As its December, I’m sure many of you will have noticed the multitude of review lists across the internet, from the best films of the year to the best albums. With the announcement of Grammy nominations and various votes online for the public’s favourite song, I have looked through many of these and began to ask what my favourite music of the year was, certainly not a simple question. So here is my countdown of my 25 favourite singles of 2014. It has literally taken me hours listening to the multitudes of playlists I have made over the year, debating whether or not to keep something on the list and then, the most difficult part, actually rating them in order of my personal preference. I know I will probably look at this list in the future and, depending on my mood, will disagree with the order. To be honest, I’m not even 100% sure if I agree with it now, but I wouldn’t want to reveal the extent of my indecisiveness by making every track a draw would I?
25. Fitz and The Tantrums-The Walker
A feisty little track that caught the attention of my ear drums with its catchy whistling and chorus.
24. BRONCHO-Class Historian
This track never fails to put me in a good mood, its so easy to sing along to and is kind of indie perfection.
23. George Ezra-Budapest
I have such a soft spot for this song, even though it was maybe overplayed, I still smile when it comes on and sing to every word.
22. Sunset Sons-Remember
With a simple start, this track just layers up to be a bubbling mix of joy to the ears.
21. Augustines-Nothing To Lose But Your Head
Having not listened to this band before being recommended by my tutor, I heard about 20 seconds of this and fell in love with it. It just belongs in a emotional indie movie scene I think!
20. Lower Than Atlantis-Here We Go
I’ve listened to this pretty constantly since it was released in June. Its just so instantly catchy.
Such a slick track with beautiful, almost haunting vocals. Its one of those songs that completely encompasses my attention when I listen to it.
18. The 1975-Robbers
I love The 1975’s sound and for me, this track epitomises their style. It has a vulnerability and dream-like quality to it.
17. Gorgon City feat. MNEK-Ready For Your Love
I love the simplicity of this track, it knows when is just enough and MNEK’s voice is perfect.
16. Royal Blood-Ten Tonne Skeleton
A great rock song and one of the highlights of their amazing debut album. Makes me excited about new British music.
This is such a little gem that deserves more recognition. Its got a stadium sound to it, I can imagine crowds belting out the chorus.
14. Raleigh Ritchie-Stronger Than Ever
Emotional and sincere, this track really struck a chord with me. It also has a great build to it.
13.Taylor Swift-Shake It Off
This track never fails to make me want to dance. Pure pop bliss.
12. Lana Del Rey-West Coast
I just want to drive in a Cadillac at night to this song. Its kind of dark, but sultry and beautiful.
11. Foxes-Let Go For Tonight
What a catchy track! When it first came out I listened to it on repeat, its just so upbeat and fun.
10. The Magician feat. Years & Years-Sunlight
There have been some great dance tracks this year, and this, like Ready For Your Love, is simple but effective.
9. Saint Motel-My Type
I’m so happy I came across this song. If you don’t sing along by the end or at least smile, then you’re weird (no offence).
8. Twin Atlantic-Heart And Soul
One of the many reasons I love this track is because you can hear Sam McTrusty’s accent so strongly. It just makes it. It also helps that its hugely catchy.
7. Wolf Alice-Moaning Lisa Smile
If I was in a band, I think I’d want to sound like these guys. Its grungy, feisty and oh so cool.
6. Death From Above 1979-Trainwreck 1979
I have to admit I only discovered this song literally the other day, but oh my god its so good. So good that I have listened to it pretty much constantly and it has squeezed its way into my top 10!
5. Fickle Friends-For You
Definitely a defining song of the year for me, even picking it as my student radio station’s ‘Hot Pick’ when we presented the Student Radio Chart. Pure catchy, dreamy indie pop.
A top-class old-school dance hit with great vocals made even more impressive by the fact that it was written and recorded in 90 minutes.
Put simply, an explosion of energy and the wonders of Kasabian-ness.
2. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars-Uptown Funk
For me, this was an instant ‘Oh my god, this song is amazing’ moment. The funk-soul sound is just brilliant.
1. Jungle-Busy Earnin’
Deciding numbers 25-2 on this list was not easy, but this was always going to be my number 1. Every time I hear those first few seconds, I honestly get excited.
So, those are my favourite singles of the year, what are yours? This year has been a great year for music and I look forward to hearing what these artists create in 2015 and for all the new music that awaits discovery.