Welcome to the 50 Best Songs of 2014. After listening to every single sound recording released this year, without bias, I have determined the 50 catchiest, provocative and just plain best songs of the year.
25. “Prince Johnny” / St. Vincent
What Instagram filter would you call this song?
24. “Heavy Metal and Reflective” / Azealia Banks
The Ice Princess closes her Twitter app long enough to make a hot song.
23. “Money Baby” / K Camp (feat. Kwony Ca$h)
So disrespectful SMDH.
22. “Lazerray” / TV on the Radio
This is as close to the majesty of Dear Science as you will get.
21. “West Coast” / Lana Del Rey
Not quite “gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” but more like “stoned Bette Midler.”
20. “Move That Dope” / Future (feat. Pharrell WIlliams & Pusha T)
This may finally be the rap song that convinces me to start selling drugs.
19. “Bet” / Tinashe
Slow builder that Tinashe wrecks.
18. “Shake it Off” / Taylor Swift
PUMPKIN SPICE PUMPKIN SPICE PUMPK
17. “Sanctified” / Rick Ross (feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)
(Prayer Hands emoji)
16. “Ain’t it Fun” / Paramore
15. “About the Money” / T.I. (feat. Young Thug)
T.I. hasn’t sounded this interested in making hot music in years.
14. “Seen it All” / Young Jeezy (feat. JAY Z)
According to Jeezy, Jay Z cried while recording this song. I don’t believe it for one second but I want to.
13. “Do You” / Spoon
Dad Rock for dudes without kids.
12. “Drunk in Love” / Beyonce (feat. JAY Z)
Jay Z rhymes “foyer” with “foreplay.” Respek.
11. “Cadillactica” / Big K.R.I.T.
10. “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” / Son Little
I got tha blooze.
9. “Turtles All the Way Down” / Sturgill Simpson
All ya need is love. And maybe some LSD.
8. “Seasons (Waiting on You)” / Future Islands
Let this hypnotize you.
7. “Telegraph Ave. (“Oakland by Lloyd”)” / Childish Gambino
Weirdo finally finds perfect combination to the rapper/singer formula.
6. “Water Fountain” / tUnE-yArDs
I wish this song came out when I was four. I would probably be a rock star by now.
5. “Flawless (Remix) [Live in Paris]” / Beyonce (feat. Nicki Minaj)
I still have no idea what happened at this concert after this performance.
4. “0 to 100 – The Catch Up” / Drake
3. “Two Weeks” / FKA Twigs
2. “Who Do You Love” / YG (feat. Drake)
DJ Mustard, YG and Drake ride in on their noble steeds to set The West ablaze.
1. “2 On” / Tinashe (feat. Schoolboy Q)
I once made a list of the best songs from the 2000s. About 60 percent of them were produced by Lil Jon, Timbaland and the Neptunes (a full 100 would include Kanye and Just Blaze). I have no doubt that when I put together a list a decade from now DJ Mustard will be dominating it. No producer owns the pop music zeitgeist like him right now. He is ruler of all that he surveys. (And somehow he still got snubbed for a Producer of the Year Grammy nod!)
This ode to getting drunk and hashtag turnt is his slickest work yet. Tinashe slinks all across the track. Schoolboy Q comes in with a nasty rap that doesn’t even dirty the track. The perfect party anthem.