We are only halfway through the year but 2017 has delivered the goods so far. There has been some massive music moments from tracks that make you want to dance to ones that make you want to lock yourself in a bathroom and cry. So I’ve counted down my top 15 music moments of the first half of the year, but do you agree with me?
15. Julia Michaels – Issues
Stepping out from behind the soundboard Julia Michaels gave us the first taste of her original solo music with the intimate and mesmerising “Issues”. This quirky pop ballad was simple but excelled with her vocal gymnastics and unique delivery. It’s a song that you did need to listen to a couple of times to digest the unique production, versatile vocal delivery and the relatable lyrics but it was worth it.
14. The XX – Say Something Loving
A beautiful ballad. That is pretty much all I have to say about this dreamy indie-pop song. It hits you in the feels and has you wanting to lay in a field of grass at the same time.
13. Zedd feat. Alessia Cara – Stay
The production on this song was brave. Zedd didn’t rely on the typical dance beat drop that the likes of The Chainsmokers use for every track and took a bit more of a DIY approach. The production starts off basic with buzzing harmonies that turn into finger clicking and percussion synths before the incorporation of synthesiser and a ticking clock to launch a big chorus. Alessia’s usual laid back approach is reinvented with this track and showcases the popstar she has the potential to become. Her vocals aren’t compromised the way they could have been and still allows for a powerhouse delivery.
12. Paramore – Fake Happy
So far this song is just an album track but really it should become a hit. This is Paramore’s strongest track on their fifth studio album “After Laughter” and delivers you angsty pop-rock with a side of tropical synths. The lyrics look at how we portray ourselves on social media and hide how we really feel to make everyone think that we are happy and fine. It’s quite sad really but its hidden amongst such boppy synths that you get a bit sidetracked by dancing.
11. Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm
Unpopular opinion; Katy Perry is actually killing it right now. “Witness” is the most honest we’ve heard her. She’s just experimenting with sounds that she wants to create without any major influences from executives and whilst it made not be totally the “woke pop” she promised it’s still very good. ‘Chained To The Rhythm” gave you euphoric pop that questioned if you were living inside a bubble and made you want to dance. A two in one bop.
10. Urban Cone – Old School
Urban Cone are one of those bands that make you feel instantly better after listening to them and this song successfully does that yet again. With their smooth harmonies and infectious all round sound “Old School” quickly gets stuck in your head with its groovy baseline.
9. Lorde – Homemade Dynamite
If I had it my way this whole countdown would be Lorde’s album “Melodrama” because I literally cannot fault it one little bit. But I had to be fair. So this is the first Lorde song to be included but really its a tie between “Homemade Dynamite”, “Sober”, “The Lourve”, “Supercut” and “Liability”. All of these songs bring a different emotion to the storyline and two will have you wanting to get drunk and party and another will have you falling in love, another will have you getting reflective on a old flame and the last one will have you reflecting on yourself. Oh and the production is just super impressive. I don’t think I will ever recover. EVER.
8. Snakehips – Don’t Leave
“Don’t Leave” is a perfect collision of heartbreak, flawless vocals and killer production. This RNB tinged pop/edm track follows a similar structure to Snakehips previous single “Cruel” with Zayn. From it’s simplistic production of oozing synths during the verse before exploding in the chorus with a big bass which is club ready, road trip worthy and most importantly makes it the perfect breakdown anthem. Everything about this song is great right down to the last little gritty production breakdown in the final chorus. While it may be emotional and a super relatable track, it also creates a strange euphoric feeling that having these emotions is okay. Powerful.
7. Sigrid – Dynamite
This is the first song in the countdown for Norwegian newcomer Sigrid (and spoiler, it’s not the last). I have to admit that “Dynamite” is the most beautiful and the saddest song I have heard in years. The first time I heard it I was reduced to tears as well as the second and the third time. It was just so honest and raw that it took you on an emotional rollercoaster that had you feeling every lyric she delivered. With lyrics like “I don’t belong in your universe, for better or for worse” and “Its so cold here cause I left my heart to be with you” that if you have ever had your heart broken its hard not to relate to where she was coming from. The production was stripped back completely compared to her other songs and just allowed her vocals to shine through.
6. K.FLAY – High Enough
2017 has seen K.Flay release her highly anticipated sophomore studio album and it’s quickly become one of my favourite records of the year for good reason. “High Enough” is one of the strongest tracks on the album and will have you stomping your feet to the catchy chorus. Its about meeting someone who makes you feel that rush that you no longer need any drugs or alcohol to get that kick. It’s quite a cute storyline with an added kick that the rock structure gives.
5. Miley Cyrus – Malibu
I was so excited about Miley Cyrus’ return to music but I was also rightfully terrified. Luckily for her she returned to her roots and stripped things down with the melodic and calming “Malibu”. It has a nostalgic and reflective vibe to it that makes it the perfect summer afternoon soundtrack that you want to fly over to Malibu to soak in the sun. Also can I just note how beautiful her vocals are on this track?!
4. Lady Gaga – The Cure
This was the surprise single of the year. After headlining Coachella Lady Gaga dropped “The Cure” and immediately started climbing the charts faster than she has in years. This island-pop track saw her returning to her pop roots and just giving a dance floor anthem that is almost as catchy as Bad Romance. Almost. It’s a feel good track that you just want to sing on the top of your lungs and I’m not going to stop you from doing that.
3. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
At first I wasn’t a fan of this song at all. I liked “Castle On The Hill” distinctively more but it grew on me pretty quickly. It’s quite different to anything he had done before and offered a almost Justin Timberlake “Senorita” vibe. It wasn’t until I felt the passion with someone that this song details and shared a intimate moment with the song that I got it. Ever since the song now holds a special little part of my heart and I can’t help but offer a little smile when I hear it.
2. Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe
Sigrid is 100% the debut success story of the year. This single launched her into the spotlight pretty epically. The song is full of sass, emotion and “fuck you” vibes that you didn’t realise you needed. It’s catchy, fun and if this is your first time discovering it then you will be questioning what you’ve been doing with your life for the past 5 months. She is the future face of pop if you like it or not.
1. Lorde – Green Light
I don’t think there is any other song that deserves the top spot of this countdown as much as this song does. “Green Light” welcomed Lorde back to the music industry with open arms and introduced an experimental and innovative new sound for the songstress. The euphoric break up track looks at searching for the moment that you realise it’s okay to move on but being okay with how long that process may take. It’s ridiculously catchy and I don’t think I will ever recover from that drastic but incredible key change.
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