2017 is in the running for the most baffling year in recent memory. The world experienced a series of disasters, both natural and Trump-made. Through all of the hurricanes, international scandals, and general covfefe, music managed to unite the global community in ways both beautiful and surprising. In no particular order, here are 30 of Saving For Laundry’s favorite musical moments from 2017.
Hip-Hop became the most listened-to genre for the first time ever according to Spotify streaming statistics.
Jaden Smith made an album… and it was honestly pretty damn good.
Vince Staples single handedly soundtracked the trailers for 90% of all action movies following the release of his fantastic and experimental “Big Fish Theory”.
Members of The Internet had a big year in 2017 with frontwoman Syd releasing a critically praised, dark and silky solo album and Steve Lacy getting a grammy nomination for a beat he produced on his iPhone.
Paramore made a hard left turn into 80s influenced music and gifted their fans with the ultimate sad-happy-jump-around-jam “Hard Times”.
Royal Blood put an instrument other than a bass and a drum kit on their latest album and still sounded like a muscle car running on liquid dynamite.
Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay upgraded his headdress to a neon robot bike helmet.
Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” got Queen, Young MC, and the Jon Spencer Blues explosion on every getaway driver’s playlist.
Frank Ocean released a handful of singles to remind the world why he is still one of the most compelling artists of this generation.
Drake dropped a double-album disguised as a playlist and took the streaming world by storm.
Every other hit rap song seemed to feature a flute somehow.
Tyler the Creator delivered a beautiful and tender piece of introspection on his album “Flower Boy”...
… Which featured more than a few guest spots from one of the year’s most exciting breakout stars: Rex Orange County.
Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” sounds better played backward than most other rappers’ entire careers.
N.E.R.D came back to remind everyone that they wrote the book on artful production.
Amine is not just a one hit wonder.
J.I.D hit the scene like a fast-talking atom bomb and gifted the world with his one-two punch of a track, “NEVER”.
The Migos were everywhere this year, but Takeoff was still left off “Bad and Boujee”.
Gucci Mane threw a wedding more immaculate than anything the royals have ever done.
Calvin Harris came out of nowhere to make the perfect summer album with features from everyone from Katy Perry to Frank Ocean.
Dan Auerbach tricked listeners into thinking that he had traveled back in time to record his masterclass of an album “Waiting on a Song”.
Logic’s “Everybody” album cover let us play hip-hop Where’s Waldo.
Portugal. The Man had a crossover hit with “Feel It Still” that is sure to become severely overplayed in 2018.
BROCKHAMPTON redefined the term “boy band”, made a TV show, released a handful of short films and dropped three incredible full length albums all while touring.
Josh Homme, Alex Turner and David Lynch made pompadours cool again.
Speaking of David Lynch, “Twin Peaks: The Return” reinvented what television could be, and gave us some pretty cool musical performances along the way.
SZA’s “Ctrl” finally arrived and blew everyone’s minds.
Cardi B hit number one on the charts and restored a little bit of faith in the american dream.
Despacito led a new wave of Latin music crossing over to a global audience... if only Justin Bieber remembered the words.
Lorde cemented her spot in pop royalty with her sophomore album “Melodrama”.