By no means is it an exaggeration to say that songs can feel like living, breathing people in our lives. We’ve all had albums that held our hands through darkness, songs we’ve taken to the party to let loose with, verses we’ve tattooed on our arms as a reminder of a feeling.
2017 was a year when we needed music to keep us alive, to be with us on long midnight walks, to soundtrack the feeling when we fell in love (“Cut To The Feeling” pa rin, mga ulol), or to tell us, no, things might not turn out for the best, but we can dance through it still.
This list is an attempt to imagine this year’s best albums as friends. If you’ve ever wondered which records would sit down together for a beer, or find themselves stumbling down the street arm in arm at four in the morning laughing their faces off, then wonder no more.