SPECIAL: Feed The Dog’s Top Songs of 2014

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I’ll give a little spiel on my thoughts on this past year in music in my albums intro, but I just want to say there were so many goddamn hits in 2014. I don’t know if it’s actually that there were more hits than the typical year, or if I just listened to more music, but I can’t remember ever having as strong of a top 50 as I’ve compiled this year. Actually, in lieu of the abundance of great music this year, I’ll be doing a Top 150 Songs and Top 100 Albums instead of the typical 100 and 50.

There were two changes I made in my listening habits that may have contributed to the difference. First, on a short-sighted whim, I decided to start a playlist called “songoftheweek” where I would just throw whatever song I was most obsessed with once a week into a playlist. A few weeks later, this became “2songaweek” because one was just too difficult. A year later, I have a pretty fucking killer playlist, I have to admit – all hits, no shits. I set the bar pretty high for quality with my first few songs, and as a result, on a weekly basis I was pretty serious about identifying new music to freak out about. The second change, partially in response to the first, was listening to basically every single new album posted to Spotify each week — at least every album on the most thorough playlists/methods I’ve come across to identify the weekly new additions to the Spotify library. Not that I didn’t keep up with music elsewhere, but I ended up discovering a ton of albums I never would’ve found otherwise.

Besides my own bullshit, the real reason for all the hits is probably how much pop, EDM and hip-hop have gotten there shit together in 2014 – all genres that thrive on hooks and pump out singles. Indie R&B and trap music have fully infiltrated the pop sound to effective results, the two hottest DJs in the game right now formed a goddamn duo, DJ Mustard is on the motherfucking beat, hoe. I can’t believe it how much music killed it in 2014. I can’t believe how many of you are complaining. Don’t let the old white men who take rock criticism seriously convince you that the best 2014 had to offer was some Tom Petty Bruce Springsteen dicksucking extravaganza (which might sound exciting but is actually horribly dull). If I wasn’t the only idiot with the cajones to admit that some tiny alien baby from Nickelodeon is actually the next pop messiah and the queen of 2014, the world wouldn’t be so lukewarm about the year. But I digress.

Onto the songs! For whatever it’s worth, I stuck with one song per release (but not per artist). This is why Young Thug gets three tracks in the Top 20 but Ariana Grande doesn’t. Top 25 streaming below, full Spotify playlist here.

 

1. Ariana Grande – Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea)

 

2. Todd Terje – Svensk Sås

 

3. Isaiah Rashad – Brad Jordan (feat. Michael Da Vinci)

 

4. Jack Ü – Take Ü There (feat. Kiesza)

 

5. Ryn Weaver – OctaHate (prod. Cashmere Cat)

 

6. Hospitality – Nightingale

 

7. Zhu – Paradise Awaits

 

8. Skrillex – Dirty Vibe (feat. Diplo, CL, & G-Dragon)

 

9. Baauer – One Touch (feat. AlunaGeorge and Rae Sremmurd)

 

10. Alvvays – Adult Diversion

 

11. Young Thug – Old English (feat. Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg) (prod. Salva & Nick Hook)

 

12. Rich Gang – Lifestyle (feat. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan)

 

13. Major Lazer – Come On To Me (feat. Sean Paul)

 

14. Young Thug – Pull Up (feat. Rich Homie Quan)

 

15. Perfect Pussy – Interference Fits

 

16. YG – When I Was Gone (feat. RJ, Teecee, Charlie Hood, Reem Riches, & Slim 400) (prod. DJ Mustard)

 

17. Aphex Twin – minipops 67 [120.2]

 

18. Marian Hill – Lips

 

19. Samsaya – Bombay Calling

 

20. Rome Fortune – Friendsmaybe (Feat. Ilovemakonnen)

 

21. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby

 

22. Lindsay Lowend – GT40 (ABSRDST remix)

 

23. The Preatures – Somebody’s Talking

 

24. Shy Boys – Postcard

 

25. Cher Lloyd – M.F.P.O.T.Y.

 

26. White Lung – Just For You
27. Violent Soho – Covered In Chrome
28. Rome Fortune – I Was On One, I Can’t Lie
29. Doja Cat – So High
30. Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
31. YG – If I Ever (feat. TeeCee4800 & Charlie Hood)
32. Deers – Bamboo
33. Tune-Yards – Water Fountain
34. Beyoncé – ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
35. Lowell – I Killed Sara V.
36. Chromeo – Hard To Say No
37. Iggy Azalea – Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)
38. PUP – Guilt Trip
39. Ashanti – Count
40. Hitchhiker – 11
41. Rae Sremmurd – Throw Sum Mo (feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug)
42. A$AP Ferg – Doe-Active
43. Yumi Zouma – Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up
44. Avicii – You Make Me (Diplo & Ookay Remix)
45. Jeremih – Don’t Tell ‘Em (feat. YG)
46. Jessie J – Bang Bang (feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
47. Dawin – Just Girly Things
48. Kendrick Lamar – i
49. Inna – Good Time (feat. Pitbull)
50. DJ Q – Lassie (feat. Discarda)
51. Rick Ross – Sanctified (feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
52. So Cow – Get Down off That Thing
53. Party Favor – Bap U
54. Charli XCX – Doing It
55. Sia – Chandelier
56. Kelis – Jerk Ribs
57. Keys N Krates – Are We Faded
58. Dej Loaf – Try Me
59. Ludacris – Party Girls (feat. Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, & Cashmere Cat)
60. ABSRDST – Love In the Making
61. Little Mix – Boy
62. Sinistarr – Ysl
63. Young Money – Senile (feat. Tyga, Nicki Minaj, & Lil Wayne) / Good Day (feat. Tyga, Meek Mill, & Lil Wayne)
64. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
65. Anamanaguchi – Pop It – ABSRDST Remix
66. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Little Fang
67. The Juan Maclean – A Simple Design
68. Bad Suns – Cardiac Arrest (WoodysProduce Remix)
69. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)
70. Tinashe – Aquarius
71. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
72. Jeezy – 1/4 Block
73. Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys
74. Spank Rock – 12 O’Clock Boys
75. Pujol – Manufactured Crisis Control
76. Weezer – Cleopatra
77. D’Angelo – Ain’t That Easy
78. I LOVE MAKONNEN – Tuesday (feat. Drake)
79. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

80. Clean Bandit – Outro Movement III
81. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Warning
82. Sbtrkt – NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat. Ezra Koenig)
83. Spazzkid – Truly (feat. Sarah Bonito)
84. Temples – The Guesser
85. Chuck Inglish – Gametime (feat. Action Bronson)
86. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – High (feat. Danny Brown)
87. Schoolboy Q – Gangsta
88. Bart Davenport – Fuck Fame
89. Mic Terror – Get Off My Dick (feat. DJ Gant-Man)
90. Yellow Claw – Lick Dat (feat. Mightyfools)
91. Young Widows – Doomed Moon
92. Gold-Bears – Her Fears
93. FKA twigs – Two Weeks
94. Spoon – Do You
95. Nicki Minaj – Four Door Aventador
96. Vashti Bunyan – Across The Water
97. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Kira Kira Killer
98. Og Maco – U Guessed It (feat. 2 Chainz)
99. Low Pros – Ohmygosh
100. IamSu – No Secret
101. Grimes – Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)
102. Future Islands – Spirit
103. Big Sean – I Don’t Fuck With You (feat. E-40)
104. Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten
105. Creepoid – Nadua
106. Paws – Give Up
107. DJ Lexxmatiq – Atshaan (feat. Beau Di Angelo)
108. Kimbra – Nobody But You
109. Com Truise – Declination (Ft. Joel Ford)
110. Willie Watson – Keep It Clean
111. Die Antwoord – Ugly Boy
112. Deleted Scenes – Haircuts Uniform
113. Lenkemz – Wesley Snipes feat. Slick Don
114. Sir Michael Rocks – Memo
115. September Girls – Heartbeats
116. Mr Twin Sister – Blush
117. Vertical Scratchers – Rainbows
118. Jessie Ware – Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe (feat. Miguel)
119. Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly
120. Teen – Rose 4 U
121. Julie Byrne – Attached to Us Like Butcher Wrap
122. Menace Beach – Cheerleader
123. Hervé & Zebra Katz – Tear The House Up
124. Octave Minds – Tap Dance (feat. Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment)
125. Fifth Harmony – BO$$
126. The Howlin’ Brothers – Pour It Down
127. Greyhounds – What’s On Your Mind
128. The Men – Settle Me Down
129. Real Estate – The Bend
130. Gillepsy – Webmoney Webguns & Webpussy
131. Vince Staples – Blue Suede
132. Beverly – Honey Do
133. Migos – Fight Night
134. Le1f – Hey
135. The Wytches – Digsaw
136. Riff Raff – Introducing The Icon
137. Tourist – Trust in You
138. Sage The Gemini – Don’t You
139. Nacey – I Own It (feat. Angel Haze)
140. Comeback Kid – Beyond
141. Yogi – Burial (feat. Pusha T)
142. Shocking Pinks – Ten Years
143. Julian Casablancas+The Voidz – Where No Eagles Fly
144. Logic – Driving Ms Daisy (feat. Childish Gambino)
145. Nothing – Guilty of Everything
146. Tinariwen – Koud Edhaz Emin
147. Foxygen – Coulda Been My Love
148. Late Bloomer – Use Your Words
149. BRONCHO – Class Historian
150. Wiz Khalifa – We Dem Boyz

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