These Songs Are Turning Five Years Old in 2022

These Songs Are Turning Five Years Old in 2022

Cory Cogley
April 02 2022 - 02:36am

It’s hard to believe it’s been this long since some of these songs. So much has happened in the last five years, the sound of 2017 feels like a distant era of popular music history. Here’s a list of representative songs from the year to refresh your memory.

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Kendrick Lamar - “Humble”

The celebrated Compton rapper’s commercial peak.

Jay-Z - “4:44”

A mid-album highlight from Jay-Z’s last album. Both the song and album received a Grammy nomination.

Mount Eerie - “Real Death”

From the first album inspired by the death of singer/songwriter Phil Elverum’s wife, this song is one of the most heart-wrenching tracks of 2017.

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Lorde - “Green Light”

Lorde used her second album to encapsulate a classic pop persona, announcing Melodrama with the stylish, unique yet familiar feeling of “Green Light.”

SZA - “Love Galore” (feat. Travis Scott)

SZA hit graceful, moving creative heights with this thrilling track from her last album, Ctrl.

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Drake - “Passionfruit”

Love him or hate him, “Passionfruit” showcased all the strengths of Drake.

Ed Sheeran - “Shape of You”

The pop hit that took the world by storm, “Shape of You” made Ed Sheeran the icon he is today.

Taylor Swift - “Look What You Made Me Do”

Swift’s ventures into “adult” pop culminated in a shocking change of style with this single’s electropop trapping.

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St. Vincent - “Los Ageless”

MASSEDUCTION remade the image of indie artist St. Vincent, with the sultry guitar-and-synth pop drive of “Los Ageless.”

Kesha - “Praying”

Kesha’s emotional comeback lives on in the world’s memories thanks to her difficult years leading up to this recording.

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Tyler, the Creator - “Who Dat Boy” (feat A$AP Rocky)

With heavy bass, grinding beats, and an aggressive rapping performance from Tyler, “Who Dat Boy” was one of his strongest songs ever released at the time.

Harry Styles - “Sign of the Times”

Harry Styles’ first solo single showcased a shift towards rock-influenced songwriting.

LCD Soundsystem - “Call The Police”

From the group’s last album, American Dream.

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Sampha - “(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano”

From the singer/songwriter’s Mercury Prize-winning debut album, Process.

The National - “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”

Highlight from the indie band’s 2017 record.

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Future - “Selfish” (feat. Rihanna)

Though overshadowed by the rapper’s other 2017 singles, his better album of the year HNDRXX featured this seamless blend of Rihanna-styled pop.

Khalid - “Young Dumb & Broke”

Khalid’s best-known solo song captures the sound of the time.

All of these songs are available on streaming services everywhere!

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