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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new edition of Something Different Sunday, where I talk about something different than books!
One thing I love about the end of the year? Making lists. Now, any time’s a good time to make lists, but there’s something about looking back at a year and remembering favorites throughout that time period that I just love. And seeing as there’ll be plenty of book related end-of-year lists, I’m taking the opportunity here to talk about my favorite songs of the year!
To help me do this, I’m going for a sort of chronological order, so from my top songs during the beginning of 2017 until now. Here we go!
(Note: these are not necessarily 2017 releases. They’re just the songs I listened to a lot this year.)
One Ok Rock – We Are
Honestly, I could have added the entire Ambitions album by One Ok Rock. This album was on repeat for pretty much the whole of January and February. I love every single song on the album, though We Are gives a nice idea of what this band has to offer.
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
Ed Sheeran is one of my all-time favorite artists so naturally I was so happy that he released a new album in 2017, which is once again filled with so many great songs. Though my personal favorite still remains Castle on the Hill because the theme of nostalgia and childhood friendships just speaks to my soul.
Waterparks – Royal
Oh hey, another band with a whole album full of amazing songs! I fell in love with Waterparks early this year as well, though I think Royal is the song I’ve listened to and sang along to the most.
With Confidence – Voldemort
Thanks Lauren for introducing me to this band! I’ve listened to Voldemort, a song about the stigma of mental illness (hence the title, since fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself), more than I can count. And I’m pretty much in love with the acoustic version as well.
Lorde – Green Light
LOVE this song. It’s so catchy and I can’t not dance when I hear it! And the lyrics about needing to move on, but waiting for that ‘green light’ to tell you you’re ready really struck home with me this year.
The World – Nightmare
This may seem like a bit of an odd song to include, but in case you didn’t know yet, I got into a small obsession with Death Note this year. I especially loved the anime and this means I also listened to the soundtrack non-stop. Including this song which was used as the anime opening song.
Xia – Flower
And from Death Note we go to K-Pop as that is pretty much how I rolled into it. The artist playing the character of L in the Korean Death Note musical happens to be a K-pop artist, you see? I fell in love with Xia and especially Flower. The music, the video, the choreography and the lyrics: everything combined make this my number one song for 2017. Yes, number one, I said it.
Big Bang – Bang Bang Bang
From Xia we go to my next k-pop obsession: Big Bang! I must have scoured the internet for every possible video of these guys, though for some reason I can’t explain, this Bang Bang Bang performance is my favorite. Maybe it’s because this video also made me learn what the term bias meant and start to actually even use it… (G-Dragon’s my bias, just in case you were wondering)
BTS – Not Today
From Big Bang to BTS, the other major k-pop obsession in my life. And yes, I think I can call it obsession when I have learned the names of every single member (I hardly know names for Western band members), watch every interview or behind-the-scenes video I can find and just generally think about this band in some way on a daily basis. But I adore them to pieces and it all started with Not Today for me.
Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato – No Promises
Some songs are just that kind of song that makes you smile and happily dance around whenever you hear it. No Promises was that kind of song for me in 2017.
Papa Roach feat Skylar Grey – Periscope
I adore the entire Crooked Teeth album, so honestly I could have picked any song from that album! But I’ve always had a soft spot for Papa Roach’s softer songs, so Periscope won out in the end.
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Do I even need to explain why I adore this song? It’s been everywhere in 2017, and for good reason!
Sleeping With Sirens – Legends
To be fair, 2016 was more the year of Sleeping With Sirens for me. I must admit that though I fell head over heels in love with this band then, I still have not listened to their entire new album. And I was not a huge fan of Legends at first. But then the song grew on me. And grew on me. And when I heard it played in the Hard Rock Cafe in Tenerife while I was having dinner there during my holiday, I realised that I had fallen in love. Plus I saw these guys live this year and loved them. So Legends deserves a spot on this list and I need to hurry up and listen to the full album.
Linkin Park – Crawling
I’ve been a Linkin Park fan since I was a teenager. Crawling was the first song by them I’ve ever heard and to date it’s still my favorite. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen them live a few times, last of which was in July this year at the Werchter festival. They played an amazing acoustic version of Crawling that brought tears to my eyes. Just a few weeks later we heard the terrible news of Chester’s passing and I still can’t quite believe we lost him.