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2014: The Top 50 Songs (Part 2)

Part two! Check out part one here. The bands have topped my charts for the past three years. Will it still be the same this year? Read on!

15. Iggy Azalea – Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)

‘Fancy’ has that Charli XCX hook that everyone will chant to whenever this song plays. The collaboration is perfect but unexpected and stands out from other songs about the glamorous life.

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14. Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

Ariana Grande’s vocals are top-notch here, especially on that pre-chorus. Although I wished that the song had a better chorus, Iggy Azalea’s rap verses saved this song for me.

13. Bastille – Flaws

This song was released in 2011 but whatever, I only found about this song in 2014. This indie synthpop track is made much colorful by Dan Smith (the band’s lead vocalist) and his thick accent, and the whole song is like a chant that everyone can follow with.

12. Taylor Swift – Blank Space

(Guys, it’s NOT Starbucks lovers!)

Taylor Swift parodies herself in this song about crazy love, and I think that it’s a genius move. She shows us that she’s ready to take over the world, if she hasn’t done so yet. Turns out, turning pop was one of her best decisions yet. (more…)

2014: The Top 50 Songs (Part 1)

It’s that time of the year once more when I list the best songs of the year. This year, we’ve been treated with such diverse genres of music that became more known to the mainstream public. It was hard to pick songs as I mostly liked the music this year. But first off, let me say some things.

a. If your favorite song is not in here, then I probably forgot about it or don’t like it. I mainly listen to mainstream pop, so don’t expect obscure tracks in here. :)

b. Some songs may have been released in 2013 but took off in 2014.

c. I only considered singles, both official and promotional.

All right, let’s begin!

2014 COUNTDOWN: THE TOP 50 SONGS

50. John Legend – All of Me

49. Ed Sheeran – Don’t

48. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

47. Fences – Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

46. MAGIC! – Rude

45. One Direction – Steal My Girl

44. American Authors – Best Day of My Life

43. MAGIC! – Don’t Kill the Magic

42. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun

41. The Vamps – Somebody to You (feat. Demi Lovato)

40.Ariana Grande – Break Free (feat. Zedd)

39. Foster the People – Coming of Age

38. 5 Seconds of Summer – Don’t Stop

37. American Authors – Believer

36. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars (more…)

The Music of 2013: The Top 39 [Part 3]

Part 3! Click for Part 1 and Part 2.

13. Applause, by Lady Gaga

This is the Lady Gaga that I loved! No over the top production, just a straightforward catchy dance-pop song. The prechorus slays me every time and I love the “A-P-P-L-A-U-S-E” chants. This is a song that is reminiscent of her first album The Fame which propelled her to worldwide recognition. “Applause” is the lead single of her third album ARTPOP.

12. Burn, by Ellie Goulding

As mentioned previously, Ellie Goulding has a beautiful angelic voice, and it meshes well with synthpop tracks like this one. “Burn” is very catchy and can get stuck in your head for weeks. This song is the first single off Halcyon Days, the re-release of her second album Halcyon.

11. XO, by Beyoncé

Queen B surprised us all as she released her self-titled fifth studio album without any promotion and all that, and “XO” is the first single off that album. “XO” makes me feel really good whenever I listen to it. The tone is just so uplifting and magical, and has a happy vibe to it. It’s definitely something I would listen to when I’m having a bad day.

10. Safe and Sound, by Capital Cities

(This one is a 2011 song, but it started kicking off in 2013.) “Safe and Sound” feels very optimistic and reassuring. It’s like the world’s going into oblivion or there’s a zombie invasion everywhere yet you feel so secured and you find yourself singing along to this upbeat track. “Safe and Sound” is the duo’s breakout single, and is in their debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery. (more…)

The Music of 2013: The Top 39 [Part 2]

Part 2! Check out part 1 here.

26. Royals, by Lorde

“Royals” is a song that is so minimal, yet very effective in delivering the message. I think what made this so successful, in addition to the simplicity of the song and Lorde’s haunting vocal performance, is that the public can relate with the song. Contrary to the fame and excess money most pop and hip-hop songs brag about, “Royals” talks about “driving Cadillacs in our dreams” and how big the gap between the rich and the poor is. “Royals” is Lorde’s breakout song, and her first single from her debut album Pure Heroine.

25. Mirrors, by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake uses what has worked in the past to create this hit called “Mirrors” and it has been very successful for the year 2013. This song has hints of his previous works like “Cry Me A River” and people dig it. Despite being very long (the album version is 8:05 minutes long), every second is solid and the choruses are very catchy. Inspired by JT’s wife Jessica Biel and grandparents, “Mirrors” is the second single off Justin’s third solo album The 20/20 Experience.

24. Gorilla, by Bruno Mars

“Gorilla” is probably Bruno Mars’ sexiest single to date. This fourth single from his second album Unorthodox Jukebox shows that he is more than just singing love songs or songs about heartbreak. His vocals sound amazing here and is a perfect fit for the piano instrumentals, and the “oooh”s in the chorus are just divine.

23. Stay the Night, by Zedd (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)

Hayley Williams is known for her rock songs with Paramore, and I was surprised to see a Zedd song that features her. It was a pleasant surprise that this turned out to be a great EDM song and a great club anthem. “Stay the Night” is the fourth single off Clarity, Zedd’s debut album.

22. 93 Million Miles, by Jason Mraz

(I know this is a 2012 song, but I only knew of this masterpiece in 2013. Sorry guys!) I shed a tear or two when I first listened to this song, especially because I was literally away from home that time. Jason Mraz’s vocals were spot on and beautiful for this song, and the lyrics speak to the heart. The song is the second single from the album “Love is a Four Letter Word.”

21. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix), by Lana Del Rey

Honestly, when I first heard Summertime Sadness (the album version), I felt that the song was boring. Come this remix, I loved it. The combination of EDM and Lana Del Rey’s captivating voice was a brilliant one, and made me like the original version much more. I think Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais should make an album together, because they’re perfect for each other. From her second album Born to Die, “Summertime Sadness” is Lana Del Rey’s highest charting single so far in the US Billboard Hot 100. (more…)

The Music of 2013: The Top 39 [Part 1]

It’s that time again for the year-end countdown! 2013 was amazing for music and this year made it really hard for me to pick a top 39, let alone a top one. In 2011 and 2012, I knew that I was going to make Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and fun.’s ‘Some Nights’ the number ones for their respective years. This time, it was definitely harder, and I was considering declaring a triple tie. But I didn’t. It would be no fun. :) Why 39? I was originally making it 30, but there were just too many songs that I couldn’t just dismiss as honorable mentions, so I made it 39, a multiple of ’13. This is part one!

39. Closer, by Tegan and Sara

Starting off this countdown is the lead single off Canadian duo Tegan and Sara’s seventh studio album Heartthrob. The pleasant and joyful aura this song gives is something that can start my day right, and I love the carefree vibes I get when I listen to this song.

38. Atlas, by Coldplay

Atlas was written and recorded by Coldplay for the movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. This song just gives off those cinematic feels that are simply wonderful, and I love the contrast between the dark verses and the glorious choruses.

37. Stubborn Love, by The Lumineers

Following up to the band’s highly successful first single “Ho Hey” is this indie folk tune. For me, it is a song that gives me those warm and fuzzy feelings. I can’t explain it; it’s a little bit of sad, with a little bit of glorious and joyful at the same time. That is what makes this song so lovely.

36. Waiting for Superman, by Daughtry

Steering to a more pop sound, “Waiting for Superman” is something that many women can relate to. As usual, Chris Daughtry’s vocals do not fail, but this new sound for them may be that one push that will help them get back to the success they had in their debut album. “Waiting for Superman” is the lead single for the band’s fourth album Baptized.

35. Let Her Go, by Passenger

(Note: Passenger is actually a singer-songwriter, not a band.)
At first, the heavy accent on this song bugged me a bit, but I got over it quickly and loved this song. One thing that this song boasts is its genius lyrics, as exemplified in the usually quoted line “Only hate the road when you’re missing home.” This song is Passenger’s second single from All the Little Lights and is his first international success. (more…)