2014: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best
December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
As 2014 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year. To be honest, the past 12 months were very basic and there was not much to write home about. Nonetheless, I’ve somehow managed to gather the best moments of 2014. This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!
Pop Song of the Year: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
R&B Song of the Year: “New Flame” by Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Worst Behavior” by Drake
Rock Song of the Year: I honestly don’t have one.
Indie/Alternative Song of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs
Remix of the Year: “***Flawless” by Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj
Electronic/Dance Song of the Year: “Hideaway” by Kiesza
Dancehall Song of the Year: “Everything Nice” by Popcaan
Reggae Song of the Year: “Here Comes Trouble” by Chronixx
Street Anthem of the Year: “Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda
Dance Club Anthem of the Year: “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit
Urban Club Anthem of the Year: “2 On” by Tinashe
2014 MVP: The new wave of UK house and dance artists
This marked marked the much-welcomed return to bold and super-danceable house music, which gave a jolt of energy to the industry. Acts like Kiesza, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Mr. Probz, Duke Dumont, ODESZA, Kygo and more all played their talented roles in refreshing the sound of 2014 and providing us with nostalgia that reminded us just why the ’90s era was so damn good!
Best Newcomer: Charli XCX
Sure, this UK rebel had a career way before the start of 2014. But people really started to pay attention to her craft once she collaborated with Iggy Azalea on the ubiquitous “Fancy.” But this month, Charli released the follow-up to 2013’s True Romance — her sophomore LP Sucker. It is a kick-ass take on ’70s punk with a rowdy and ultimately pop edge. The result is super cool and will make you feel like the baddest chick on the block!
Most Underrated Artists: Tove Lo
This Swedish import came with the wave of various newcomers this year, but I feel like not enough attention was given to Tove Lo’s debut LP Queen of the Clouds. The sound embodies exactly what pop should be for our generation, with tunes like “Habits (Stay High),” “Not On Drugs” and “Thousand Miles.” The singer has been making her rounds on late night talk shows, but let’s hope she will announce a tour for the new year!
Most Overrated Artist: Taylor Swift
Do I even have to explain this obvious choice? Due to the absence of great music in 2014, Taylor Swift managed to sell out every single artist this year with a lackluster album. Her fifth LP, 1989, released in October and has since sold two times Platinum — which made her the only artist to reach that feat this year. If that doesn’t say anything, I don’t know what will.
Most Underrated Song: “Right Now” by Mary J. Blige feat. Disclosure
Most Overrated Song: “Bang Bang” by Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Most Disappointing Artist: Lana Del Rey
If you read my blog, then you know how strong my love for the Coney Island Queen is. Her debut LP Born To Die is one of my top favorite albums of the past decade, and I figured with her next project she would get even stronger. With this year’s Ultraviolence, that wasn’t the case. There was a lack of promo and passion to promote, her performances were not captivating and the music itself failed to draw me in. Click here to read my review to see more of my thoughts.
Video of the Year: “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs
Song of the Year: I couldn’t even tell you, but if I had to pick it would be “Chandelier” by Sia
Producer of the Year: DJ Mustard
Despite DJ Mustard using pretty much the same beat for almost all of his tunes, you can’t deny that he controlled both pop and urban radio waves for the entirety of 2014! From Kid Ink‘s “Show Me” to Tinashe‘s “2 On,” it was hard to turn on your radio and not hear “Mustard on da beat, HO!”
Top 5 Albums of the Year:
4. Nick Jonas — Nick Jonas
3. Tove Lo — Queen of the Clouds
1. Banks — Goddess
OMG! Moment of ’14: Nick Jonas taking off his clothes any chance he got — praise!
WTF?! Moments of ’14: Nicki Minaj‘s wild “Anaconda” video, hands (or butts?) down and Beyonce‘s thrown-in repackaging of Beyonce: The Platinum Edition.
What were your favorite music moments of 2014?
Cheers to 2015!