The year of the horse is coming to an end and as a certified music lover, I’ve tried my best to compile the most popular songs of 2014. After reviewing the music charts and choosing from more than a hundred songs, here’s the list of songs that stand out among others (in no particular order):
9. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
More than a pop song with an infectious beat, Meghan’s debut hit “All About That Bass” is a song of self-acceptance that makes it soar beating Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” off the charts.
8. Stay with Me – Sam Smith
Rooting in the very basic elements of soul and a touch of Gospel, Smith heartbreakingly croons to his mystery lover and begs to stay with him. “Stay With Me” is the third track on Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour.
7. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
Upon release, the song has met generally positive reviews from music critics that praised the song’s production and Nicki’s return to her hip-hop roots. It spends eight consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart.
6. All of Me – John Legend
Dedicated to the love of his life, John Legend confesses his love through this love song. With the combination of his piano skills and rich and textured vocals, there’s no doubt it is named “the love song of 2014.”
5. Chandelier – Sia
The lyrics describe a girl trying to avoid feelings of sadness, pain, and shame through sex and alcohol. The video starred by Maddie Ziegler portrays a girl that drinks and parties all night to shield herself from emotions.
4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea (ft. Charlie XCX)
Described as an electro-hop song, “Fancy” reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Azalea and Charlie XCX’s first number one holding the spot for seven consecutive weeks.
3. Crush – 2NE1
“Crush” sung by 2NE1, a girl quartet from South Korea, breaks the record by being the first K-pop act to notch an entry on the annual ranks since 1995.
2. Steal My Girl – One Direction
“Steal My Girl” is one of 1D’s deliriously fun single since “Kiss You”, a chunk of rock music so chewy that it can dominate your whole afternoon if you’re not careful.
1. Blank Space – Taylor Swift
“Blank Space” from her blockbuster album 1989 dooms a new romance from the start and takes some responsibility for its inevitable demise.