2014: Best Music

This list includes my favorite music that was released in 2014 and my favorite music that I discovered in 2014 (some released prior to this year). I’ve divided the list into four categories: artists, albums, songs, and music videos. If I include an album, there may be favorite songs on it that I don’t include on the songs list to avoid repetition. If an album is listed as a favorite, the artist is not listed as a favorite to avoid repetition. Nothing is listed in order of how much I like it; it’s just listed. Here we go!

Favorite Artists 
1. Ed Sheeran
Sing, Don’t, Photograph, Give Me Love
2. Mumford & Sons
Hopeless Wanderer, Broken Crown, I Will Wait, To Darkness/Kripa
3. The 1975
Sex, The City, Girls
4. Florence + The Machine
    Drumming Song, Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), Howl, My Boy Builds Coffins
5. Demi Lovato
Really Don’t Care, Fire Starter, Without The Love, Something That We’re Not
6. Ariana Grande
Problem, Love Me Harder, Break Free, Bang Bang

Favorite Albums
1. Bangerz
(2013)- Miley Cyrus
SMS (Bangerz), My Darlin’, Someone Else, On My Own, Hands In The Air
2. 5 Seconds of Summer– 5 Seconds of Summer
Good Girls, Beside You, End Up Here 
3. She Looks So Perfect- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
Heartache On the Big Screen, The Only Reason
4. Amnesia- EP– 5 Seconds of Summer
5. Les yeux plus gros que le monde– Black M
Je ne dirai rien, Ailleurs, Spectateur, Pour oublier, Solitaire, Sur ma route, C’est tout moi
6. Lock Me Up- EP– The Cab
Lock Me Up, Moon, These Are the Lies
7. 1989– Taylor Swift
Blank Space, Style, All You Had To Do Was Stay, I Know Places, Wonderland, You Are In Love
8. FOUR– One Direction
Steal My Girl, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Night Changes, No Control, Stockholm Syndrome, Fireproof, Spaces
Honorable Mentions:
Pure Heroine 
(2013)- Lorde | Buzzcut Season, Glory And Gore, Team
Prism (2013)- Katy Perry | This Is How We Do, International Smile

Favorite Songs 
1. Animals– Maroon 5
2. A Sky Full of Stars– Coldplay
3. Hey Brother– Avicii
4. Bailando (English Version)– Enrique Iglesias
5. Yellow Flicker Beat– Lorde
6. Centuries– Fall Out Boy
7. Blame (feat. John Newman)– Calvin Harris
8. Take Me to Church– Hozier
9. The Hanging Tree– James Newton Howard
10. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
11. City On The Hill– Casting Crowns
12. Riptide– Vance Joy
13. Jealous– Nick Jonas
14. Chandelier– Sia
15. Bet My Life– Imagine Dragons
16. Flaws– Bastille
17. My Blood– Ellie Goulding
18. Beating Heart– Ellie Goulding
19. The Outsiders– Eric Church
20. Summer Love– Justin Timberlake
21. Come With Me Now– KONGOS
22. Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix)– AWOLNATION
23. 23 (feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & Juicy J)– Mike Will Made-It
24. Classic– MKTO
25. Stan– Eminem
26. Human– Christina Perri
27. Whatever She’s Got– David Nail
28. Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)– Iggy Azalea
29. Waves– Mr. Probz
30. Stay With Me– Sam Smith
31. L.A.LOVE– Fergie
32. La La La (feat. Sam Smith)– Naughty Boy
33. Mammoth (feat. Like Mike)– Dimitri Vegas & MOGUAI
34. Tsunami– DVBBS & Borgeous
35. Remember the Name (feat. Styles of Beyond)– Fort Minor
36. Cannonball (Earthquake) [feat. Matthew Koma]– Showtek & Justin Prime
37. Booyah (feat. We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson)– Showtek
38. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)– Iggy Izalea
39. I Lived– One Republic
40. Happy– Pharrell Williams
41. Summer– Calvin Harris
42. Play It Again– Luke Bryan
43. Where It’s At– Dustin Lynch
44. Ghost– Ella Henderson
45. Riverside– Agnes Obel
46. Boom Clap– Charli XCX

Favorite Music Videos
1. Chandelier– Sia
2. The Heart Wants What It Wants– Selena Gomez
3. Night Changes– One Direction
4. Blank Space– Taylor Swift
5. Sur ma route– Black M

Blank Space Music Video

The music video to Taylor Swift’s new single, Blank Space, released today. I love it; I think it’s incredible. I love the luxury portrayed in the video and can I please have every single outfit Taylor wore? I think Taylor’s portrayal of insane girlfriend was hysterical, playing off one of her biggest criticisms. I also adore the dobermans, being a doberman owner myself. And the new guy showing up at the end just reiterates the point of the song: if it doesn’t work out (and it probably won’t), there’s always someone else waiting. The music video is very entertaining, and the song is fantastic. Have a look (listen?)!

Purchase 1989 | Purchase Blank Space 

Shake It Off

Well world. Today I was going to write a post about my first day of school. But somehow it’s become quarter past eleven at night, and I truly do not have the mental competence to do all that pondering nonsense right now. So instead, I want to fangirl talk about Taylor Swift’s new single. “Shake It Off” debuted worldwide yesterday evening at five o’clock EST. And of course I was sitting in the driveway in my car listening to it. I came up with some pretty serious seated dance moves, if I do say so myself. 

This song is the rare type that makes me want to simultaneously dance while cleaning my room. It’s got an addicting beat and chorus that wedges itself right into my head, looping on repeat for hours while I swim and do math homework. 

I think “Shake It Off” has some inspiring messages for everyone, but particularly for Taylor’s huge audience of young girls. She sings about shaking off what others say, and that her own truth is all she needs. She sings about not being afraid to dance alone and make her own moves. And the whole song comes across as a Taylor having a positive attitude: everyone will do what they do, she’ll do what she does, and in the end, everything will be alright. These concepts translate into valuable lessons for adolescents and young adults, most of whom face judgement, gossip, and the challenge of fitting versus staying true to themselves on a daily basis. I think “Shake It Off”, while younger-sounding and very different from Taylor’s normal aesthetic (she talks, almost raps, through part of it), is a good, fun song with positive messages and a retort from Taylor to her critics. I appreciate how Taylor addresses some of her biggest criticisms in this song, like dating and breaking up too much. 

I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say

The music video is a bit silly, but it’s entertaining. After only one day, it has garnered almost ten million views on YouTube. Do I think it could have been better? Absolutely. It’s not a stand-out music video, but does it matter really? I’m not one who believes that everything an artist produces needs to be innovative and meaningful. I think that as long as they provide people with pleasure, there’s no harm done and no need to chip away at their work. (This is sort of turning into a rant, isn’t it?)

Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, releases October 27th and is available now for preorder. I’m torn over whether to order it on iTunes so that I receive each single as it’s released, or to wait until the release date and buy the deluxe edition from Target, which comes with three bonus songs. Either way, I am so excited and can’t wait to hear more new music from my girl, Tay Swifty. 

Hear and see it for yourself
Music Video | Buy “Shake It Off” | Preorder 1989