My Top Music of 2017: country, pop, & more!

As 2017 comes to a close, I couldn’t not recap my favorite records and songs from the year – it’s a necessity. I’ve discovered so much incredible music, and my taste has definitely grown and changed since January. Across multiple genres, I’ve listed my top music from this year below, with the record info and links via Spotify. I encourage y’all take some time to listen to these amazing artists, and hopefully discover a new favorite in the process!

My Top Music of 2017


On The Rocks – Midland (for fans of George Strait)

Midland delivers classic country music with modern flare; they’re such a breather for main stream country radio, in my opinion. From their matching embroidered cowboy suits to their pedal-steeled melodies, I love everything about this trio.

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“Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” // “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” (singles) – Ashley McBryde (for fans of Miranda Lambert)

I am so happy that a friend recommended Ashley McBryde to me a month or so ago. Her songwriting is out-of-this-world, and you can tell she means every word she says. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” makes me cry in the best way. Red my Music Monday about Ashley here.




Forever And Then Some – Lillie Mae (for fans of Emmylou Harris)

Forever And Then Some if probably my favorite record from the year! I’ve fallen in love with Lillie Mae’s lyrics, voice, and style. Check out my Music Monday about her here.



Walk into a Storm – The Lone Bellow (for fans of Nathaniel Rateliff)

When I first heard The Lone Bellow, they reminded me of a mix between The Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, and NEEDTOBREATHE. This record is solid all the way through – there’s nothing on it that I didn’t like. Read my Music Monday about The Lone Bellow here.

walk into a storm


The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (for fans of John Paul White)

Jason Isbell has become of one of new favorites for the year. There are too many stellar songs on this record for me to pick a favorite – you have to experience it from start to finish.




Goodnight Rhonda Lee – Nicole Atkins (for fans of Carole King, St. Paul & The Broken Bones)

From beginning to end, this record will make your snap your fingers and sway from side to side. Brimming with soulful choruses and jazz undertones, Nicole Atkins delivers every song with passion and authenticity. This girl is the real deal. Check out my Music Monday about her here.




“That’s What I Like” // “24K Magic” // “Versace On The Floor” (24K Magic) – Bruno Mars

“Sorry Not Sorry” (Tell Me You Love Me) – Demi Lovato

“Bad At Love” // “Now Or Never” (hopeless fountain kingdom) – Halsey

As y’all can see, I typically don’t listen to entire pop albums because I’m usually not that into pop. However, I do find a couple songs here and there that I love to jam out to, especially while I’m working out. Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Halsey all made their way into my workout playlist this year.

And last but not least, I had to throw a shameless self-promotion in here. I know I mention this a lot on AbundantlyKate, but I’m going to again: I released my own debut EP, Mississippi, in March of this year, and I would love for y’all to take a second a listen to it via any of the links below following “MY MUSIC”. It’s made up of four of my original songs – please let me know what y’all think!


Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this post, and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Much love, and happy listening. 

READ MORE: Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017 (my Christmas music recommendations)



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