EOTY WRAP UP: Top 20 Songs of 2014
Conor Soper, Avid Sound Staff Writer

As the year winds down, cue the countdown, Avid Sound creators and writers have been busy putting together our first ever year-end lists, including Top 20 Songs and Top 15 Albums of 2014.

Below, Avid Sound’s very own co-creator Conor Soper’s Top 20 Songs of 2014, these are the standalone tracks that made the best impression to him or changed the game in his eyes, starting from 20.

20. “Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)” by Clean Bandit

One of the most fun tracks released this year and a one that seemingly came out of nowhere. I remember being showed the song a week or two before it blew up and thinking nothing much of it. If this song teaches you anything, it’s to root for the underdogs.

19. “Silent Partner” by La Roux

Out of all the new tracks off La Roux’s sophomore LP, “Silent Partner” is the obvious standout. It’s a dazzling and daunting seven-minute jam session that shows the techno girl from the first record isn’t gone.

18. “Queen” by Perfume Genius

“Queen” is as mesmerizing as it is beautiful. It’s dark, it’s gay, it’s euphoric and everything that 2014 needed.

17. “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” by Against Me!

Laura Jane Grace makes clear the internal and external struggles of being transgender in a world that is largely transphobic and transmisogynistic. Those of us who are cisgendered will never quite understand her pain, but she makes us feel at least an ounce of what she has felt.

16. “2 On (feat. ScHoolBoy Q)” by Tinashe

The DJ Mustard produced “2 On” was one of the year’s top party songs and a breakout for one of the most promising artists out their. Tinashe’s soft vocals and minimal production give the song that chill party vibe every is looking for. Also, I’m partial to the Brooke Candy remix of the song.

15. “Hold On To Ya” by III Bones

Underdog of the year goes to this track. III Bones is a little-known group from Ocala, FL who make bluesy rock and soul-like songs. “Hold On To Ya” is the first single and studio recorded song from the band and if it’s any hint as to what’s coming on their debut album then the world better prepare for the next big thing.

14. “Alibi” by BANKS

Album opener for BANKS’ debut Goddess not only shows the singer’s vocal range, but her lyrical depth and booming production that all create her dark musical atmosphere.

13. “My Blue Supreme” by Interpol

Interpol’s new album showed they were finally able to make new and exciting music with a similar sound palette. “My Blue Supreme” dabbles in some of their finest past moments while simultaneously propelling the listener into new territory.

12. “Magic Mountain” by The Drums

With “Magic Mountain” The Drums have proved their staying power beyond their usual song dichotomy of devastating heartbreak tracks and upbeat summertime jams. It’s a weird song to say the least, but it’s power lies in its strangeness.

11. “Alone Again” by Betty Who

Although most know her for “High Society” and “Somebody Loves You,” there were some other gems on Betty Who’s debut, including “Alone Again.” The bubbling bassline, the glittering production, and popping drums matched with her vocals make the perfect 80s-inspired pop track.

10. “Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds

A late entry for 2014, but one of the top contenders for a good reason. Marina returns from her sophomore album with a new disco twist and a sound more similar to her debut album.

9. “Reservoir” by Metronomy

In an interview, Metronomy stated that they were afraid they were going to get too big after The English Riviera’s massive success, so they toned down their third album to prevent that. Luckily for us, some of that pop seeped into their third LP and translated into “Reservoir.”

8. “Fuck Texting” by Junglepussy

Junglepussy’s debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, went largely under the radar for most, I believe it’s because she only released her album through Soundcloud. Regardless, the whole thing was full of quality material, especially the brazen “Fuck Texting” calling ladies to arms to confront their man if they think he’s cheating.

7. “Prince Johnny” by St. Vincent

While St. Vincent’s strongest work usually lies in Annie Clark’s powerhouse guitar slashers, “Prince Johnny” carries a very ethereal weight that lures the listener in and makes one of the years most vulnerable and satisfying tracks.

6. “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs

If “2 On” wasn’t sexy enough for you, then “Two Weeks” will fill the void. Twigs’ breathy vocals and seductive lyricism over a sensual beat will get anyone in the mood.

5. “Chandelier” by Sia

“Chandelier” is easily the powerhouse hit of the year. If you haven’t found yourself attempting to scream the lyrics over Sia while driving and almost flipping your car, then you haven’t lived.

4. “Walk This Way” by MØ

MØ has the formula for making some of the catchiest songs out there and if you want the secret, “Walk This Way” is a good microcosm for her criminally overlooked debut album.

3. “Strip” by Jessie J

“Strip” should have been Jessie J’s lead single or at least a follow-up for her latest underwhelming Sweet Talker. Instead she went for the easy hit “ Bang Bang” with two hype artists, then “Burnin’ Up” with the obligatory rap feature, and most recently for the wannabe heartfelt “Masterpiece.” “Strip” was somehow relegated to the realm of bonus tracks and will likely never see the light of day as a single where it belongs.

2. “Catch” by Allie X

If you’re one of those people who likes to brag about knowing an artist before they get huge, then get listening to Allie X. The pop star in the making has turned down a number of record deals in favor of doing her own thing, which has produced three top notch singles, of which “Catch” is the best.

1. “Love In High Places” by Kimbra

“Abandon” was a word used a lot by Kimbra when discussing this track and her sophomore album The Golden Echo. You can feel that when listening to the barren landscapes of “Love in High Place” that Kimbra fills with forests, rivers, and everything in between. “Love in High Places” is a sonic landscape like no other and some of Kimbra’s most thoughtful work yet.

Did any of your favorites make it?! Let us know on Twitter at @avdsnd

anonymous asked:

Carrie WAS nominated for EOTY though and she was my pick for the win. Come on, she took in a whole lot more $ than Jason on the touring circuit last year. What more does she have to do??? And Keith, oh well, at least like Blake, he'll have the consolation of knowing that Ripcord is selling and streaming really well (with even a chance of catching up to "If I'm Honest", if i'm honest) and he doesn't need to win an award to help his sales or tour numbers.

All Carrie needs to do to win EOTY is grow a penis and lower her voice… Then she’s in!

Hi Nashville. It’s been almost 13 years since I came to Nashville with the dream of being a songwriter and a recording artist and I learned so much about what it means to be an entertainer from the remarkable artists in this arena tonight. That’s just one of the reasons why I feel so honored to present this next award to any one of these 5 outstanding nominees for Entertainer of the Year and to be apart of this historic night that we will all remember.
—  Taylor Swift announcing EOTY at the CMAs


DOWNLOAD: R1CK RØCK - BASS BEATdown 005 (EOTY MIX) — 12.31.13

Happy New Year everyone. I wish everyone the very best! I hope you enjoy this journey! Thank you for listening! Cheers!

1. Delta Heavy - Empire
» » Nero - Must Be The Feeling (Delta Heavy Remix)
2. Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (PatrickReza Remix)
3. Pegboard Nerds & Tristam - Razor Sharp VIP
4. ShockOne ft. Metrik & Kyza - Lazerbeam (SKisM Remix)
5. ShockOne - Big Bounce
6. Let’s Be Friends - Best In The West (R1CK ROCK Edit)
7. J.Viewz - Far Too Close (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
8. Schoolboy & Egbert - Hero Down
9. Noisia & Foreign Beggars pres. I Am Legion - Make Those Move
10. Yellow Claw vs. Snoop Dogg & Pharell - DJ Drop It Like It’s Turnt Up (Camson Mash Up)
11. Brillz & Teddy Tuxedo - Rvtchet Bitch (Milo & Otis Remix)
12. Major Lazer, Bruno Mars, Tyga, & 2 Chainz x LOUDPVCK & JACKAL - Bounce (DJ Topsider Mashup)
13. Eptic & Habstrakt - Ninja Challenge (Dodge Fuski Remix)
14. DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon - Turn Down For What
15. Zomboy - Braindead
16. Knife Party ft. Mistjam - Sleaze (Lazer Lazer Lazer Remix)
17. Lets Be Friends - Manslaughter (VIP Mix)
18. Kroyclub - New World Order (Space Laces Remix)
19. Julian Jordan & TV Noise - Childish Grandpa
20. Justin Bieber - Boyfriend (Dada Life Remix)
21. Firebeatz, Schella - Wicked
22. Seven Lions & Myon & Shane 54 ft. Tove Lo - Strangers
23. GTA - The Crowd
24. The Bloody Beetroots - Dimmakmmunication
25. Zomboy - Bad Intensions
26. Ace Hood - Bugatti (Diamond Pistols Unoriginal Mix)
27. Kill the Noise - Mosh It Up (Henry Fong Remix)
28. The Brig - All Aboard (Barely Alive Remix) (R1CK ROCK RevAmp’d)
29. Zero Hero - Theme
30. Kill the Noise - Thumbs Up (For Rock n’ Roll) (Kill The Noise Remix)
31. Lets Be Friends - Come ‘n’ Get It
32. Zomboy - Raptor
33. Schoolboy - Afterschock VIP
34. Panda Eyes & Zephex - Raving Zombies (Triggers & Panda Eyes Bigroom Remix)
35. Tony Junior x Carnage ft. New & Used - Nobody Beats The Signal (Tommie Sunshine Bootleg)
36. Hardwell & MAKJ - Countdown (Slander x Goshfather & Jinco Remix)
37. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (DallasK Remix)
38. Barely Alive - Spitball 
39. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (White Panda Remix)
40. Icona Pop - All Night (The FatRat Remix)
41. Neoteric & Wax Motif - Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix) (Killagraham DnB Edit)
42. Martin Garrix & TV Noise - Just Some Loops
43.  Borgore - Wild Out (Lazer Lazer Lazer & The Kingdumb Remix)
44. Sem Vox - Debut
45. SKisM - Rave Review (ak9’s In Your Face Mix)
46. Kai Wachi & Squnto - Brain Spla
47. Dada Life - Boing Clash Boom (Major Lazer Remix)
48. Diplo - Express Yourself (Gent & Jawns Remix)
49. heRobust - SheKnowSheBad (Grabbitz Remix)
50. Rusko vs T-Pain - Hold On All I Do Is Win (Datsik Mashup)
51. The Two Friends ft. Jeff Sontag - Sedated (Barely Alive Remix)
52. Skrillex ft. Foreign Beggars - Scatta (Dead Robot’s Drumstep Bootleg)
53. Eptic - Watch Yo Back
54. Doctor P & Adam F ft. Method Man - The Pit VIP
55. The Frim - Come To Me
» » Adam F - When The Rain Is Gone (Delta Heavy Remix)
56. A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar - Fuckin’ Problems (Crizzly Remix)
57. Bro Safari - The Drop (MUST DIE! Remix)
58. Knife Party - Bonfire (Lets Be Friends Bootleg)
59 . Zomboy - Terror Squad VIP (R1CK ROCK Edit)
60. Apashe, Dabin & Kai Wachi ft. Ariane Zita - Forsaken
61. Schoolboy - Project No-Autotune
62. Pegboard Nerds & MisterWives - Coffins
63. Krewella - We Are One (DMNDZ Remix)
64. Lets Be Friends - Invasion of America
65. Big Chocolate ft. Ryle - Karp Fish
66. Flosstradamus - Crowd Ctrl
67. Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z - Suit & Tie (Dillon Francis Remix)
68. Buraka Som Sistema - Hangover (Caspa Remix) (Butch Clancy Retwerk)
69. Kill The Noise - Rockers (Bro Safari & UFO! Remix)
70. BARE - Finger Trvp
71. DVBBS & BORGEOUS - Tsunami (HLTR$KLTR & LOOKAS Fuck Waiting Trap Remix)
72. New World Sound & Thomas Newson - Flute (LooKas x TheCasaBrothers Festival Trap Remix)
73. Major Lazer ft. Leftside, GTA, Razz & Biggy - Jet Blue Jet (Faustix & Imanos Remix)
74. Wacka Flocka Flame, Carnage, & Heroes x Villains - Flocka the Mammoth (Protohype Mashup)
75. Showtek ft. We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson - Booyah (Party Favor Remix)
76. Showtek - Slow Down (BMBX CRTL “WTF Is Festival Trap” Bootleg)
77. Flosstradamus ft. Casino - Mosh Pit
78. Gent & Jawns - TURNUP
79. Carnage - Mara (SAYMYNAME Remix)
80. Migos - Hannah Montana (Borgore & Protohype Remix)
81. Crizzly & Kids At The Bar - Like Dat (Crizzly Retwerk)
82. Martin Garrix - Animals (Victor Niglio & Martin Garrix Remix)
83. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs DVBBS & BORGEOUS - Stampede (BeTa Remix)
84. Tittsworth & Des McMahon - Half (VIP)
85. Tantrum Desire - Guided Rhythm (Dubstep Mix)
86. Britney Spears - Work Bitch (Virtual Riot Remix)
87. Zomboy, Skrillex, The Doors, & Dodge & Fuski - FUCK, I’m Breakin’ A Sweat from this Deadweight Dubstep (R1CK ROCK Smashup)
88. BAR9 & Datsik - Droid
89. FuntCase, Cookie Monsta & Doctor P - Adrenaline
90. Eptic - Gun Finga
91. The Prodigy - We Are The Ruffest (The Frim Remix)
92. DeadExit - MarioStep
93. Zomboy - Terror Squad
94. Skrilex ft. Foreign Beggars - Still Gettin’ It (Zomboy Remix)
95. Michael Jackson - Beat It (Mutrix Remix)
96. Skrillex & Alvin Risk - Try It Out (TRY HARDER Mix)
97. Roksonix - Dogfight 
98. Dillon Francis ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Without You (Doctor P & Flux Pavilion Remix)
99. Genetix - Squid Attack (FuntCase Remix)
100. Protohype & 12th Planet - Like This
101. FuntCase ft. Persist - No One Is Safe
102. I See Stars - Gnars Attacks (Mutrix Remix)
103. Skeptiks - All Hail
» » Doctor P - Sweet Shop
104. The Autobots & Dead Audio - Bring Back the Sound (FuntCase Remix)
105. Eptic - Genesis
106. Eptic & MUST DIE!  - Z
107. Getter ft. Datsik - Hollow Point (Barely Alive Remix)
108. Virtual Riot - Sugar Rush (Barely Alive Remix)
109. Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford, Bourke & Vegas, MUST DIE!, & Nero - I’m Alive, Must Be The Feeling Called Love (R1CK ROCK Smashup)
110. The Frim - Bassline Skanka (The Frim VIP)
111. Zomboy - Mind Control 
112. Krewella - Live For The Night (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
113. Rell The SoundBender - FUCK The Party
114. Far East Movement & Rell The Soundbender ft. Kurupt - Inglewood
115. ak9 - God
116. Kill the Noise - Mosh It Up
117. Yellow Claw & Yung Felix - You Make Me (Avicii Avicii Avicii)
118. DVVBS & Borgeous - Tsunami (LNY TNZ Remix)
119. Noisecontrollers & Pavelow - Quatre Mains
120. DJ Fresh Vs Diplo - Earthquake (LNY TNZ & Yellow Claw Remix)
121. SAYMYNAME & Corrupted Data - Bacon
122. Psyko Punkz Ft. Murda - Trippy Hippie
123. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can’t Hold Us (Frontliner Never Comes Down Bootleg)
124. Code Black - Pandora
125. Yellow Claw & LNY TNZ - Last Night Ever
126. Fall Out Boy - Alone Together (Krewella Remix) 

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Reasons Miranda Lambert Should Win Entertainer of the Year - 2015 CMA Awards
  • Second artist in a decade to win a CMA, ACM, and Grammy for the same album, Platinum
  • Most consecutive female vocalist of the year ( 5 in a row ) for CMA Awards
  • Most consecutive female vocalist of the year ( 6 in a row ) for ACM Awards
  • Opened a Bed and Breakfast, The Ladysmith
  • Opened her own shelter, Redemption Ranch
  • Started a shoe line
  • Two Sold Out Tours, Certified Platinum Tour, Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars 
  • First Artist to have 5 albums debut at Number 1
  • Wrote 8 Tracks of 16 for Platinum 
  • Started Scholarship for girls pursuing music 
  • Raised over $2,000,000 for Muttnation Foundation
  • Hosting 8th Cause for the Paws in September 
  • Named Nashville Symphony’s 2015 Harmony Award Winner 
  • First female to partner with Dodge Ram, wrote exclusive song “Roots and Wings” 
  • Wrote song “Two of a Crime” for movie “Hot Pursuit”
  • Performed a Superstar Duet with Patty Loveless 
  • Appeared on Junk Gypsies 
  • First Ever Covergirl of Country Living Magazine 
  • Gave away $200,000 to 50 Shelters in 50 Fifty States for the second year
  • Using her position in country to take relative unknown singer songwriters on an all female tour



finallyyy a version with Matthew McConaughey’s jokes in it!!

So, let me just say this: I’’m so happy for Luke Bryan. I spent all of yesterday listening to his songs and although most of them are about getting laid and getting drunk, they’re fun and he puts on quite a show, from what I’ve seen in videos. His acceptance speech was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time. However, if you say the ACMs weren’t rigged, I’d like to burst your bubble because they were rigged. End of discussion. Taylor has around 26 million followers and +41 million facebook likes. Luke Bryan has a little over 1 million twitter followers. This was a fan-voted award. Taylor did nothing but ask people to vote for her for the last week. She made memes. She made videos. Tumblr blogs reblogged posts asking to vote for Taylor. Taylor’s fanbase is a hundred times huger than Luke’s. Again, this is a fan-voted award. Taylor won, they just changed the name on the paper. I’m very disappointed at the Association of Country Music. They just nominate Taylor so that her loyal, huge fanbase will watch the awards show, but she isn’t eligible to win to begin with. When they nominate her, her name is already off the table. They just want to take advantage of her name and fame. It’s true that, maybe, it’s time that Taylor stops stealing country awards from people who are more country that she is, but it’s also time that the Country Music stops taking advantage of her. If you don’t think she deserves country awards, don’t nominate her. Taylor’s always nominated for no-specific-genre awards, she doesn’t need yours. She doesn’t need this ridiculousness. It’s awful that Country Music is taking advantage of someone who made it erupt from the ashes. This is pathetic, really. And again, give it up for Luke Bryan. He deserved it so much.