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Friday, December 12, 2014

The 80 Best Songs of 2014

Most of this list has been designed for flow rather than literally, "This song is better than this one, which is better than this one," and so on. That would be quite a task. You may see a song or two on my top 100 songs of 2010-2014 list behind a song that isn't. It's probably for flow purposes, or, let's face it, because my affection for certain songs fluctuates.

For the record, I am aware that Lewis' L'Amour album was recorded in the 80s. I'm not including it in the best albums lists for that reason. But since I would have been unable to include any of the songs from the album in a "Best Songs of 1983" list because it wasn't formally released until decades later, I am including 2 of his songs in this list because, my God, they're amazing!

Listen to the playlist on Spotify, here.

80. Karen O: "The Moon Song"

79. Thee Oh Sees: "Savage Victory"

78. Yuck: "Southern Skies"

77. Cloud Nothings: "I'm Not Part of Me"

76. Total Control: "Liberal Party"

75. Ought: "Peasant Heart"

74. Swans: "Screen Shot"

73. The Knife: "Pass This On (Shaken Up Version)"

72. James Blake: "200 Press"

71. Ricky Eat Acid: "I Can Hear the Heart Breaking as One"

70. Real Lies: "North Circular"

69. Bombay Bicycle Club: "Home By Now"

68. Damien Jurado: "Magic Number"

67. Sun Kil Moon: "Carissa"

66. Mr Twin Sister: "Blush"

65. Todd Terje: "Swing Star part 1"

64. Zhu: "Paradise Awaits"

63. Perfume Genius: "Grid"

62. Mac Demarco: "Chamber of Reflection"

61. Real Estate: "Primitive"

60. Tobias Jesso Jr.: "True Love"

59. The Decemberists: "Make You Better"

58. Julia Holter: "Don't Make Me Over"

57. Jessica Pratt: "Back, Baby"

56. J Mascis: "Me Again"

55. Sharon Van Etten: "Tarifa"

54. Blood Orange: "It's All Over My Face & Tower of Meaning"

53. Museum of Love: "Down South"

52. Wild Beasts: "Sweet Spot"

51. Deerhoof: "Paradise Girls"

50. Parquet Courts: "Black and White"

49. Spoon: "Do You"

48. Future Islands: "Fall from Grace"

47. Coldplay: "Midnight"

46. Lana Del Rey: "Shades of Cool"

45. Caribou: "Back Home"

44. Quirke: "Break a Mirrored Leg"

43. Arca: "Now You Know"

42. Clark: "Winter Linn"

41. Movement: "5:57"

40. Hospitality: "Last Words"

39. Petite Noir: "Chess"

38. Todd Terje: "Johnny and Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)"

37. Mas Ysa: "Shame"

36. Com Truise: "Subsonic"

35. Zhu: "Cocaine Model"

34. Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks: "Little Fang"

33. Future Islands: "Seasons (Waiting On You)"

32. Parkay Quarts: "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth"

31. Richard Dawson: "Judas Iscariot"

30. iceage: "Plowing into the Field of Love"

29. The Antlers: "Intruders"

28. Real Estate: "Talking Backwards"

27. Hospitality: "Sunship"

26. Foxygen: "Coulda Been My Love"

25. Lewis: "Things Just Happen That Way"

24. Lone: "Begin to Begin"

23. Darkside: "What They Say"

22. Caribou: "Can't Do Without You"

21. Perfume Genius: "Queen"

20. Hundred Waters: "Xtalk"

19. LCD Soundsystem: "You Can't Hide / Shame On You (Live at Madison Square Garden)"

18. Ariel Pink: "Black Ballerina"

17. Ariel Pink: "Picture Me Gone"

16. The War on Drugs: "Under the Pressure"

15. Eagulls: "Nerve Endings"

14. Swans: "Oxygen"

13. Blood Orange: "Uncle ACE (Kindness Remix feat. Robert Owens)"

12. Tobias Jesso, Jr.: "Hollywood"

11. Lewis: "Like to See You Again"

10. Timber Timbre: "Hot Dreams"

9. The War on Drugs: "Burning"

8. Baths: "Ocean Death"

7. iceage: "Forever"

6. LantlĂ´s: "Melting Sun Vi: Golden Mind"

5. Grouper: "Clearing"

4. Angel Olsen: "White Fire"

3. Movement: "Like Lust"

2. Baths: "Disorderly"

1. Foxygen: "Cosmic Vibrations"

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