Editors’ Picks 2014: The Best Songs of the Year

What a year 2014 has been in the music industry!

We saw album drops out of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Lana del Rey while new faces like FKA Twigs topped the charts.  Meanwhile we were pleasantly surprised by some singles from a few of our favorite artists such as Lorde and Selena Gomez as well as an array of record breaking music videos (“Booty” and “Anaconda”).

Needless to say, the year was nothing short of exciting for music fans everywhere–especially the editors here at CELEBUZZ.

Sifting through all the awesome choices to pick out some of our favorites was no easy feat, but somehow we managed to pull through.  So without further adieu, here are our choices for the best songs of 2014 (in no particular order):

Sia – “Chandelier”

“I don’t know what I love more, the song or the music video. But both get 10/10 from me.” – Peggy

Big Sean – “I Don’t Fuck With You”

“This is hands down the hardest song of the year. Also, the irony between it’s release and Big Sean’s split from Naya Rivera makes it that much better. #IDFWU” – Kendall

Clean Bandit – “Rather Be”

“This retro electro-pop hit was on constant rotation for me on Spotify. I just made me feel happy.” – Michael

Perfume – “Genius Grid”

“The entirety of Perfume Genius’ “Too Bright” album is powerful, and this track is the strange, ragey pinnacle.” – Matt

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

“I love that Taylor Swift can make fun of herself. She is everthing and this song is everything. ” – Jess

Lana Del Rey – “Money Power Glory”

“Though it’s not an Ultraviolence single, it has all the makings of a good 2014 smash: Lane Del Rey, female empowerment, Lana Del Rey.” – Gabi

Hozier – “Take Me to Church”

“What a joy it is to listen to this young musician from Ireland. And what a joy it is to discover this song is indeed not by Elton John.” – Peggy

John Legend – “All of Me”

“I know it’s been way overplayed on the radio (and thus makes everyone hate it), but this song has such a sweet message about loving someone for everything they are. I’m also obsessed with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, so there’s that.” – Kendall

Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”

“Haunting and sexy, tender and heartbreaking at the same time. Such a brilliant song.” – Michael

Lady Gaga – “Bang Bang”

“Anyone paying even a little bit of attention knows that Lady Gaga is more than weird costumes and vomit performances, that she can actually, really, truly sing. But the release of a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett has done a lot to make more people aware of the fact that she is supremely talented. The live take of “Bang Bang” really highlights her power as a vocalist.” – Matt

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

“This song is beautiful. Anything that Ed Sheeran does is always amazing, but this one is just beyond.” – Jess

Banks – “Beggin For Thread”

“The chorus is highly addictive.” – Gabi

Lorde – “Yellow Flicker Beat”

“Not a fan of The Hunger Games films but this song and most of the Lorde-curated soundtrack are pretty brilliant.” – Peggy

Selena Gomez – “The Heart Wants What It Wants”

“I’m the biggest Jelena fan on the Celebuzz team, so I had to shoutout to my girl SelGo. This song made me cry when I first heard it, and I give her props for releasing something so raw.” – Kendall

Jenny Lewis – “Just One of the Guys”

“It is hard not to love a Jenny Lewis song, but this one was a real gem. Loved the flipping the switch angle of this song.” – Michael

Run The Jewels – “Early”

“Run the Jewels ‘2’ was a pretty flawless album, but this song, which features Beyonce collaborator Boots, is a dark, churning epic that found a harrowing resonance when it was released shortly after the initial events of Ferguson.” – Matt

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

“Whenever I hear this song I always want to dance. It makes me instantly happy. I love Taylor Swift.” – Jess

Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hanging Tree”

“Um, who knew Jennifer Lawrence was a singer? This little ditty from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ has even managed to nab itself a spot on the Billboard charts, so I’m guessing I’m not the only person who thinks this is a pretty damn good song.” – Gabi

What are some of your favorite songs from 2014? Sound off in the comments below!