Back in 2010, a sixteen year-old me wrote a blog post about the music I was listening to at the time. The article, which starts with a quote from late 00s rapper Iyaz, features some juvenile writing from yours truly, as well as a list (which I still stand by, albeit very tentatively) of songs from the likes of Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo and Will.I.Am. Jokes about my unabashedly chart-loving tastes aside, it’s a testament to their staying power that most of the people on the list are still making music today.
Seven years on, I thought I’d revisit the concept and let you know which songs are soundtracking my life in 2017. This time there’s no Katy Perry. This time…
(Here is the Spotify playlist and I’ve also put Youtube links in the song titles below.)
Chilled pop-y tropical house (popical house?) is what brought Zara Larsson to the mainstream with last summer’s Lush Life. TG4M (Too Good For Me) from her debut album So Good follows that template with a candy-dipped hook and simple, catchy lyrics.
Ed Sheeran had to feature on this list. His new album Divide is tearing up the charts and world records alike so it’s almost a given that his name will invariably appear on just about any list of music right now. Unless it was maybe a list of people who haven’t recently broken world music records. Maybe then.
Galway Girl is a beautiful Irish folk-inspired ditty about the ever potent charm of an Irish lass.
After last year’s Backbeat, Norweigan pop debutante is back with Fight Sleep – a cheerful song about trying to stay awake and make the most of time. Contrary to popular belief, Dagny is not an eight year old who has just been sent to bed.
Mr Davy‘s grungy rock harks back to 90s/00s era greats, as do the political lyrics on the first single from the GME boys’ upcoming album Generation Why. The music video for this moody track has been lifted right from the last decade in visuals, setting and even clothing; the odd iPhone being the only 21st century giveaway. The boys also do a great acoustic version of the song.
TRACE delivers chilled soulful synth pop in Low from her 2016 EP of the same name. Slow and brooding, yet optimistic, this song was an instant win for me. To paraphrase the lyrics, I definitely prefer you, TRACE.
When Lorde’s music first came out around 2013/14 I was going through a melancholy contemplative phase where I’d lie in bed listening to sad-ish music. Lorde, Lana Del Rey, and Florence & the Machine sighed, murmured and pouted me in and out of this stage. As such, I was thrilled when Lorde recently released Green Light – a rousing anthem that is as pensively euphoric as she is able to muster.
Liability is a stripped back follow-up and is beautiful, vulnerable and characteristically reflective. Moody teens and 20-somethings are going to love it