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The 100 Best Singles of 2014

It may be a little too early for a year-end list, but I figured, why not? Following the abysmal year for pop music that was 2013, the last thing I expected from 2014 was the tsunami of outstanding pop songs that the year ended up delivering. 2014 introduced me to an enormous amount of new talent, including French pop music project Christine and the Queens, YouTube star and recent RocNation signee Alexa Goddard, the amazingly talented singer-songwriter LP, and moody pop singer Banks.

The year also ushered in the welcome return of some very iconic names in pop music: Aussie pop princess Kylie Minogue, legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder, synth pop pioneers Erasure, and controversial singer Sinéad O’Connor, among others. Now don’t get me wrong, 2014 had its fair share of questionable pop moments, The Chainsmokers’ “Selfie” comes to mind; as well as the restlessly annoying “Rude” from Canadian reggae band Magic!. But overall, the year has proven to be a standout for pop music.

In this post, you will find some songs that radio couldn’t stop playing, but a sizeable portion of the artists in my Top 100 Singles of 2014 were either totally ignored by radio in America or never even released their music stateside. Now, more than ever, top 40 and adult contemporary stations have little interest in exploring territory outside of their own static comfort zone. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for artists who bring something different to the table to build an audience. I think this is why more and more people have been turning off the radio and moving away from traditional outlets. Music lovers are focusing their attention elsewhere, like music blogs, podcasts, etc. By sharing my 100 favorite songs from the year, I hope to not only document what I consider to be the best of the best, I genuinely hope to introduce you to a few tracks you might have missed otherwise.

Now, onto the list. I wanted to make it as accurate as possible, so I made sure to evaluate all the music I discovered over the year. As with any list of this nature, it is all subjective, based solely on my own personal taste.

  Artist Song Video Buy
01. Christine and The Queens Saint Claude YouTube n/a
02. Neon Hitch Some Like It Hot (feat. Kinetics) YouTube iTunes
03. Mark Daumail Mistaken YouTube iTunes
04. Rita Ora I Will Never Let You Down YouTube iTunes
05. Jessica Lange (AHS) Gods And Monsters YouTube iTunes
06. Kylie Minogue Into The Blue YouTube iTunes
07. Giorgio Moroder 74 Is the New 24 YouTube iTunes
08. Bonnie Anderson Blackout YouTube n/a
09. LP Tokyo Sunrise YouTube iTunes
10. Sam Smith Stay With Me YouTube iTunes
11. Azealia Banks Chasing Time YouTube iTunes
12. Tourist feat. Will Heard I Can't Keep Up YouTube iTunes
13. Small Black Real People YouTube iTunes
14. Alexa Goddard So There YouTube iTunes
15. Adore Delano I Adore U YouTube iTunes
16. Disclosure feat Mary J. Blige F For You YouTube iTunes
17. Katy B Crying for No Reason YouTube iTunes
18. The Runaway Club By Your Side YouTube iTunes
19. Iggy Azalea feat Rita Ora Black Widow YouTube iTunes
20. Hercules & Love Affair Do You Feel the Same YouTube iTunes
21. Barcelona Fall In Love YouTube iTunes
22. Nero Satisfy YouTube iTunes
23. Erasure Reason YouTube iTunes
24. Netsky feat Beth Ditto Running Low YouTube iTunes
25. Neighbors Wild Enough Vimeo iTunes
26. Perfume Genius Queen YouTube iTunes
27. Tiny Victories Drinking With Your Ghost YouTube iTunes
28. Billy Idol Can't Break Me Down YouTube iTunes
29. Max Frost Paranoia YouTube iTunes
30. Dave Audé feat Andy Bell Aftermath (Here We Go) YouTube iTunes
31. Taylor Swift Blank Space YouTube iTunes
32. Boyz II Men Diamond Eyes YouTube iTunes
33. Luna Aura Radio YouTube iTunes
34. Adore Delano D T F YouTube iTunes
35. Michael Jackson Love Never Felt So Good YouTube iTunes
36. Banks Beggin For Thread YouTube iTunes
37. Neon Trees Sleeping With a Friend YouTube iTunes
38. The Airborne Toxic Event Wrong YouTube iTunes
39. Melissa Etheridge Take My Number YouTube iTunes
40. Michael Jackson A Place With No Name YouTube iTunes
41. Madi Diaz Stay Together YouTube iTunes
42. Walk the Moon Shut Up and Dance YouTube iTunes
43. RAC feat Matthew Koma Cheap Sunglasses YouTube iTunes
44. Lily Allen Air Balloon YouTube iTunes
45. Jenn Ayache L'Américain YouTube iTunes
46. Tove Lo Not On Drugs YouTube iTunes
47. Klaxons Show Me a Miracle YouTube iTunes
48. La Toya Jackson Feels Like Love YouTube iTunes
49. Erik Hassle Pathetic YouTube iTunes
50. Cheryl I Don't Care YouTube n/a
51. Kina Grannis Dear River YouTube iTunes
52. Ella Henderson Ghost YouTube iTunes
53. Chris Malinchak Stranger (feat Mikky Ekko) YouTube iTunes
54. Alexia Coley Drive Me Wild YouTube iTunes
55. Mary Lambert Secrets YouTube iTunes
56. Jimmy Somerville Travesty YouTube iTunes
57. Klangkarussell Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain) YouTube iTunes
58. The Rentals Thought of Sound YouTube iTunes
59. Morgan James I Want You YouTube iTunes
60. Sinéad O’Connor Take Me To Church YouTube iTunes
61. Yelle Complètement fou YouTube iTunes
62. Sia Chandelier YouTube iTunes
63. Neon Hitch Yard Sale YouTube iTunes
64. Queen of Hearts Like a Drug YouTube iTunes
65. Parralox Crying on the Dancefloor YouTube iTunes
66. Chlöe Howl Rumour YouTube iTunes
67. Lily Allen Sheezus YouTube iTunes
68. Charli XCX Boom Clap YouTube iTunes
69. Berlin Animal YouTube iTunes
70. Nick Jonas Jealous YouTube iTunes
71. Gorgon City Go All Night (feat Jennifer Hudson) YouTube iTunes
72. Lenny Kravitz The Chamber YouTube iTunes
73. Indiana Solo Dancing YouTube iTunes
74. Thomas Azier Rukeli's Last Dance YouTube iTunes
75. Taylor Swift Shake It Off YouTube iTunes
76. Kylie Minogue Crystallize YouTube iTunes
77. Neon Trees Voices In the Halls YouTube iTunes
78. The Presets Goodbye Future YouTube iTunes
79. Iggy Azalea Fancy (feat Charli XCX) YouTube iTunes
80. HAERTS Giving Up YouTube iTunes
81. Julia van der Toorn You and I YouTube iTunes
82. Katy Perry This Is How We Do YouTube iTunes
83. Sabrina Colour Me YouTube iTunes
84. Jesse McCartney Superbad YouTube iTunes
85. Ariana Grande Problem (feat Iggy Azalea) YouTube iTunes
86. Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again YouTube iTunes
87. Mr Little Jeans Good Mistake YouTube iTunes
88. Kris Allen Prove It To You (feat Lenachka) YouTube iTunes
89. Lights Up We Go YouTube iTunes
90. Take That These Days YouTube n/a
91. Jenn Ayache Acide YouTube iTunes
92. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour My Club YouTube iTunes
93 The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers YouTube iTunes
94. Marilyn Manson Third Day of a Seven Day Binge YouTube iTunes
95. Sam Smith I'm Not the Only One YouTube iTunes
96. Brooke Candy Opulence YouTube iTunes
97. Troye Sivan Happy Little Pill YouTube iTunes
98. Monarchy Living Without You YouTube iTunes
99. OneRepublic Love Runs Out YouTube iTunes
100. Indiana Heart On Fire YouTube iTunes
American Horror Story Azealia Banks Banks Cheryl Christine and the Queens Giorgio Moroder Jesse McCartney Jessica Lange Kris Allen LP RocNation

About Jared Braden

Hello! I'm Jared Braden, a Texas native who lives and breathes for pop and dance music. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so feel free to say "hello" or some other simple greeting.