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Top 100 Songs of 2014

December 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

Though this wasn’t a great year for albums, it’s been a better than average year for songs. Seriously- any of the top 60 songs on this list could have made it into the top 10. So many good songs.

Most of these songs are Indie – Indie-pop, Indie-rock, Indietronica.

To further explore amazing music, here are a few bonus lists:

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Here are my 100 favorite songs of 2014 (click to play individual tracks or here to play the full list in Spotify): 

    1. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
    2. Dead Ceremony – Losing You
    3. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
    4. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
    5. LIGHTS – Running With The Boys
    6. Sbtrkt – The Light
    7. Broken Bells – After the Disco
    8. Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
    9. Broods – L.A.F
    10. The New Pornographers – Champions Of Red Wine
    11. Coldplay – Midnight
    12. Knox Hamilton – Work It out
    13. Spoon – Outlier
    14. White Sea – They Don’t Know
    15. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
    16. Little Daylight – Love Stories
    17. Thief – Broken Boy
    18. Maps – A.M.A.
    19. Porter Robinson – Divinity
    20. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse
    21. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
    22. Kwabs – Last Stand
    23. Waters – Got To My Head
    24. The War On Drugs – An Ocean In Between The Waves
    25. Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth – East India Youth Remix
    26. The Horrors – So Now You Know
    27. Emile Haynie – Falling Apart
    28. Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth
    29. Sylvan Esso – Uncatena
    30. Laurel – To the Hills
    31. CHVRCHES – Get Away
    32. Sam Smith – Nirvana – Harry Fraud Remix
    33. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream
    34. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
    35. Broods – Never Gonna Change
    36. Broken Bells – The Changing Lights
    37. Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart
    38. Delta Spirit – Take Shelter
    39. Cults – Being It
    40. Phantogram – I Don’t Blame You
    41. Japanese Wallpaper – Breathe In
    42. St. Lucia – Cold Case
    43. Grace Mitchell – Broken Over You
    44. The National – Learning – super depressing…
    45. Rusko – Everyday
    46. Sia – Eye of the Needle
    47. The Rural Alberta Advantage – On the Rocks
    48. St. Vincent – Regret
    49. Lykke Li – Silver Line
    50. Tiny Victories – Scott & Zelda
    51. SOHN – Bloodflows
    52. Odesza – Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)
    53. alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine – ironically samples Miley Cyrus at the end…
    54. CHVRCHES – Dead Air
    55. The Shins – So Now What – Sadly this song is not on Spotify. Go buy it. Very sweet love song to his wife.
    56. Sia – Chandelier – if you haven’t seen the video
    57. Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
    58. TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
    59. HAERTS – Giving Up
    60. Spoon – Knock Knock Knock
    61. Lykke Li – Just Like A Dream
    62. Wye Oak – Sick Talk
    63. Owen Pallett – The Riverbed
    64. Tove Lo – My Gun
    65. CHVRCHES – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – technically from 2013 (only one on the list) but didn’t catch it til this year!
    66. Dustin Tebbutt – Bones
    67. Sbtrkt – NEW DORP. NEW YORK – my kids loved this song – 2nd funnest song of 2014
    68. Bombay Bicycle Club – Overdone
    69. Wye Oak – Shriek
    70. Lykke Li – Gunshot
    71. Bombay Bicycle Club – It’s Alright Now
    72. Beck – Blue Moon
    73. St. Vincent – Digital Witness
    74. Bombay Bicycle Club – Home By Now
    75. Delta Spirit – Push It
    76. CEO – Wonderland – 3rd funnest song of 2014!
    77. Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument – would have been higher if it weren’t for the crappy last 2 minutes of the song
    78. Painted Palms – Spinning Signs
    79. Spoon – Inside Out
    80. Phantogram – Fall In Love
    81. Wye Oak – Glory
    82. Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
    83. SOHN – Tremors
    84. Wye Oak – Before
    85. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
    86. Hooray For Earth – Keys
    87. Grouplove – Shark Attack – funnest (summer) song of 2014
    88. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) – their performance on Letterman catapulted them to fame. This dude’s dance moves are inspiring.
    89. SOHN – Tempest
    90. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes – the best song from what most critics call the best album of 2014 (though I disagree)
    91. Broods – Mother & Father – the song I envision my daughters singing when they go off to college – very sweet
    92. Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) Hippie Sabotage Remix
    93. Broken Bells – Perfect World
    94. SOHN – The Wheel
    95. Phantogram – Black Out Days
    96. Grimes – Go
    97. Röyksopp & Robyn – Every Little Thing
    98. Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked – the best song from the best album of the year
    99. Iamamiwhoami – Fountain – by far, my wife’s favorite song of 2014
    100. Wild Beasts – Wanderlust – “haunted coldwave synths and lo-fi drums echo throughout” the song. Cool video of them playing this song on a 7,866 pipe organ.

    Would love to hear your top songs. What are your favorite songs of 2014?


Top Albums of 2014

December 23, 2014 — 2 Comments

Here are my 6 favorite albums of 2014. Why 6? Because I only really enjoyed 6 albums. Not a great year in music. Some great songs. But not a whole lot of great albums. I’d love to hear from you what are your favorite albums of 2014.

Here’s my top albums from previous years: 201320122011 and 2010

Click links to play in Spotify

spoon6. Spoon – They Want My Soul

I’ve liked a few Spoon songs over the past decade but I’ve never really jumped on the bandwagon. They added a little more pop/electro sound on this album and it suits them well. Standout songs: Inside OutKnock, Knock, Knock and Outlier



bombay bicycle5. Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Never liked BBC until this album. Fun, Brit rock. Some of the best songs from this album: Carry MeHome By NowIt’s Alright Now and Overdone



wye oak shriek4. Wye Oak – Shriek

This one should be listened to as a whole album – the songs are OK on their own, but together the sum is greater than the parts. Great soundtrack for a gray, winter day. You’ll feel cool just listening to this album : )

Best songs on this album: Before, GloryShriek and Sick Talk


phantogram voices3. Phantogram – Voices

One of my favorite bands (whom I actually got to see live this year – the only good show in Fayetteville, Arkansas all year!) Great beats. Great vocals. Indie music you can dance to. Best songs on this album: Black Out Days, Fall in Love and I Don’t Blame You



SOHN2. Sohn – Tremors

Favorite new band of 2014. R&Bish sound over glitchy beats. Top songs: The WheelTempestTremors, and Bloodflows 



Lykke Li1. Lykke Li – I Never Learn

I’ve enjoyed Lykke Li over the last 5 years but she took it to the next level with this amazing album of heartbreak and regret. Every song is amazing on this short 9 song album. Here are the 5 best songs: No Rest for the WickedI Never LearnGunshotJust Like a Dream, and Silver Line

Who did I miss? What were your favorite albums of the year?


2014 is half over and here’s my top 5 albums of 2014 so far and my favorite songs.

Top 5 Albums of 2014 (so far)

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  1. Lykke Li – “I Never Learn”
  2. Sohn – “Tremors
  3. Phantogram – “Voices”
  4. Bombay Bicycle Club – “So Long, See You Tomorrow”
  5. Wye Oak – “Shriek”

Not a bad year for women in indie music – 3 of my 5 top albums. And St. Vincent is many folks’ #1 album – though I couldn’t get into it. Much preferred her last release.


Top Songs of 2014 (so far)

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If you want to dig deeper into some good music, here’s a list of my Spotify playlists for each month so far (anywhere from 20-50 songs/month):

Would love to hear what you’re listening to.

What have been your favorite albums and songs of 2014 so far?