Category Archives: Year In Review

Top Posts of 2016

Now that we have hit 2017, let’s take a look back at the most viewed posts of 2016:

Remembering Rebecca Wasserstrum and Killing the Stigma – Remembering a friend lost and how we need to end the stigma against mental illness.
–> Death of a Classmate – The loss of an elementary school classmate also ranked high this year.

Package Thief Exposed – Stealing packages off of a doorstep is unacceptable, so spreading the word (and picture) of these thieves is important!

Sophie’s Bistro (Meat) – Nothing like being one of the first internet posts about a great new restaurant.

TV Reviews ranked pretty high on the list as well, with Orange Is The New Black (Season 4) and The Path leading the way.

Top Songs of 2016 – #SOTD

Here is my list of Top Songs of 2016.
Thanks to all those that played our guessing game, with the winner correctly identifying 9 songs!! I can safely say that most people had a lot of fun with it (and the notes that came out of it are cool).
The list is simple enough…the only restriction is that it needed to be released in 2016 and I generally won’t repeat an artist twice in the Top 10.

This year was a fairly poor year for music, with no Song of the Summer and a lot of terrible music put out, but we filled out our list of 10.


10. Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

Nothing to prove and
I’m bulletproof and
Know what I’m doing


9. This One’s For You by David Guetta feat. Zara Larsson

We’re in this together
Hear our hearts beat together
We stand strong together
We’re in this forever
This one’s for you


8. Closer by The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey

Hey, I was doing just fine before I met you
But I’m OK
Hey, you tell your friends it was nice to meet them
But I hope I never see them
Again


7. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushing on
Don’t need no reason, don’t need control
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone


6. Something Wild by Lindsey Stirling feat. Andrew McMahon

You’ve got a big heart
The way you see the world
It got you this far
You might have some bruises
And a few of scars
But you know you’re gonna be okay


5. Perfect Illusion by Lady Gaga

My guessing game is strong
Way too real to be wrong
Caught up in your show
Yeah, at least now I know


4. i hate u, i love u by Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien

Got attached to you
Friends can break your heart too,
And I’m always tired but never of you
If I pulled a you on you, you wouldn’t like that sh!t


3. Ain’t Your Mama by Jennifer Lopez

We used to be crazy in love
Can we go back to how it was?
When did you get too comfortable?
Cause I’m too good for that
Just remember that


2. Cheap Thrills by Sia

Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat


1. Just Like Fire by P!nk

Just like fire, burning up the way
If I can light the world up for just one day
Watch this madness, colorful charade
No one can be just like me any way
Just like magic, I’ll be flying free
I’mma disappear when they come for me
I kick that ceiling, what you gonna say?
No one can be just like me any way


Things To Look Out For In 2017

A brief list of some things I am looking forward to in 2017.

January

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Sneaky Pete

February

The Lego Batman Movie

March

Marvel’s Iron Fist

June

Captain Underpants

Wonder Woman

November

Justice League

Unknown Dates

Charlie XCX Album – Spring

Kelly Clarkson Album

Avril Lavigne Album

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel’s The Punisher

The Tick

People’s Choice 2017

As the year wraps up, here are my favorites from each category of the People’s Choice Awards, from their list of nominees.
Movies, TV Shows, Music, and lastly Digital.


MOVIES

Movie – Zootopia

Movie Actor – Robert Downey Jr.

Movie Actress – Anna Kendrick

Action Movie – Captain America: Civil War

Action Movie Actor – Robert Downey Jr.

Action Movie Actress – Scarlett Johansson

Animated Movie Voice – Jason Bateman, Zootopia

Comedic Movie – Bad Moms

Comedic Movie Actor – Zac Efron

Comedic Movie Actress – Anna Kendrick

Family Movie – Zootopia

Movie Icon – Denzel Washington

Thriller Movie – Dramatic Movie – Dramatic Movie Actor – Dramatic Movie Actress ——- I didn’t see enough of these movies to have a say.


TV SHOWS

TV Show – The Big Bang Theory

Network TV Comedy – The Big Bang Theory

Comedic TV Actor – Andy Samberg

Comedic TV Actress – Kaley Cuoco

Network TV Drama – Quantico

Dramatic TV Actor – Scott Foley

Dramatic TV Actress – Ellen Pompeo

Cable TV Comedy – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Cable TV Drama – Mr. Robot

Cable TV Actor – Adam Devine

Cable TV Actress – Lucy Hale

TV Crime Drama – NCIS

Crime Drama TV Actor – Mark Harmon

Crime Drama TV Actress – Lucy Liu

Premium Drama Series – Homeland

Premium Comedy Series – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Premium Series Actor – Kevin Spacey

Premium Series Actress – Claire Danes

Competition TV Show – MasterChef

Daytime TV Host – Ellen DeGeneres

Daytime TV Hosting Team – The Talk

Late Night Talk Show Host – James Corden

Animated TV Show – Family Guy

New TV Comedy – The Good Place

New TV Drama – Designated Survivor

Actor In A New TV Series – Damon Wayans

Actress In A New TV Series – Kristen Bell

Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show – Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series – Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor – Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress—– I didn’t see enough of these shows to have a say.


MUSIC

Male Artist – Blake Shelton

Female Artist – Britney Spears

Group – Panic! At The Disco

Breakout Artist – Alessia Cara

Male Country Artist – Blake Shelton

Female Country Artist – Carrie Underwood

Country Group – Florida Georgia Line

Pop Artist – Britney Spears

Hip-Hop Artist – DJ Khaled

R&B Artist – Rihanna

Album – “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande

Song – “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake


DIGITAL

Social Media Celebrity – Britney Spears

Social Media Star – Year after year…I don’t know any of these people…

YouTube Star – Tyler Oakley

Comedic Collaboration – Lip Sync Battle with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum

CBS.com’s Favorite Digital Obsession – 360 & VR

Peoples Choice Awards Logo

Top Sports Moments of 2016

Here are what I consider the top sports moments of 2016:

8. College Basketball
UCONN Women win Fourth Straight
The dominance was there for the UCONN women, as they took their fourth straight title as their outgoing graduates carried the torch.

Meanwhile on the Men’s side Villanova used every second of the game to beat UNC, and won it on a buzzer beater that kept water coolers buzzing.

7. Warriors win 73
A year after winning the Championship, the Warriors set a single-season record for games won.
But in an NBA Finals rematch against the Cavaliers they just couldn’t win the games that mattered most.

6. Lebron
As much as I might not be able to stand Lebron The Person, there is no disputing what Lebron The Player is able to do on the court. And he went ahead and brought Cleveland their first Championship in 52 years.

5. Peyton Manning Rides Off In Style
Peyton Manning may have had the worst year of his career, but the Broncos helped him ride off into the sunset, with a win in Super Bowl 50.

4. Michael Phelps
Continuing to set his Olympic Records, Phelps reached 28 career medals (including 23 Golds) as his dominance in the pool went swimmingly (amongst the men).

3. Soccer Reigns Supreme
Soccer as a whole took the world by storm this year, with three major moments standing out.

  • Leicester City overcame 5000-to-1 odds and won the English Premier League

  • Cristiano Ronaldo may have left early with an injury, but Portugal took the title at Euro 2016

  • Lionel Messi missed his chance in penalty kicks and Chile took the cup at the COPA America Centenario

2. Katie Ledecky
She destroyed the field in the 800m, beating everyone else (and setting the world record) by 12 seconds. It’s amazing that the human body is still able to evolve to such levels. She also walked away with four gold medals at the Rio 2016 games.

1. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, passing the drought off to their opponent (the Cleveland Indians who now have a 68 year wait). No city has waited that long, and lived and died with their team over the years, then the curse of the Billy Goat.

2016 Song of the Year Amazon Gift Card(s) Giveaway!!! #SOTD

This years’ Song of the Year list is just about complete, and that means it’s time for our second annual #AvisTravels giveaway contest. This is the fourth year that I am doing the list (third on this site), and it always provides some fun (and arguments).

Complete the form below and submit a list of my Top 10 songs of the year.

The person who guesses the most correct songs will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
If the winner guesses all 10 songs correctly, in any order, they get a $25 Gift Card.
If all 10 songs are guessed correctly in order the prize goes up to $50!

And just like last year, if we get 10+ entrants (or 25+ entries) the Top 2 entries win!

I’ll give the same hint as I gave last year: Think how I think. Consider what music I like and what I’ve used in the past, and remember that in order to qualify the song MUST HAVE COME OUT IN 2016.

As the entrants from last year know, I am great at giving hints if you ask for them after your submissions, and last year all multiple entrants walked away with a gift card!

Disclosures: Multiple entries are allowed (up to 10, any remaining ones will be disqualified) and  in the event of a tie, monies will be split amongst the winners. Contest ends when Top Songs of 2015 post goes live!

Readers Top Songs of 2015 #SOTD

Our top two guessers in the Top Songs of 2015 contest, who both correctly guessed all 10 songs, had the opportunity to submit their own top songs lists of 2015.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE LISTS ARE TOP 10, BUT NOT IN ANY PARTICULAR ORDER
Any commentary next to them are my own, and denoted in GREEN…and not necessarily in agreement with the author of each list.
My blog, my rules 🙂

Thanks again to both of them, and the other participants as well, in the Song of the Year contest. Let’s hope for some more fun this year!


Sara N.
*See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
*Beautiful Life by Nick Fradiani — This made a #SOTD list earlier this year!
*Fight Song by Rachel Platten — #8 on my list
*Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding — Was edged out by On My Mind on my list…I tend to stay away from more than one per artist
*Burning House by Cam — Heard this song a few weeks ago for the first time, and it is indeed really good!
*Renegades by X Ambassadors
*Irresistible by Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato — This song narrowly missed my Top 10
*I Bet My Life by Imagine Dragons — THIS SONG WAS RELEASED IN 2014 — My disappointment in this selection should end there…
*Victorious by Panic! At The Disco
*Cheerleader by Omi — Just to be clear…this song would’ve made my list had I done a “Worst Songs of 2015” list — and… THIS SONG WAS RELEASED ORIGINALLY IN 2012


Shoshana M.
*Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett — Shoshana note: Honorable mention to his other song Crash and Burn 
*Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran — THIS SONG WAS RELEASED IN 2014
*Irresistible by Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato — This song narrowly missed my Top 10
Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor — A solid choice on my lists, but didn’t make the final cut
El Perdon by Nicky Jam ft. Enrique Iglesias
On My Mind by Ellie Goulding (or as Shoshana correctly put it: “Avi’s Bae”) — #5 on my list
Here by Alessia Cara — #10 on my list
Style by Taylor Swift — THIS SONG WAS RELEASED IN 2014
Smoke Break by Carrie Underwood — #9 on my list
Hello by Adele — #6 on my list