Like with a lot of things that matter, your own take on how your year went is deeply personal, and, most of the time, uniquely enthralling. As 2017 draws to a close, your friendly NBHD team shares with you a slice of how their last 12 months went in our most favorite medium: awesome playlists.
Jacs Sampayan, Editor-in-chief
“I got into so many arguments this year. Whether they’re petty disagreements about where to eat, full-blown political debates on my Facebook wall, or expressions of my own irks and issues, this willingness to engage has been my default. It’s been somewhat liberating, but definitely exhausting. But there is another definition of “fight.” It is also a noun that implies strength, a feistiness that can get you through murky situations and depressing times. These songs will encourage you to figure out what’s what in this world, stop apologizing for leaving the haters behind, and have something to look forward to. Because, my friend, tomorrow can be awesome and there is still a lot of fight left in you.”
Alyssa Castillo, Editorial Assistant
“2017 was weird. The overwhelming highs and shocking lows opened up my eyes and gave me a glimpse of how the world worked. At 22, I’d ask, “was this just a case of #Adulting?” I couldn’t catch a break from constantly being bent and broken, but I’m nothing but grateful for all of it. No complaints. Picking myself up the ground, I dust myself off from this gritty year and, heck, I’m ecstatic just to be alive right now.”
Nana Caragay, Contributing Editor
“I started out the year obsessed with ‘I Feel It Coming’ by The Weeknd, so I listened to him a lot—together with my usual standbys (Manic Street Preachers, The xx, Muse) and a few new songs I discovered in spin class (Ariana andJessie J!). My 2017 soundtrack is a mix of filthy hip-hop (my guilty pleasure) and feel-good tunes, my only real requirement being that it’s got to get me going while I’m listening to it in the shower.”
Cindy Go, Beauty and Wellness Editor
“2017 was all about ending things on a high note.”
Renzo Navarro, In-house Photographer
“Behind every good idea that comes out of the shower is an amazing playlist, I promise! This playlist might be a curious mix of mellow and upbeat songs, but give it a chance. This year saw a spike in my bathroom dancing activity thanks to some of these tracks.”
Mags Ocampo, Art Director
“This year brought about a lot of big changes that left me feeling a little lost. Don’t get me wrong — the day-to-day was great but overall, I constantly felt like I was in between (of what? I don’t know for sure). These songs will take you from point A to B, but not without lingering in the in-between.”
See you all in 2018! Cheers!