26 Brilliant Songs You Need In Your January Playlist

New year, new playlist.

1. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

What, you thought you’d get through this list without one of old Eddie’s new songs? Behold, this is the soundtrack to me sashaying into 2017, only having time for men who don’t blink when I fill up my bag with food from the all-you-can-eat restaurant we’re at.

2. “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim

Fat Boy Slim

Both a banging throwback tune and an on-point reminder to celebrate all the positive things and people in your life.

3. “Guys My Age” by Hey Violet


– Stop dating guys my age
– Get Rena Lovelis’s exact hair colour

And because I’m feeling generous, I’ve also put “Fukboi” below, to complete your collection of dating anthems. “I’d rather cut out my tongue than let you kiss me with yours” = my new motto.

4. “Hey Maria” by Klangkarussell

When I have stressful conversations I dance around my room to this to get rid of tension. Please accept this as my new year’s gift to you.

5. “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon

If you feel like the first two verses of this song sound like you, Paul Simon has the solution for you in his third verse: Bail out to another country. Or at the very least go on holiday somewhere. Solid advice.

6. “Boombayah” by Black Pink

May your outfits and hair flicks be as strong as Black Pink’s every day of the coming year.

Me and my gal pals, dance-walking our way out of 2016.

7. “Tired of Talking” by LÉON


“I’ve been nothing but good to you. Your howling into the night won’t do. I’m tired of talking. Get out the door and disappear. When you get back I won’t be here.”


8. “I’m in Love With My Life” by Phases

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a song to help remind you that you do, actually, love your life. Listen to this, then rekindle your romance with living.

9. “Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Root

So, I rewatched Matilda this month, vowed to read more books, then ended up just listening to this song on repeat for four straight hours. But seriously guys, I defy you to a find a more delightful song.

10. “Reasons” by Khalid

If this is the year you want to get into a new relationship, let Khalid show you the kind of fella you should be looking for.

11. “Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix

And if you’re moving on from a relationship this year, let Little Mix deliver the perfect “fuck them and their shitty bedroom skills” right into your ears.

12. “Handstand” by the Fontaines

This is another very good getting-over-negative-relationships song. Plus it could realistically be about bad friendships as well as bad romances (there are not enough songs about friend breakups). AND it’s catchy as hell.

13. “Bitch” by Plastiscines

Feel free to change bitch to “nasty woman” when you’re singing along.

14. “Rooting for You” by London Grammar

I mean, the fact that London Grammar have FINALLY RELEASED NEW MUSIC is uplifting enough on its own. But the haunting strains of this song are actually surprisingly hopeful. Darling, I’ll be rooting for all of us.

15. “Never Give Up” by Sia

If you’re starting 2017 on a bad foot, there’s no point moping. Pick yourself up, put this on loop, and keep on keeping on, no matter what setbacks might get thrown your way.

16. “Hostile” by Chambers

If you’re raring to take 2017 by the horns and show it what you’re made of, this is the angry power anthem for you, my friend.

17. “Talk Too Much” by Coin

“I talk too much.” Finally. A man who gets it.

I’m kidding, I’m kidding (or am I).

Either way, let’s do less talking and more loving this year.

18. “Dancing King” by Exo


19. “Pencil Full of Lead” by Paolo Nutini

New shoes, new year, and a track to jive dance to whenever you feel down. The ultimate 2017 starter pack.

20. “Alright” by Supergrass


Because we are alright. We’re gonna be alright.

21. “Because I’m Me” by the Avalanches

Yet more proof that shoes are a major key. Go now, buy yourself a great new pair of shoes in the January sales, you deserve it.

22. “How Far I’ll Go” by Alessia Cara


JUDGE ME ALL YOU WANT. I love Moana, I love the film, I love Alessia Cara’s cover of her song, I LOVE ALL OF IT. And if you don’t find the lyrics to “How Far I’ll Go” at least a little bit inspiring, you are dead inside and we can’t be friends.

I also think I deserve at least some credit for the fact that we’re, what, like five, six months into these playlists and my love of Disney is only just rearing its head. Frankly, I’m surprised I made it this far.

Also be sure to check out Jordan Fisher’s cover of “You’re Welcome”, because if nothing else, we could all learn something from Maui’s confidence. YOU’RE WELCOME.

23. “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers

“I walked off you and I walked off an old me.” This is my January aesthetic. More nature walks. Fewer bad decisions. Because all the walking will mean I don’t have time to make bad decisions, duh.

24. “On Your Side” by the Veronicas

The Veronicas

The song for when you need to know it’s OK to go through hard times, and that there’s always people on your side no matter what. Or the song for when you just want to dance. Either’s good.

25. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

I probably should have saved this song for summer. But also, there’s no reason not to live your best Corinne Bailey Rae summer life all year round.

26. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

It’s 2017. This year, let all the negative people in your life go their own way. Then you go yours. And make sure to listen to lots of Fleetwood Mac while you do it.

Listen to the full playlist here:

This is a monthly series. Let me know what you think should be in my February playlist in the comments or tweet me.

Want more? December’s playlist is here!

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Emma Cooke is a lifestyle writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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