Not every song can make it into the annual countdown. That's why it kills me to have these songs in their own countdown. Some of the songs were the biggest hits of this year. The only thing that keeps me from putting them into my countdown would be when the song was released. Without further adieu, these are the biggest songs carried from 2014.
Music has always been a fascination for me - specifically, finding out what is new music to me. Some times, there are songs that become popular as years pass by. It's truly amazing to see it gain attention. Not to be forgotten, here are the 10 best songs I found this year.
Try to forget all the things that I did to myself, and in time I see it fading...
2015 marked an incredible year for music. It's quite all over the place, but somehow, I managed to do it. Unfortunately, not every song can break my personal Top 100. So without any notice, let's get to the contenders of music.
Two villains on the run, yeah, two kids following the sun...
I think it was my friend who showed me this song, and I'm pretty sure it was because she thinks he's cute... I'll leave that for you to decide. Haven't heard of the artist, but he's got some promising talent. It's hard to differentiate when it's a mix between rap and singing, whether he is better at one skilled compared to the other. The song is pretty decent, I'm a fan of singles that have a rather upbeat rhythm to a rather sad story. I would describe the song as awkward, but then again, I think that's the approach of the song. You don't know what to make of it, kind of like the situation his 'friend' has put himself.
Seems like in Korea, the music industry is captivated by boy bands. I haven't heard about this band until I was on tumblr and saw gifs of them in this video. Since I'm a fan of checkered patterns, I had to see what's up with this act. The video is really eye-catching, and though every aspect of it has already been done, it's the song that grasps its silliness. To say the Korean music is innovative would be an understatement. Somehow, they're on another level that the Western side hasn't gotten up to just yet. Perhaps it's time to take a lesson in coordinating music and style together from the Asians.
If you have friends that are obsessed with Korean dramas, then you might be familiar with this song. It originated from a show back in 2013, but I never heard of it. I think my friend show me the piece, and it's rather a simple melody with delicate lyrics (none that I can understand either). There is something about Korean music that seems more lively than Western music, even if it has a soft sound like this one. The guitar could have been left out, but then it adds a touch that seems rather fitting for a drama. Perhaps it's songs like these that make me a hopeless romantic, and I'm absolutely loving it.
If I could only remember where I found this song, but I'm glad that I remembered it. Whoever thinks of these ideas, I swear, it's pure genius. I don't think they altered the original song (assuming that it's an older track, it sounds like one), other than crop out some parts, put it on repeat, and add a modern rhythm in the background. What makes it better is this style of dance I'm not familiar about. Shows you how to revive something that was just as fun back then and make it highly more entertaining. And for talent shows that airs wherever: please highlight more of this wonderful confection.
She was a contestant on a show called "One in a Million," a Malaysian singing competition show, but is better known from a Chinese singing competition called "I Am a Singer." Not winning either show, she has made critical acclaim and has a promising career ahead of her. I think what made me interested in her would be this song, proving all of the work she's been through truly pays off. I may not know what it's about just yet, but listening to this already gives me the chills for being a remarkable single. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, who knows what she'll make next.
I believe my friend showed me this song, while singing this at karaoke. Although the video may be questionable, it's nonetheless a beautiful song. It's about getting through a tough experience, and the challenges that the artist has faced. It's not the most vocal-heavy song, but easy to sing along and understand its message (again, working on that). Songs like these are encouraging to learn a new language, especially when the characters are on the screen to follow along. Very soft with the instrumentation, which I enjoy, showcasing the delicate voice that the artist offers.
Now to shake things up is this single that I heard on the radio - I don't always listen to this particular station, but when I do, they always play something different (including the language). It's edgier than any of the entires this month, but that is also what makes it interesting. She's singing her dirty ditty with the male counterpart, developing this over the top chemistry. Not expected from Chinese music, but then again, not everything is Pop music from foreign countries. But on the other hand, it's easy to follow along, and I better understand what this song is about after endless repetitions d":
I decided to listen to more Mandarin music to hopefully hear the language through a medium that I enjoy. To start of easily, here is Teresa Teng, an artist most Chinese and Taiwanese people can recognize. Sure, her music may be the suited for the older audience, but it's easy to follow along with a melodic beat that is impossible to get sick and tired of - well, until I can understand what it means. For a song that seems sweet, it comes with a lot of controversy - what a highlight to start off this discovery into Chinese music, can't wait to see the variety I'm about to dive in to.
It's been a while that I've heard this song, but only recently have I been jamming to this beat all summer. As it comes to an end, summer can be explained best with exciting and unknown emotions that arise. One part, it's a pretty upbeat tune; but on the other side, it's a story on the opposite end of happiness. The confliction between deciding what's wrong or right is justified with this little ditty from the Canadian band. If there is anything missing out there, it's Canadian music. I mean, if it sounds a lot like this, when will it be their time to hog the spotlight? Better be soon.
Sometimes listening to your usual radio stations can make you tired of them - so you got to tune into something else. Take this song, extremely exciting and full of energy that's an indescribable feeling. It's not completely happy, and you can hint the craziness happening within the vocals. Part anthem, the band takes you on a ride to unexplored territories, a change that you might need to shake things up. Pretty easy to follow along, the simplicity of it is what makes it all enjoyable. Here's to trying something new, because you'll never know what you might just find.
This sounds like a laid back good time. Before Mr. Grammer came out with his ubiquitous hokey single that won't stop on the radio, he's been making these ear worm gems for a long time. If movie themes were a genre of music, I think Andy would be the king of that. It's very warm and light-hearted, all kinds of good fun that everyone can enjoy. Sometimes the cuteness can overwhelm even the most loving-absober of a person, but once in a while, this stuff is a pleasure. Perhaps finding songs like these is what makes them exciting, seeing what else is out there that makes you happy.
After waiting for months, I couldn't believe that the day had finally come. The last time I saw her, I wasn't too familiar with her songs. This time around, I was fully prepared. Words are not good enough to explain how incredible was this concert, but I'll try. Let's go to 1989.
Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas ft Iggy Azalea - Beat Down
Recently I've been listening to Steve Aoki (but in small steps). I find him to be very interesting, because his music seems to be, harder, compared to other DJs. Not sure where I was, but I do remember seeing this on TV in a hotel room - this was when I first heard about Iggy Azalea. Let's just say that earlier works show how much an artist can change. While this isn't something I would typically listen to on a daily basis, it's stupidly entertaining. The production sounds a bit noisy, but it was enough to capture my attention. Thankfully, they've both come a long way.
Nothing like a Dance track to kick things off in August! I'm not quite sure where I found this song, but it's been a long time, and thought now would be a excellent opportunity to share this gem. It's repetitive, but nothing ever went sour when a saxophone repetition occurred. Other than a few sentences being sung, this song grows on you and provides an example for what all good music of this genre offers: half naked women enjoying the rhythm of the music. And to be honest, that formula has seem to be working all this time. Let's get the sexy going up in here!
Let's take a trip to Germany, shall we? There is this band, which is a blend of Rock and Electronic with hints of Pop in the lyrics. It's a fairly simple song, but still empowering. When it comes to this type of track, I think it would have been more powerful if they went for a stronger guitar riff, or a hard-hitting voice; either way, it's missing something... But nonetheless, it's still impressive, and it would definitely get me moving on the dance floor. If clubs played a little more Rock undertones like these, then that would be the perfect mix for a good night.
The time has finally come where I get to see these four boys all the way from England (and one from Ireland). It may not have been what expected, but that is certainly a good thing. Consider it astounding in a different way. This is the One Direction experience.
A sign my friends made me years ago... It's still relevant!
Think Gospel, but without the religious content. That is how I would describe Shoshana Bean. It's a soulful piece, with minimal choir support, allowing her vocal talent to shine. Not overpowering, there is this harmonious blend that puts it all together with some surprising results. There is this old school vibe to it, which I really appreciate. Yes, it is slow, but sometimes a little slowing down is all you need to unwind and clear your mind. Although she ma be a broadway actress, it shows that her vocal talent is not limited to only one genre. This is quite the track from such a star.
I have heard this song years ago, but I never figured out what it was called. The easiest solution would have to ask my cousin - but for some reason, I decided that years later, I would simply Shazam instead. A fan favourite for Contemporary dancers, its soft rhythm creates a bigger atmosphere to the song, emphasizing on the lyrical content about a difficult romance that seems impossible to let go. The verses in the song could have used more work vocally (feel like it's too simple), but the chorus is hypnotizing enough to take you on such a tragic journey.
My friend showed me this song a while ago, and it's still beautiful from the first time I heard the song. I can't quite put what I think about this song into words, but let me try. To me, this sounds like a broadway production, where the protagonist comes and reveals everything he feels within the time span. It tugs at the heart strings, and the pain can be felt with every word sung. Like a part of your heart has chipped, and you are dying to just piece it back together. It just goes to show you that simplicity is just enough, especially when the emotions come rolling in.
It's funny how a song can never escape your head one minute, and the completely forget about it the next. Enter this little tune, back in 2008 when it never stopped playing on the radio. A bit upbeat for a song about confusion, but sometimes you need to find the humour in it. The sound is hopeful, wanting to know if there is a way to get back to where they started (see a pattern in the songs right now?) Otherwise, the piano bit could have been increased for dramatic purposes, but the weak introduction does not take away from its catchiness. Definitely an ear worm of a song.
Again, I heard this single from the Country radio station. Is it strange to say that it reminds me of that late 90s to early 2000s music? I feel like this is the era they were aiming for this single, because there are a lot of feelings going through this song about curiosity, wondering if things could go back to the way it was once before. It's quite catchy, almost a fuse of Country and Pop. It's that issue that people want so much that they can't let go, something that we all tackle at one point in time. There are a lot of things that happened, and we are all dying to know what happens next.
This is what happens when you're available on a Tuesday night, being invited to a spontaneous concert outing with not one, but three of your childhood acts performing together for one night. Ladies and gentlemen, let's take a look at the New Kids On The Block with special guests TLC & Nelly.
Let's get ready to fan the heck out of this night!
Can't remember how I found this song, but it's rather a beautiful one. The content can be adapted to any situation, and in this case, it's about safe driving. It's important to take care of the ones that matter, otherwise it might be too late to show how much you care. What catches my attention is the power of the song with the fewest amount of words that have to be sung. Shows how much an emotion can take out of a person, that it leaves you speechless. I am glad that they released this song, it is a strong single, and it best displays their style of music.
It's been months ever since I heard that this next act was coming to town, and not even a final exam would stop me from coming to this concert. Words cannot state how satisfied I was to see the one and only, Ariana Grande. Without further adieu, let's get into it!
Some times, I get tired of listening to the same radio stations due to its repetitiveness. While in the car one time, I decided to give the Country station a try, and this little ditty came on the air. Sure, it's a typical song about how right it feels to be with this person even though it's wrong, but there are times when you got to take chance to know what it's all about. There is this twang that I don't hear on the stations I normally tune in, and it's nice to have a change that day. The Canadian duo have a number of songs released, but I never got into them quite like this one.
Haven't been to many school performances during my university life, but this one blew my expectations. It may only have been the second time that I attended such an event, and I wish that I have seen more... Let's review the UBC A Capella Concert.
Maybe it's just me, but it sounds like there is a sample of the James Bond theme (but I think it's the tempo more than anything). For a Rock song, I find this to be very tamed, considering the song's title. What I enjoy most about the song is the subtle lyrics, with no chorus, only the guitar strumming. Also, there is a oddly positive vibe coming from this, which caught me off guard, with a message about releasing the inner freak. I would say that it's positive because they are no longer taking sorry excuses from holding back. Consider this breaking free from the norm.
Did I even play a video game when I first heard this song? I did do some strange things last year, so who knows... Anyways, back to the song. This is essentially something I would have listened to in my teenage days (that's 10 years ago!) It's got everything from the cringe-worthy lyrics that would attract the age demographic to that Disney Channel-esque ear worm that can never escape your head. To say it's a ripoff of another song would be fair, however I can't think of a song that is the essence of my 14-year old self. Nostalgia, but with a different point of view. Why not?
I love it when songs add a unique twist to their singles, especially when that twist ends up being a Classical one. I believe I heard this when I was watching an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, and this came out to a routine that was like no other. Although I do believe that vocals could be stronger, I must say that this Dubstep piece is rather light compared to what one would hear in the genre. Not necessarily a song that I would normally listen to, but I find it to be a solid choice for the gym, working out on that damn fitness thing that's gotten everyone to get into shape.
Take what's basically a father and son duo, make the same beats as competing EDM artists, and give the audience a stellar stage display... This is what it looks like. While Van Doorn is in the beginning of his 40s, Jordan is roughly in his 20s, which I find fascinating because it shows that people of all ages can have the same interests. And when you put your passions into one collaboration, a concoction like this creates a massive fan base; I mean look at all those people! Like damn, people do love their parties. Perhaps I should team up with my father and create music similar to this team, right?
Before Clean Bandit became popular known for their 2014 hit "Rather Be," they made music that was, well, brutally honest. It pokes fun at House music and how repetitive it can be. Add in String Quartet No. 21, throw in some funky House tunes, and you've got yourself this. Dull as it may seem, there is odd glitch that makes it irresistible to escape, needing to find out how exactly the song will end. Although it may be true that music is not how it use to be, it definitely takes the best of a past era and creates a different meaning towards today's renaissance of music... That's quite some artistry.
Not exactly sure how I found this song, other than having Vevo automatically playing this after a video of my choice. What appealed to me was specifically the video, as it takes a style of another artist (wish I knew their name for reference!) After listening to this again, it's not quite how I remembered from the first time I heard it. With more drama and that eery drum beat, it might actually be more cynical than joyous... Strangely enough, it makes it that more fascinating. Crazy what suggestions the internet can display - some times, it leads you to the strange side of things.
It's been a long time since I have posted in this series, but I needed to find the perfect song to revive these posts - and just in the nick of time! Here we have Kylie Minogue from 2010, delivering what is one infectious beat (so infectious, it has been sampled recently by Alesso). What makes it so good is the fact that it's a little Disco swirled with a hint of EDM, something everyone else has been getting on these days. Whether it interpret the message one way or another, there is no denying that it's that 'moment' track when you just got to give in to the rhythm and dance your worries away. Certainly one fine piece of a song.