The best 50 songs of 2014

The best 50 songs of 2014

With their thematic brushes, this year’s best albums paint a picture of what life was like in 2014: post-structural dance collage, decrepit sacraments of distortion, rough-housing rap irreverence, and plenty of popalicious pre-eminence.

There’s clearly always room for more of what’s good, though what’s good is constantly becoming more and more diverse.

But if albums paint the picture, then singular songs tell the story. Some artistic figures naturally hold more overall weight than others, therefore dominating the conversation—both of ideology and in terms of sound.

However, many smaller voices shout immediate messages that cannot be ignored. The true story of 2014 is one of many voices.

To make this list useful, as well as demonstrative, I’ve made the decision to include only one song per artist, so the chance of discovering songs that you love is higher.

Without further ado, here’s my list of the best 50 songs of 2014:

50. Tops – “Way to be Loved”

49. clipping. – “Story 2”


47. La Roux – “Kiss And Not Tell”

46. Lana Del Ray – “Brooklyn Baby”

45. ScHoolboy Q – “Man Of THe Year”

44. Sia – "Chandelier"

43. The Preatures – “Cruel”

42. 「 D O S S 」 – “The Way I Feel”

41. Sharon Van Etten – “Our Love”

40. Aphex Twin – “aisatsana [102]”

39. Pharmakon – “Body Betrays Itself”

38. Shabbaz Palaces – “Motion Sickness”

37. Open Mike Eagle – “Dark Comedy Morning Show (feat. Toy Light)”

36. tUnE-yArDs – “Real Thing”

35. Jessie Ware – “Keep On Lying”

34. Objekt – “Ratchet”

33. Hundred Waters – “Out Alee”

32. Arca – “Thievery”

31. Real Estate – “Talking Backwards”

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