The Top Songs From 2014

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If you’ve been feeling nostalgic recently, why not remind yourself of the top songs from 2014?

Well, we’ve got you covered, because today, we will be looking at the most iconic songs from 2014. All in all, 2014 was quite a strange year for music. Lots of artists were experimenting with many different styles and there wasn’t really a “feeling” of that era – unlike previous eras. In the 90s you had grunge, in the 2000s you had “gangster rap”, but in the 2010s you had well… nothing in particular really?

While you’re at it, consider checking out our previous article about the top songs from 2012. 2012 was an interesting year, it was the year the world was supposed to end… But seeing as we’re still here, maybe that was a load of bull after all. And thankfully so, there’s so much cooler music nowadays.

But let’s not ramble on for too long. So, without further ado. Let’s look at some classics from 2014.

The Top Songs From 2014

  1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
    If you’re like me, you’re anything but happy after listening to this song. I have my personal reasons for loathing this song. But most others just loath it because of how much it was being played on the radio and well, everywhere practically. It’s almost guaranteed that if a song reaches #1 on the billboards then it’s going to be ingrained into your subconscious for the rest of your life.
  2. Katy  Perry Feat. Juicy J РDark Horse
    This song wasn’t the song that put Katy Perry on the scene, as she was already active for a few years. But by god, did this song blow up! Everything about this song was just the perfect blend for success. The music video, the lyrics, the melody, and the beat in the background. No wonder it was being played on the air for months after it aired.
  3. All of Me – John Legend
    “All of Me” goes to show that pop or rap doesn’t always take the spotlight on the billboards. Sometimes, you need something more mellow and full of spirit. And this song offers just that. A classic tune that definitely earned its spot.
  4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
    I’ll be the first one to say, this song has possibly one of the most iconic beats in rap history. And that chorus sung by Charli XCX is just so catchy, it had everyone in 2014 singing it. Sadly, Iggy’s career dipped after her first album, but this song… it had so much potential.
  5. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
    Counting Stars is an interesting song. You’d more often find it nowadays in remixes and edits than in the original form. Still, it has that perfect recipe for success. It’s catchy, it gets into your head, and the melody is easy to follow. No wonder so many remixes came out of it.
  6. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
    “Talk Dirty” was the club hit of 2014. You couldn’t walk into a club without hearing this song at least a few times in the night. The hook with the trumpet is so catchy, mixing Balkan vibes with Haitian tunes. Plus it features 2 Chainz, and let’s be honest, nobody hates 2 Chainz.
  7. Rude – Magic!
    All of these lists have to include at least one cheesy love song… This is that cheesy love song. But like all cheesy love songs, no matter how much we may say we hate them, deep down – they’re our guilty pleasure. Every guitarist was trying to learn this song on acoustic to sing it at parties. Such were the times.
  8. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
    Meghan was a visionary. She envisioned BBLs before they became popular. Jokes aside though. Other than being a catchy song, it’s an anthem for body positivity. When it came out this song was constantly on the air, and I can’t blame it, it’s catchy.
  9. Problem – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
    “Problem” comes from Ariana’s second album, “My Everything”. This Nickelodeon star turned pop singer really entered the scene with a wrecking ball. After this, her career just kept going up and upward. Plus it features Iggy Azalea, an artist that we already talked about previously in the list.
  10. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
    Another sentimental song for this list. After all, life can’t always be sunshine and rainbows. And this song portrays a sincere emotion that everyone who’s been in love has felt at least once. A song that’s definitely earned its spot.
  11. Timber – Pitbull feat. Kesha
  12. Pompeii – Bastille
  13. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  14. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
  15. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
  16. The Monster – Eminem feat. Rihanna
  17. Say Something – A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
  18. Team – Lorde
  19. Let Her Go – Passenger
  20. Royals – Lorde
  21. Let it Go – Idina Menzel
  22. Wake Me Up – Avicii
  23. Demons – Imagine Dragons
  24. Story of My Life – One Direction
  25. Chandelier – Sia
  26. Black Window – Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora
  27. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
  28. Latch – Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
  29. Maps – Maroon 5
  30. Loyal – Christ Brown feat. Lil Wayne and French Montana or Too Short or Tyga
  31. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  32. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo
  33. Summer – Calvin Harris
  34. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
  35. Drunk in Love – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
  36. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
  37. Break Free – Ariana Grande feat. Zedd
  38. Bailando – Enrique Inglesias feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona
  39. Burn – Ellie Goulding
  40. Wiggle – Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
  41. Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
  42. Don’t Tell ‘Em – Jeremih feat. YG
  43. Show Me – Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
  44. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  45. Not a Bad Thing – Justin Timberlake
  46. Roar – Katy Perry
  47. Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
  48. The Man – Aloe Blacc
  49. This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan
  50. Classic – MKTO
  51. A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
  52. Don’t – Ed Sheeran
  53. Na Na – Trey Songz
  54. Hot Boy – Bobby Shmurda
  55. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake feat. Majid Jordan
  56. Sing – Ed Sheeran
  57. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  58. My Hitta – YG feat. Jezzy and Rich Homie Quan
  59. Cool Kids – Echosmith
  60. Hey Brother – Avicii
  61. Trumpets – Jason Derulo
  62. Animals – Maroon 5
  63. Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
  64. Play it Again – Luke Bryan
  65. 2 On – Tinashe feat. ScHoolboy Q
  66. Dirt – Florida Georgia Line
  67. Love Runs Out – OneRepublic
  68. Bottoms Up – Brantley Gilbert
  69. Shower – Becky G
  70. Me and My Broken Heart – Rixton
  71. Animals – Martin Garrix
  72. Lifestyle – Rich Gang feat. Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan
  73. American Kids – Kenny Chesney
  74. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  75. Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood
  76. Leave the Night On – Sam Hunt
  77. New Flame – Christ Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross
  78. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake
  79. Drunk on a Plane – Dierks Bentley
  80. Birthday – Katy Perry
  81. Bartender – Lady Antebellum
  82. La La La – Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith
  83. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharell Williams
  84. Do What U Want – Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly
  85. Can’t Remember to Forget You – Shakira feat. Rihanna
  86. Amnesia – 5 Seconds of Summer
  87. No Mediocre – T.I feat. Iggy Azalea
  88. Come With Me Now – KONGOS
  89. Believe Me – Lil Wayne feat. Drake
  90. 23 – Mike WiLL Made-It feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J
  91. Beachin’ – Jake Owen
  92. White Walls – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. ScHoolboy Q and Hollis
  93. She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer
  94. Stay the Night – Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
  95. Partition – Beyonce
  96. Studio – Schoolboy Q feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
  97. 0 to 100 / The Catch Up – Drake
  98. I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
  99. Something Bad – Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
  100. Adore You – Miley Cyrus

Finishing Comments

If you saw a song on here and went “Hey, shouldn’t that be higher?”. Then that’s perfectly understandable, there were a lot of memorable songs from 2014 that didn’t make the top 10. That’s because of the way Billboard calculates the top 100 songs for the year. They take the data from Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and from Sound Scan. What this means is that they take the number of plays on the air a song received and rank it based on that. Even if you remember one song more fondly than another, that might be just because your local radio station preferred that song over another.

All in all, 2014 was a strong year for music. With many artists appearing multiple times on the list, Katy Perry is one that comes to mind,  Drake is another. Artists that are still going strong to this day. With good reason too.

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