A YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP 15 POP SONGS OF 2014
Ok. Hello. It’s that time of year again where we reflect at some of the music industry’s best and worst moments of the past year and 2014 has been a crazy one. We have seen a whole bunch of brand new artists topping the charts while old favourites have made comebacks to a lukewarm response. But shall we look at how 2014 went? Over the next couple of days I will be posting three articles looking at the best moments and what better way to start than with my Top 15 songs of 2014…
15. “Boom Clap” – Charli XCX
2014 saw Charli XCX turn into a pop star and this banger ignited her career. Yes it may be generic but fuck its catchy. I jammed pretty hard to this song in the second half of 2014.
14. “Ugly Heart” – G.R.L
I can already hear all the gays applauding me for this inclusion. “Ugly Heart” is a jam, that’s all I can really say. It may be cheesy and a generic girl group anthem but the infectious melody and killer harmonies made this group one of the hottest acts to watch. Sadly with one of their members passing away we have still yet to hear from the girls since the release of their EP. Word is that in 2015 we will see them return with a song to honour their former member and I’m very exciting to hear this touching song.
13. “Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde
2013 was all about Lorde and in 2014 she toured her ass off to maintain that status. While doing that she curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack and it was pretty incredible. The lead single “Yellow Flicker Beat” was very different and edgy sound for the New Zealand songstress and while it was a risky move she completely nailed it. It was quite underrated when it was released and still is but I couldn’t help but put it in my top 15 because it’s such a brilliant and addictive track
12. “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift dominated pop music in 2014 and her second single “Blank Space” is a perfect track dedicated to new and ex-lovers. The hook is mature and different to anything she’s ever done but it’s still catchy as ever. She’s even managed to win over thousands of haters with her new sound and image. 2015 is going to be a big year for the songstress.
11. “Anaconda” – Nicki Minaj
Gimmicky greatness and twerking are my two favourite things and Nicki Minaj served them both on a silver platter with “Anaconda”. Clubbing will never be the same again with this song creating so much gyrating and twerking socially acceptable. Don’t expect another hit like this from Nicki any time soon as her recent album “The Pinkprint” is a lot more serious
10. “I Will Never Let You Down” – Rita Ora
This is probably the most underrated song of 2014. If Calvin Harris didn’t ban her from performing this live I think 2014 would have been a completely different year for her. This song is undeniably catchy and is a pop anthem that deserved to be loved more from the public. Such a jam.
9. “Drunk In Love” – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z
You can’t mess with Queen B and this song was one RNB/pop banger that constantly grew on you. When that hook went in, it went in hard and you can’t deny that this dynamic duo slayed every bit of your soul with this seductive song.
8. “Happy” – Pharrell
The comeback of Pharrell made 2014 interesting and exciting and “Happy” was an unstoppable hit that dominated that charts for months. You bopped along, sung along and got down to this infectiously happy (pun intended) track. It may have driven you insane a few times with the over exposure taking its toll but there’s no denying you still love it, how deep it may be.
7. “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
Sam Smith is one of the best success stories of 2014 and this song spoke to a lot of people on an emotional level. People found it very easy to resonate with the feeling of an unrequited love and with his honesty and arms wide open the world fell in love. I sure did.
6. “Dark Horse” – Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J
I was so glad to see this song blow up in 2014 because it was my favourite track from “Prism” and something you could just vibe to like no tomorrow. It’s very different to anything Katy Perry has ever done before and that’s what stood out. The chorus is powerful, seducing and makes you want to rave. And Juicy J is surprisingly bearable on this one.
5. “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
What. A. Lineup. That is all I had to think about this track when I first read about it. Let’s be honest, it was always going to slay and be incredible because these three artists are all queens in their own right. Jessie J brings aggressively slick vocals while Ariana Grande sooths your soul with her melodic vocals and Nicki Minaj unleashes her fierceness with an epic rap. “Bang Bang” is the pop anthem of 2014, it’s fun, wild and all a bit cheeky.
4. “Happy Little Pill” – Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan’s move to music was one of the most exciting and intriguing parts of 2014 for pop music. With a lot of people assuming the sound and direction he would go in he completely surprised everyone when he released this synth-tastic jam. The mature EDM track was quite dark as a first release but it worked extremely well. Radio, fans and critics alike all fell in love with this track and 2015 sees a bright future ahead for Sivan.
3. “Chandelier” – Sia
Sia’s return was almighty and with her powerhouse vocals taking this song to a whole new dimension there’s nothing you could do but just be in absolute awe. The addictive hook will be stuck in your head for hours and you will find yourself trying to hit those high notes just for fun but you will fail, every single time.
2. “Habits” (Stay High) – Tove Lo
Tove Lo is my favourite breakthrough artist of 2014 and this song perfectly showcased who she was a songwriter and an artist. She’s brutally honest with her lyrics and fooled a lot of people with the party and drug references metaphorically representing the hurt and pain of a break up. This song ignites any party and club it plays at and is easily one of the best songs of this year.
1. “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
I don’t even know where to begin with this song. It sky rocketed both Iggy and Charli’s career to a whole new level and made both these songstresses superstars. The infectiously simple track won over radio with the clever and sassy hook “I’m so fancy, you already know” becoming one of the most quotable lyrics of the year. I’m so proud of how far Iggy Azalea has come as an artist and I can’t wait till she releases her second studio album next year for the slayage to continue. Also can I just say how epic Black Widow is, choosing between Fancy and Black Widow to be in this spot was a stressful time but “Fancy” gracefully took the spot.