The best 50 songs of 2014
FKA twig’s 2014 stride into the spotlight was dimmed only in tone with this macabre pop mantra.
Spending Christmas at Rikers Island prison on multiple gang-related charges, it’s recently been a rough go for Ackquille Jean Pollard aka “Bobby Shmurda.” Thankfully, there’s no undoing the braggadocios brilliance brought forth by this game-changing dance-along.
Simply the year’s ugliest song; summing the swelling, filthy rise of sludge metal. Heinously awe-inspiring, NSFL (not safe for life).
Swirling surrealism brought to you by the most underrated voice in alternative hip-hop, accompanied by Britain’s favourite post-diva.
A song that will guide you to the middle of a damp field at midnight, and then shake you to believe the earth is about to split and heave up beneath you. #longlisten
The hardest-hitting song of the year: complete with face-smashing beat, and bravura rebellion for lyrics: “A little toast to the no ones/ With a nod to the masters/ To the ones with the riches/ From the ones who the rags fit.”
Make sure your iPod’s charged. Travel immediately to the nearest wooded glen. Adorn headphones. Press play. Bliss.
You’ll groove uncontrollably to this aussie trio’s darkly-wrapped dance minimalism. Super saucy.
Little is known about the surreptitious Virginia rapper, but he carved us a diamond with this poignant poem. (That's not him in the video.)
In a work-torn era when Loverboy’s weekend worship no longer applies, the world turns to alt-R&B cuddlebug ILoveMakonnen and his weeknight club theme.
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Best 20 album list coming soon.