The List: Songs to Help You Ring in 2017

Erica Thompson
Stevie Nicks

We're officially halfway through December, so that means it's time to start preparing for the New Year. We thought we'd create a playlist as you face the apprehension, despair and, yes, hope that come with that dropping ball.

By Erica Thompson // @miss_ethompson

"It's the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M.

This was the first song that popped into my head given the dread some are feeling following the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election. After further research, I discovered President-elect Trump actually used the 1987 song -much to Michael Stipe's dismay - on the campaign trail, which makes this entry even more fitting … and prophetic.

"B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" by Outkast

Despite the title, the 2000 song really doesn't provide any commentary on the 1998 U.S./U.K. bombing of Iraq, but the chaotic music and lyrical flow is appropriate for these times. There's also a great line that sums up how some are feeling right now: "Get back home, things are wrong/Well, not really, it was bad all along."

"Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks

A white-winged dove, a sea changing colors and a flood of tears. The hodge-podge of imagery in this song seems to go well with the instability that 2017 may bring. Also, the song was allegedly written as Nicks was grieving two major deaths, so given those lost in 2016, the mood is right.

"Breathe (2 AM)" by Anna Nalick

Enough with the doom and gloom! Just "cradle your head in your hands and breathe … just breathe."

"Change the World" by Eric Clapton

OK, so this entry is just my excuse to get you to listen to Eric Clapton with production and backing vocals courtesy of Babyface. The song is more about pursuing a lover, but you can still be inspired by the desire to change circumstances.

"Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer

We're back on track with this playlist. Listen absent-mindedly and get excited about a better world. Listen closely and feel guilty about how apathetic you are.

"You Gotta Be" by Des'ree

Now it's time for you to take action. Be bad, be bold and be wiser, because danger is staring you in the face. Seriously, though, this song has great advice.

"Keep the Faith" by Michael Jackson

When times start getting tough, listen to this underrated gem off Michael Jackson'sDangerous album, co-written with Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett (the team behind "Man in the Mirror").

"Let It Be" by the Beatles

And when you can't fight anymore, listen to this beautiful classic written by my favorite Beatle. I'm not embarrassed to say I just discovered McCartney is referring to his actual mother, Mary. He has said we can interpret the song however we like.

"Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway

Donny said we're going to be OK, and I believe him.

"Hang on to the world as it spins around

Just don't let the spin get you down

Things are moving fast

Hold on tight and you will last"