This year we saw some pretty remarkable music being made. There were songs that evoked tears and songs that prompted parties and celebrations. As the final hour of 2017 comes to an end, we want to be listening to something that hits that special place in our hearts, that we've held throughout the year. We want to be reminded of the history-making moments, of the laughter we've shared with our pals and most of all, of the tunes that soundtracked the strangest year of the century... so far.
1. "Shape Of You" - Ed Sheeran
One of the most memorable songs of this year and one of the first! This is the perfect song to get the countdown started, it's upbeat and exciting, perfect for what awaits in the next hour. It'll get everyone pumped and bring back those long-lost memories of early 2017, which were somewhat positive compared to our current mindset.
2. "Guap" - Yaeji
Another hit that will get the New Year's dancers moving! Released at the beginning of May this year, we were introduced to the new hit woman of trap music. This track will let those images of dark club rooms and laser light displays filter back into your mind's eye, bringing with it the need to get absolutely smashed. You'll be reminded of the fun you had on your Saturday nights throughout the year, making you want to recreate those memories with your very best friends. You will all be screaming, "remember this banger!" and your bodies won't be able to resist the dancing they're about to do.
3. "Blanket Me" - Hundred Waters
A track that has the most beautiful crescendo of the year, it will build you up for whatever awaits on the other end of midnight. You'll be congregating in small circles as the song progresses, but before you know it the whole party will be together repeating the title, until finally everyone is holding each other in emotional support.
4. "New York" - St Vincent
For those of us who reside in this lovely city, this track will bring back anyone who has left us this year. There will be some tears, there will be smiles, but mostly there'll be feelings of loss as the lyrics repeat "New York isn't New York without you love." We've all said goodbye to someone this year, listening to this track when you're walking down Madison Ave and recalling that time you walked down it with that special someone will be depressing, but much needed nostalgia.
5. "Chanel" - Frank Ocean
This is a must have on this list, Frank has had such an influence this year how could we not include him in our final hour? He literally epitomises the transition of 2016 to 2017 in two lines and this will be ringing in our ears as the year comes to an end. "2016 burnt some discs
2017 ideas playing off a Walkman" as we realise this year's ideas and concepts are continuing and change and persistence is needed even more in 2018.
6. "List Of People (To Try And Forget)" - Tame Impala
Tame Impala has literally been the soundtrack of change this year and Kevin Parker has spoken too much honesty about the brutality of leaving things behind. This tune is perfect for all of us who have let some people out of our lives for the sake of our own sanity. We will repeat this tune over and over until we have officially forgotten about that list of people.
7. "Real Death" - Mount Eerie
Mount Eerie's latest album is the most gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, tear-jerking collection of music to be released this year. He has transformed the experience of death and complete loss into a musical masterpiece. This track reminds us that "yes death is real" and that in one way or another death has entered our lives in 2017. The terror attacks throughout the globe, the natural disasters that have plagued us and of course the more personal experiences; a reminder of the people we have lost. However, due to its extremely depressing elements, "Real Death" is a cathartic release of all of our sadness, we can let out before the fresh start of 2018.
8. "Doomed" - Moses Sumney
This track really should have been played last year's New Years, as it perfectly sums up the year we have just experienced. It was a doomed 12 months, with the election of Trump, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and everything else in between. But now we can listen to this track and reminisce on the tribulations of the past year and remind ourselves we got through it despite all of the bad omens we encountered.
9. "Love Galore" - Sza
So this woman has blown up this year and has become one of the most inspiring artists, especially for women. It's a track to remember the overwhelming amount of female artists coming to the forefront of the music scene over this year, especially women of colour.
10. "Perfect Places" - Lorde
The perfect song to finish this ridiculous year off with. Lorde of course started the year with her groundbreaking album Melodrama
shaking our souls. So why not finish the year with the brilliance of what we started off with? This track has everything required for the final song of the year, as the ball drops, as the fireworks are set off, we will all be taken to our own perfect places. It will get you hyped for the new year and the new opportunities that are awaiting the next day. We are on the road to a hopefully refreshing beginning, and Lorde will take us there!