The Best Songs Of 2017, So Far

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It’s listicle time

Congratulations, friends. We are officially halfway through 2017, a year that has truly been, well, a thing. (The Oxford English Dictionary now defines "thing" as "a genuine or established phenomenon or practice." Ten points for Internet Gryffindor.) The music that's come out of it, though, has been exceptional. Between Lorde's return, Gaga's pop 180, Frank Ocean's omnipresence, and walking rap prophet Kendrick Lamar, this year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting sonically since Lorde first hit the scene. So, let's take a moment to reflect on what we've been gifted thus far, as voted on by NYLON staffers. The rest of 2017 has a lot to live up to.

10. "The Cure" by Lady Gaga
How Gaga managed to keep the recording of this under wraps, especially from her Little Monsters, is anyone's guess. She debuted it during her headlining Coachella performance and swiftly dropped it on all digital platforms soon after. After the country-tinged Joanne album, which is more or less an album for her, "The Cure" is a gift to her fans and those begging her for the sweet, sweet pop anthems she built her name on. Welcome back, Gaga. 

9. "Slide feat. Frank Ocean and Migos" by Calvin Harris
What the funk is up, Calvin Harris? This return to form is the most welcomed. You know he's doing something right if Frank Ocean hopped on.

8. "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man
It's the little song that could! Portugal. The Man earned their first number one billing on the alternative charts with this one. It's easy to hear why: The swing elements sound like nothing on the radio right now. "Rebel just for kicks"? Sure, why not.

7. "Slip Away" by Perfume Genius
Mike Hadreas really went there with Perfume Genius' latest LP, No Shape. "Slip Away" is an escapist fantasy, urging its protagonist (and listeners) to stick it to the naysayers and live their lives wholly and truly themselves. With the wall of sound that blasts through the chorus, it's easy to think you can. 

6. "Chanel" by Frank Ocean
Once you pop, you can't stop. After what felt like an eternity, Frank Ocean dropped Blonde last year and hasn't stopped releasing singles since. "Chanel," an unexpected gift in March, is a whiskey-smooth love song exploring the duality of the emotion and his subject. No one pours their heart into their craft the way Ocean does, and he's wearing it proudly on his sleeve here.

5. "I Know A Place" by MUNA
Though released as a single last December, "I Know A Place" became an anthem this year following the release of MUNA's debut album, About U, in February. Its '80s-tinged pop soars through a cascade of emotions, all in an effort to uplift and provide comfort. With lyrics like "You think being yourself means being unworthy" and lead singer, Katie Gavin, singing soon after that she knows a place where you can safely be your true self, the song's message is vital for today's world that's still stripping marginalized people of their rights. MUNA is the sound of the future and, thankfully, the future sounds bright.

4. "Love" by Lana Del Rey
Leave it to Lana Del Rey to perfectly capture the romance of youthful ennui. What's more 2017 than that?

3. "Cut To The Feeling" by Carly Rae Jepsen
It is truly a shame more people aren't clued into the majesty that is Carly Rae Jepsen. She's making the best, sweetest pop music there is today, and "Cut To The Feeling" is a masterclass. Jepsen wastes almost no time (30 seconds, in fact) to deliver a chorus that blasts off to stars and doesn't let up for the rest of the song's duration. Like the rest of her music, "Cut To The Feeling" celebrates the possibility of big love, twirling away any negative or cynical thought that tries to take her off cloud nine. Do you want to know what those butterflies you get before a first date with a crush sound like? This. This is what they sound like.

2. "Supercut" by Lorde
Nestled at the tail end of Lorde's stunning sophomore album Melodrama is "Supercut," the most Robyn-like song this year has seen outside of Robyn's "Honey" snippet on Girls. It's the song that finds the true sweet spot between Lorde's wunderkind introspection and Jack Antonoff's production, something we consider to be the sound of 2017. Never has young love been defined so concisely than when Lorde sings of it being "wild" and "fluorescent." Gosh. 

1. "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar
"HUMBLE." takes no prisoners. Between Lamar bragging about Obama paging him, the necessity for Photoshop-less bodies, and subtle digs as his peers, there's nothing humble about this. Sit down, though. Lamar deserves it. 

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.