As the year wraps up, the time has come to share my year end picks for what rocked my iPod over the past twelve months: what pushed me on the treadmill, kept me sane on the train, and entertained me as I chilled. It’s my picks for the best of the year gone by. Let’s not waste any time. These are my 15 favorite tracks for 2014.
15. Caribou, “Can’t Do Without You”
Chill wave trance with a hypnotic catchy chorus.
14. Bear In Heaven, “Autumn”
Dark grooves from the Brooklynite indie electro group.
13. Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”
Sultry and sexy from Ms. Del Rey’s sophomore effort.
12. Lily Allen, “Sheezus”
Calling all the divas! Ms. Allen stakes her claim to the title of top female singer. Gimme her that crown, bitch.
11. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”.
Gay boy gospel, and oh hell that voice. I melt.
10. Alvvays: “Archie, Marry Me”
Toronto early 1990’s indie low fi girl group throw back.
9. St. Vincent: “Digital Witness”
Annie Clark’s ode to the internet, complete with crazy Prince horn section.
8. Real Estate: “Talking Backwards”
Jersey boys’ chill surf pop sounds from their third full length.
7. Ariel Pink: “Black Ballerina”
Sexy bass groove, 80’s new wave throw back, elevators, manufacturers. ‘Hi Billy, how do you like the Number One strip club in LA?’
6. Phantogram: “Fall In Love”
NY electrorock shoegazers remind me of the good ole days with Toni and Dean from Curve.
5. tUnE-yArDs: “Wait for a Minute”
Experimental indie popster Merrill Garbus creates a trippy masterpiece.
4. Saint Pepsi: “Fiona Coyne”
NY-er Ryan DeRobertis’ disco love song to the Degrassi heroine.
3. Hospitality: “Last Words”
The Brooklynites call for amnesty with this pop gem.
2. Zola Jesus: “Dangerous Days”
Wisconsinite takes her dark synth pop ways to the mainstream, and the result is genius.
1. The Raveonettes: “Endless Sleeper”
Danish duo’s death march for the lost surfer, based on Sune Rose Wagner’s actual experience. Heartbreaking. Amazing. Stunning.