17 Best Songs Of 2017 So Far

17 Best Songs Of 2017 So Far

Some amazing music has come out of this year.
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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

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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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23 Things That All 'One Tree Hill' Fans Can Agree On

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We all have that one show that means absolutely everything to us. A show that has made you laugh and cry and feel things you didn't even realize a TV show could make you feel. For me and countless others, this show is "One Tree Hill."

For those of us who have seen all 187 episodes numerous times and consider the characters family by now, there are just certain things we can agree on, and here are 23 of them.

1. There has never ever been anyone or anything sexier than Nathan Scott at the Boy Toy auction.

2. There has really never ever been anyone or anything sexier than Nathan Scott on any given day.

3. Peyton Sawyer had perfected the ugly cry long before Kim K was doing it.

4. Haley really should've saved us all the drama and just invited Nathan to tour with her.

5. Peyton was seriously asking for some psycho stalker drama by having a live 24/7 webcam feed.

6. The Sunkist obsession of season 3 got a little too real...

7. You still have nightmares about the school shooting episode.

8. Fall Out Boy, Kid Cudi, Sheryl Crow, and Gavin Degraw probably wouldn't have been playing shows in Tree Hill, North Carolina...but you loved it anyway.

9. You will always feel incomplete for not knowing what Lucas wrote in that letter to Brooke and Peyton.

10. You now suffer from unrealistically high expectations of love. (Thanks a lot, Naley.)

11. It was a little disheartening that all the characters were rich and famous by the age of 22 and you were still in bed watching the show.

12. Lindsey might've been the most unlikeable person ever, and she and Lucas should've never been a thing.

13. You honestly can't even blame Nanny Carrie for trying to kidnap this little thing.

14. You cried like a baby at Quentin's funeral.

15. Julian's high fives were the greatest things ever.

16. You've never been as proud of or inspired by someone as you are of Brooke Davis.

17. You HATED when they had someone different sing the theme song in every episode during season 8.

18. Every time Quinn ate a toaster pastry, you wanted to eat a toaster pastry.

19. You're severely disappointed that you can't actually watch 'Seven Dreams 'Til Tuesday.'

20. There is absolutely no justifiable reason for Peyton missing Brooke's wedding.

21. The real-life removal of the river court should be punished by law.

22. You wish you could personally thank every "OTH" writer, because DAMN did they know how to give you the feels.

23. You know if there really was a Tree Hill, there would only be one...and it would be your home.

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.

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One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.


In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.


Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.


After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.


Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.


Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?



The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.



The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.



Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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