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The Top Songs of 2017

• Korie Gallagher •, Staff Writer

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The year is almost done and as we look back at the top songs, we think what were the most popular songs of the year? We looked at the Billboard charts and determined for ourselves.

The album cover of “Havana” by Camila Cabello and Young Thug.

“Havana” by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug is currently the 96th song in the top 100 with currently 329 million views on its music video on youtube. The song also has broken the record of having the longest running number one single from an female artist since Adele, according to the Billboard.

“Malibu” by Miley Cyrus is also part of the list. Standing in the 89th spot, this song is way more different than Cyrus’s previous work, which feature a sort of country tone with calm and relaxed atmosphere. When performing this song live for the first time, Cyrus was in tears during the mid to end of the song.

Next at 77th spot, “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith, which was released later this year. Coming from his second album, “The Thrill of it all”, this song currently has 380 million views for its music video in youtube. This song also stands among Smith’s other hits, including “Stay with Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and “Writings on the Wall”.

“Praying” by Kesha comes in hot at the 67th spot. In 2014, the artist herself sued Dr. Luke, a music producer, for the accusement of all abusement and violation of California business practices, based on court papers released. This song represents what she went through and hoping to see better days in the future.

The album cover of the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack, which I features the song “Heathens” by twenty one pilots.

“Heathens” by twenty one pilots comes next at the 58th spot in the Billboard chart. This song got extremely popular as it is an original song from the “Suicide Squad” soundtrack, which became one of the top albums of last year.

From Ed Sheeran, “Castle on the Hill” pops up at the 40th spot. 262 million views on its music video on youtube, this song represents Sheeran’s childhood and past. When Sheeran’s album, “Divide”, was released earlier this year, it also became one of the top selling albums this year.

Right next to the 40th spot, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift is at the 39th. Recognized by her hit songs about her breakups, Taylor recently released this song with its own music video; and it became a trend with memes and criticism.

“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B is the 24th spot. This song is controversially one of the most popular songs of 2017 and broke records in the result. This song is now the longest running number 1 from a solo female rapper, breaking Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” which ruled the charts for 2 weeks in 1998, compared to 3 weeks from Cardi B.

The 11th spot is claimed by “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. You’ve probably heard this on the radio as it is one of the top love songs of the year. This song was inspired by his personal life and others around him.

The album cover of “Shape of you” by Ed Sheeran.

Finally, the most popular song of the year goes to…drumroll please…”Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. With 2.8 billion views on its music video in YouTube, Sheeran explains what drove him to write the song. “ We were writing this song and I was like ‘This would really work for Rihanna.’ And then I started singing lyrics like ‘putting Van The Man on the jukebox’ and I was like ‘well, she’s not really going to sing that, is she?’ And then we decided halfway through that we were just going to make it for me. “

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