Getting warmer and warmer… Some may view a song ranked 60th or 53rd and not think much of it — I don’t see it like that. All the songs I’ve listed here are impressive. It’s not easy to rank songs when they’re this good, but hey, I give ‘er anyway. Fun fun fun ’til your daddy takes the T-bird away. Top 100 Songs of 2014 (60-41):
60. Grace Mitchell – Runaway
Slow-tempo’d power pop with a fantastic chorus.
59. Banks – Beggin For Thread
When I first heard Banks a while back, I thought, nice voice and vibe, but she doesn’t have anything I’d call a good song. That’s since been rectified. “Beggin For Thread” is a beast.
58. Merely – Princess Hervor
So chilly. So atmospheric. So good.
57. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
Insanely catchy. Great debut single.
Bonus: Naughty Boy f. Sam Smith – La La La (from 2013)
56. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
Took me a little while to get into it. A fantastic song, lyrically, melodically, Canadianally.
55. Perfume Genius – Queen
Harder than anything Mike Hadreas had done previously. One of his best. Sensational chorus.
54. Royal Blood – Figure It Out
Rock ‘n Roll bliss.
53. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Soulful, sunny, and downright addictive. Isn’t everything the Ginger King does golden though? Or would his jewels be rubies? Either way.
52. Eternal Death – Head
One of my favourites from early 2014.
51. Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
Best song she’s yet done.
50. Grimes – Go
Took a couple listens before I truly appreciated this masterpiece of a jam. What a jam it is. For some reason, it didn’t connect with the masses like “Genesis” or “Oblivion”, but “Go” is a tune on that level. Blood Diamonds’ production is downright filthy. Love the cymbal work in the chorus.
49. The Madden Brothers – We Are Done
When I first heard this track, I had no idea which 70’s band sung it. All I could do was hum and be impressed at the massive chorus. I wondered who it was by for some time. Then one day, I found out the song wasn’t 40 years old, but brand frickin new, and by Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte?! I was floored. Good Charlotte had some decent tunes, but this is by far the best thing the Cali bros have ever released.
Bonus: One Republic – I Lived (On my HM list in 2013, left a huge mark in 2014 also.)
48. Tei Shi – Bassically
It builds and builds and builds and builds. One of the sexiest pop songs of the year.
47. 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
No escaping a chorus that huge.
46. Tove Lo – Over
Oh Sweden. How many times do you win me over in a given year with your mastery of pop music? I can’t count that high.
45. Hozier – Like Real People Do
Full discl-hozier, this is my favourite song from the Irish lad. Great lyrics. Fantastic melody.
44. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog
So sunny. So gitchy. So good. One of the best sing-a-long songs of the year.
Bonus: The Griswolds – Red Tuxedo
43. Rudimental f. Emeli Sande – Free
Rudimental lays down a pulsating beat, over which Emeli Sande shines. This song never gets old.
42. Enrique Iglesias f. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona – Bailando
Best song Enrique’s done in at least 10 years, if not ever. I had no reason to believe he’d ever be associated with a song of such quality. This tune is pure bliss. I can feel the warmth of summer when I listen to this song. That’s an amazing quality to possess.
41. The Alternate Routes – Nothing More
Gorgeous song in all manner of ways.