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Top 100 Songs Of 2014 // 20-1

30 December 2014
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100 - 51  //  50 - 21

20. Neon Jungle - Louder

With three electro bangers under their belt, the Neon Jungle girls decided to switch things up and release this epic power ballad, in the Summer. A risky move, but it secured them another top 20 hit, and a #20 place on my Top 100. What a freaking feat. 

19. Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

Coldplay doing a dance song is something that could've gone one of two ways. Luckily the Avicii-produced number went down very well, and whilst it sticks out of their latest album 'Ghost Stories' like a sore thumb, it's an absolute tune. Happy days.

18. Marina and the Diamonds - Happy

It's only been out for a couple of weeks, but this bloody brilliant track - the second from her upcoming album - about Marina finally finding happiness is emotionally powerful, hits home, and I'm getting far too excited about hearing this on tour. I may cry, I may not cry... I will definitely cry.

17. Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat

It took me a while to jump on the Lorde bandwagon - it's surprising how quickly your opinion of an artist can change from 'meh' to 'yeah, okay, I see it.' The stand-out track from the Mockingjay OST sees Lorde's eccentric vocals teamed with a hauntingly epic production. Amazing.

16. Ariana Grande Feat. Zedd - Break Free

Child-star turned pop siren Ariana Grande seemed to turn heads in the UK thanks to Iggy Azalea collab 'Problem,' but for me it was EDM smash 'Break Free' that really made me love Miss Grande. It may have been the fact Zedd produced it, it may have been the catchiness. There's probably a lot of factors - it's a great flipping song.

15. Florrie - Little White Lies

Florrie has always felt like my little secret. One of my friends also knows about her, and soon the world will when she puts out her debut album next year, but it's always great to be part of a fanbase early, especially when the music is already this great. What a song. What an ending. What greatness.

14. George Ezra - Budapest

It takes a lot for me to really love a singer/songwriter type song like 'Budapest' enough to put it this high, but there's something about George Ezra's debut that made me fall in love. It might be the 'ooohs,' it might be the lovely lyrics, or it might be the fact that I like to impersonate his voice. A lot.

13. Paloma Faith - Can't Rely On You

When I heard that Paloma's 'comeback' single (it'd been about a year, it counts) had been produced by Pharell, I was a little skeptical, especially considering Paloma's signature style I had loved so much during her first two albums. 'Can't Rely On You' left me pleasantly surprised though. It's funky, it's sassy, it's Paloma all over.

12. The Saturdays - What Are You Waiting For?

I've said it once, I'll say it again - I'm a sucker for girl groups. Especially when they release great music but don't do as well as they should. Also contending for 'Biggest Chart Injustice' after charting at #38 this Summer, 'What Are You Waiting For?' is a chanty, repetitive, in-your-face anthem that was a staple in the soundtrack of my Summer.

11. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang

The closest thing to 'Lady Marmalade' this decade has seen so far, 'Bang Bang' saw two powerhouse vocalists and the world's greatest female rapper join forces to create this masterpiece. It's loud, it's messy and it stays in your head longer than you care to admit.

10. Olly Murs - Wrapped Up (Ft. Travie McCoy)

I never really get too into male pop acts, but I have a bit of a soft spot for Olly Murs, who manages to make me love everything he releases (bar Army Of Two, but I'll let him off.) Wrapped Up is no exception, and sees Olly take more of a disco route, which I am definitely on board with, and continues the now Olly tradition of lead-single-rapper-feature. Nice one Murs. What a tune.

9. Shakira & Rihanna - Can't Remember To Forget You

It was built up at the beginning of the year to be one of the biggest things in the world, ever, at the start of the year, but for a lot of people this mega collab fell a little short. Not for me though, as the reggae-verse/rockier-chorus smash was an instant hit. Do the two voices sound weird together? Yes. Do I care? Nope.

8. OneRepublic - Love Runs Out

I'm glad OneRepublic became a thing again in the UK. I missed them. It will always be an injustice that 'Feel Again' didn't do anything over here. but this funky, clapalong, just very very cool track makes up for it, just. It's just great, and the video is very cool. Ryan Tedder you ruddy genius.

7. Little Mix - Salute

Girlgroup #3 comes in the form of Little Mix, who did the world a big favour by releasing girl-power-anthem 'Salute.' I'm not a girl and I feel empowered whenever I listen to it. The video is pretty damn epic, and the dance at the end makes you want to learn it, film it, and pop it on YouTube to show off. Seriously.

6. Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue

After teasing us with the ruddy brilliant Skirt last year, and joining The Voice UK as a judge (and a great one at that,) Kylie put out this absolute banger. The production is great, the chorus is infectious and a poor label decision meant that this song really didn't do as well as it should've. Injustice.

5. Paloma Faith - Only Love Can Hurt Like This

There isn't a lot to say about this other than it's just beautiful. Paloma sounds great, the production is fab and I've spent far too many times trying to nail it in the shower. I'm getting there, though.

4. Marina and the Diamonds - FROOT

Let's be honest, there was a 99% chance I was going to love whatever Marina decided to put out to kickstart her latest album campaign, and FROOT was more than just the great song I imagined. It's quirky, it's fun, it's a task to try and singalong to, especially the middle 8 operatic note that seems just so freaking effortless. It's safe to say I'm excited to hear this album, I'm predicting Top 2 on my albums of 2015.

3. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

'Taylor Swift does pop' may have been a more daunting prospect if she hadn't played about with dubstep on her last album and everything going just fine. I honestly didn't know what to expect though, and if I was expecting anything, it wasn't this. Good words Rob. This is a good thing by the way, and it stands tall as one of the best songs of the year, and most people will agree. It's fun, it's all very laugh-at-yourself-and-dance-because-its-mentally-healthy-to-do-so and is a side of Taylor I was very quick to welcome into my iTunes library.

2. The Saturdays - Not Giving Up

Another contender of the chart injustice award comes from The Saturdays (again) and their EDM smash 'Not Giving Up.' A fan favourite from when a 30ish second clip of it was featured on that E! show they did in America, and a video that whilst obviously being very inexpensive, is very very impressive. *grabs rolling pin and joins in*

1. Katy B - Crying For No Reason

If I'm honest, part of me knew this was going to be #1 ever since it came out. It raised the bar so high back in January that everything since has seemed pathetic in comparison. The production is 10/10, the lyrics are 10/10. the video is 10/10 and I just bloody love it. Well done Katy, you made 2014 instantly great for my ears - thank you.

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