Friday Favorites

Whoohoo! It’s Friday! I never used to understand why people loved Friday so much. But now that I’ve been working a Monday-Friday office job for nearly a year, I really get it. Friday is the best. Which is why I reserve Fridays for talking about my favorite things!

This week, I’m going to be taking a little look back on 2017 to talk about the year in music. More specifically, my favorite songs of 2017.

I decided it is impossible for me to actually rank them because I like them all so much. So, this list of my top 17 songs of 2017 is just in numerical order, rather than the order I like the songs in.

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

I’m not the biggest Ed Sheeran fan out there. There are even a few songs that I will change the station on if I’m listening to the radio.  In fact, there are only two songs of his that I actually go out of my way to listen to (by putting them on a playlist). Shape of You and Galway Girl are those two songs. This song is just so damn catchy. I wasn’t sold on it at first, but after a few listens, I was hooked.

Swalla – Jason Derulo (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)

Unlike Ed Sheeran, I am a pretty big fan of Jason Derulo. His songs are provocative and a bit racy. They are awesome for dancing, or as a workout playlist. Swalla is no different. Plus the inclusion of the Generous Queen, Nicki Minaj? Oh yeah.

Tip Toe – Jason Derulo (feat. French Montana)

I know, I know, another Jason Derulo? Hell yeah! Listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t make you want to dance. The mister sent me this song one day in either October or November and I’ve probably listened to it once a day or so since. Love it.

Thunder – Imagine Dragons

I only discovered Imagine Dragons with their song Sucker for Pain on the Suicide Squad album. I mean, I’d heard their songs before that, but that was the first one that made me actually learn their name. Now I can add a few more songs to the list of Imagine Dragon songs that speak to me. Thunder resonates with me. I guess it’s because as a teen my biggest dream was to be a musician. I was actually well on my way too. But life happens. It’s nice to live vicariously every now and then through a band that gets that incredible feeling.

Believer – Imagine Dragons

My favorite 1 of ’17 would not be complete without this one from Imagine Dragons. Believer crushes it. It is raw and real in a way few songs manage these days. I can put this on repeat while I’m drawing and just lose myself in it.

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

When I first heard this song in its entirety, I almost cried. Like many, music touches me emotionally. Songs that I love hit me on a level that makes me feel. This song…it’s the way I see the relationship between me and the mister. I know that a lot of times he doesn’t feel like anything special. He’s not a superhero. But he is to me. All my life, all I wanted was something just like what we have. Something just like this.

Chained to the Rhythm – Katy Perry

I love Katy Perry. Serious girl crush going on over here. But her newest album, Witness? Meh. I just can’t get into it. I mean, the songs aren’t exactly bad, but they just didn’t resonate with me the way some of her songs have in the past. All except for Chained to the Rhythm. The irony of putting a song on repeat that talks about putting a song on repeat….

How Long – Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth is another one of those artists that have very, very few songs that I truly like. At least he’s outranked Ed Sheehan with three songs that have made my playlists. I mean, who does not love Marvin Gaye with him and Meghan Trainor? Don’t answer that, because I don’t want to know. Attention is another good one, but my favorite from him this year is How Long. The idea behind the song is just awful, but it has a great beat, and watching him dance in the video is awesome. He looks far too happy to be in so much trouble.

No Frauds – Nicki Minaj (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)

YAS QUEEN! I can’t believe there was a time (a long time ago, granted) that I didn’t like Nicki Minaj. Then again, I’d never actually listened to her music. I just brushed her off as another rap artist, and since “I don’t like rap”, I didn’t like her. Okay, so I’ve grown out of the whole “I don’t like rap” thing. I don’t like all rap, but then, I don’t like all pop. I don’t like all country. I don’t like all jazz. But there are certain artists in every genre that just slay every time they are in front of a mic. I’m sure you’ve noticed she’s been featured in a few of the other songs on this list, and she probably lends a good bit to why I like those songs so much. No Frauds though…fucking savage. Love it.

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…Are You Ready For It? – Taylor Swift

So we go from that baddest of bitches, Nicki Minah, to Tay-tay. I’m not even going to say that her music is a guilty pleasure. No guilt here. I’ve loved Taylor Swift since she was exclusively on country stations. Her new album? Unlike Katy Perry’s, Taylor’s new album Reputation is killer. It feels like she’s finally grown up and feeling her power and that really comes across in a lot of the new songs on that album. …Are You Ready For It has an awesome beat and seriously kicks ass.

Side to Side – Ariana Grande (feat. Nicki Minaj)

Damn this song is hot. Who doesn’t want a lover that makes you walk like that? Hahaha. This is definitely a not safe for work type of song. And not because of the picture Ariana Grande paints with her lyrics. When you find yourself wondering if Nicki seriously just said something about a dick bicycle? Yes. Yes, she did.

New Rules – Dua Lipa

We’ve all had that boyfriend that kept reeling us back in even when we swore it was over, right? I know I have. This song speaks to that feeling. There is nothing that hits harder in this song than the lyrics “and if you’re under him, you ain’t getting over him.” DAMN RIGHT.

Bad Liar – Selena Gomez

This is a new favorite. Just like New Rules hits that old feeling of when you’re trying to leave, this one reminds me of those initial feelings you get in a new relationship. Selena Gomez has an amazing voice, and this particular song showcases it beautifully.

Havana – Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)

Okay, aside from this song being incredible, you have to watch the video. It is hilarious! I loved the song, but when I saw the video, I laughed so hard. It’s difficult to listen to it in the car though. While the mister likes the song too, he always chimes in with “Banana-na-na-na.”

Feels – Calvin Harris (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, & Big Sean)

This is such a summer song. The first time I heard it was in December. Something about it reminds me of cruising down the highway with the AC cranked, just going on a road trip with my mister. This is the kind of song that makes me dance in the driver’s seat while the mister and I sing to each other.

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things – Taylor Swift

Savage AF. I loved just about every song on the Reputation album ( I actually bought the whole album on iTunes!) but this one is probably my favorite one out of all of them. We all know who she’s talking about.

Happy People – Little Big Town

I dare you to listen to this song and not agree. It’s incredibly simple, but so true. This song was my theme song of 2017. I wanted to be happier in 2017 and so I made my own happiness.

2017 was a great year for music. There were a ton of great songs, and not all of my favorites made this list. I only had room for 17 after all! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for music.

 

Friday Favorites

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, the holidays are upon us! In just a few short weeks, we’ll be tearing into presents, lamenting the fact that we have to spend time with people who love us, judge us, and drive us insane, and eating far too many cookies for our own good. So what does that have to do with my Friday Favorites? I thought today, I might make a list of my all-time favorite holiday music.

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Holiday music huh?

Now, before you get on my case about not saying Christmas songs, I don’t have any issue with saying Merry Christmas, but I also don’t have a problem with any other holiday that people celebrate this time of year.

Personally, I’m all for celebrating the winter solstice, but since my family celebrates Christmas, I spend time with them and give them gifts because I love them. Most of the songs on my list have to do with Christmas, but some of them are just about winter in general. I consider them holiday songs, so that’s what I call them.

Music is Life

I really love holiday music. To me, it’s all about being festive and nostalgic. It awakens warm fuzzy feelings from when my son was small and still believed in Santa. It reminds me of cold, snowy Christmas eve’s as a kid, having hot chocolate and waiting for Santa (aka my orthodontist) to stop by with candy canes and tell us to be good and get to bed before he came back with our presents.

I REFUSE to listen to a single note of holiday music before December 1st. However, as soon as December arrives, you bet I’m listening to it. A lot.

The following ten songs can be found on my holiday playlist to be listened to while I wrap presents, draw, work, take a shower, or anything else I might do while listening to music. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

10. White Christmas

Oh, the feels! I was a bizarre child. I had a thing for Bing Crosby. Despite the fact that most of his movies were older than my mom, I loved to watch them. And his voice, so wow, much swoon. I really love the Drifter’s version of this song as well, but this song just says childhood to me.

9. Winter Wonderland

While any version of this song is okay by me, Amy Grant’s rendition is my favorite. I can’t even tell you why. I don’t even like Amy Grant. But I love the way she sings this song. This one has been a favorite since I was a kid. I learned the words and tune when I was about 10 years old and I’ve been singing it throughout the winter ever since.

8. Silver Bells

Yes, another rendition by good ol’ Bing. I can’t resist that crooner. But it’s not just Mr. Crosby that makes this song so good. Carol Richards lends her voice to this one and makes it that much richer in harmony. This will always be one of my favorites.

7.  White Wine in the Sun

As the heathen I am, Tim Minchin is one of my favorite comedians. And this song, though not exactly a funny song, gets me right in the feels. This, to me, is exactly what Christmas is about. When you aren’t religious, it’s still a wonderful time to celebrate and enjoy those you love.

6.  Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt’s purr is just perfect for this song. I’ve never heard anyone quite match it. It’s such a sassy song, and I’m all about sassy. This song always lifts my spirits.

5. Carol of the Bells

The first time I heard this song was when I watched Home Alone. I immediately fell in love with it, and I’ve enjoyed listening to it ever since. I’ve never actually heard a bad version of it. But this one by Lindsey Stirling just blows me away. She’s amazing.

4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

There is a lot of controversy these days over this song, and I just don’t get it. I hear this song and think winter romance. It has been and will remain toward the top of my list of favorite holiday songs. This version by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer is the best I have found. I enjoy the classic sound.

3. Good King Wenceslas

This song is such an excellent reminder of why it is important to be charitable not just at this time of year, but always. This rendition by Blackmore’s Night suits the song so well, giving it a slightly medieval flare. So pretty!

2. The Christmas Song

Who doesn’t love this song? It’s so…Christmas! And the classic, smooth voice of Nat King Cole? I just have no words for how much I love this song. It’s everything a Christmas song should be. I actually didn’t like this song at all when I was younger. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I found an appreciation for it, and now I can’t imagine having it missing from my holiday playlist.

1. Feliz Navidad

Surprised? I know, it seems a strange choice for my number one favorite holiday song of all-time. But I cannot listen to this song without getting happy and in a festive mood. It’s the Gangnam Style of holiday music. I have to dance along with it whenever I hear it. So, thank you to Jose’ Feliciano for such a fantastic number. It’s catchy, it’s easy to learn, and I challenge you to not tap your toes when you listen to it. Go on. I’ll wait.

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What is your favorite holiday/Christmas song? Share it in the comments! And remember, if you need help getting past all those Christmas cookies, you can check out my Holiday Survival Guide.


Daily Dose of Music

There’s more? Yep! From now until December 26th, you can expect a new holiday song in this section.