While it may seem a little self serving, I always like to jot down a list of my favorite songs from each year and this one is no different!
These aren’t necessarily songs that were actually released in this year, they just found me in 2014.
This was a wild and busy year. It was great because Graham was a lot of fun, but at the same time there was also some stress, but what year isn’t like that?
The music I listened to still had a bit of electronic in it but I seem to have shifted to alternative pop a little….. I hope you find a few songs you like.
Below are the 10 songs that I listened to a LOT and loved in 2014, not in any particular order.
Here is a link to the full playlist on Spotify. Alex’s 10 Favorite Songs of 2014
10. Lola Montez by Volbeat
Spotify Link: Volbeat – Lola Montez
Remember that Louisville music festival that promoted having gourmet man food? Well people laughed at it but I noticed one band on the lineup called “Volbeat” and checked them out because I’d heard good things.
I ended up listening to this song a lot in 2014. It’s like a throwback to really good, old fashioned ROCK. It just has a great sound compared to some of the manufactured stuff we hear these days.
9. Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Spotify Link: The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
Darn perfect song. It is really hard to hear the lyrics but I think if I fully understood them I’d like this even more. Very melancholy sound but positive at the same time?
8. Instant Crush by Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas
Spotify Link: Daft Punk – Instant Crush
There are songs on Random Access Memories that are better crafted and more experimental than this one but at the end of the day, I’ve listened to this song more than the others. I think it’s his voice along with the catchy chorus that keeps me coming back. And I’m a sucker for that simple synthesizer melody Daft Punk is known for.
7. Lay Me Down by Avicii featuring Adam Lambert
Spotify Link: Avicii – Lay Me Down
Aviv’s album “True” was fantastic. I listened to that album all year and it may well be my Album of the Year. Lots great stuff but this is a catchy, great dance song. I challenge anyone to play this at a party really loud and see what happens. I drank a Miller Lite and mowed the grass a lot to this during the Summer.
6. Champions of Red Wine by The New Pornographers
I have always heard the name of this band but never investigated them, but one day while listening to Spotify’s awesome New Music Tuesday playlist, this song came on and it’s stayed on my playlist as a favorite. The album Brill Bruisers is also really good but this is the best song to me. Similar to Red Eyes, it has a sad sound but also positive? Is this a message somebody is trying to send to me?
5. Are you Satisfied? by Marina and The Diamonds
Spotify Link: Marina and The Diamonds – Are You Satisfied?
So this is the only artist with two songs on this list and that’s pretty random. She has two great pop albums that were huge in Europe and she is releasing a new album in the Spring. I think she is going to break out in the States in 2015. Honestly, I’m not sure why she isn’t more of a household name already. Her lyrics are great and she should fit right in with all the female pop artists tearing it up right now.
This song was really addicted to me because of the lyrics. Original and strong for the pop song it is.
“And it’s my problem if I have no friends and feel I want to die. Are you satisfied with an average life? Do I need to lie to make my way in life?”
4. If I Could Change Your Mind by Haim
Spotify Link: Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
Great pop rock song by a great pop rock band. Great album and this is the highlight for me. They are also the women in the famous Taylor Swift birthday party photo that nobody names. Just an FYI there.
3. Paradise Is You by La Roux
Spotify Link: La Roux – Paradise Is You
She has made my list before in previous years. La Roux released a new album this year as a follow up to her hugely successful self-titled album in 2009. Thankfully it was a good one.
Full of great electro pop but this SUPER SAD song is the best one on there.
2. DNA by Empire of the Sun
Spotify Link: Empire Of The Sun – DNA
A super odd Australian band. I liked this song so much I bought the album which has some good songs but none as strong as this one. I just love the mixing and the beat in addition to the great chorus.
1. Happy by Marina and the Diamonds
Spotify Link: Marina and The Diamonds – Happy
This song was released just this past week as a preview of her new album coming in the Spring. A little corny but seriously, isn’t this a good song? I’ve never heard a song about being happy sound so sad.
That’s it! These are the songs I listened to while I researched, worked, mowed grass, changed diapers, and ran among other things.