A-Tran’s Top 2017 Music

Hey fam! It’s been a bit quiet here on Suburban Remix, BUT that does not mean I didn’t consume tons of amazing music this year. Here are albums that were released in 2017 that I cannot live without. Cheers to a new year with new amazing records!

Peace, Love, & Rock n’ Roll,
A-Tran ❤

Paramore – After Laughter
Never has an album come into my life at a more perfect time. #AfterLaughter dazzles with a retro rhythmic/synth filter over pmore’s signature hard-hitting melodies, with lyrics that make me want to sulk in my mid-20’s existential crisis and celebrate at the same.

LIGHTS – Skin & Earth
Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Instrumentalist/Illustrator/Comic Book Writer/Mom/Empowering Female? #SkinAndEarth flexed all of these facets and Lights does not disappoint. Name a more iconic all encompassing artist, I’ll wait.

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
#TMYLM might be one of the most underrated pop albums of the year. These are Demi’s most heartwrenching lyrics and bombastic vocal performances. Don’t even get me started on the Grammy’s snubs.

Pickwick – LoveJoys
The perfect combination of garage r&b, rock n’ roll, and a sprinkle of psychedelic colors across the entire record. The highly anticipated sophomore album did not disappoint and has become one of my fave “alt” albums of all time.

Thundercat – Drunk
If memes were a virtuosic jazz/funk band, they would be Thundercat. Thank you, Thundercat bass god.

SKATERS – Rock and Roll Bye Bye
SKATERS is the essential “Brooklyn boi” sound aesthetic and I’ve always had a sk8 lyfe obsession.

Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
British pop is always better pop. If you’re still sleeping on Dua, WAKE UP HUNTY. Her contralto-mezzo range paired with a natural growly rasp is one hunna.

Kehlani – SweetSexySavage 
Kehlani is so effortlessly herself in her music, lyrics, and style. SSS is honestly an urban/r&b/pop blessing to us all.

John Mayer – The Search for Everything
TSFE is some of my favorite work from John. He’s also a meme king, so there’s that.

Harry Styles – Harry Styles
Harry fully committed to an edgy 70’s rock inspired record with undeniable pop sensibility. Honestly one of the most underrated records of the year.

Miley Cyrus – Younger Now
Miley is being her best self in this era and I am living for her country roots. I’ll forever be waiting for a all out country record, I feel it coming.

Eisley – I’m Only Dreaming
Eisley was one of the first rock bands I looked up to with female leads and they still are. ‘I’m Only Dreaming’ is a perfect addition to their discography.

Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
This was the exact record I needed from Kelly. Once she announced she was going more “soulful,” I knew it was going to be an instant classic.

Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
In a year of some of the best pop releases, P.TM really came through with that quality rock.

Miguel – War & Leisure
In a year of some of the best pop releases, P.TM really came through with that quality rock.

Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy
Some people just live and breathe creativity. Tyler is one of them. I don’t listen to a ton of rap, but Tyler makes me really excited to listen to more!

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers’ fantastical brand of synth alt-rock is in full force on Wonderful Wonderful and she is always here for it.

Sam Smith – Thrill Of It All
If “CRINE” was an album, Sam just created it.

Julia Michaels – Nervous System
JM has some of the realest lyrics on pop radio right now, and her vocal cracks make her content all the more relatable.

Lea Michele – Places
Lea is my traditional-broadway-vocal pop KWEEN. The Barbara Streisand of my generation. Real recognize real.

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
This record is bop after bop. Production perfection.

Sampha – Process
Process was my go-to chill/driving/working/rainy day album of the year. Issa mood.

Lorde – Melodrama
Don’t @ me, but nothing will outshine Pure Heroine, however, Melodrama was a perfect follow-up.

Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony
5H self-titled is pure pop gold. With an overlay of urban/r&b across the entire record, the girls have really solidified their sound aesthetic. Sometimes a small lineup shake up is needed to find your groove.

PVRIS – All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell
I listened to “White Noise” like it was a religion. AWKOFAWKOH is a wonderful follow-up with a more matured sound, but I don’t know if anything can surpass WH.

Kirstin – L O V E
Kirstin (Pentatonix) really DID THAT. This EP is jam packed with dance pop bangers with some of the best vocal technique I’ve heard in a bit.

Stanaj – From A Distance
If his vocals don’t make you swoon…