DH’s Top 20 Of 2014 [20-16]:
20. “The One” – The Knocks ft. Sneaky Sound System
19. “Self Control” – Kate Boy
18. “Best Friend” – Foster The People
17. “Never Say Never” – Basement Jaxx ft. ETML
16. “Summer” – Calvin Harris
15. “Every Little Thing” – Röyksopp & Robyn
Two electric and visionary forces came together this year and delivered
a first round knockout with their EP Do It Again. Norwegian duo
Röyksopp and Swedish powerhouse Robyn wowed in Spring 2014 with
their five track synthpop adventure, led by single “Do It Again.” But it’s
the unofficial single “Every Little Thing,” a downtempo,chill-groover,
that’s earned the number 15 spot.
14. “Don’t” – Ed Sheeran
Checking in at 14? One of the best score-settling cuts in a long time,
“Don’t.” I mean I get why Ellie would bang out Niall [who wouldn’t?]
but she did her supposed boyfriend dirty. Not cool! Warining to all;
don’t cross Ed Sheeran or you’ll forever be etched in digital stone.
13. “Change Your Ticket” – One Direction
Speaking of the boyband heartthrob…he and his fellow mates offered
up a clever little pop track that would make any alt-rock band from
Manchester proud. Bearing a similar riff to The 1975’s “Girls,”
“Change Your Ticket” is a terrifically enjoyable breath of alt-pop fresh
air that has held strong in my heavy rotation playlist for the past few
months and will likely hold deep into 2015.
12. “Meltdown” – Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, & HAIM
The freshest entry on this year’s list is a magnificent group effort off
of the Lorde constructed The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack.
Featuring production from world-class beatmaker Stromae, and equally
impressive contribution from Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and HAIM, “Meltdown” is
an ensemble for the ages.
11. “Unmissable” – Gorgon City ft. Zak Abel
I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally made House music a
must-listen to this year.Championed by acts like Disclosure and Gorgon City,
the deep and pulsating rhythms just took hold and wouldn’t let go. So it’s
the latter duo that have positioned themselves at number 11, with their
underratedmid-tempo single “Unmissable.” Supported by the captivating
vocals of Zak Abel, it’s a dark, slick club-ready cut your ears just can’t shake.