As the year of 2014 draws to a close, I look back at the highlights of this year’s music scene. I thought, if I was to compile an album based on the sound that would best represent my 2014 iPod library, what would it sound like? And it ended up sounding something like this…
I actually first heard this song by Ryn Weaver playing when I was window shopping in town at Topman – the explosive percussions grabbed me immediately… not often I get distracted when I’m looking at clothes so that pretty much says it all.
9. New Flame
To tell you the truth, I have not been a fan of Chris Brown nor his music for years so this R&B gem came as a very pleasant surprise. This track offers a more soulful side of Brown’s vocal and love him or hate him, I have to say I’m very impressed with his falsetto and ad-libs.
8. Hard Time
Seinabo Sey is one of the many new artists I discovered this year. Following a quick search and listen online after reading a write-up in The Sunday Times, I completely fell in love with her unique sound. Call me crazy but I think Seinabo does Adele better than Adele does herself…
Agricultural references in Pop music never sounded so good until Alex & Sierra got their hands and plectrum on them. I enjoy the Folk element of this song so much. The booming stomps and claps lighten me up whatever the mood I’m in.
Just when I thought they’d peaked with all the stunning tracks on El Camino, The Black Keys returned with an even better and more infectious blues-rock smash!! This track is an absolute synth masterpiece. I’m beyond thrilled to see that it’s earned the duo two Grammys nominations – here’s to hoping they snatch them both!! *crosses fingers*
5. Something in the Water
This amazing Carrie Underwood track previously featured in one of my Track of the Week posts so there’s hardly any surprises that it’s making a reappearance on this countdown. Country is the first genre of English music I got into. It was like nothing I’d heard in my native languages and this took me right back to the early years when my curiosity for this twangy style was blooming.
If you’re still stuck at the Who You Are phase from three years ago like most people are, then this is most definitely the Jessie J track for you. Lyrically, this track is sensual and very emotional whilst vocally, I just cannot fault it. This is without a doubt my power ballad of the year.
*Cues shock horror* I fully expect this Fifth Harmony track placing third to cause some controversy but this song is simply too catchy to not get hooked instantly!! I like me some good uplifting anthems and this does it for me in the most current way possible.
Arguably the best new artist of 2014, BANKS is everywhere… the other day I saw her Coach campaign in a magazine and f**k, does she look stunning!! This is the track that sealed my heart for her – the production is as contemporary as anyone would like, the lyrics are so revealing that it feels almost instrusive to listen to. Love.
1. Happy Little Pill
This is not the track that everyone would know of but it’s definitely one that’s deserving of all the success it’s achieved (#1 in 13 countries and cracked top 10 in over 40!) I was shocked to learn that Troye Sivan was the child actor who played young Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine… The boy’s got some talent!! The lyrics are beautifully written about a very sensitive subject and Sivan’s voice croons smoothly from start to finish. Plus the breakdown synths just get me every single time. No fail. It’s such a perfectly well-rounded Pop song and I’m more than happy to have it topping my 2014 list. 😉