My 2014 In Music

I feel like this is the year I rediscovered music and took a giant leap closer to myself again. It all started in the Spring when I decided that I’d had enough of CBeebies one day and put a music channel on instead. And the baby loved it, so we kept on watching. That tiny decision led to so many things. The radios that were once a necessity for every room found themselves being used again. I got myself a proper Spotify subscription and spent every evening absorbing new music and rediscovering old favourites. I smiled more. I sang more. I did stupid dancing around the kitchen at 6am after a sleepless night. I accidentally got into One Direction in my late 20s (but that’s another story). The toddler and I both watched Sam Smith’s Glastonbury performance on the telly – properly together, mutually spellbound. Every morning she requests we dance around my bedroom to Happy and Best Song Ever (she calls Best Song Ever “I know I know” and she’s brilliantly accurate with her dance moves for 19 months old). Music is wonderful. I didn’t know how much I missed it. I can’t live in a silent world. So here is my year in music, condensed into a couple of lists. Let’s start with best albums…

Top 10 albums of 2014

1. I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard
2. Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy
3. Distance – Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards
4. Four – One Direction
5. Supernova – Ray LaMontagne
6. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
7. 1989 – Taylor Swift
8. Breakfast – Teleman
9. Alarms in the Heart – Dry The River
10. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith

That one took me a while. I’m still not sure I’m entirely happy with the order. Finding 10 that I liked enough to be on the list was hard enough – there were so many songs I absolutely loved that were followed up by really disappointing albums. This next list took even longer and was much more painful to compile. It’s possible that I should have been doing other things with my spare time, like addressing the overflowing laundry basket, but we can’t all be mums all the time. So, neglected laundry aside, the hardest part was deciding the rules – could I have more than one song from the same artist? could it include album tracks or just singles released this year? what about if I know I really loved the song at the time but now I can’t stand it because I overplayed it? In the end the only rule I went by was that it had to be a single released during 2014 and I still couldn’t narrow it down to less than 30 songs. I’m not sure a top 30 of anything is even a thing but I’ve made the bloody list now so you might as well have all of it…

Top 30 singles of 2014

1. I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard
2. Brothers and Sisters – Twin Atlantic
3. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
4. Superheroes – The Script
5. Sedated – Hozier
6. Cucurucu – Nick Mulvey
7. Out of the Woods – Taylor Swift
8. Figure It Out – Royal Blood
9. Cristina – Teleman
10. Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy
11. I Found – Amber Run
12. Steal My Girl – One Direction
13. BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
14. Say Something – A Great Big World
15. Walking With Elephants – Ten Walls
16. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
17. Bones – Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards
18 .My Door – Dan Hyde
19. Chandelier – Sia
20. Money On My Mind – Sam Smith
21. Salute – Little Mix
22. Blame It On Me – George Ezra
23. Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
24. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
25. She Wants To Know – Half Moon Run
26. West Coast – Lana Del Rey
27. You & I – One Direction
28. Feel – Bombay Bicycle Club
29. eez-eh – Kasabian
30. Holding Onto Heaven – Foxes

Thanks, music, it’s been a blast. Can’t wait for more dancing in 2015!