Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/14/17)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode I discuss the "Top 40 Songs of 2017." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud.


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                                                Revival  album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

                                              Revival album cover - Eminem, 12/15/17

 Migos hire  Everyday Struggle  lookalikes for their  "Ice Tray"  music video. The beef continues.

Migos hire Everyday Struggle lookalikes for their "Ice Tray" music video. The beef continues.

Upcoming / Recently Released: 

  • 12/08- Big Sean & Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing
  • 12/15- Eminem, Revival
  • 12/15- N.E.R.D., No_One Ever Really Dies
  • 12/15- Jeezy, Pressure
  • 12/12- Gucci Mane, El Gato the Human Glacier
  • 12/25- Lil Wayne, Dedication 6

Top 40 Songs of 2017

This is one of my favorite parts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2017. I think this was the easiest time I had choosing the top 5 as this year's choices dominated the charts and our hearts. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

  1. “DNA.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  2. “The Weekend”- SZA, Ctrl

  3. “Bodak Yellow”- Cardi B

  4. “The Story of O.J.”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  5. “Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  6. “HUMBLE.”- Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

  7. “Lemon (feat. Rihanna)”- N.E.R.D, NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES

  8. “XO TOUR Llif3”- Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 1.5

  9. “Passionfruit”- Drake, More Life

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

  11. “Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos)”- Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

  12. “Chanel”- Frank Ocean

  13. “Blessed”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  14. “Nuh Time / Tek Time”- dvsn, Morning After

  15. “4:44”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  16. “Get Up 2 Come Down (feat. CeeLo Green & Sleepy Brown”- Big K.R.I.T., 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

  17. “If Time Is Money (Fly Navigation) (feat. Method Man)”- Wu-Tang, The Saga Continues

  18. “November”- Tyler, the Creator, Flower Boy

  19. “Family Feud (feat. Beyoncé)”- Jay-Z, 4:44

  20. “T-Shirt”- Migos, Culture

  21. “Blem”- Drake, More Life

  22. “Motor Sport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj”- Migos, Culture II

  23. “Emotional”- Keyshia Cole, 11:11 Reset

  24. “Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)”- Daniel Caesar, Freudian

  25. “Know”- Syd, Fin

  26. “Still Down”- H.E.R., H.E.R.

  27. “Mood”- dvsn, Morning After

  28. “Heaven On Earth (feat. The-Dream)”- Vic Mensa, The Autobiography

  29. “Bank Account”- 21 Savage, Issa Album

  30. “Drowning (feat. Kodak Black)”- A Boogie wit da Hoodie, The Bigger Artist

  31. “Heavy Heart”- Meek Mill, Wins & Losses

  32. “Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy”- GoldLink, At What Cost

  33. “FOR MY PEOPLE”- Joey Bada$$, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$

  34. “Do Not Disturb”- Drake, More Life

  35. “Mask Off (Remix) (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Future

  36. “I’m the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne)”- DJ Khaled, Grateful

  37. “Set It Off”- Bryson Tiller, True To Self

  38. “Personal”- Kehlani, SweetSexySavage

  39. “Location”- Khalid, American Teen

  40. “Shether”- Remy Ma

  • Honorable Mentions: “AfricAryaN (feat. Neil DeGrasse Tyson & J. Cole)”- Logic, Everybody | “Insecure”- Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller, Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series, Season 2 | “On My Mind”- Jorja Smith & Preditah | “Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Thundercat,  Drunk | “Veggies (feat. Ty Dolla $ign”- Aminé, Good For You

See you next week!

-AO