Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Best Songs of 2014

End of the year lists. So arbitrary yet so fun. Throughout the year I've kept a folder on Spotify of some of my favorite songs from the year. Over the last few weeks I've done some minimal editing, adding a few forgotten tracks and taking out a few that didn't really belong there. As for specifications, the single or album had to have been released in 2014 (...or late 2013) and I didn't include more than two tracks from any single artist or band. While there's a lot of cross over with my "Best Albums" lists (coming soon), there's also a smattering of obscure bands' tracks and some top-40 gems of which I haven't bought into the full album. So here are some of my favorite tracks from the year. Excluding the Bon Iver and Taylor Swift tracks, the playlist can be found on Spotify.

36. Tune-Yards - Water Fountain
35. Damien Jurado - Silver Timothy
34. Jack White - High Ball Stepper
33. Caribou - Can't Do Without You
32. alt-J - Hunger of the Pine
31. Sam Smith - Stay With Me
30. How to Dress Well - See You Fall
29. Sun Kill Moon - I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same
28. Ages and Ages - Our Demons
27. Conor Oberst - Governor's Ball
26. Beck - Morning
25. Phantogram - Black Out Days
24. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
23. The Antlers - Hotel
22. Coldplay - Another's Arms
21. Kishi Bashi - Q&A
20. Chad VanGaalen - Where Are You?
19. Childish Gambino - 3005
18. Hozier - Take Me to Church
17. Nicki Minaj - Pills N Potions
16. Bon Iver - Heavenly Father
15. Sylvan Esso - Could I Be
14. Beyonce - Ring Off
13. Sufjan Stevens - A Little Lost
12. Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
11. The War on Drugs - Red Eyes
10. Childish Gambino - III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)
9. Warm Foothills - alt-J
8. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
7. Real Estate - Talking Backwards
6. Spoon - Do You
5. Sam Smith - Money On My Mind
4. Beyonce - Drunk in Love
3. Sylvan Esso - Coffee
2. Kendrick Lamar - i
1. Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)

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