Who Defined 2017?

Who Defined 2017?

The best sounds of the year

The year of 2016 was full of many, many new albums including Lemonade, Blonde, and Coloring Book. So many new ones were dropped, that many thought 2017 would be a sort of 'off-year' for music. They, however, were totally wrong.

2017 was a great mash-up of both old and new artists dropping music productions including sounds from Drake and Kendrick, and new voices from Mansionz and SZA. Here is a countdown of some of the top albums released in 2017.

The singles mentioned in this article can be heard in the playlist 'Best of 2017' on Apple Music on Cambre Codington's account.

30. Harry Styles, ‘Harry Styles’

Release Date: May 12

Genre: Britpop, Soft Rock

Harry Styles is the debut album of previous One Direction member Harry Styles, an English singer, and songwriter. Its lead single, ‘Sign of the Times’, is the most popular of the album, with ‘Two Ghosts’ and ‘Kiwi’ both well known as well. Styles plans to headline a concert tour to promote the album.

29. Cold War Kids, ‘LA Divine’

Release Date: April 7Genre: Indie Rock

Cold War Kids, an American indie rock band, released their sixth album this past year, LA Divine, and is the first album to feature their lead guitarist David Quon. The most popular single from the album ‘Love is Mystical’ was released in February of 2017. The album hit number 69 on the US Billboard 200, and number 9 on the US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard).

28. NF, ‘Perception’

Release Date: October 6Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Perception is Christian hip-hop artist NF's third studio album released in early October. The album hit No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 in its first week and is NF's first No.1 hit. The albums hit single, 'Let You Down', was released in early October right before the album dropped, and continues to hit charts today.

27. Alt-J, 'Relaxer'

Release Date: June 2Genre: Alternative/Indie

English indie rock band Alt-J released their third studio album this last year, Relaxer, in early June. They recorded the album in London with the same producer of their first two albums, Charlie Andrews. To promote the album, the band released '3WW', 'In Cold Blood', 'Adeline', 'Deadcrush', and 'Pleader'. Alt-J performed at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury to promote the album and was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize.

26. Quinn XCII, 'The Story of Us'

Release Date: September 15Genre: Pop

After composing 4 EP's Quinn XCII released his debut album, The Story of Us, in mid-September. A previous SoundCloud writer, the singer plans to tour this year for the album. He described the meaning behind the album,

"I wanted the album title ‘The Story Of Us’ to really represent that I’m just like everyone else and go through similar experiences. The songs are relatable and touch on all different topics and emotions—new, old, good and bad relationships, growth, memories, temptation, and challenges. I’m just a kid from the Midwest. My life isn’t this unattainable fantasy, I didn’t have an angle or connections to the music industry. I just worked hard to turn my passion into a career, anyone can do the same in whatever they’re pursuing" (Genius).

The album has four singles, 'Straightjacket', 'Fake Denim', 'Worst', and 'Always Been You', and 'Flare Guns' has grown in popularity this year.

25. Mansionz, 'Mansionz'

Release Date: March 24Genre: R&B/Soul

Mansionz is an alternative hip-hop duo made up of Mike Posner and blackbear. Mike Posner is a singer-songwriter and blackbear is Matthew Musto, a hip-hop recording artist who performs under the name blackbear. Their debut album, Mansionz, was released this year with its first single 'STFU' featuring rapper Spark Master Tape and received positive reviews. Their second single, 'Rich White Girls' was released shortly after and was quickly followed by Mansionz first public appearance together at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Both artists sported lime green hair, which would become a signature look to identify the duo. Their third single, 'Dennis Rodman' became their most popular single.

24. Daniel Caesar, 'Freudian'

Release Date: August 25Genre: R&B/Soul

Freudian is the debut album of Daniel Caesar, a Canadian singer-songwriter. The album includes guest appearances from artists Kali Uchis, H.E.R, Charlotte Day Wilson, and Sean Leon. Caesar released the singles 'Get You' featuring Kali Uchis and the double single 'We Find Love/Blessed' to promote his album. It reached number 25 on the US Billboard 200.

23. Kehlani, 'SweetSexySavage'

Release Date: January 27Genre: Contemporary R&B

Kehlani's (an American singer-songwriter) debut album, SweetSexySavage, was released in late January and received mostly positive reviews. Kehlani described the album as having three elements; Sweet, Sexy, and Savage, which are intended to be described through the lyrics. She was the lead writer on all tracks other than Intro. She released three singles to promote the album, 'Crzy', 'Distraction', and 'Keep on'. It peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200.

22. blackbear, 'Cybersex'

Release Date: November 27 Genre: Trap, Contemporary R&B, Emo Hip-Hop

Cybersex is blackbear's fourth studio album to be released. Blackbear is an American hip-hop recording artist who originated on the app Soundcloud. To promote the album, four singles were released; 'Playboi Shit' featuring Lil Aaron, 'Bright Pink Tims' featuring Cam'ron, 'Up in This' featuring Tinashe, and 'Gucci Linen' featuring 2 Chainz. Each single was released on a Friday before the album as a way to draw attention to the release. The album reached number 47 on the US 200 Billboard.

21. G-Eazy, 'The Beautiful & Damned'

Release Date: December 15Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

This is G-Eazy's fourth studio album release, The Beautiful & Damned, is exactly as it sounds. With features from girlfriend Halsey, Cardi B, ASAP Rocky, Kehlani, Jay Ant, E-4-, and Charlie Puth, as well as others and is composed of 20 songs. Preceding the album, three singles were released; 'No Limit', 'Him & I', and 'Sober'. The album has reached number 3 on the US Billboard 200.

20. Halsey, 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom'

Release Date: June 2Genre: Electropop

Peaking at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, American singer Halsey's second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was released this past June. Billboard has pointed out that the title of the album may be named after a real fountain built by Halsey's ex-boyfriend found off the L-train's Halsey Street in Brooklyn. The album is inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Singles released for the album included 'Now or Never', 'Bad at Love', 'Eyes Closed', and 'Strangers'.

19. Portugal. The Man, 'Woodstock'

Release Date: June 16Genre: Funk

Woodstock is the eighth studio album released by American rock band Portugal. The Man. The single 'Feel it Still' was released to promote the album on March 3rd, and peaked at number 1 of the Billboard Adult Alternative Song chart becoming the bands first chart-topper on the chart. The song has also reached no. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. 'Live in the Moment' was released as the second single shortly after. The album hit number 32 on the US Billboard 200.

18. Future, 'HNDRXX'

Release Date: February 24

Genre: Contemporary R&B, Avant Pop

Future, an American rapper, released his sixth studio album, HNDRXX, pronounced Hendrix, this last year. The album features artists Rihanna, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj. HNDRXX is apparently named after Future's alter ego, Future Hendrix. Four singles were released to support the album; 'Selfish', 'Pie', 'Incredible', and 'You da Baddest'. The album charted to number one, making Future the first artist to release two Billboard 200 chart-topping albums in consecutive weeks.

17. Lana Del Rey, 'Lust for Life'

Release Date: July 2

Genre: Alternative/Indie, Rock

Lust for Life is Lana Del Ray's fifth studio album and fourth major label album for the American singer. She released her first single from the album, 'Love', and later the title track for the album as well as second single, 'Lust for Life' featuring The Weeknd. The album features ASAP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, Sean Lennon, and Playboi Carti. Lust for Life is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

16. Beck, 'Colors'

Release Date: October 13

Genre: Pop Rock

American musician Beck released his thirteenth consecutive album, Colors, this last year after production started in 2013. The album's earliest single, 'Dreams', was released in June of 2015, followed by 'Wow', 'Dear Life', and 'Up All Night', in June 2016 and September 2017. The album hit number 3 on the US Billboard 200.

15. Migos, 'Culture'

Release Date: January 17Genre: Hip-Hop, Trap

American hip-hop trio Migos released their second studio album Culture this last year. The album features DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert. To support the album, three singles were released. 'Slippery', 'T-Shirt', and 'Bad and Boujee'. The album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 as well as the Canadian Charts. It also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

14. Jay-Z, '4:44'

Release Date: June 30 Genre: Hip-Hop

American rapper Jay-Z dropped his thirteenth album, 4:44, at the end of June in 2017. The album was not preceded by any singles, similar to his previous album in 2013 Magna Carta Holy Grail. The album features guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Damian Marley, Beyonce, and Gloria Carter. It has additional vocal appearances from Blue Ivy Carter, James Fauntleroy, Kim Burrell, and The Dream. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making it his thirteenth consecutive number one album.

13. Drake, 'More Life'

Release Date: March 18 Genre: Hip-Hop

Canadian rapper Drake released a commercial mixtape called More Life this past year, however Drake refers to it as a playlist. The album features many voices including Young Thug, Giggs, Skepta, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Jorja Smith, Sampha, and PartyNextDoor. To support the album, five singles were released. They were 'Fake Love', 'Passionfruit', 'Free Smoke', 'Portland', and 'Glow'. The mixtape debuted at number one on US Billboard 200, making it Drake's seventh consecutive number one album and breaking several streaming records.

12. Russ, 'There's Really a Wolf'

Release Date: May 5 Genre: Contemporary R&B

There's Really a Wolf was both produced and composed by American rapper Russ himself. The album dropped three singles to promote the album after Russ tweeted about the new album. 'What They Want', 'Losin Control', and 'Me You', were all released before the album. All but four of the songs on the album were kept secret from the public. 'What They Want', 'Pull the Trigger', 'Do it Myself', and 'Losin Control' were all released on SoundCloud. The album debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200.

11. blackbear, 'digital druglord'

Release Date: April 21 Genre: R&B/Soul

American hip-hop recording artist, Blackbear's third studio album 'digital druglord' was released in late April of 2017. The album dropped one single before release, 'Do Re Mi' becoming the lead single. They also dropped two promotional singles 'If I Could I Would Feel Nothing' and 'Make Daddy Proud'. The album debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard 200.

10. Calvin Harris, 'Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1'

Release Date: June 30 Genre: Pop music, disco funk, Nu-disco, Post-disco

Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris dropped his fifth studio album in 2017, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. The album features Frank Ocean, Migos, Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor, DRAM, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Future, Khalid, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Kehlani, Lil Yachty, and Jessie Reyez. The album was supported by five singles previous to release, 'Slide', 'Heatstroke', 'Rollin', 'Feels', and 'Faking it'. The album debuted at number 2 on both UK Charts and the US Billboard 200.

9. Tyler, the Creator, 'Flower Boy'

Release Date: July 21 Genre: Neo Soul, Alternative Hip-Hop

The fourth studio album to drop by American rapper Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy or alternatively titled Scum Fuck Flower Boy. The album is his second under a major record label. The album's production was handled entirely by Tyler himself but did feature vocals from Frank Ocean, ASAP Rocky, Anna of the North, Lil Wayne, Kali Uchis, Steve Lacy, Estelle, Jaden Smith, and Rex Orange County. The album released four singles previous to release; "Who Dat Boy/911', 'Boredom', 'I Ain't Got Time!', and 'See You Again'. The album debuted at number 2 on US Billboard 200, and received a Grammy for Best Rap Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

8. Sam Smith, 'The Thrill of It All'

Release Date: November 3 Genre: Contemporary R&B

The Thrill of It All is English singer-songwriter Sam Smith's second studio album release. The album was supported by two singles, 'Too Good at Goodbyes' as the lead, topping the UK Singles Chart and making the top 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single 'One Last Song' was sent to radio the day the album was released. Smith released two promotional singles as well, 'Pray' and 'Burning'. The album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200.

7. Miguel, 'War and Leisure'

Release Date: December 1 Genre: Contemporary R&B

American singer Miguel released his fourth studio album War and Leisure this past December. The album features vocals from Rick Ross, Quin, Kali Uchis, J. Cole, and Salaam Remi and production lead by Miguel himself with other contributors. 'Skywalker' featuring Travis Scott was the albums leading single in August of 2017, and was followed by 'Told You So' and 'Pineapple Skies' as a promotional track. The album hit number 9 on the US Billboard 200.

6. Imagine Dragons, 'Evolve'

Release Date: June 23Genre: Pop Rock

American Rock band Imagine Dragons released their fourth studio album Evolve, as a follow up to their second album Smoke + Mirrors. The album was promoted by three singles: 'Believer', 'Thunder', and 'Whatever It Takes'. Evolve peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200. The group also toured for the album with artists Grouplove and K. Flay.

5. Sampha, 'Process'

Release Date: February 3 Genre: Alternative R&B, Neo Soul

Process is the debut album for British musician Sampha, and the album won the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize. The single 'Timmy's Prayer' was released in May of 2016, and 'Blood on Me' was released as the albums lead single in August of 2016. '(No one knows me) Like the Piano' was released as the albums third single in January of 2017. Sampha performed a solo piano performance of 'Plastic 100 Degrees' on a rooftop of an office.

4. Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Release Date: June 16 Genre: Electropop

New Zealand singer Lorde released her second debut album Melodrama after writing the album for five years. Lorde took a step back from the spotlight after break up with her longtime boyfriend. She wrote and produced the album alongside Jack Antonoff and help from others. The album topped charts in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Canada. The lead single for the album was 'Green Light' followed by 'Perfect Places' and 'Homemade Dynamite'. Promotional singles were also released, 'Liability' the first and 'Sober' after. It debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 100 and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 60th Grammy Awards.

3. Khalid, 'American Teen'

Release Date: March 3 Genres: Contemporary R&B, Alternative R&B

American Singer Khalid released his debut album American Teen this year. The album released two singles previous to dropping: 'Location' and 'Young, Dumb, & Broke'. Khalid released music from SoundCloud before being signed to a label, and often signs about his hometown El Paso, Texas. American Teen debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard 200 but peaked at number 4.

2. Kendrick Lamar, 'DAMN.'

Release Date: April 14Genre: Hip-Hop

American rapper Kendrick Lamar dropped his fourth studio album DAMN. midway through 2017. The album topped the charts in the United States and Canada, and hit number 2 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. The album was supported by three singles: 'Humble', 'Loyalty', and 'Love'. 'Humble' became Kendrick's first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. DAMN. received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. DAMN. is the Billboard Year-End number 1 album of 2017.

1. SZA, 'Ctrl'

Release Date: June 9 Genre: Contemporary R&B, Neo Soul

SZA, and American singer and songwriter, released her debut album, Ctrl (pronounced ‘control’), in early June of this year and it debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. Writing most of the lyrics herself, the compilation has a type of confessional theme that touches upon her personal life and experiences through modern love including desire, competition, jealousy, low self-esteem, and others. Her most popular singles from the album are ‘Broken Clocks’, ‘The Weekend’, and ‘Love Galore’. SZA was nominated for Best New Artist and four other Grammy awards.

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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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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"


This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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