I have finally made it to my top 10. It was exceptionally hard to narrow it down with these next ten tunes because I love all of them. In reality, they are pretty much all tied for number one.
10: Chet Faker- 1998
9: Born Ruffians- Needle
8: Beyoncé- Drunk In Love feat. Jay-Z This is exactly what you would expect, every drunk girl’s anthem for the past twelve months… and probably the next ten years. We just can’t get enough of Queen Bey. Also, it’s been nearly a year since Bey and Jay performed this at the Grammys and I still have the image of her killer body burned in my brain. That wet, sultry hairstyle inspired a million long bobs this year; it made it’s mark on pop culture.
7: Arkells- Leather Jacket This is another tune that has reached anthem status for me. There isn’t a single flaw.
6: Hozier- Take Me To Church
5: Kanye West- Blood On The Leaves For at least half of 2014 I would drive in circles around the beautiful (disgusting) city of Hamilton and play this song on repeat. This is the perfect way for me to get my anger out. I know Kanye is kind of a spectacle but that’s part of why I love him. There’s a reason he gets away with it; he’s that good. Please, Yeezus, let 2015 be the year I finally see Ye live!!
4: Sam Smith- Stay With Me The one that made us all fall in love…
3: London Grammar- Strong I had the pleasure of seeing this performed in the flesh and it was an instant goosebumps-inducer.
2: Half Moon Run- Full Circle
1: Vance Joy- Riptide I felt like this was an obvious choice. I fell in love the first time I caught this one on the radio and had to play it about a thousand more times that night before I could fall asleep. Nearly a year later, I am still in love with this happy, sweet little tune. I had the pleasure of seeing Vance Joy twice in 2014 and both times I would say that hearing Riptide was like a cathartic experience. There’s something magical about an entire field full of people falling nearly silent to hear the same song, and all singing along when it counts.