We’re at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of ’17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It’s our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Enjoy.
1. Slide by Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos
Throw the hottest artists on the same track and unfortunately, most of the time it does not work (*cough* Katy Perry *cough*).
That’s not the case with “Slide,” which came out in February and will probably be the song of the summer.
Frank Ocean’s silky voice pairs perfectly with Calvin Harris’ sunny production, and the addition of Atlanta’s Migos make it perfect for any day that ends with the letter “y.”
2. “Perfect Places” by Lorde
Lorde’s been gone for three years, and in that time has lived a million lives and grown exponentially as both an artist and a normal human being-because that’s what happens when you leave teenage-hood.
She portrays all the tumultuous emotions on Melodrama, and “Perfect Places” is the boisterous thesis of the entire project.
3. “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire is back, and we’re so very ready for it. “Everything Now” is the band’s first single since 2013’s Reflektor and is the title track off of their upcoming album.
The track was initially a vinyl-only release, because, well, they’re Arcade Fire.
But in this evolution of the band, they’re fully embracing the need to bust a move (comparisons to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” have already been made-oh and there’s a pan flute) while still remaining their insightful selves.
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