Tuesday, December 09, 2014

2014 Favourites: Top 10 Songs First Heard in 2014

I used to call this list "Top 10 Songs of the Year", until I realized that I always lagged far behind the curve in discovering new music. My relevancy seems to have improved over time -- the oldest song on this year's list is from 2009. Enjoy!

  1. Ingrid Michaelson - Girls Chase Boys (2014):
    Although much of Ingrid's newest album consisted of ghosts singing "woo" to forgettable tunes, this song made the cut of "songs I didn't delete".

  2. Caro Emerald - Liquid Lunch (2013):
    Remixing swing with electronica seems like such a no-brainer that I'm surprised it's taken this long to surface.

  3. Boulevard des Airs - Je reste calme (2013):
    The only thing better than the surprising effectiveness of "heavy metal reggae"is the fact that screamed chorus translates loosely as "I'm remaining calm".

  4. K-OS - 4 3 2 1 (2009):
    I stumbled upon K-OS through Crabbukkit, and like songs like this one more than his more experimental stuff.

  5. Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way (2010):
    This band is always great for peppy, catchy tunes. I didn't realize how much the lead singer resembled Nicholas Brody from Homeland until I pulled up the link to this music video, and now I can't watch it without picturing Brody singing with his tiny mouth.

  6. Lily Allen - Air Balloon (2014):
    This song always gets stuck in my head, even though it doesn't say much -- a perfect pop confection.

  7. The Hoosiers - To the Lions (2014):
    The latest Hoosiers album has continued to grow on me over time, but this still remains by favorite song.

  8. Christina Perri - Be My Forever (2014):
    It's rare for Christina Perri to have an actually happy song, and this one hits all of the right "cute" spots.

  9. Paloma Faith - Stone Cold Sober (2009):
    I like big voices and hints of the 70s.

  10. Dirt Poor Robins - We Forgot We Were Human (2013):
    Dirt Poor Robins continues its evolution from an Evanescence clone to mad escapees from a musical theatre.

Previous Picks: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

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