The music list the world has been waiting for... the 2014 Social Clymer Year in Music!
What a great and surprising year for music. I continued to try to scour the world for new music (Hozier, Bahamas, Bleachers, Hiss Golden Messenger and many more!) and found a lot of great stuff that first saw the light in 2014. I also reconnected with my own distant musical past – an exercise that helped make me even hungrier to find new music. It’s interesting how those two searches fed on themselves and made me a better listener. I’ve put together my favorite 100 songs of 2014. I tried the best I could to keep it to songs that were new in 2014, but a few from the end of 2013 and a few highlights from my Music DNA project made it, too. Here’s a look at the recent past, the distant past and how they came together for me in 2014. (Note: I was just as caught up in Sam Smith and other amazing music this year, but wanted to focus here on some things that you may not have heard.)
Here is the rest of the top 100. It’s dominated by my base of acoustic indie bands, but I think you’ll find something in there for just about everybody.
When my musical year launched with a full on obsession with James Vincent McMorrow‘s moving Cavalier, I thought that it was going to be a pretty quiet and emotional year for music. Being familiar with his past as more of a folk-based artist, it was great to hear this other side of him as more of an R&B crooner with an unbelievable falsetto. I never thought the song could be captured and performed this way live, but I was wrong. It’s even more amazing.
One happy track that had me coming back every week was Bleacher’s Rollercoaster. Take a listen and I think you’ll be addicted and ready to open the sun roof and sing at the top of your lungs.
Leave me a comment and let me know if you think I missed out on anything! Be sure to check out We All Want Someone to Shout For’s Artists to Watch in 2015. Will has an amazing ear and he’s usually right!