A fancy, ultraviolent, booty-filled year for cocktail music
December 27, 2014 - accent chair
New stars emerged. Established stars got even bigger. And everyone, it seems, had something to contend about booties.
That was a year in cocktail music, 2014. It was distant from a radical year — it was a transitory year, as a marketplace continues to find a balance in a fast changing landscape. But even as a attention falters — strain sales are as dispirited as ever, and even splendid spots like Spotify were dealt complicated blows — a appurtenance keeps grinding, pumping out hits and churning out stars a approach it always has.
At a Pop Music Nightclub of 2014, it was a Ladies Night kind of year. Female cocktail singers ruled a charts, during one indicate locking down a Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles draft for 7 true weeks. And it wasn’t usually long-lived hitmakers like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift who were scoring large on a charts; it was also newbies like Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX (their strike “Fancy” was No. 1 for 7 weeks over a summer) and Meghan Trainor (her “All About That Bass” ruled a cocktail draft for 8 weeks this fall), while artists like Ariana Grande, Tove Lo, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J got a ambience of a good life. Many of these names were new to a masses in 2014.
Several outrageous stars sat on a sidelines this year — there were no new albums from Drake, Kanye West or Jay Z — vouchsafing others step up. Meanwhile, some superstars substantially wish they had taken a year off. (Glaring during you, U2.)
Looking behind during a year, as always, it was easy to fill my list of Top Songs of a Year, though worse to list my Top Albums. It’s a singles driven world, and we spend a immeasurable infancy of my time listening to singles, while low dives into albums are increasingly rare.
These are a songs and albums that stood out to me a many in 2014. we call them a “Top” songs and albums of a year since they’re my tip choices in any field. Using a word “best” implies there are right and wrong answers here, and there aren’t any manners in cocktail music. These are my favorites, we have your possess favorites, and we all demeanour brazen to saying what lies forward in 2015 and beyond.
Top Songs of a Year
1. Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, “Fancy”: Don’t run from it. Yes, Iggy’s Australia-by-way-of-Atlanta drawl is tremble inducing, though a kick drops like a sledgehammer and Charli XCX’s offshoot is so definite it done her a star. “Fancy” did a job. Bow down.
2. Lana Del Rey, “Cruel World”: The druggy, unreal opener of Lana Del Rey’s second manuscript is tense, swirling and suspenseful, an encapsulation of “Ultraviolence’s” dark-side-of-Hollywood sound.
3. Rick Ross featuring Kanye West and Big Sean, “Sanctified”: Kanye and Ross have teamed adult for several noted collaborations over a years, and this joyous cut of gospel swat — featuring an support from Big Sean and an even bigger one from essence thespian Betty Wright — is a hip-hop homogeneous of going to church.
4. The Orwells, “Who Needs You”: There’s no carol and no hook, nonetheless a Chicago rockers’ Strokes-like stable burner is one of a year’s catchiest anthems, a punch in a face to a seared state of alt-rock.
5. Drake, “0-100/ The Catch Up”: Even while radically sitting on a sidelines, Drake ran swat in 2014, and this tossed-off standing refurbish strike harder and done some-more of an sense than many of his peers’ whole albums.
6. Jeezy featuring Jay Z, “Seen It All”: Jeezy never deviates from his regulation though he tweaks it adequate to keep things fresh, and this banger throws a tranquil shriek representation into a brew — voila, innovation.
7. Michael Jackson, “Love Never Felt So Good”: This holdover from a “Thriller” sessions is a long-lost gem and showed how elementary and pristine MJ could be when he was sealed in his zone. Magical.
8. Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”: The Brit bombshell done good on her “Fancy” hum with this bubbly promenade thesis that whizzes and spins like a dizzying feeling of a initial kiss.
9. Foo Fighters, “Something From Nothing”: Dismiss them as Dad Rock all we want, though Dave Grohl and association still have copiousness of gas left in their tank, and this slow-burner builds from a wheeze to a roar and pays off like a band’s best singles do.
10. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”: Haters gonna hate, sure, though not even they could repudiate this pound from pop’s reigning princess, that incited several of those haters into waving piles of mush.
Top Albums of a Year
1. Lana Del Rey, “Ultraviolence”: The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach cooks adult a dark, inclement soundscape that hangs over a manuscript like thunderclouds, a ideal foil for Del Rey’s tales of California dreams left cold case. The outcome is a moodiest, many fascinating listen of a year.
2. Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”: Against Me! has always done gnash-your-teeth punk stone rallying cries; thespian Laura Jane Grace entrance out as transgender usually done them worse and some-more badass.
3. Run a Jewels, “Run a Jewels 2”: The hard-as-nails second manuscript from hip-hop journeymen El-P and Killer Mike delivers a homogeneous of a hip-hop throttle slam.
4. Miranda Lambert, “Platinum”: Miranda Lambert tells it like it is, and her latest manuscript — her fifth — is like pulling adult a chair and sitting with her on her front porch on a prohibited summer’s night while she dishes about all going on in her life.
5. Charli XCX, “Sucker”: A cocktail bombshell with a punk attitude, Charli XCX’s “Sucker” is a racecar in a red and she never lets off a gas.
6. Eric Church, “The Outsiders”: The nation alien delivers songs about stone and roll, hometowns and mislaid loves in songs that would sound good bloody out in a track or on a speakers of a jukebox in a grubby dive bar.
7. Jeezy, “Seen It All: The Documentary”: Hard-worn gangsta tales told with panache over argent beats: This is what Jeezy does, and he delivers nonetheless again on a best mainstream swat manuscript of a year.
8. D’Angelo and a Vanguard, “Black Messiah”: D’Angelo earnings from a 14-year interregnum with an manuscript of off-kilter despondency and burning essence like usually he can. A deep, pondering manuscript that rewards steady listens.
9. Damon Albarn, “Everyday Robots”: The Blur and Gorillaz frontman goes it alone on his initial solo album, a unhappy bid that proves that for Albarn, complicated life is still rubbish.
10. Taylor Swift, “1989”: She was copiousness cocktail before “1989,” though Swift shows off her dance cocktail propers on an manuscript that, even 5 albums into her career, feels like an awakening.
The 2014 Grahammy Awards
Concert of a Year: Jack White, Jul 30 during a Masonic Temple. The smaller museum in a building bares his name, though White done an justification that a categorical auditorium should be named after him, too with this scarcely three-hour, career-spanning set that left many fans’ jaws unresolved agape.
Concert of a Year, Runner-Up: Miley Cyrus, Apr 12 during a Palace of Auburn Hills. An blast of Cyrus’ furious id, a lampooning of a media’s description of sexuality and a jubilee of internet-addled ADD, Cyrus’ totally nuts “Bangerz” discuss stop was a many fun we could have during a cocktail uncover this year.
Misheard Lyric of a Year: No, you’re not a usually one who suspicion Taylor Swift was singing about “lonely Starbucks lovers” in “Blank Space.”
Correctly Heard But Nonetheless Still Baffling Lyric of a Year: Ariana Grande, who in “Break Free” says, “I usually wanna die alive, never by a hands of a damaged heart/ don’t wanna hear we distortion tonight now that I’ve turn who we unequivocally are.” Hey Ariana, contend what??!
Botched Album Release of a Year: U2. When U2 announced it was delivering their new manuscript “Songs of Innocence” for giveaway to everyone’s iTunes accounts, we texted a crony and told him what we deliberate to be a sparkling news. His response: “Best day ever!” Turns out we were a usually dual that were stoked; everybody else noticed a pierce as a large advance of privacy, Apple had to recover a program refurbish to mislay a manuscript from users’ accounts, and Bono certified it was a boneheaded move. All over a giveaway manuscript from one of a world’s many renouned stone bands — if zero else, it’s justification of a energy and acceleration of renouned internet opinion.
Debacle of a Year: Artists vs. Spotify. Just when a strain business seemed to have something to hearten about — a arise of streaming use Spotify in a face of disappearing downloads and scarcely flatlined manuscript sales — Taylor Swift yanked her whole catalog from a use over kingship concerns and lighted a prohibited discuss about a use and a place in a culture. It stays to be seen how things will shake out, though for consumers who usually listen to strain on Spotify — of that there are millions, myself enclosed — pulling one’s strain from a use usually ensures those fans will no longer listen to that artist’s music. So now what?
Day of a Year: “Tuesday.” Thanks to ILOVEMAKONNEN’s hit, a many prosy day of a week — formerly noted usually by elections and new strain releases — became a hottest day of a week. Why didn’t anyone else consider of that first?
Detroit Snub of a Year: Foo Fighters. The alt-rock vets visited 8 storied American strain cities for their new manuscript (and concomitant TV show) “Sonic Highways” and somehow skipped Detroit. Explanations are needed.
TV Performance of a Year: The Orwells, “Who Needs You” on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Future Islands’ revelatory opening of “Seasons” and Charli XCX’s babydoll delayed jam “Need Ur Luv,” both from “Letterman,” come close. But a Orwells’ shambly opening finished in such irregularity that Paul Shaffer finished adult on a ground, dry humping a air, in an impersonation of Orwells frontman Mario Cuomo. YouTube it right now.
Intro of a Year: “Mustard on a beat, ho.” The intro to each DJ Mustard strain was so ubiquitous in 2014 (heard on hits by Big Sean, YG, Wiz Khalifa, T.I. and many more) that it mostly felt like a intro to each strain on a radio, period.
Music Video of a Year: Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, “Fancy.” With ’90s nostalgia in full swing, Iggy and Charli parodied “Clueless” in this ultra-bright video — and were rewarded handsomely with 400 million views.
Subject of a Year: Booty. This year, plunder was everywhere. Songs by Jason Derulo (“Wiggle”), Nicki Minaj (the formerly mentioned disaster “Anaconda”), Meghan Trainor (“All About That Bass”) and a tandem of Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea (the unsurprisingly patrician “Booty”) done this a undisputed Year of a Butt. The doubt is, can we get any lower?
Best Song of a Year (About a Detroit Piston): Stephen Malkmus and a Jicks, “Chartjunk.” The former Pavement thespian and fervent NBA fan wrote this indie stone alley-oop (sample line: “dropping dimes, laying honeyed feeds on my homies”) about Brandon Jennings and his quarrelsome attribute with his former manager Scott Skiles. In a squalid year for a Pistons, this was a highlight.
Worst Song of a Year: Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda.” A harsh continuation exam that dares we to listen some-more than once and shows how distant Minaj, once one of rap’s many sparkling talents, has fallen.