Best of 2014: Top 50 Songs

December is all about the holidays but for people like me, it’s also all about the year in review and that means year-end lists for music and movies. This list consists of my picks of the top 50 songs that either came out this year or were ones I came across this year.

Since most of my favs had a quiet year in 2014, I went beyond to find new music by new artists to tide me over and most of what I found did the trick. While the rest of the world obsessed over Sam Smith (I enjoyed him too), I happened to stumble upon some musicians who were new to my ears through recommendations from people I knew, mentions on blogs, or CBC Radio 2.

Some new-to-me (but not necessarily new) artists included Phantogram and William Fitzsimmons, and I was a bit late hearing about John Newman and Clean Bandit but early on Hozier and George Ezra.

Sia and Ingrid Michaelson both had their strongest years while Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan continued adding to their discography.

So of all the music I listened to in 2014, these are the 50 songs that stuck with me most either through play counts, overall impressions or just because they sound so good. Feel free to share your thoughts on the best of 2014 in the comments!

Milky Chance

Milky Chance

50. Passenger – Scare Away The Dark

49. DJ Snake featuring Lil’Jon – Turn Down For What

48. Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith – La La La

47. Dum Dum Girls – Are You Okay?

46. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

45. Mapei – Don’t Wait

44. HAIM featuring A$AP Ferg – My Song 5

43. Banks – Change

42. Maroon 5 – It Was Always You

41. Catherine MacLellan – The Raven’s Sun

40. Coldplay – Magic

39. Ed Sheeran – Photograph

38. Nicole Atkins – It’s Only Chemistry

37. Beck – Blue Moon

36. Stroma featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip and HAIM – Meltdown

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith

35. Bastille – Pompeii

34. St. Vincent – Digital Witness

33. Nina Persson – Animal Heart

32. Meaghan Smith – Have A Heart

31. Tori Amos – Promise

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