#BestOf 2014 – Top 100 Tracks (101-76)


101-TAYLOR SWIFT
Shake It Off
(Island)

As another year comes to an end, the time for annual review begins. And our blog typically does so with our Top 100 favourite songs. Also a tradition, we kickstart the countdown with the much-feared 101 position, symbolically reserved to a “guilty pleasure” left at the gates of our main chart. This year the slot goes to Taylor Swift, the only artist capable of both selling over a million copies when Adele is on holiday and defying Today’s all-conquering streaming model. 2014, commercially at least, belonged to her.

Escaping the branded corners of the Top 40, women seem to have taken over every genre. A large proportion of our selected tracks and albums are female-led. Amongst them, though, the prevailing tone was completely different to Swift’s cheerful, mass-marketed tunes. From Lykke Li dedicating a whole album to her recent breakup, to Sharon Van Etten’s devastating “Your Love Is Killing Me’, heartbreak seems to be the engine behind some of 2014 most notable works.

In the first quarter of our chart star-studded soundtracks; caribbean riddims; Swedish dynamite; Brazilian girl bands; dependable supergroups and masters of retro soul go hand in hand. Check it out here:


100-JHENE AIKO
The Worst
(Def Jam)
99-TV ON THE RADIO
Careful You
(Harvest)
98-ALLIE X
Bitch
(Self-Released)
97-EKKAH
Last Chance To Dance (EP)
(Year One)
96-JEREMIH FEAT. YG
Don't Tell 'Em
(Def Jam)
95-GINNELS
Not What You Think
(Tenorio Cotobade)
94-VINCE STAPLES
Hands Up (Hell Can Wait EP)
(Def Jam)
93-STROMAE FEAT. LORDE, PUSHA T, Q-TIP & HAIM
Meltdown
(Universal)
92-HOW TO DRESS WELL
Words I Don't Remember
(Domino)
91-SCHOOLBOY Q
Man of The Year
(Top Dawg)
90-POPCAAN
Waiting So long
(Mixpak)
89-A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW
Bye Bye Ocean (The End)
(Lefse)
88-PEARLS NEGRAS
Pensando Em Você
(Bolabo)
87-MERCHANDISE
Green Lady
(4AD)
86-FUCKED UP
Paper The House
(Matador)
85-JUNGLE
Busy Earnin'
(XL)
84-PARKAY QUARTS
Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth
(What's Your Rupture)
83-SHABAZZ PALACES
Motion Sickness
(Sub Pop)
82-THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
War On The East Coast
(Matador)
81-TODD TERJE
Delorean Dynamite
(Smalltown Supersound)
80-FEDERAL RESERVE, CAM'RON & A-TRAK
Dipsh*ts
(Fool's Gold)
79-MAC DEMARCO
Blue Boy
(Captured Tracks)
78-ARIANA GRANDE FEAT. ZEDD
Break Free
(Republic)
BEN FROST
Venter
(Mute)
76-SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS
Stranger To My Happiness
(Daptone)