After skipping blogging all of 2014, and totally not sharing my “Best of 2013” list last year, I felt a little empty. I was trying out WordPress and thought I had figured out the basics enough, so I gave it a rest. Nobody really noticed, except one friend that would occasionally ask if I was going to post anything again. My usual answer was I dunno, maybe. I mean, keeping a blog is a difficult task sometimes. You need to come up with content and I just wasn’t feeling inspired. Besides, if you want to peer into my thoughts (I surmised), just read my Twitter Feed, which is a lot easier to fill with content than a weekly blog. Top Songs of the Year lists, however, are not really conducive to a twitter post. Way more than 140 characters required for me to divulge what’s been on my iphone all year. So here it is: My Top 14 Songs of 2014.
Annie Clark’s songs have tended to be in most of my previous Top Songs of the Year lists. I’ve always liked her songwriting and style. Her song Digital Witness is a charming, hooky, funky little number that I have listened to a lot this year. One of those songs that get cranked up when it comes on while driving. It was a tough call picking a number one, because 2014 was a pretty good year for music. Here’s my Top 14:
14 – Beck – Blue Moon – Sad Beck is back.
13 – Tweedy – Low Key – Jeff and son crafting pop songs.
12 – Hozier – Take Me to Church – This song blew up and got a little overplayed for my tastes. Still a good song though.
11 – Ray Lamontagne – Supernova – Ray has one of the most distinctive voices in rock.
10 – Spoon – Do you – If there’s a Spoon album, there’s going to be a Spoon song on my list.
09 – Kongos – Come With Me Now – Crossover hit for Kongos makes a lot of top lists this year.
08 – New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers – A.C. Newman doesn’t disappoint with his 2014 offering.
07 – Vance Joy – Riptide – A 2013 song that reached me in early 2014. Catchy singer-songwriter tune.
06 – Broken Bells – Holding On for Life – Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s side project sounding Bee-Gee-esque.
05 – Hamilton Leithauser – Alexandra – Former Walkmen frontman goes solo and brings back his distinctive howl. Love it!
04 – Boy & Bear – Southern Sun – Technically 2013’s, but I didn’t discover until January. Beautiful song.
03 – American Authors – Best Day Of My Life – Commercially successful, yes. But I like the sentiment and the melody. Good job, American Authors.
02 – Fitz & The Tantrums – The Walker – Catchiest whistled hook of the year. Fitz & Co. may have been #1, except TBS co-opted this song for the baseball playoffs and wore it out.
01 – St. Vincent – Digital Witness – Annie Clark shows why smart, hooky pop songs are awesome.[youtube.com/watch?v=mVAxUMuhz98]
Honorable Mentions (Songs that have been constant on my iPhone this year)
Alt-J – Left Hand Free
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
Bastille – Pompeii
Black Keys – Fever
Coldplay – Magic
Counting Crows – Scarecrow
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Flaming Lips – Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy
Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
Frazey Ford – September Fields
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Jack White – Lazaretto
Keane – Russian Farmer’s Song
Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat
Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
The Neighbourhood – Afraid
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Pixies – Magdalena
Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed
Sylvan Esso – Coffee
Teddy – Jacob’s Armour
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Simple And Sure
TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
War On Drugs – Red Eyes
Wye Oak – Logic Of Color