Monday, March 9, 2015

2014 Singles #10 through #1

#10 Kylie "Into the Blue"
When I got my back up against the wall
Don't need no one to rescue me
I can call her Kylie because we're close like that.

#9 Taylor Swift "Shake It Off"
'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Taylor Swift grasps the axiomatic and sick beats. She also holds a trademark on "this sick beat" but not "those sick beats" or "this ill bass."

#8 Karmin "Try Me On"
Don't think we're together
I change like the weather
This owes its position to a commercial. Probably for a flavored water. Possibly on Hulu+. Can't wait for her next commercial.

#7 Aloe Blacc "The Man"
I believe every lie that I ever told
Paid for every heart that I ever stole
Blacc makes his second top 10 single in as many years, following up his #8 collaboration with Avicii last year.

#6 Tegan and Sara/The Lonely Island "Everything is AWESOME!!!"
I feel more awesome than an awesome opossum
Dip my body in chocolate frostin'
The greatest song about mindless conformity since Hootie and the Blowfish.

#5 Ariana Grande "Break Free"
This is the part when I say I don't want ya
I'm stronger than I've been before
The chorus of this song (Ariana's third and final appearance on my top 50 list) is the sound of my summer. The boys working in the kitchen, trying to get along, taking forever to finish painting. Still not done. Not all of it. That damn door.

#4 Pharrell/Miley Cyrus "Come Get It Bae"
You wanna ride it, my motorcycle
You've got a license, but you got the right to
Pharrell pretty much owned last year's singles list and Miley had 2 of the few slots that weren't his. Combined they pull in another top 5 entry. Eventually I'll admit to loving them both. Dammit.

#3 Meghan Trainor "Lips Are Moving"
I gave you bass, you gave me sweet talk
Saying how I'm your number one
I probably owe it to Trainor to learn how she spells her name if I'm including her twice on my top 50.

#2 Phantogram "Fall In Love"
Fall in me
I'll let you bleed
I fell in love with this song the minute I heard in over a year ago. I Shazammed it a few times because I couldn't remember who it was. I got over that.

#1 Clean Bandit "Rather Be"
If you gave me a chance I would take it
It's a shot in the dark but I'll make it
That back beat: late nights, up to no good. Out with your friends, the optimism of youth. Living while you're young, not a cynical shut-in. God that was fun.

2014 Singles #20 through #11

#20 Brett Eldredge "Beat of the Music"
Now you're walking up asking me to dance
Smiling that smile and reaching out your hand

Wonder how paranoid Kenny Chesney is of Brett. Seems like he delivers the Parrothead country music a bit more authentically. Still, Kenny is welcome to come hang out with me any time he's ready to settle down (I've always had a thing for bald guys).

#19 Stars "No One is Lost"
Another life, another weekend
Another message checker looking for a friend
Stars confront mortality at the club. Looming death is nearly as satisfying as break up music.

#18 Cloud Nothings "I'm Not a Part of Me"
I'm moving toward a new idea, you're not what I really needed
Now you could just leave me on my own, but...
Cloud Nothings go lo-fi which is socially acceptable these days.

#17 Robin Thicke "Get Her Back"
I should have kissed you longer
I should have held you stronger
Robin Thicke got the sadz, so he picked up his rhyming dictionary, took off his shirt and vowed to get Paula back. So far it hasn't worked. I guess he'll need to take the pants off too.

#16 Hozier "Take Me to Church"
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Chalk one more up to ubiquity.

#15 Cascada "Blink"
I don’t want to blink, I can’t close my eyes
These are the best years of our lives
There are many reasons I call The Fabulous Clinton fabulous. His knowledge of crucial club music is merely one of them.

#14 Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake "Love Never Felt So Good"
Oh, baby, love never felt so fine
And I'd die if it's never mine
And he did. (One wonders the future ways the surviving members of the pedophile's family will sell his "legacy"--I'm waiting for a kitchen cleaner commercial.)

#13 Ariana Grande "Problem"
Head in the clouds
Got no weight on my shoulders
I'm not mentioning her collaborator here, but it's worth noting that this is Ariana's second appearance (so far) on my singles list.

#12 Roddy Frame "White Pony"
So go try on the night
The dress, the shoes, the gaze
I didn't realize this was partially inspired by the death of John Hughes. Damn boy. Oh this is Roddy's second and final appearance on the 2014 list.

#11 Meghan Trainor "All About The Bass"
Yeah it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two
But I can shake it, shake it like I'm supposed to do
Largemouth bass are the most popular game fish in North America. 

2014 Singles #30 through #21

#30 The Ravonettes "Killer in the Streets"
You cut me with cheap knives
Make sure I never forget
There's a riot tonight

The Ravonettes... still rocking it.

#29 Roddy Frame "Forty Days of Rain"
And could this wretch really be restored?
I went out west and the rain it poured
The music world's Dorian Gray returns with more of his optimism. It's spreading.

#28 Mr. Probz "Waves"
I wish I could make it easy
Easy to love me
It's so great to hear from Seal again.

#27 Stars "From the Night"
Even though we’re all scared when it’s gone
In the morning you’ll wake up and make up yourself and move on
With No One is Lost Stars confronts mortality in the best way they know how.

#26 Keane "We Won't Be Broken"
One day, we’re gonna burst right out of here
Get out of this town, not know where we’re heading
Will I ever get through a post about Keane without mentioning Travis? Then Coldplay? And ultimately Radiohead? 

#25 Reckless Kelly "Didn't Mean To Break Your Heart"
A diamond is just some coal that's been beaten to the ground,
Till its picked up by a man so he can kick some hearts around
I discovered the band via their Grammy winning album artwork. The album itself is worth a listen.

#24 Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj "Bang Bang"
Bang bang into the room
Bang bang all over you
There's no denying the appeal of big dopey pop music.

#23 The War on Drugs "Red Eyes"
Try and see it through the dark
It's coming my way
They're taking shimmering guitars to the next level. Take that The Edge.

#22 Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway "Something"
And there is not one question, no
Where my heart will run to
Another track I discovered via their Grammy win. It gets my quiet storm brewing.

#21 Jonathan Mann "Ginsburg's Hobby Lobby Dissent"
Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith Not so of for-profit corporations
Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community
More than 2000 songs into his song-a-day project, Mann crossed paths with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The result stands for itself.