2017 has seen some great new music, including the breakthrough of fresh talent, the return of established icons, and in some cases, the continuing success of blossoming careers. Here are some of my favourite songs and artists from this year:
In my opinion – Dua Lipa is one of this year’s best new artists, topping the charts with numerous songs, and having a highly influential debut album. I was lucky enough to meet Dua this February at London Fashion Week, where she seemed to be a relatively niche/up-and-coming artist, yet just months later, she has become a musical icon! A personal favourite of mine is ‘New Rules’ – Dua’s most successful track to date, and her first UK number 1.
Sign of the Times – Harry Styles:
A song that shocked me, and completely contrasted my impression of both Harry Styles as an artist, and the style/genre of music I expected him to release. His self-entitled album is also great to listen to – so pure and enjoyable.
Malibu – Miley Cyrus:
Having grown up watching Miley Cyrus on TV, I’ve always seemed to follow her career to an extent, and the release of Malibu made me feel a sense of nostalgia towards the older Miley Cyrus music I listened to when I was a young child. Cyrus’ album ‘Younger Now’ is also very enjoyable, with such a wide range of songs which are all so catchy!
There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes:
By far one of my favourite songs of this year, which is so upbeat and catchy! I was lucky enough to see Mendes live twice this year – thoroughly enjoying this song both times. I can’t wait to hear what he releases in 2018!
I’ve recently began listening to country music, and one of the first artists I listened to was Kelsea Ballerini, who I was instantly impressed with. Her second album: ‘Unapologetically’ – released this November has already landed two Grammy nominations, following on from her outstanding 2017 Grammy performance. My personal favourites are ‘Legends’ and ‘In Between’.
Lady Gaga – The Cure:
Having debuted this song at Coachella in the summer and instant;y topping the charts, ‘The Cure’ has been one of my most played songs this year, both on and off-air. In my opinion, this is one of Gaga’s best songs to date, with so much meaning behind it – I’m so excited to hear it live in February at the Joanne World Tour!
Dan + Shay:
Although they’ve only released one single this year – I saw Dan + Shay in November, and was blown away by their talent and how amazing they were. Both of their albums have a captivating range of songs – all of which have a storyline or are able to perfectly articulate a certain moment/emotion. They are definitely one to watch in 2018!