Top Fifty Tunes of 2014: 50-41


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Since 2002, I have obsessively tracked and categorized the music. It started as a way to share the songs and artists I discovered while working at a college radio station. I would rip audio files, make quarterly Windows Media playlists and burn CD’s for friends. When I transferred over to iTunes, I began to make meticulous quarterly and year-end mixes. In 2012, I moved over to Spotify and starting doing monthly “Mixtapes” and year end countdowns.

50-41 | 40-31 | 30-21 | 20-11 | 10-1

These are not necessarily the best or most popular or commercially successful songs. They certainly anything we play on 93.7 KLBJ. These are the songs, that when I go back and listen to them, transport me to another time. They are the songs that have left a lasting impact. They are my memories, emotions and stories from the past year.

Music is the soundtrack to our lives and this is where my movie started.

50) Banks – What it Feels Like

This was a breakthrough year for the incredibly talented Banks. She went form Soundcloud to the red carpet seeming overnight. Unlike other 2014 success stories (Meghan Trainor), Banks has lasting talent and a rich, vibrant sound.

49) This Will Destroy You – Invitation

Perhaps the only true post-rock song to make the list, Invitation is four minutes of instrumental pleasure. The song stays true to the genre by slowly building into a chaotic feast of drums, guitar and even xylophone.

48) The Echo-Friendly – Fuck it and Whatever

This song is more than a few choice words, it’s the perfect description of the start of my year.

47) St. Vincent – Digital Witness

I fell in love with the new robotic Annie Clark after catching St. Vincent during SXSW. The lady shredder’s self titled album is one of this year’s best and this song would probably be higher on the countdown had I not played it so much back in March

46) White Reaper – Half Bad

The first kick-ass jam from my ‘beach music phase’, White Reaper’s Half Bad sounds like the party you wish you were having in high school.

45) Sleep Thieves – City of Hearts

I discovered this band on Spotify radio and was pleased to get into a song from their 2014 release You Want the Night.

44) Dana Falconberry – Palmless

This is perhaps the best song from Austin’s Dana Falconberry. She continues to amaze as powerful music combines with her soft, sweet melodies.

 43) London Grammar – Hey Now

Heading into the year and SXSW, London Grammar was the ‘it’ group. This song was one of my favorites and most memorable from a rough start to 2014.

42) Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Little Fang

I have no clue how I discovered this group but their song Little Fang is just weird and awesome enough to get lodged deep into your skull, then played again and again.

41) Royksopp – Sordid Affair

Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again was certainly the most popular song from the Norwegian duo’s The Inevitable End but it was the song immediacy afterwards that I fell in love with. Two other ones I recommend form this album are Skulls and We Had this Thing.


PREVIOUS TOP SONGS

Before we move on to the next ten songs of 2014, let’s recap my top tewnz from previous years (all available on my Spotify).

2013

1) The National – Sea of Love

2) Major Laser – Get Free

3) Dan Croll – From Nowhere (Baardsen  GTA-V soundtrack Remix)

2012

1) Divine Fits – My Love is Real

2) Santigold – Disparate Youth

3) Hot Chip – Look at Where We Are (Major Lazer remix)

2011

1) My Morning Jacket – Holding on to Black Metal

2) TV on the Radio – Will Do

3) …And You Will Know Us – Weight of the Sun

2010

1) Odessa – Caribou

2) Interpol – Lights

3) Arcade Fire – Ready to Start

2009

Matt& Kim – Daylight

2008

Yeasayer – 2080

2007

Peter, Bjorn and John – Young Folks

2006

Muse – Knights of Cydonia

2005

Postal Service – Against all Odds

2004

Modest Mouse – Float On

2003

Interpol – Obstacle 1

2002

Wilco – Jesus etc.

2001

Pete Yorn – For Nancy


MORE

50-41 [and the top songs of years past]

40-31 [and the top albums of 2014]

30-21 [and the songs that just missed the cut]

20-11 [and the top concerts of 2014]

10-1 [and my final thoughts]

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