PeteHatesMusic’s Top Songs of 2014

Twitter: @PeteHatesMusic

I always have a love/hate relationship with hot dogs our Top Songs lists. Narrowing down dozens and dozens of awesome tracks is tough. Ranking them is REALLY tough. A song I listened to a thousand times in January might not stand the test of time (time being one year), but an occasional “grower” might sneak its way into my heart and onto this very list.

Below are our favourite 20 songs, complete with a playlist for you to see we’re not crazy and our taste is great (which is such a bullshit subjective comment, but stay with me). Selected artists include big names like The Black Keys, Coldplay (yes, they made a shite album but a killer track in Midnight), and Jack White; hot indie acts like Lana Del Rey, Vaults, and Alt-J; and some smaller but very talented acts like Laura Doggett, Dawn Golden, and some Thom Yorke guy.

TOMORROW– The top albums of the year, as decided by PeteHatesMusic. And then – beer, turkey, sleep, beer, pass out, wake up in a ditch, look for turkey and/or beer, and then realize its 2015, you’re homeless, single, and have no job. Um, yay?

Check out the Top Songs of 2014 below, and if you’re in the mood, revisit our lists from 2013, 2012, and 2011.

Honourable Mentions
Owl John – Red Hand
La Roux – Tropical Chancer
Vaults – Vultures
Coldplay – Midnight
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
Interpol – My Desire
Jack White – Lazaretto
Laura Doggett – Phoenix
Dawn Golden – All I Want
Thumpers – Devotee (featuring Jena Malone)

Pete’s Top 10
10 – The War on Drugs – Red Eyes
9 – Klaxons – There Is No Other Time
8 – Thom Yorke – The Mother Lode
7 – The Black Keys – Fever
6 – Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked
5 – Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine
4 – Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
3 – Alvvays – Marry Me, Archie
2 – Aquilo – I Gave It All
1 – Grimes – Go

Grimes might’ve gotten a lot of blow back from people unfairly calling her a sell out, but that track is fuckin’ GOLD. Seriously, crank that in a car if you want a dangerous but fun ride.

Let us know what your favourites were on Twitter @PeteHatesMusic or in the comments. Happy holidays, and call my Dad if you see me passed out in a ditch.

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