Songs of 2014

alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Lyrically creepy, yet sonically cool.

Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

A pragmatic proposal from Toronto newcomers, you’d be wise to accept.

Annabel Jones – “Magnetic”

An irresistible hook, bubbling synth and charming vocals make for a shimmering ethereal pop tune, worthy of Jones’ musical pedigree. “Magnetic” is a better Imogen Heap impersonation than Imogen herself.

Beck – “Blue Moon”

Beck laments his loneliness on his lush, captivating folk single from Morning Phase.

Beverly – “Honey Do”

Sweet, distorted garage-pop fit for suburban summers.

Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

For Millennials, who long for a John Hughes soundtrack of their own.

Christine and the Queens – “Saint Claude”

Heloise Letissier’s got the moves of MJ, subversive asexual style inspired by London drag queens and polished Bilingual pop, what’s not to love?!

Daniel Wilson – “Heartbreaker”

Newcomer Daniel Wilson, gives Sam Smith a run for his money with the anthemic “Heartbreaker.”

Dum Dum Girls – “Under These Hands”

Dee Dee Penny’s hazy pop embraces ’80s influences like Siouxsie And the Banshee’s and Chrissie Hynde.

Elle Varner – “I Don’t Wanna Dance (feat. A$AP Ferg)”

A sticky hook about a night that’s long since over, thanks to refreshingly simple and direct narration.

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