Best Songs of 2014

Here we are…the end of the year.  The holidays are upon us, birthdays (ahem ahem) and year end best of lists.  Below are your songs of the year.  Each year it gets harder and harder to determine the ultimate playlist to encapsulate the great year in music.  And of course to provide all of you with THE playlist of 2014.  Here they are…the best songs of 2014.  Click on the link to listen and download the playlist via Spotify (except #20, sadly.) Enjoy my friends!

1)  Two Weeks- FKA Twigs

Just listen to the lyrics in this song.  I’m blown away by how someone can sing like she can and write as well.  NSFW for sure.

2)  Happy Idiot- TV on the Radio

TVOTR is back in a big way.  While this album isn’t the near perfection as Return to Cookie Mountain, this first single really kicks ass.

3)  Man of the Year- ScHoolboy Q (NSFW)

Love the attitude, the angst and the comedic bravado of this cat.

4)  Spinning Signs- Painted Palms

Just a great rock song.  Especially loud.

5)  Noah- Panda Bear

Is there a better musician working in music today than Noah Lennox?  It’s a rhetorical question.

6)  Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)- Run The Jewels 2 (ft. Zack de la Rocha) (NSFW)

If I said that the best featuring vocals for the year was on a rap song by the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine would you have believed it?  So good.

7)  Go (Blank Sea)- Zola Jesus

I am just in love with her voice.

8)  Inside Out- Spoon

From one of the most consistent bands of the past 20 years.  When you take a look at the oeuvre of this band you realize how astounding they are.

9)  Red Eyes- The War on Drugs

I could have picked any song off the 3rd full length album by the incredible Philly band.  An incredible soothing and almost dreamlike vocals.  Adam Granduciel sounds like a young Dylan.

10) Higher- Lia Ices

Is this the best pop song of the year?

11) Every Other Freckle- Alt- J

I can’t get over the voice of Alt-J lead singer.

12) Talking Backwards- Real Estate

Jersey boys done good!  The best single off of their best album.

13) Goshen ’97- Strand of Oaks

From start to finish an outstanding amalgam of midwestern rock and folk.

14) Simple and Sure- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

This band always seems to make beautiful pop/rock songs every album.

15) Wanderlust- Wild Beasts

The first song of of the latest effort from the awesome Wild Beasts.

16) War on the East Coast- The New Pornographers

One of the Dan Bejar sung songs from a totally underrated New Pornographers album.  Their first in 4 years.

17) Just One of the Guys- Jenny Lewis

I was a huge Rilo Kiley fan.  This brought me back a couple years.  Love her.

18) La.Tex- Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Put on your headphones and zone out to this 11-min opus from an unbelievable jazz album by the Lousiana native.  The album I want more people to listen to.

19) Taking Chances- Sharon Van Etten

Her beautiful voice has this resonating harmony to it.

20) Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

Ok, let’s hear it.  I say it all the time.  I love a good pop song.  Sadly this didn’t make the playlist via Spotify.  I’m sure you know why by now.

The rest…

21) Seasons (Waiting On You)- Future Islands

22) Hey Miami- Sylvan Esso

23) Drunk in Love (ft. Jay-Z)- Beyonce

24) Kong- The Notwist

25) Forgiven/Forgotten- Angel Olsen

26) My Silver Lining- First Aid Kit

27) I Wanna Get Better- Bleachers

28) Why- Mas Ysa

29) Alexandra- Hamilton Leithauser

30) Satellites- EMA

31) Precious Love- How to Dress Well

32) Johnny and Mary- Todd Terje (ft. Bryan Ferry)

33) Tough Love- Jessie Ware

34) Shriek- Wye Oak

35) Keep it Healty- Warpaint

36) Boom Clap- Charli XCX

37) Little Fang- Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

38) Maidenhead- Protomartyr

39) Wait For a Minute- Tune-Yards

40) Don’t Wanna Lose- Ex Hex

41) Birth in Reverse- St. Vincent

42) Lampshades on Fire- Modest Mouse

43) Bright Eyes- Allo Darlin’

44) The Party Line- Belle and Sebastian

45) Black and White- Parquet Courts

46) Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)- Flying Lotus

47) Dude Incredible- Shellac

48) Queen- Perfume Genius

49) Slow Motion- Phox

50) Where No Eagles Fly- Julian Casablancas and The Voidz

51) The Grit in the Pearl- Clark