Stream Our 55 Best Songs of 2014 

the war on drugs

31. “Red Eyes” by The War On Drugs — A solid rock ‘n’ roll number full of that yesteryear Americana. It’s truly a beautiful song that soars with a brilliant groove. ~ Sandy

32. “A Real Hero” by Electric Youth — You might have heard this tender song somewhere and that’s because it was part of the soundtrack for the feature film “Drive”. Needless to say, the song is part of Electric Youth’s debut album this year. Like many of the songs on their album, this track is a soothing 80s synth pop ballad that just makes your heart melt. ~ Sandy

33. “Violent Shiver” by Benjamin Booker — Toe tapping blues, head banging rock n’ roll and a touch of fist pumping punk all make an appearance in this track. With his debut album, Benjamin Booker has thoroughly won over the often skeptical indie rocker crowd. ~ Anne-Marie Schiefer

34. “The Motherload” by Mastodon — Music video twerking madness aside, this song is fucking awesome. Heavy like metal, yet smooth like velvet. Mmm mmm it’s “The Motherload” by motherflippin’ Mastodon! ~ Emily

35. “Pressure” by My Brightest Diamond — Starting off with the intensity of a marching band, what really makes this song shine like the brilliant star that it is, is the magnificent combination of Shara Worden’s striking vocals and the immaculate percussion. ~ Sandy

fka twigs

36. “Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs — Such a sexually charged song, nobody has ever made the word “motherfucker” and “fuck” sound so delicately sexy. And how about that rhythm and beats! Pop this song on and go have sex tonight. — ~ Sandy

37. “Boss Mode” by Knife Party – The Australian electronic duo of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen (Pendulum) can’t help but release brilliant songs and “Boss Mode” off their 2014 release Abandon Ship is no exception. The duo have proved once again that they are the real top of the pops in the over saturated EDM scene. ~Emily

38. “Waterfall” by Ex Hex — Saturated with hooks and catchy riffs, dabbling in both sweet and sour tones, this song is intoxicating in the best of ways. Not to mention, sick guitar solo! ~ Sandy

39. “I Will Be There” by Odessa — Sometimes it takes just one song to be hooked on a new artist. This applies in the case of Los Angeles-based Odessa, a talented singer/songwriter that should definitely be on your watch list. It’s a breathtaking song that injects you with pure heartfelt emotion. ~ Sandy

40. “Firecrackers by Marissa Nadler — Hauntingly beautiful and absolutely lulling, Boston-based singer Marissa Nadler delivers a striking blend of darkness with eerie guitar lines and mysterious wonder. It’s a sullen ethereal ballad that would go well with a glass of wine and a full moon. ~ Sandy

action bronson

41. “Easy Rider” by Action Bronson —  Hands down, my favorite hip hop song of the year. Those tight beats, those smooth as buttah flows, and funky guitar chords (and solos) — Bronson absolutely killed it. By the way, you gotta watch the video for this song! ~ Sandy

42. “Arrow” by Death Valley Girls — Commanding your attention like a desert banshee on the prowl, pint-sized frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden howls with grit, yet her voice is charmingly nostalgic to the wild ways of the 60s and 70s when rock ‘n’ roll was an untamed force to be reckoned with. ~ Sandy

43. “Control My Eyes” by Creative Adult — A solid punk song that thrashes with emotion. It breathes an omnipotence of what punk once sounded like. There’s no pop to it, no electro dance filters, just pure raw noisy punk. ~ Sandy

44. “Let Go” by RAC — Featuring Kele and MNDR — The groovy bassline in this song is impeccable while the deliciously catchy chorus will you have singing along for days. Fun electro pop at its finest. ~ Sandy

45. “Gravedweller” by The Wytches — Full of punk aggression and fuzzy doses of reverb this creepy horror-punk song will menace your brain in a variety of ways. It’s the type of chaotic release that everyone needs once in a while. ~ Sandy

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