2014 has just kicked off and there are already plenty of songs that made us bob our heads, dance, tap our toes and tear up. By the end of 2013, a trove of goodies came out in the form of songs that are already quite popular at the start of the New Year. While sifting through albums, artists and tempos is no easy task, nonetheless this list contains the top 10 popular songs for 2014 that are sure to delight your ears.
10. White Noise By Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge
Upon its release, Disclosure’s White Noise, featuring vocals by AlunaGeorge, received very positive reviews. It has been labeled “Best New Music.” While AlunaGeorge is a fairly new electronic music duo, the collaboration is carefully timed and the song has a balance that is rarely heard.
9. Control By Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica
Big Sean’s Control definitely ranks as one of the most important records of the year. As far as hip-hop music is concerned, it cannot be denied that this song is sure to go down in history as a milestone, regardless of which verse is preferred.
8. Q.U.E.E.N By Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu
From Janelle Monae’s 2013 album The Electric Lady, Q.U.E.E.N.” was the first single to be revealed, which features Erykah Badu. 31,000 digital sales were garnered by this single song alone when it was made available for download at the iTunes Store.
7. Hold On We’re Going Home By Drake feat. Majid Jordan
Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home, featuring and produced by Majid Jordan of OVO sound, made it to number 5 on the US Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Songs upon its debut. The song has also become Drake’s highest peaking single in the UK.
6. Follow Your Arrow By Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves’s Follow Your Arrow is featured on Same Trailer Different Park, the country music singer’s major label debut album. As the name suggests, song is about remaining true to ourselves at all times because we will always be criticized for our choices.
5. The Wire By HAIM
HAIM’s fourth single, The Wire, from Days Are Gone, the band’s debut solo album went platinum in Australia soon after its release, while peaking at 25 on the US Billboard Hot Rock Songs and at 16 on the UK Singles Chart.
4. Body Party By Ciara
Ciara’s Body Party was met with positive reviews; in fact, the production was praised by many. The song has been called a slinky and synthy track, while it has also been complimented for being its smooth R&B beat, and being a legitimately clever, sexy jam.
3. Song for Zula By Phosphorescent
Phosphorescent’s Song for Zula is a remarkable song. It coasts on soft, electronic beats as well as programmed strings, while the verses that are imparted by Houck undermine the idea of love as something divine and transcendent.
2. Get Lucky By Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Music critics and media outlets have given Daft Punk’s Get Lucky quite the critical acclaim. Although the creative methods of Daft Punk have been deemed as unorthodox, the song itself has been referred to as a legal rush that can be enjoyed by everyone.
1. New Slaves By Kanye West
Kanye West’s New Slaves has not only been recognized as the highlight of the album but is also among the top songs of the year. Kanye West has done something artistically powerful with this song that many other music artists have not been able to do this year.
While plenty of more songs will be released this year, and are sure to become popular over the months that pass, but as of now, these were the top 10 popular songs for 2014.