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Significant Songs: What Music Held Meaning For You In 2017?

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What song spoke to you in 2017? Tell "Vermont Edition" for the annual music show.

It's almost time to take down that 2017 calendar, but before Vermont Edition takes a break ahead of the new year, it's time for the annual music show.

We had such amazing submissions last year, so we again want to know: what song tells a story about the past year for you? It doesn't need to be a new song from 2017, but rather any song that happened to speak to you in the last twelve months.

Did you get married this year and dance the night away to a tune you'll always remember? Did you psych yourself up for a career change with a special soundtrack? Maybe you dealt with personal struggles this year, but found comfort from a certain song.

Whatever music holds personal significance coming out of this year, share in the comments below or call-in live!

Because of music rights issues we can't podcast the full show, but we did make you playlists of (most*) the suggestions we heard!

On a desktop? You'll need a Spotify account to listen to the full playlist.

On a mobile phone? You'll need to download the Spotify app to listen to the full playlist.

The Spotify app and an account are free. Some songs in these playlists are marked "explicit." Please be adviced.

Audience Suggestions

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VPR Staff Picks

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Never to be out done, when it came time for the annual music show, the VPR staff wanted in as well! Here's what our VPR crew sent in:

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*not all the songs suggested were available on Spotify, so please forgive us if your suggestion didn't make it into the playlist!

Ric was a producer for Vermont Edition and host of the VPR Cafe.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Bob Kinzel has been covering the Vermont Statehouse since 1981 — longer than any continuously serving member of the Legislature. With his wealth of institutional knowledge, he answers your questions on our series, "Ask Bob."
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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