15 Best Songs of 2017


I’ve been working on this post since the end of the year and it’s taken me so much longer than I anticipated. It’s not that I’ve been busy— I’ve actually been quite lazy since the holidays. I’ve been enjoying lots of TV time at home and learning what it’s like to relax and not feel the need to be busy all the time. I couldn’t decide if I actually wanted to post this round-up of my favorite songs of 2017 or if the time had passed and it was just too late. I decided to go ahead since I’ve put so much thought into curating this playlist of my favorite songs from the past year and keep delaying hitting the publish button. So here’s my first post of 2018. It may not be my best post but it’s got me thinking about the type of content I want to create going forward. You may not see as many blog posts from me in the coming months because I want to focus on producing work that is meaningful to me instead of feeling tied down to a strict social media schedule. Thanks for supporting Thistle Bee this far! I’m looking forward to getting back to my roots, rediscovering my passion for reading, writing, and photography, and publishing work in this space that I really feel proud of moving forward!

I Dare You - The xx

This is probably the most pop song I've heard out of The xx. It's definitely danceable and one that I find myself singing along to in the car often.

Day I Die - The National

I feel a little morbid singing along but you can't deny how catchy this tune from The National is. Again, it's a bit more upbeat than what I'd expect from the band.

Bodak Yellow - Cardi B

I think Cardi B took everyone by surprise this year. This is a total girl anthem for me. She's made a way for herself and isn't afraid to tell you how she got here. 

Sign of the Times - Harry Styles

Of all the boys' solo debut albums, I think Harry Styles' is my favorite. He's got a good understanding of different styles and genres and a clear understanding of who he is as a performer. I think Sign of the Times is an anthem for 2017 and shows off his vocal range best.

New York - St. Vincent

It took me a while to warm up to this track but it's one that I appreciated more once I listened to it on Song Exploder. I tried to round up songs for this playlist that were a bit different from the norm and I think New York is one of those that stood out for me this past year.

Bike Dream - Rostam

I think Rostam is a genius with mixing and layering sounds, beats, and feelings in his songs. Bike Dream is no exception.

Humble - Kendrick Lamar

For me, Humble is flawless. Kendrick Lamar's lyricism doesn't miss a beat.

Passionfruit - Drake

Drake's songs always have a bit of sex appeal. This tune is relaxed and it's one where I feel like we get to hear Drake's real voice.

Dum Surfer - King Krule

This is another one of those weird ones for me. Dum Surfer is dark and it works.

Kill Jill - Big Boi ft. Killer Mike and Jeezy

Kill Jill is pure genius. When it starts you're not quite sure how it's going to turn into a rap track but when it does, the juxtaposition of the rap over the Japanese sample track is flawless.

Shark Smile - Big Thief

This is another big car jam for me this year. There's something cool about Shark Smile despite it being about a catastrophic experience. 

Creature Comfort - Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is one of those indie rock bands that’s timeless. This song is one for millennials. For me, it’s a reminder that the pressures of society are fleeting. 

Loving is Easy - Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County came into my life late in 2017 but his smooth, soulful sounds were the perfect downtempo way to wrap up the year. I think we have a lot more to look forward to from this young artist!

Four Cypresses - Grizzly Bear

This track from Grizzly Bear is somewhat intense and chaotic for me but the chorus ropes you in. It has an electronic heart beat that’s hard to escape and keeps you in tune with the lyrics. 

The Gold - Manchester Orchestra

I have to be honest and admit that I have never been a fan of Manchester Orchestra until their latest album and specifically this song. It was a game changer for me. It’s a reminder that sometimes there’s beauty in the rubble. 

What were your favorite songs of 2017? I'd love to take a listen!