Okay, so this list took me a great deal longer to unfold than my “Best albums” list did because I had SOOOO much more to choose from. This year has been pretty crazy for me and my music tastes have jumped all over the place. Finally, here it is, my list of what I thought were the 20 best songs of 2014.
20) Hideaway - Kiesza
Probably one of the more interesting tracks from this year, it was accompanied by one of my favorite videos as well. It’s a true-to-form house track that’s clean cut and beautifully produced. With Kiesza’s elegant vocals and stunning eye for artistic expression, I realized it was a must-have on my favorite tracks on 2014 list.
I really didn’t think I was gonna end up loving their mini-album as much as I did because I’m never normally here for EPs. "Do It Again“ instantly captures your attention and rhythm because it’s probably one of the most infectious songs on this list. Robyn is perfect as always, serving Body Talk evolution, and Röyksopp creates euphoria with his futuristic techno-disco hybrid. They should have made a full album like this, it would have been lovely.
I’ve been waiting for a new Marina track since she first dropped the official version of the Electra Heart title track. Heavily influenced by pop music’s latest fascination, that funkytown-esqe flare, Marina uses this track to proclaim her new-found happiness after the events of Electra Heart. Check out her "Froot of the Months” and check out her third studio album (also titled Froot) coming in April!
This song just brings back endless memories of summer; a place that this song belongs. Top down, driving to Atlantic City; it’s just one of those songs that collects memories for you. It’s very clean-cut and it’s anthemic in a toned down sort of way. Duke Dumont came out of the blue for me and I will definitely be checking out his first album when he finally gets around to releasing it…
2014 was the first year I heard of Kyla La Grange, but only after Marina and the Diamonds posted an Instagram picture with her. "Fly“ was a song that really latched onto me when I first heard her second studio album, Cut Your Teeth. It’s a beautifully composed song about kids around her town and even though I’d like to compare her to Lorde, I just can’t. While the production and flow of their songs are similar, Kyla voice is at a distinctly higher pitch.
So I’m never a huge fan of robotic voices in songs and I’m not a huge fan of those "DJ’s-turned-artists” but Porter Robinson is the main exception. "Sad Machine“ is both depressing and uplifting; a feat that many artists can’t accomplish. If you haven’t guessed it, the best part in the song is the drop, where Vocaloid screams "we depend on…you!” before setting off the bomb after the chorus. It’s phenomenal.
I feel like if you know my blog at all, then you were expecting this song to be on this list. Last year it seemed like we had a pretty good chance at getting a new Grimes album, but sadly that wasn’t the case. Either way we go "Go,“ a type of song I never thought I’d see from an artist like Grimes. With the Blood Diamonds feature it made for a perfect combination of both trap music and Grimes’ personal flare.
One weirdly exceptional piece from Taylor Swift’s catalog last year was her Jack Antonoff produced promo-single, ”Out Of The Woods.“ It was a slight change in style for Taylor because it was less country/pop and more indie than anything she’s done before. This song, along with ”I Know Place“ were two of the best songs from her latest album, 1989.
Another dose of summer hits me whenever I hear this song still. It’s just another one of those songs that reminds me of riding around in the car with my friends on lazy Tuesday mornings. The violin in this song is perfect for any time of the year, but the chorus is where it’s California weather chimes in. If it wasn’t for this song, we might not have seen so many breakout house artists last year.
Jack Antonoff seemed to be everywhere in the last few years; between his contribution to the band fun., Sara Bareilles’ ”Brave,“ and Taylor Swift’s 1989 record, it only seemed fitting that it was his time to shine. Bleachers was his first solo project and his journey up to this point only helped to mold his sound on Strange Desire. ”I Wanna Get Better“ was one of my favorite tracks from the record because it felt so relatable, so honest in every aspect. I seriously can’t wait for another record from him, everything he touches turns to gold.
While many people will have strong opinions about which Ultraviolence song was the best, I have found ”Florida Kilos“ to be the obvious standout since I first heard the record. While looking back on the song, her metaphors and word play were as exquisite as ever and her vocals were (per-usual) on point. It was probably my favorite summer song of last year; I’ll never understand why it was only put on the deluxe version of her album..
9) Sober - Childish Gambino
Kind of unexpected for me, I never really listened to Childish Gambino until this EP/Mixtape. It was a definite that this track would be on my list for best tracks from 2014, even if the EP didn’t make my albums list. If you think the track isn’t so great, just wait for the end to come; the bass drop is the best part of it.
Probably one of the most talked about songs from last year, it’s no wonder St. Vincent had her most successful year in 2014. One of her more upbeat tracks, ”Digital Witness,“ uses symbolism to discuss Annie Clark’s view on modern life. If it wasn’t for this song, I probably never would have gotten into her album at all. Listen and love, that’s what happened to everyone else.
If I had to choose the best songs of summer, Paradise Is You by La Roux would take the top spot. With an airy, blissful tune and Elly’s croon across the track, it makes for the perfect top-down driving piece. It took five years to hear some new La Roux music, but if we only got this one song, the wait was totally worth it.
6) Ice Princess - Azealia Banks
So when I started this list, I decided that I wasn’t gonna chose two songs from one artist. So I was torn between ”BBD", “Ice Princess,” and “Soda,” because I felt like they were are evenly matched when it came to the 6th spot on the list. "Ice Princess“ ultimately came out on top because of her genius symbolism throughout the song. It’s interesting to see how she rhymes each and every winter reference in the book, while spitting over a jewelry box tune.
5) Our Time - Lily Allen
It felt like it had been a century since the last time we heard from Lily Allen. After her first single, ”Hard Out Here,“ showed us that Lily was back in full swing, I got extremely excited for her latest album. A few months after the release of Sheezus I realized that the one track that always felt fresh and exciting was her Girls inspired single, ”Our Time.“ Perfectly styled between laid-back party song and club hopping turn-up, ”Our Time“ is enough to end your night or start your morning.
The last song added to my list, ”Living For Love“ along with the other 5 tracks, were probably the best surprise of 2014. Judging from the upbeat, EDM inspired sound and her inspiring lyrics, it seems to me that this could turn out to be Madonna’s best era since her Confession on a Dance Floor era back in 2005.
I’m not sure if you’d exactly call this EDM, but the breakdown within the song is one of the best from last year. Overall though, the song is incredible; her throwback flare mixed with her glorious vocals makes for one of the best songs of the year. Betty Who is my favorite artist from last year and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
At this point in time, EVERYBODY in the world probably knows this song. Honestly it’s so high on my list because of how intoxicating the song is; it’s one of the catchiest songs of the last five years. If you think she didn’t hit a home-run with this track, you’re wrong. Did this track have you bopping around all summer too?
When I began making this list, I knew from the start that I’d be making this my #1 song from 2014. It surprises me in all honesty because it wasn’t until 2014 that I actually began liking music like this, I normally stick to more traditional pop music. With tracks like this from twigs (along with the rest of her album) it really made me realize that I can’t always judge an album by it’s cover. Despite this track not making my top three back when I first reviewed LP1, it has grown on me exponentially by the time the year came to a close.
So that’s it! That’s my list for my favorite songs from 2014! Now you might not agree with my choices here, but I just want you to keep in mind that this is my personal opinion, everyone is entitled to their own. Hope you enjoyed reading! Check back soon for my list for my favorite albums of 2014.