PMA’s Songs of 2014

Best Songs 2014
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This is always the hardest list to compile. While certain albums may tower above the rest (though that actually wasn’t the case this year), the act of choosing our favorite songs, from the hundreds and hundreds of new songs we heard in 2014, seems a bit more personal and a whole lot more arbitrary. Still, we’ve done our best to put together a list of the one hundred tunes that defined the year here at PMA, and next week we’ll be publishing individual staff lists that run down each of our unique takes on what happened in music this year.

Peruse the list below, we wrote some stuff about our top 10, and make sure to subscribe to the gargantuan seven hour playlist version of the list on SPOTIFY or RDIO.

100 Gorgon City, “Ready For Your Love”
99 Tegan And Sara, “Everything Is AWESOME!!! (featuring The Lonely Island)”
98 The War on Drugs, “Eyes To The Wind”
97 Savages, “Fuckers”
96 White Lung, “Snake Jaw”
95 Kyla La Grange, “Cut Your Teeth”
94 Damon Albarn, “Everyday Robots”
93 Neneh Cherry, “Blank Project”
92 Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, “Human Sadness”
91 Isaiah Rashad, “R.I.P. Kevin Miller”


90 Trust, “Capitol”
89 Rick Ross, “Sanctified” (featuring Kanye West & Big Sean)
88 Lewis, “I Thought The World of You”
87 Sun Kil Moon, “Micheline”
86 Supreme Cuts, “Gone” (featuring Mahaut Mondino)
85 Perfect Pussy, “Interference Fits”
84 YG, “Who Do You Love?” (featuring Drake)
83 Liars, “Vox Tuned D.E.D.”
82 White Sea, “Prague”
81 Angel Olsen, “Lights Out”


80 Against Me!, “True Trans Soul Rebel”
79 David Bowie, “Sue (Or in the Season of Crime)”
78 Strand of Oaks, “JM”
77 Beck, “Country Down”
76 Baths, “Ocean Death”
75 Phantogram, “Fall In Love”
74 Zola Jesus, “Dangerous Days”
73 Real Estate, “Talking Backwards”
72 Shabazz Palaces, “Forerunner Foray”
71 tUnE-yArDs, “Water Fountain”


70 Hundred Waters, “Murmurs”
69 SBTRKT, “NEW DORP. NEW YORK” (featuring Ezra Koenig)
68 Lana Del Rey, “Brooklyn Baby”
67 Ariana Grande, “Break Free” (featuring Zedd)
66 Jessie Ware, “Tough Love”
65 The War On Drugs, “Under The Pressure”
64 Todd Terje, “Johnny And Mary” (featuring Bryan Ferry)
63 Andy Stott, “Faith In Strangers”
62 Sharon Van Etten, “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”
61 Azealia Banks, “Ice Princess”


60 Swans, “A Little God In My Hands”
59 Mac Demarco, “Passing Out Pieces”
58 Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, “High” (featuring Danny Brown)
57 Future, “Move That Dope” (featuring Pharrell & Pusha T)
56 Ought, “Today More Than Any Other Day”
55 Lykke Li, “No Rest For The Wicked”
54 Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
53 Jamie xx, “Sleep Sound”
52 Grimes, “Go” (featuring Blood Diamonds)
51 SOPHIE, “Hard”


50 Rustie, “Attak” (featuring Danny Brown)
49 Azealia Banks, “Chasing Time”
48 Drake, “0 To 100 / The Catch Up”
47 Beyoncé, “Partition”
46 A. G. Cook, “Keri Baby” (featuring Hannah Diamond)
45 Spoon, “Inside Out”
44 Alvvays, “Archie, Mary Me”
43 Aphex Twin, “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]”
42 Mr. Twin Sister, “Blush”
41 Röyksopp & Robyn, “Do It Again”


40 How To Dress Well, “Repeat Pleasure”
39 Tinashe, “2 On” (featuring Schoolboy Q)
38 Real Lies, “North Circular”
37 Vic Mensa, “Down On My Luck”
36 Sharon Van Etten, “Your Love is Killing Me”
35 Perfume Genius, “Grid”
34 Cloud Nothings, “I’m Not Part of Me”
33 Flying Lotus, “Never Catch Me” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
32 QT, “Hey QT”
31 Shamir, “On The Regular”


30 Beyoncé, “Flawless (Remix)” (featuring Nicki Minaj)
29 The Antlers, “Palace”
28 Wild Beasts, “Wanderlust”
27 Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”
26 FKA twigs, “Pendulum”
25 Schoolboy Q, “Man Of The Year”
24 Run The Jewels, “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”
23 Sun Kil Moon, “Ben’s My Friend”
22 Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
21 St. Vincent, “Digital Witness”


20 Ms. Lauryn Hill, “Black Rage”
19 Ariana Grande, “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea)
18 Spoon, “Do You”
17 Beyoncé, “XO”
16 Future, “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)” (featuring André 3000)
15 Kendrick Lamar, “i”
14 Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang”
13 Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
12 The War On Drugs, “An Ocean In Between The Waves”
11 Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

…and onto the Top 10 →

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