I've had friends my mine lament that 2017 has been a bad year for music. I can't say I necessarily blame them - a lot of the hits have either been incredibly boring, unintelligible EDM, or both (looking at you, Chainsmokers). If you wanted to to take this year off from music and just catch up on the stuff you may have missed in the past couple of years, I would completely understand.
However, I am still a music buff, and there is still plenty of stuff I have liked this year, so I feel like I need to recognize this. So, here are my top 5 hits of the year so far.
NOTE: I completely forgot about the International Women's Day Playlist I did two months ago. Some of these songs are going to overlap.
Honorable Mention: "Hard Times" by Paramore
Full disclosure, I was a huge Paramore fan. They were my favorite band in college, and is one of the few concerts I traveled to see. "Riot!" remains my favorite album of all time. I still like them, and the two songs they've released on their new album, I have gotten into. They're less Paramore of old, though, and more like CHVRCHES. I'm perfectly ok with that, for the record; however, if you were a diehard fan of Paramore in the past and you told me you hated them now, I would understand. They don't make the same music they made 10 years ago. I don't necessarily listen to the same music I did 10 years ago, though, so as they've evolved, so have I. I hope people give them a chance, at least.
5): "Green Light" by Lorde
Still love Lorde. As plenty of singers have tries to emulate her sound, Lorde has reminded people that she is, well, Lorde of the genre.
4) "Judas" by Fozzy
This surprised me. I have always been aware of Fozzy - I grew up a wrestling fan, after all - but I never got into them. They exist in that genre of music that I just never really crossed into. This song, however, hits all the notes for me. I guess one of the things that always turned me off in the past was Chris Jericho's voice, but he sounds fine here. I'm also a sucker for catchy choruses. I'm an advertiser's dream and a critic's nightmare. I never claimed to be cool.
3) "Sleepover" by Hayley Kiyoko
I raved about this song two months ago and my thoughts remain the same. Great voice and great composition. I've recently going down a Hayley Kiyoko rabbit hole. A lot of good stuff. Out of all the Lana Del Rey-esque artists, she seems to be the one who keeps it the most lighthearted.
2) "Stay" by Zedd and Alessia Cara
There have been a plethora of hits by EDM artists this year, and a lot of them, in my opinion, haven't been great. This one, however, is wonderful. I don't know who the credit goes to more - Zedd for delivering a great beat, or Alessia Cara for nailing the vocals. I lean more towards Alessia Cara, because I've seen several works from her that impress me. I look forward to more.
1) "I Feel It Coming" by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
My favorite genre of music seems to be "throwback to a previous era". The artist best known for that was Bruno Mars, who channeled Prince and the 70's era of funk in some of his most recent works. The Weeknd, however, seems to be channeling late 80's Michael Jackson with this R&B ballad. Daft Punk injects the right amount without overpowering the song, and what is left is just an awesome mixture of a great beat, wonderfully written lyrics, and a phenomenal vocal performance by The Weeknd.