The continuation of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the real gems, not that the other 50 were bad or anything, but this is the real deal Holyfield right here.
49. "Left Hand Free" by Alt-J
Song feels like they made it in their backyard. I dig that.
48. "Creature" by Lia Ices
Mixing world beats with just plain great pop, you get some surprisingly dope results. Plus the latter half. Goodness gracious.
47. "Under The Pressure" by The War On Drugs
If you never listen to the album, you can just listen to this track and basically get it. It's a sprawling epic that puts you on a little mini roadtrip in your headphones. Good stuff.
46. "Doing It" by Charli XCX
Pop music my friend. POP MUSIC! But seriously, bow down to the true queen.
45. "Soul Food" by Logic
The beat is so classic, the lyrics so true and the second half flip around. The hustle is hard in this one.
44. "Never Catch Me" by Flying Lotus
Kendrick Lamar helps make a difficult record easier to swallow by giving us a song mixing free form jazz and rap and god only knows what else. It's damn fascinating.
43. "A Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
How this song wasn't bigger than it was leaves me clueless, since it's the only Coldplay song on the Coldplay album. And it's a beaut. Bonus points for being it's own club remix.
42. "No Shows" by Gerard Way
Gerard Way will still be making good music when the memory of My Chemical Romance is long gone. And I'm be first in line.
41. "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith
Come on. How can I not put this on the list. It's a big ass Sam Smith ballad that the tiniest bit of the singing public can even stand next to. Vocal artillery.
40. "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" by Run The Jewels
They got the dude from the Police Academy movies, which is bonus points, but also the song bangs. And the wordplay. Hell yeah.
39. "I'm Not Part of Me" by Cloud Nothings
The best thing these guys have ever done is a a surprisingly earnest break up song. Go figure.
38. "How We Be" by Sinkane
There is a hipness on this track that opens up the surprisingly solid Sudanese pop album that is lacking from the rest of the album. Guess sometimes you gotta come out of the gates guns blazing.
37. "Black and White" by Parquet Courts
It's a stoner bands rodeo jam and I can't get enough of it.
36 "Strandbar" by Todd Terje
The song is pretty good but becomes really great when those pianos kick in and it's all over and you throw up the white flag and go home because it can't get any better than this.
35. "#Beautiful" by Mariah Carey
The worst thing about the song is the hashtag because why? But it's a great jam and yes Miguel does most the heavy lifting for Mariah, but she is right there and that's more than enough.
34. "Breakfast" by Kelis
Kelis kicks things off right, setting the tone for the rest of her killer album and also showing off a new sound that I'm all about. The kid's in the beginning are a nice touch too. This is the real thing y'all"
33. "Let Me Be Mine" by Spoon
Auction off what you love, it will come sometime. That is the best opening line of any song this year, hands down.
32. "All The Rage Back Home" by Interpol
It opens up sound like any other Interpol song, then they turn the ignition and BOOM. So good.
31. "Talking Backwards" by Real Estate
Sunny and yet dripping with melancholy, there is a beautiful sadness to this song that is quite unexpected. And very pretty.
30. "Simple and Sure" by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The song feels like the beginning of a long lost John Hughes movie.
29. "From The Night" by Stars
Sometimes bands discover their groove and decide to dance. It's nice when they find it. Last year Arcade Fire did it. This year it's Star's turn. And I'm thankful.
28. "Anagram" by Young The Giant
Live, these guys sound an awful lot like Incubus. I should know, I heard them. But on the record they sound just like Local Natives and I ain't mad at them. Gorgeous song too.
27. "Full Stick" by Herzog
It's a fire cracker of a song, short, sweet and a guitar lick instead of a chorus. Gnarly.
26. "Queen" by Perfume Genius
Baroque and broke as f*ck.
25. "Tough Love" by Jessie Ware
In many ways it's the perfect song for Jessie Ware, moving past the old and ushering the new. Oh and it's really really good.
24. "Seasons (Waiting On You)" by Future Islands
The lead singer of Future Islands has a great voice. There is a nice gruff and texture to it sorely missing from modern day music. We need more of this.
23. "Every Little World" by MNEK
There is a voice in the song that asks "do you f*ck to this sh*t?" and it's an honest question, because this song is all sorts of amazing and yes, you probably do.
22. "i" by Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick and a throwback beat? It's not even fair.
21. "Word's I Don't Remember" by How To Dress Well
There is a part in the song where it all glitches out and repeats ad nauseam and it's amazing and affecting. Love it.
20. "Digital Witness" by St. Vincent
The horns, oh the horns. But seriously, it's the whole weird lyrics about how times are changing and technology and it's kinda scary and kinda weird and I should write a book about it.
19. "Two Weeks" by FKA twigs
Obsession in song form.
18. "Down On My Luck" by Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa is a rapper. And not even that good of one. And yet he used his rapped fire delivery while singing to give us a breathless R&B club jam and it's f*cking fantastic.
17. "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" by Chromeo
It should be against the law to be this catchy
16. "Every Other Freckle" by Alt-J
Weird. Brilliant and weird. It's the kind of song only Alt-J can make. Nobody else on this level.
15. "Fall In Love" by Phantogram
This buzz saw of a song is the best thing Phantogram has ever done. Kudos.
14. "The Way We Do It" by Jurassic 5
I got giddy like a 5 year old kid on Christmas when I first heard this track. J5 was back and the sounded just as good as when they left, rocking a "Concert Schoolyard" like beat produced by the late Heavy D and they just slay it. So. F*cking. Good.
13. "On The Regular" by Shamir
His best song and it's not even on the EP. And it's near perfect, catchy as hell and as much a mission statement as it is a killer single.
12. "Strange Feeling" by Panama
The best song of the EP is a bonus track. Go figure. It's so good and so different and I'm all about that life.
11. "Red Dust" by James Vincent McMorrow
That last stretch. Holy moly. My ears popped.
10. "Magic" by Coldplay
Restrained and yet stunning, it's the best thing Coldplay has done in years.
9. "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
That beat. Drake's flow. The anger cooking and boiling the track. And the James Blake interlude. I wouldn't believe it if I didn't hear it myself.
8. "Can't Do Without You" by Caribou
Building up and up and up and up. Then KABOOM. Nice.
7. "Under Pressure" by Logic
Those who hate on Logic point to this song, which sounds an awfully lot like Kendrick's "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst." And to them, I say f*ck you.
6. "Do It Again" by Robyn & Royksopp
Ever club, play this song. Over and over and over again.
5. "Jackie and Wilson" by Hozier
With a great guitar rip and blues, mad blues, the song is way cooler than it has any right to be. This is my jam.
4. "Good News" by Daley
The piano and that voice. Match made in heaven.
3. "Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson
So there are like 3 versions and every person has their own take on which they like best. But it doesn't matter, because this is the best Michael Jackson song we have ever heard in probably over a decade. No joke. It's f*cking amazing and you know it and I know it. You ever wonder why you feel in love with MJ? Listen to this and you'll remember.
2. "Brand New" by Pharrell Williams
A duet with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake and how the hell wasn't this the biggest song of 2014? Because people are dumb and life doesn't make sense, because this song is the best.
1. "They Want My Soul" by Spoon
The title track to my favorite album of the year also happens to my favorite Spoon song on the album. Seems appropriate that it top my list.