally tries to scare off her roommates. Featuring a fictionalized version of James Van Der Beek (yes, that James Van Der Beek), the series received much praise from critics, but its ratings did not agree. ABC canceled it midseason in January 2013.

4. "Freaks and Geeks"


Moving over to NBC for this one, "Freaks and Geeks" starred young Linda Cardellini, James Franco and Seth Rogen. It followed brother/sister duo Lindsay and Sam Weir as they befriend different groups in their new high school, the "freaks" and the "geeks." Low ratings only allowed NBC to initially air 12 of the 18 episodes in the fall of 1999. Fan outcry caused the network to air the remaining six episodes on the Fox Family Channel in September 2000.

5. "Galavant"


Back to ABC, "Galavant" was campy, fun and musical. With the music and lyrics co-written by Alan Menken (known for conducting much of the Disney songs we know and love), the show centered around a knight called Sir Galavant and his rivalry with King Richard. Comedy and songs throughout made it a fun story, which began airing in the 2015 midseason. Its second season kicked off with an episode poking fun at its low ratings and precarious status before ABC canceled it in spring 2016.

6. "Better Off Ted"

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Another ABC sitcom and this is a show that I had never actually heard of, but its title came up a lot in the polls. It was a satire about a single father (Jay Harrington), who was the head of the research and development department at a large corporation. Costarring Portia de Rossi, the series premiered in March 2009, but its ratings dropped each week, forcing a cancellation in Jan. 2010.

7. "Kings"


Not to be confused with a Canadian show with a similar name, "Kings" was on NBC for a mere 12 episodes in 2009. It starred the always terrific Ian McShane in a futuristic version of what was eerily similar to the Bible story of King David. NBC aired the first five episodes in March 2009, then concluded airing its other seven episodes that July before announcing its cancellation.

8. "Firefly"


I was surprised that this one did not make it higher on the list. Even today, fans still talk about the unfair treatment it received from Fox Network. The story took place in the year 2517 on various planets and star systems in space. It centered around a crew aboard the Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship, captained by Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion). It premiered on Fox in September 2002, but then the network announced its cancellation after only 11 episodes were aired. Fan popularity and fan campaigns led to a movie, "Serenity," released in 2005, followed by a fan-made documentary in 2006.

9. "Rome"


The only cable show on this list, "Rome" was a historical drama set in first century BC during the time when Ancient Rome was transitioning into an empire. The characters were loosely based on real people from history, but the protagonists were two fictional soldiers by the names of Lucius Vorenus, played by Kevin McKidd, and Titus Pullo, played by Ray Stevenson.

It ran for two seasons on HBO, as well as the British Broadcasting Company, from August 2005 through March 2007. Unlike the other shows on the list, its reason for the cancellation was not because of low ratings but because the show was very expensive to film. Allegedly, there is currently a movie script based on the show being shopped around to different production companies.

10. "My So-Called Life"


Ending this list with, of course, another show canceled by ABC. Though, this one was a drama, not a sitcom. It premiered in August 1994 and starred Claire Danes as Angela Chase, an insecure teenager who encounters hardships in her social circle. The show dealt with heavy issues such as child abuse, homophobia and school violence. It received acclaim from critics, as well as a Golden Globe win for Danes. However, it succumbed to its low ratings in 1995, after only 19 episodes were aired.

Do you agree with this list? What other shows do you think should have made it on here? Do you feel like going back and watching any of these shows, and then screaming at the unfairness of its network for taking them off the air?

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We Can't Choose Our Born Appearance, But We Can Choose Our Tattoos

For the first time in my life, I felt beautiful and comfortable in my own skin.

On a Saturday afternoon, I received my first tattoo. Not in an act of rebellion or consummation of my newfound privileges as an adult, but rather in a calculated decision to take ownership over the aesthetics of my own body.

Without an appointment, I walked into the tattoo parlor with my friend Rachel. The musty, carpeted staircase and dim lights created an atmosphere of suspicion. I nudged her, “This is where I die, right?” “Yeah, definitely.”

There was a collection of bold artwork hung on the bright yellow walls, everything from demonic warrior bugs to naked skeletal figures, the screamo music a real punch to the ears – I’m more of a classical music fan. The women at the front desk walked me through the process and assisted me in choosing a final design.

Nothing too extravagant, I thought. Music is life–a cliche, I know, but true nonetheless. I remember playing the piano alongside my American Girl Dolls, pressing single C and D down in succession, with my thumb and index fingers.

Twelve years later, I whipped around the keyboard playing Chopin Polonaises and Scriabin Etudes. To this day, I cannot prevent my fingers from tapping away on desks and countertops, the music perpetually flowing through my body. Music made me who I am – I wanted to commemorate that. And I wanted to express who I am inside on the outside.

I laid down on the table. The tattoo machine buzzed and shocked my skin at first: “Are you alright?” the tattoo artist asked. “I’m fine.” I was momentarily in shock, but the machine felt more like a deep tickle.

We have no choice in our born appearance. However, we do have the agency to style our hair, choose our clothes, tattoo our skin, pierce our ears and various body parts, etc.

The empowerment I felt when I first took off the bandage is an unmatched experience. I looked at my body in the mirror and saw someone closer to my true self.

For the first time in my life, I felt beautiful and comfortable in my own skin.

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