I look forward to year-end reviews every December. I’ve posted my picks for the worst songs of 2014, so this post features my choices for the best. I thought I’d join in the fun with Helene in Between’s link-up and post my favorite songs of the year. I listen to a variety of music, but to make this more widely accessible, I am going to focus on radio/top-40/popular music.
With all of the great choices, sticking to 10 was difficult. These songs that fall under the “I turn up the volume when you come on/I listened to you shamelessly on repeat/Your lyrics were stuck in my head/You make me want to dance and sing in my hairbrush” category. (Remember: these are entirely my opinion! I’d love to hear yours, so leave me a comment!)
If the video didn’t seal the deal, I don’t know what will. I want to own every outfit she wears in this thing. This song is a blast to sing and I absolutely freakin’ love it!
Best lyric: “Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”
This song. This entire album. I’m completely hooked. Pop haters, it’s your loss. This song is kind of like the younger, more Swedish-sounding sister to Sia‘s smash hit, “Chandelier” — a cautionary tale of substance abuse, sorrow and partying the pain away. Tove Lo laments with a tortured howl over and over again across the chorus and I instantly feel like I have to howl through the pain with her.
Best lyric: “I eat my dinner in my bathtub.”
Runner up: “I drank up all my money.” Clever.
Of course I have to include this one… for all the same reasons I chose Habits. The video is brilliant as well. This song is painfully beautiful and unbelievably catchy right from start and then BOOM — that chorus, my gosh. She’s belting to the breaking point. It’s nuts. At first you totally think it’s a party anthem to drinking and then you re-listen and realize this girl is running away from herself. Then you’re kind of sad about the song but still screaming it at the top of your lungs. Sia swung in with the best pop single of 2014, quite possibly.
Best lyric: “I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry.”
I definitely chose this song for the lyrics. Over all, the song gets you thinking, and like true art, has more than one meaning. I hardcore belt this one out in my car.
Best lyric: “The only heaven I’ll be sent to is when I’m alone with you.”
No, I did not pick this song solely because it has the same name as my blog. Hehe. This is such a sweet love ballad that I can picture listening to for years to come. Ed Sheeran can do no wrong. Wedding song of 2015? I believe it!
Best lyric: “Baby, now take me into your loving arms. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars.”
I couldn’t help singing the lyrics every time it came on. Yes, even the rapping parts. This is a super fun song and definitely made me want to dance.
Best lyric: “First thing’s first, I’m the realest.”
This song, to me, says “you know what, we’re all only human and we can only do the best we can do.” I really love the beat of this song and it makes me feel good on the inside. Also, the singer is Tove Lo… so naturally, I love this song.
Best lyric: “We are a different kind. We can do anything.”
THIS. SONG. Every single time this song comes on, I stop absolutely everything I am doing and dance like my life depends on it. I won three dance-offs with this song. This song is my spirit animal. This song makes me feel like I can do anything. I don’t know what it is about it… but this is my club song of the year. The lyrics are terrible, but I love a good beat.
Best lyric: “On my late night thirsty. ‘Cuz it was late night and I was thirsty.”
He blew me away with his voice when I first heard this song. If a one-night stand and a cuddle sesh had a baby, this would be that baby. Definitely a belt-in-my-shower kind of song.
Best lyric: “Oh, won’t you stay with me? ‘Cause you’re all I need”
I know the album came out in 2013, but this song wasn’t technically released as a single until 2014. This song is blast to sing, but it also says something. Hayley is giving us a reality check. The world doesn’t revolve around you. It’s a reminder that you have to wake up and take responsibility for your own mistakes and stop expecting others to pick up after you.
Best lyric: “You’re not the big fish in the pond no more. You are what they’re feeding on.”
You tell ’em, Hayley Williams.
Lorde wows me with every song. She is such a talented songwriter and her lyrics are brilliantly poetic and metaphoric. I broke the repeat button with this one.
Best lyric: “I got my fingers laced together and I made a little prison
And I’m locking up everyone who ever laid a finger on me.”
She’s weird in the best way possible.
This song hasn’t hit the radio yet, but it is wonderful. Ingrid’s entire album is fantastic and I love this new side of her. Inspired by her mother’s long battle with cancer, the song is powerful and life-affirming. In the video, Ingrid aimed to capture the song’s carpe diem spirit by helping fans overcome their deepest fears. This song actually inspired me to conquer my fear of needles. After I watched it, I donated blood for the first time!! Thank you, Ingrid!
Best lyric:” We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright. We got, we got, we always got the fight in us.”
What are your thoughts? Would any of these make your list of best songs of 2014? Would any of these make your list of worst songs?
(Ok. I just realized this is 12 songs, not 10. Meep. Don’t hurt me).