The 10 Best Songs of 2014

December 31, 2014

2014 is on its way out, but the great music it left behind is going to be ringing in our ears for years to come. In my humble opinion, here are the 10 Best Songs of 2014:

1. Ryn Weaver, “Octahate”

This was a booming, brilliantly produced slice of electropop with indie leanings.

2. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”

Her riffs and rhymes show classic styles reminiscent of the early days of rap yet aligns beautifully with today’s rap paradigm.

3. Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”

Miranda’s twang is healthy and vibrant, which helps to bring out the song’s shallow lyrics and provide a different approach to what would be a somewhat flat tune if it were sung by one of country’s other stars. This is a very stylistic song choice, but when Miranda picks a song likes this and makes it original, she really shows off just what a great artist she really is.

4. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk in Love”

Beyonce freestyles over a mashup of hip-hop and electronica, and her soaring vocals in the chorus are the perfect offset to Timbaland’s signature, bass-heavy dubstep rhythm. A grinder that begs to be played at full volume in the car.

5. Taylor Swift, “Out of the Woods”

The song gives the listener several glimpses into personal moments in her relationship, one where she’s moved all the furniture so they could dance and another about spending time in the hospital with her boyfriend after a car accident. When put together, the lyrics and the song makes you feel like you are there with her reliving those moments. Taylor’s ability to draw her fans so deep into her own life experiences is what makes her the superstar that she is.

6. Jessie Ware, “Say You Love Me”

You can feel the heartbreak and emotion from Jessie’s biggest hit. Her voice is incredible in this song!

7. Foo Fighters, “Outside”

The real standout in this song is the bassline; it puts you in a groove that you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try.

8. Sia, “Chandelier”

The song is a powerful lead single with a chorus that many will cover and sing along to at concerts. Definitely a worthy song to kick off her long awaited recognition around the world.

9. Kendrick Lamar, “i”

A very motivating song. This guy is on a whole different level. I think Kendrick Lamar will be around for a long time.

10. Nicki Minaj, “All Things Go”

This song is very deep, and emotional. This song shows us how much Nicki has matured. Dang, she’s gone through a lot. There’s nothing negative I could possibly say about this track, it’s haunting, hard-hitting, and, as the album opener, really lets the listener know that this isn’t the Nicki the casual fan might be used to.

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