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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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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Why LGBTQA+ Pride Month Is More Than Just a parade

Everyone including myself has stories to tell, and our celebration deserves more than to be labeled as "just a parade."


June is LGBTQA+ Pride Month; the month is a time for the celebration of identity, political and personal accomplishments, struggle, protest, and so much more.

As a gay man who has only been out since 2015 to friends, and since 2016 to everyone else, I have not had the "out" experience for very long, but it has been tremendously eventful and enlightening. At a pride event, there is such a wide variety of personalities and cultures that come together to simply have a good time.

From the outside looking in, the festivities can appear intimidating or even scary if you're an ally or someone who is still "in the closet" but the experience is worth it. This is only my third year celebrating pride month but it has been an adventure getting this far.

The first pride I celebrated was in New York City in 2016 with my boyfriend (at the time), my friend, and my friend's partner. I had never gone before and was always scared to for fear of repercussions. I feared that my family (who I would come out to less than 2 months later) would find out and I feared to be myself.

Growing up, you're trained by society to dial yourself down, that holding hands with another man is wrong and all eyes are on you.

Even during that relationship, I struggled with myself to let go of my insecurities and stop caring about what others thought. When I arrived to see the parade that day, I was glowing.

Never in my life would I have expected so many people to be going through what I had and yet be so happy still. People were out flaunting their bodies, their relationships, and their bold personalities without a second thought, and I loved it.

At that second, I forgot about who I was in the eyes of other people and I just was able to be me just like they were doing. For LGBTQA+ people, it's difficult to find yourself represented in society appropriately so finally witnessing others who were once scared like you feel so free was a liberating moment for my heart.

The following year, 2017, I went to New York City and Asbury Park, NJ pride. As some would say, I stepped up my pride game. This time, thanks to my previous experience and my own personal growth, I had no more doubts.

I could kiss someone in a crowd if I wanted to and I wouldn't fear because I was and am proud of who I am and how long it took me to journey to this point of stability.

I think a lot of heterosexual people underestimate why June Pride Month is so important to not only me but others. I work at a bank and we have lollipops for customers out in the open that they are welcome to take. Sometimes, depending on the month, we change the colors of the lollipops based on certain causes.

Recently we had blue for Autism Awareness month, and this month, my bank made the lollipops to be in a rainbow assortment in celebration of June Pride Month. I was actually really happy that this gesture, as small as it may be, was done.

It shows improvement in society and progression in acknowledging that we are normal and just as human as any straight people are. It's true that LGBTQA+ rights have progressed, but we still aren't where we need to be in terms of public perception. Going back to the lollipops, I knew right away that someone would eventually ask why we changed the colors because someone always does.

A man who regularly comes in eventually took a lollipop, noticed the colors, and said, "Wow, you finally decided to go with different flavors!" Unfortunately, at this bank, the different colors do not signal different flavors, so I let him know and additionally inputted that it was because we were celebrating pride this month.

He asked, "Pride? What do you mean pride?"

I continued onward to explain that it was LGBTQA+ June Pride Month (and then had to explain what the acronyms meant). His response? "Wow, how come they get a pride month, and I don't?" said the straight, white male. As a teller, I had to bite my tongue in how I wanted to actually respond to him, but I felt this was a good moment to educate.

I let him know that because he's a straight white male, he's never had to fear holding his wife's hand in public, being beaten to death, judged by others simply for who they like, and that he didn't deserve a pride month because as it stands, every day is pride day for him. His response was simply, "I don't even like my wife anymore." There you have it.

The inability to learn stands strong with those who choose ignorance over acceptance or knowledge.

One argument all too often heard by those who oppose pride month is that "gay rights have come a long way, you don't need them anymore," but how far is that really?

Rights are still limited for trans-gendered people and additionally, you have countless people who are murdered and beaten simply for liking someone of the same sex. That's not far and does in no way reflect that we don't deserve to have a month of dedication to celebrate who we are and what we've struggled and gone through to be alive.

Pride Month is about our stories culminating into a huge activist festivity that allows us to express how we feel about ourselves and the world, and only we have the right to say when we have been given the rights and treatment we deserve.

As a final friendly reminder, feel free to participate or observe June's Pride Month, but if you choose to condemn it, then just stay home because this isn't for you anyway.

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