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
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.
6. “Boombayah” by Black Pink
May your outfits and hair flicks be as strong as Black Pink’s every day of the coming year.
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.”
PREACH IT LÉON.
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.
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.
13. “Bitch” by Plastiscines
Feel free to change bitch to “nasty woman” when you’re singing along.
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.
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.
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 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
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.