It's a sign of how things are that the songs of 2014 are much better than the albums of 2014. It's the way things are going. The album is dying and the single is reigning supreme. So here is my rather eclectic mix of favorite tracks from 2014, part 1. Songs 100 to 50. Songs 49 to 1 coming soon.
100. "Balmain Jeans" by Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi doesn't hold my grasp the way he used to when he was one of my favorite artists. But this song with some killer swoons by Raphael Saadiq is pretty excellent.
99. "Follow" by Mary J. Blige
On The London Sessions, Mary J. goes for a different sound on the second half and it works, like really well. She's overqualified to be a house diva and yet here she is playing the role alongside Disclosure. Thank you.
98. "How We Feel" by Panama
The Panama EP was probably one of my favorite collections of music this year and this trick (one of a few on this list) shows off their versatility. Plus that piano.
97. "Gust of Wind" by Pharrell Williams
Pharrell teams up again with Daft Punk and of course it's a chill as f*ck winner.
96. "First" by Cold War Kids
The Cold War Kids are surprisingly consistent at making good music, and this stand out track on their latest shows off why.
95. "Silver" by Caribou
Much like that other song, it's a lot of patient build up with a great volcano eruption near the end. Just wait for it. It's worth it.
94. "Mr Noah" by Panda Bear
Anytime we get some Animal Collective, err, Panda Bear ear candy, we shall rejoice. Poor dogs though.
93. "If It Wasn't True" by Shamir
Shamir's Northtown was one of my favorite EPs from 2014, and this is the best song on that. Can't wait for the debut.
92. "Repeat Pleasure" by How To Dress Well
So freakin' pretty.
91. "I've Had It Up To Here" by Weezer
The band with maybe the best comeback of the year did it the easy way, making a record full of great songs with great hooks. Case in point. Plus it's a self referential dig at themselves and their critics, so bonus points.
90. "Kelly" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Pains always have one truly great female fronted track on their albums, and this is the one off their latest.
89. "Happy Idiot" by TV on the Radio
It's kinda a glitchy weird song and I dig that.
88. "Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1" by Run The Jewels
One of the reasons Run The Jewels rules is because their sh*t bangs and they angry. And their best tracks are when they keep it grimey. Real grimey.
87. "Look Up" by Daley
This is the first song I've ever heard by Daley, so it holds a special place and deserves to be on the list.
86. "Xscape" by Michael Jackson
The title track to Michael's posthumous album is a Invincible leftover that is better than at least half that album. Go figure.
85. "Brill Bruisers" by The New Pornographers
The album is very playful and feels very free, so it's only appropriate that the best song on the album has no real chorus. Just a lot of ba ba ba's.
84. "Morning" by Beck
This songs makes me feel like I'm waking up in a cabin on a Spring day somewhere in the middle of nowhere with the dew still on the grass. Love songs that evoke that kinda stuff.
83. "How We Are" by Lia Ices
The drums. The drums!
82. "Wonderful Everyday (Arthur Song)" by Chance The Rapper
Yes, it's a cover of the theme song from the afternoon cartoon Arthur. And it takes that song and make it something bigger than some silly song for a kid's show.
81. "Writings On The Wall" by OK Go
The video is all sorts of awesome, and the song is nearly as good.
80. "One And All" by The Smashing Pumpkins
It's 2014, but this song sounds like vintage Pumpkins. Ya dig? I dig.
79. "Second Thoughts" by Dornik
Another year and no album. Makes me sad. But he's still putting out great R&B music that I just can't get enough of. Just release the damn album already homie.
78. "Boom Clap" by Charli XCX
One of those songs of the summer that actually deserve to be a song of the summer.
77. "Zero Zero" by Gerard Way
The album is mostly hair metal and britpop influenced, but this sounds as close as we are gonna get to a My Chemical Romance track in 2014.
76. "Asleep" by Makthaverskan
The passion behind the lead singers voice as she screams the chorus is really something and so is the album, which you should definitely look up if you can spell the band name correctly when you Google it.
75. "Destroyer" by Panama
Second track by Panama to make the list is a little 80's influenced ditty. And that end. Whoa.
74. "Birth In Reverse" by St. Vincent
One thing that is under appreciated by St. Vincent is how good a guitarist she is. She really is great and doesn't get the credit she deserves.
73. "Say You Love Me" by Jessie Ware
In many ways, this is Jessie Ware's big ballad that shows her arms are long enough to box with God (Adele).
72. "Human Sadness" by Julian Casablancas+The Voidz
The album is very experimental and will probably turn off most Strokes fans. But there are diamonds in that rough, like this long dive into the abyss.
71. "FUNKNROLL" by Prince
It's not really funk. It's not really rock and roll. I don't know what the hell it is. But I like it. I like it alot.
70. "Brooklyn Baby" by Lana Del Rey
Another sad girl song. But it helps that it's a very good sad girl song.
69. "Coming of Age" by Foster The People
Supermodel is a good album and I stand by that. Proof.
68. "On My Mind" by Dornik
Release the album. Release the album. Drop it. Tonight, just drop it.
67. "Temporary View" by SBTRKT
Sampha really is the MVP on SBTRKT latest record. He takes songs like this and just take it to a whole nother level.
66. "January 28th" by J. Cole
A deeply person song by the most earnest rapper in the game. Plus he's a January baby like me, so bonus points.
65. "Delorian Dynamite" by Todd Terje
Terje his great at titling tracks, and this is no different. It's like going back in time to the 80's. Get it? You get it.
64. "Why" by Les Sings
Figures that the best song on an album with mostly instrumentals is the one with actual vocals.
63. "Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)" by Childish Gambino
Is it weird that the more pop/R&B side of the the Childish Gambino EP/Mixtape release is the better part and it's not even close? Whatever, homie is a better singer than Drake.
62. "No Rest For The Wicked" by Lykke Li
You wanna cry? Listen to this song all alone in the dark. You'll get a good cry in.
61. "Come Get It Bae" by Pharrell Williams
I can put up with Miley in small doses, and we get just the right amount on this song. Oh and that Pharrell guy is good too.
60. "I Had This Thing" by Royksopp
It's a big sweeping fall in love in the club song. More please.
59. "Really Love" by D'Angelo
While I'll believe it when I see it, this gives me hope that we might hear the new D'Angelo album in my lifetime and that homeboy can still sing. Also, THIS IS NEW D'ANGELO GUYS!
58. "Hideaway" by Kiesza
57. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
I wanna hear this record so bad already. It's funky, it's throwback. I'm all about that life.
56. "Los Awesome" by Schoolboy Q
Yes, it doesn't sound like anything else on the LP since it's produced by the Neptunes. But it fits, like crazy well. More please.
55. "Water Fountain" by tUnE-yArDs
So what if it's just "Iko Iko", that song rules and we haven't had something like that in a while. Plus she get's pissed on the second half and I'm all about that life.
54. "Stranger to My Happiness" by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Vintage to the max, plus the undertones of Sharon Jones struggle with cancer underneathe gives us a jam with some great emotional resonance.
53. "Quartz" by TV on the Radio
Maybe I just love how it sounds like it starts in medias res. Or maybe it's the passion behind the opening lyrics. It's just awesome.
52. "Guess Again!" by Thom Yorke
It feels like he dug up this song from some dark dank basement. And I'm all about that life.
51. "Habits (Stay High)" by Tove Lo
The song begins kinda like some kinda Ke$ha disaster before the chorus kicks in and you are like, oh.
50 "Gimme A Chance" by Azealia Banks
She straight rips it on this track and then on the latter part starts flowing in Spanish? Damn.
Okay guys. Like I said 49-1 coming soon. Probably tomorrow or the next day.