Yesterday we started the brand new year, 2018; and, in the spirit of the celebration, we’ve decided to take a look back on the albums released in 2017 and give them one last chance to shine. There may be a few that you totally missed, ones that you need to listen to right now.
There have been many albums we’ve all come to love that have been released these last 12 months. Some, in this list, skyrocketed up on charts all around the world; whereas others are treasured albums that ought to be heard by everyone.
2017 wouldn’t be the same without the release of all these LPs. So, as you say goodbye to that year, take a look at what made our list, and our writers’ thoughts on their favourite albums.
Ed Sheeran – Divide (÷) – Chosen by Ashley Dye (CelebMix Editor)
“It’s an album you can listen to from start to finish without skipping one song. After taking a year out of the spotlight, Sheeran came back stronger than ever with the most relatable lyrics and beautiful mix of songs to date.”
Taylor Swift – reputation – Chosen by Amber Nordberg (CelebMix Editor)
“When I first heard ‘reputation’, I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. It shows not only a different side of Taylor but how incredibly talented she actually is!”
Loïc Nottet – Selfocracy – Chosen by Jonathan Currinn (CelebMix Editor)
“2017 saw Ed Sheeran completely dominate globally with his album, but there was another one that completely stood out to me, that totally didn’t get the recognition it deserved. Loïc Nottet takes every single listener on a ‘Selfocracy’ story with his debut album, capturing us inside his hypnotic world. This collection of tracks leave listeners in a trance-like state, making us fall in love with every single track.”
Niall Horan – Flicker – Chosen by Azra (CelebMix Writer)
“It’s just one of those albums that made the wait for it worthwhile. It’s the perfect combination of deep emotional songs and massive bops. One minute you’re jamming out to ‘On The Loose’ and the next minute you’re being all emotional with ‘Flicker’; also, I think I really needed the song ‘Mirrors’ in my life, especially the simple yet deep lyrics ‘the skies are blue, haven’t been for a while'”.
The Script – Freedom Child – Chosen by Kelly McFarland (CelebMix Editor)
“It’s The Script’s first album in a few years. They came back with a slightly new sound, but still very much The Script music the fans know and love. My favourite tracks are ‘Rock the World’, ‘Written in the Scars’, ‘Make Up’, and Freedom Child.’”
BTS – Love Yourself: Her – Chosen by Ayushi (CelebMix Writer)
“BTS is a socially conscious group and they have been one since their debut. I liked ‘Love Yourself: Her’ because of its subject matter. Within a single album, the group managed to offer so many narratives and perspectives (personal struggles and competition in professional space).”
Take That – Wonderland – Chosen by Katrina Rees (CelebMix Editor)
“Despite having been in the industry for over 25 years, Take That never fail to surprise their fans. ‘Wonderland’ is their most experimental album to date and shows that they are not afraid to take risks with their music, even after all these years. Whilst I love the whole album, ‘River’ and ‘Superstar’ are just a cut above the rest.”
Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me – Chosen by Cayla Masters (CelebMix Writer)
“This LP truly hit me in my feels and was easily Demi’s best album to date.”
Billie Eilish – dont smile at me – Chosen by J Lauren (CelebMix Writer)
“Billie just turned sixteen, and she already has recorded and released an absolutely stellar album. Each song is unique, and they flow into each other, making it more like an experience than an album. With the musical brilliance don’t smile at me holds, it is no surprise that her latest tour sold out in minutes.”
Lorde – Melodrama – Chosen by Annemarie Cutruzzola (CelebMix Writer)
“‘Melodrama’ was a surprise favourite album for me but I’ve been obsessed with it ever since it was released in June. It’s one of those albums that can be played over and over and every single song makes you feel things so intensely; the emotional ballads, like ‘Liability’ and ‘Writer in The Dark’, are just as relatable and replayable as the upbeat party songs like ‘Green Light’, ‘Homemade Dynamite’, and ‘Perfect Places’. The album sums up what it’s like to be young and in love, and takes you on a journey that comes to a beautifully dramatic crescendo in the title track, ‘Sober II (Melodrama)’, with some reflective mid-tempo moments as well, like ‘Supercut’ (one of my favourites).”
Lauren Alaina – Road Less Traveled – Chosen by Lynn Macgillivray (CelebMix Writer)
“To me, this album is just perfection in every way, every time I listen to it I fall in love with it all over again. Having supported Lauren since American Idol, this album shows just how much she has grown as a songwriter and vocalist since she was on the show (and she was amazing back then). The songs are also much more personal and so inspiring to me, and I’m sure to every other listener.”
Various Artists – The Greatest Showman OST – Chosen by Zoe Adams (CelebMix Writer)
“My favourite album of 2017 has got to be ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack because, well have you listened to it?! It is a flawless album from start to finish, with songs ranging from beautifully powerful ballads to lively musical numbers… And the fact that it features Zac Efron’s perfect voice definitely gives it some bonus points!”
Harry Styles – Harry Styles – Chosen by Niki Smith (CelebMix Writer)
“Harry’s debut album is, in my opinion, the strongest 1D solo album. It’s brought old-school rock and soul to a whole new audience. Plus Harry is a hottie.”
Picture This – Picture This – Chosen by Rachel Dempster (CelebMix Writer)
“Every song has a different sound to it, but somehow the album fits together perfectly. One of the best debut albums I have ever heard. The lyrics are also phenomenal, also excellently portraying their songwriting talent.”
Imagine Dragons – Evolve – Chosen by Jess (CelebMix Writer)
“‘Evolve’ by Imagine Dragons was an album that really defined 2017 for me. It has a more colorful, bright, happier feel than Imagine Dragons’ past albums yet still hits the points about mental health in the lyrics. The variety and mixture of genres on it show that you don’t have to always follow exactly one path to create and become something incredible.”
Kelly Clarkson – Meaning Of Life – Chosen by Byaregal (CelebMix Writer)
“‘The Meaning of Life’ is the record I’ve always been waiting for from Kelly Clarkson. From rooting for Miss Clarkson since American Idol in 2002, I’m so glad to see her return to her soul roots and show off her full potential. With incredible standouts such as ‘Would You Call That Love’ and ‘Move You’, this is album is a pivotal moment for Kelly and her career.”
The Vamps – Night & Day (Night Edition) – Chosen by Nicola Craig (CelebMix Writer)
“Being fairly bias here but with The Vamps being my favourite band I knew ‘Night & Day (Night Edition)’ would be a strong contender from the start. But upon its release, I fell in love with the upbeat, heartfelt and sincere tracks across the album. Plus, it knocked Ed Sheeran off the top spot in the album charts which proves it’s a VERY good album!”
We don’t expect you to have listened to them all, but if you have we applaud you! There may have been many great albums in 2017 but they weren’t the only favourites of ours. Check out our 2017 favourite EPs, Singles, Music Videos, Films, TV Series’, Celebrity Moments, Memories, and CelebMix Articles; all chosen by our writers.