by Elijah Monuteaux – Staff Reporter
To put it simply, 2017 has been one of the hottest years for music with popular artists like Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Lecrae, and Sam Hunt all releasing some of their biggest records. Across the board all the artist did exceedingly well with the records they released. Some artist even found 2017 as the year they would blow up and gain millions of fans. It makes the anticipation for 2018’s music build up with many musicians announcing drop dates for their upcoming albums.
Some of the hits for the hip hop world came when Migos released their album Culture in late January including hit single Bad and Boujee with the bouncy sound of trap music capturing all who listened. Later in March Drake dropped his album More life fallowed by Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. Around a month later which quickly became one of the best albums of the year. Later in the Year a quieter artist, Lecrae let out his album All Things Work Together with hit single Blessings which features Ty Dolla sign.
R&B gave us a few surprises as well with a good amount of releases through the year. A few of the top releases were seen by SZA when she released Ctrl, Miguel when he dropped War and Leisure and Jhene Aiko showing off her style with Trip Although there are many more R&B artists who put out songs and Albums through 2017, these are the ones to highlight.
In The genre of pop, there were more singles that grabbed attention than the albums themselves. Such as ex-fifth harmony member Camila Cabello’s single Havana which featured young thug, and Imagine Dragon’s singles Thunder and believer. This is not to say that the albums were not artistic and hit worthy, but rather that the singles seemed to captivate listeners more than the album released afterwards.
Finally let’s of course peek at country music’s top releases! With hits Like Backroad by Sam Hunt, You Broke Up with Me by Walker Hayes, Five More Minutes by Scott McCreery. Country music shows us it’s typical sound with stories of past relationships, big trucks, and females. Although 2017 was a big year for other genres such as Hip-Hop and Pop, country seems to be up there with these artists hits.