Top 10 Tracks of 2014

“We won’t live for too long,
So let’s love for one song.”

– In The Valley Below, “Peaches”

As the Top Albums of 2014 rounds into form (coming Friday), here’s a look at some of the individual tracks that stood out over the course of the year.*

In no particular order:

1. “Mr. Tembo” by Damon Albarn

A fitting theme for the elephant from Tanzania.

2. “Compass” by Zella Day

“Compass point you anywhere, closer to me.” Little girl, big world.

3. “Hideaway” by Kiesza

Date when added to the year-end playlist: March, 24, 2014. Date when released as a single: April 11, 2014. I was on it.

4. “The Riverbed” by Owen Pallett

Violins are making a comeback.

5. “Little Monster” by Royal Blood

A little grunge goes a long way in 2014.

6. “i believe” by Christina Perri

For anyone who thinks they aren’t worth it or who doesn’t have the strength to pick themselves up.

7. “Peaches” by In the Valley Below

“We won’t live too long, so lets love for one song.” Five minutes of emotional chill.

8. “Shatter Me” by Lindsey Stirling feat. Lzzy Hale

A music box, a sick bass drop and the lead singer of Halestorm. A staple for any workout playlist.

9. “Micheline” by Sun Kil Moon

If you’ve ever lost anyone in your life, this song hits exceptionally hard. The last line is tragic.

10. “Blood Storm” by Army of the Pharaohs

A cryptic masterpiece from one of the underrated rap supergroups.

Best Tracks of 2014 playlist on Spotify

*Note: This list excludes songs from the albums to be listed Friday.

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