Table of Contents
- 1. Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
- 2. iLoveMakonnen “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” [ft. Drake]
- 3. FKA twigs “Two Weeks”
- 4. Caribou “Can’t Do Without You”
- 5. The War on Drugs “Red Eyes”
- 6. Run the Jewels “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” [ft. Zack De La Rocha]
- 7. Beyoncé “***Flawless” [ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]
- 8. Perfume Genius “Queen”
- 9. Future “Move That Dope” [ft. Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino]
- 10. Michael Jackson “Love Never Felt So Good (Original Version)”
- 11. Aphex Twin “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]”
- 12. Swans “Oxygen”
- 13. Ariana Grande “Problem” [ft. Iggy Azalea]
- 14. Tobias Jesso Jr. “True Love”
- 15. FKA twigs “Pendulum”
- 16. Mac DeMarco “Passing Out Pieces”
- 17. Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
- 18. Bobby Shmurda “Hot Nigga”
- 19. Real Estate “Talking Backwards”
- 20. Jessie Ware “Tough Love”
- 21. Protomartyr “Scum, Rise!”
- 22. Cloud Nothings “I’m Not Part of Me”
- 23. Lauryn Hill “Black Rage (Sketch)”
- 24. Viet Cong “Continental Shelf”
- 25. Vince Staples “Blue Suede”
- 26. Arca “Thievery”
- 27. Father John Misty “Bored in the USA”
- 28. Ought “Habit”
- 29. Andy Stott “Faith in Strangers”
- 30. Jessica Pratt “Back, Baby”
- 31. Shamir “On the Regular”
- 32. Drake “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
- 33. Todd Terje “Johnny and Mary” [ft. Bryan Ferry] (Robert Palmer cover)
- 34. QT “Hey QT”
- 35. Lil B “No Black Person Is Ugly”
- 36. Young Thug “Stoner”
- 37. Tinashe “2 On” [ft. Schoolboy Q]
- 38. Panda Bear “Mr Noah”
- 39. Sun Kil Moon “Carissa”
- 40. Nicki Minaj “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)” [ft. PTAF]
- 41. A. G. Cook “Beautiful”
- 42. Spoon “Do You”
- 43. Grouper “Holding”
- 44. Sharon Van Etten “Your Love Is Killing Me”
- 45. Beyoncé “Partition”
- 46. Vic Mensa “Down on My Luck”
- 47. St. Vincent “Digital Witness”
- 48. Flying Lotus “Never Catch Me” [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
- 49. Ex Hex “Don’t Wanna Lose”
- 50. Sophie “Lemonade”
- 51. Taylor Swift “Style”
- 52. Run the Jewels “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1”
- 53. Lykke Li “Gunshot”
- 54. Nils Frahm “Says”
- 55. Mr Twin Sister “In the House of Yes”
- 56. Ariel Pink “Put Your Number in My Phone”
- 57. Angel Olsen “Lights Out”
- 58. Ariana Grande “Love Me Harder” [ft. The Weeknd]
- 59. St. Vincent “Prince Johnny”
- 60. The War on Drugs “An Ocean in Between the Waves”
- 61. Shellac “Dude Incredible”
- 62. A Sunny Day in Glasgow “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)”
- 63. Rustie “Attak” [ft. Danny Brown]
- 64. Rae Sremmurd “No Flex Zone”
- 65. RöyksoppRobyn “Do It Again”
- 66. Pharmakon “Bestial Burden”
- 67. Holly Herndon “Chorus”
- 68. Makthaverskan “Asleep”
- 69. Ty Segall “The Singer”
- 70. Parquet Courts “Sunbathing Animal”
- 71. Ariel Pink “Picture Me Gone”
- 72. Alvvays “Archie, Marry Me”
- 73. Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
- 74. Dej Loaf “Try Me”
- 75. Migos “Fight Night”
- 76. Kendrick Lamar “i”
- 77. Spoon “Inside Out”
- 78. Perfect Pussy “Interference Fits”
- 79. Todd Terje “Delorean Dynamite”
- 80. Owen Pallett”I Am Not Afraid”
- 81. Elisa Ambrogio “Superstitious”
- 82. Steve Gunn “Milly’s Garden”
- 83. Merchandise “Green Lady”
- 84. Copeland “Advice to Young Girls” [ft. Actress]
- 85. DJ Quik “Pet Sematary”
- 86. Cymbals Eat Guitars “Jackson”
- 87. The New Pornographers “War on the East Coast”
- 88. Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods”
- 89. iLoveMakonnen “I Don’t Sell Molly No More”
- 90. Hundred Waters “Murmurs”
- 91. Azealia Banks “Chasing Time”
- 92. Rich Gang “Lifestyle”
- 93. Grouper “Clearing”
- 94. White Lung “Face Down”
- 95. How to Dress Well “Words I Don’t Remember”
- 96. Iceage “The Lord’s Favorite”
- 97. Leon Vynehall “Goodthing”
- 98. Eno/Hyde “Return”
- 99. YG “Left, Right”
- 100. Perfume Genius “Fool”
The year 2014 marked a significant period for music, with a diverse range of artists, genres, and styles dominating the airwaves. From pop and rock to hip-hop and R&B, the year was full of hits that made an indelible mark on the music industry. In this article, we explore the 100 greatest songs from 2014, highlighting the best of the best from this unforgettable year in music.
This list celebrates the songs that captured our hearts and minds, both for their musical prowess and their cultural significance. Whether it was the infectious beats of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” the soulful balladry of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” or the boundary-pushing experimentation of Kendrick Lamar’s “i,” 2014 had something for everyone. As we look back on this unforgettable year in music, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 100 greatest songs that defined 2014.
1. Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
“Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands is a synth-pop masterpiece that explores themes of longing, love, and loss. Lead singer Samuel T. Herring’s impassioned vocals add a sense of urgency to the track, while the band’s use of synthesizers and drum machines create a hypnotic, danceable groove. The song’s chorus is a soaring, anthemic moment that captures the bittersweet emotions of waiting for someone you love. “Seasons (Waiting on You)” is a true gem of 2014, and a testament to Future Islands’ ability to create emotionally resonant music that stands the test of time.
2. iLoveMakonnen “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” [ft. Drake]
(100 words) “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” by iLoveMakonnen featuring Drake is an infectious party anthem that became an instant hit in 2014. The song’s minimalist beat, catchy hook, and Makonnen’s distinctive voice make it impossible not to dance along. Drake’s verse adds another layer of energy to the track, making it a certified banger that still gets crowds moving today. “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” is a testament to the power of a simple, catchy melody and a killer beat, and it solidified iLoveMakonnen’s status as one of the most exciting new voices in hip-hop.
3. FKA twigs “Two Weeks”
“Two Weeks” by FKA Twigs is a haunting, ethereal track that showcases the British singer’s mesmerizing vocals and unique blend of electronic and R&B influences. The song’s hypnotic beat and swirling synths create an otherworldly atmosphere, while FKA Twigs’ lyrics explore themes of desire and seduction. The chorus, with its soaring vocals and dramatic instrumentation, is a standout moment that showcases FKA Twigs’ incredible range as a performer. “Two Weeks” is a masterful piece of art that pushes the boundaries of contemporary pop music, and it solidified FKA Twigs’ status as one of the most innovative and exciting artists of the year.
4. Caribou “Can’t Do Without You”
“Can’t Do Without You” by Caribou is a joyful, uplifting dance track that became an instant classic in 2014. The song’s pulsating beat and layers of shimmering synths create a euphoric atmosphere that is impossible not to dance along to. Caribou’s use of repetition adds to the song’s hypnotic quality, while the lyrics’ simple message of love and devotion make it a heartfelt anthem. “Can’t Do Without You” is a perfect example of how electronic music can be both emotionally resonant and sonically exhilarating, and it cemented Caribou’s status as one of the most exciting producers of the year.
5. The War on Drugs “Red Eyes”
“Red Eyes” by The War on Drugs is a driving, guitar-driven rock song that captures the band’s unique blend of classic rock influences and modern production techniques. The song’s propulsive rhythm section and soaring guitar riffs create a powerful, anthemic sound that is both timeless and contemporary. Adam Granduciel’s lyrics, with their themes of restlessness and searching, add an introspective quality to the song that sets it apart from other rock anthems. “Red Eyes” is a standout track on one of the best rock albums of the year, and it solidified The War on Drugs’ status as one of the most important bands of their generation.
6. Run the Jewels “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” [ft. Zack De La Rocha]
“Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” by Run the Jewels featuring Zack De La Rocha is a politically charged hip-hop track that pulls no punches. The song’s hard-hitting beat and aggressive lyrics create a sense of urgency and anger that perfectly captures the frustrations of the time. The collaboration between Run the Jewels and De La Rocha, the former frontman of Rage Against the Machine, is a match made in heaven, and their chemistry is palpable. “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” is a powerful statement on police brutality and systemic racism that is as relevant today as it was in 2014.
7. Beyoncé “***Flawless” [ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]
“***Flawless” by Beyoncé featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a feminist anthem that celebrates female empowerment and challenges societal norms. The song’s sparse beat and minimalist instrumentation put the focus squarely on Beyoncé’s powerful vocals, while Adichie’s iconic speech on feminism provides a powerful counterpoint to the song’s catchy chorus. “***Flawless” is a bold statement on the intersection of race, gender, and power, and it solidified Beyoncé’s status as one of the most important artists of the decade.
8. Perfume Genius “Queen”
“Queen” by Perfume Genius is a haunting, introspective track that explores themes of gender identity and self-acceptance. The song’s sparse piano chords and subtle instrumentation create a melancholic atmosphere that perfectly matches lead singer Mike Hadreas’ vulnerable vocals. The lyrics are a powerful statement on the challenges faced by those who do not conform to societal norms, and the struggle to find acceptance in a world that often seems hostile to difference. “Queen” is a deeply personal and emotionally resonant piece of art that showcases Perfume Genius’ unique voice and vision.
9. Future “Move That Dope” [ft. Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino]
“Move That Dope” by Future featuring Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino is a bombastic trap anthem that celebrates drug culture and excess. The song’s hard-hitting beat and catchy chorus make it an instant party classic, while the guest verses from Pharrell and Pusha T add an extra layer of star power. “Move That Dope” is not without controversy, however, as some critics have accused the song of glorifying drug use and contributing to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Despite these concerns, “Move That Dope” remains one of the most popular and influential trap songs of the decade.
10. Michael Jackson “Love Never Felt So Good (Original Version)”
“Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson is a posthumously released track that showcases the King of Pop’s signature style and infectious energy. The song’s upbeat tempo and disco-inspired sound harken back to Jackson’s early work, while the lyrics speak to the timeless power of love. “Love Never Felt So Good” was originally written and recorded in 1983, but it was not released until 2014, when it received a contemporary remix by producer Timbaland. The song’s enduring popularity is a testament to Jackson’s status as one of the greatest musicians of all time.
11. Aphex Twin “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]”
“minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” by Aphex Twin is a genre-defying masterpiece that blends elements of electronic, ambient, and IDM music. The song’s intricate rhythms and otherworldly soundscapes create a sense of otherness that is both compelling and unsettling. The track’s title is a reference to a classic Roland drum machine, and the song features an array of samples and manipulated sounds that blur the line between human and machine. “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” is a prime example of Aphex Twin’s unique and innovative approach to music-making, and it remains one of his most celebrated works
12. Swans “Oxygen”
“Oxygen” by Swans is a haunting and intense track that showcases the band’s signature experimental and post-punk sound. Clocking in at over seven minutes, the song builds gradually with pounding drums, driving bass, and distorted guitar riffs, while Michael Gira’s deep and brooding vocals add to the unsettling atmosphere. The lyrics touch on themes of isolation, desperation, and the search for meaning in a world that often feels suffocating. As the song reaches its climax, the instrumentation becomes increasingly chaotic, culminating in a cathartic release that is both exhilarating and unnerving.
13. Ariana Grande “Problem” [ft. Iggy Azalea]
“Problem” by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea is a pop anthem that exudes confidence and sass. The infectious and upbeat track features a catchy brass hook, pulsating synths, and a bouncy rhythm that will have listeners dancing along. Grande’s powerhouse vocals are complemented by Azalea’s rapid-fire rapping, adding to the song’s infectious energy. Lyrically, the song explores the difficulties of letting go of a toxic relationship, with Grande declaring that she’s “better off without” her ex. The track was a commercial and critical success, solidifying Grande’s status as one of the biggest pop stars of her generation.
14. Tobias Jesso Jr. “True Love”
“True Love” by Tobias Jesso Jr. is a tender and heartfelt ballad that showcases the singer-songwriter’s raw and emotional songwriting. The sparse instrumentation, consisting mainly of piano and strings, allows Jesso Jr.’s soulful vocals to take center stage. The lyrics are introspective and confessional, touching on themes of heartbreak, regret, and the complexities of love. Jesso Jr.’s vulnerability is palpable, as he sings about wanting to find “true love” but feeling lost and alone. The song is a testament to Jesso Jr.’s talent as a storyteller and his ability to capture the nuances of the human experience through his music.
15. FKA twigs “Pendulum”
“Pendulum” by FKA twigs is a mesmerizing and experimental track that blends electronic and R&B elements to create a haunting and otherworldly sound. The song’s sparse instrumentation, consisting mainly of twigs’ breathy vocals and a pulsing synth, creates a sense of intimacy and vulnerability. The lyrics explore the dynamics of power and control in relationships, with twigs singing about being “swung by your pendulum.” The song’s hypnotic rhythm and ethereal atmosphere make for a captivating listening experience that is both sensual and unsettling.
16. Mac DeMarco “Passing Out Pieces”
“Passing Out Pieces” by Mac DeMarco is a dreamy and introspective track that showcases the singer-songwriter’s distinctive lo-fi sound. The song’s wistful melody and mellow instrumentation, consisting mainly of guitar and keyboards, create a melancholic and nostalgic atmosphere. DeMarco’s introspective lyrics touch on themes of identity, fame, and the struggle to find meaning in a world that can often feel superficial and shallow. The song’s laid-back vibe and DeMarco’s trademark wit and humor make for a charming and poignant listening experience that will resonate with fans of indie and alternative rock.
17. Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
“Boom Clap” by Charli XCX is an upbeat and infectious pop track that showcases the singer’s ability to craft catchy and anthemic choruses. The song’s driving beat, pulsing synths, and catchy melody create a sense of euphoria and excitement that will have listeners singing along. The lyrics explore the thrill of falling in love and the rush of adrenaline that comes with new romance. The song was a commercial success, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped to establish Charli XCX as a major force in the pop music scene.
18. Bobby Shmurda “Hot Nigga”
“Hot Nigga” by Bobby Shmurda is a high-energy hip-hop track that became an instant viral sensation upon its release. The song’s infectious beat, aggressive lyrics, and signature “Shmoney Dance” made it a staple of dance floors and party playlists around the world. The song’s lyrics touch on themes of street life, gang culture, and the struggle to survive in a harsh and unforgiving environment. Shmurda’s raw and unapologetic delivery, coupled with the song’s undeniable groove, make it a classic of the hip-hop genre and a testament to the power of music to capture the zeitgeist of a moment.
19. Real Estate “Talking Backwards”
“Talking Backwards” by Real Estate is a jangly and melodic indie rock track that showcases the band’s signature sound. The song’s shimmering guitars, hazy atmosphere, and catchy hooks create a sense of nostalgia and longing that will resonate with fans of the genre. The lyrics touch on themes of communication, relationships, and the difficulty of expressing oneself in a meaningful way. The song’s dreamy vibe and introspective lyrics make for a captivating listening experience that will transport listeners to a place of introspection and contemplation.
20. Jessie Ware “Tough Love”
“Tough Love” by Jessie Ware is a soulful and seductive track that showcases the singer’s powerful vocals and emotive songwriting. The song’s sparse instrumentation, consisting mainly of a pulsing synth and a simple beat, creates a sense of intimacy and vulnerability that allows Ware’s vocals to take center stage. The lyrics explore the dynamics of a complicated and challenging relationship, with Ware singing about the struggle to let go and move on. The song’s sultry vibe and powerful chorus make for a captivating listening experience that will resonate with fans of soul, R&B, and pop music.
21. Protomartyr “Scum, Rise!”
“Scum, Rise!” by Protomartyr is a post-punk track that blends abrasive guitars, pounding drums, and frontman Joe Casey’s gravelly vocals to create a sense of urgency and chaos. The song’s lyrics touch on themes of social decay, political unrest, and the human condition, with Casey’s cynical and sardonic delivery driving home the message. The song’s raw energy and relentless drive make for a captivating listening experience that will appeal to fans of punk and indie rock.
22. Cloud Nothings “I’m Not Part of Me”
“I’m Not Part of Me” by Cloud Nothings is an anthemic indie rock track that showcases the band’s ability to craft catchy and memorable hooks. The song’s driving rhythm, buzzing guitars, and sing-along chorus create a sense of euphoria and empowerment that will have listeners singing along. The lyrics explore the struggle to find one’s place in the world and the challenge of staying true to oneself in the face of societal pressure. The song’s infectious energy and relatable message make it a standout track and a testament to the power of indie rock.
23. Lauryn Hill “Black Rage (Sketch)”
“Black Rage (Sketch)” by Lauryn Hill is a powerful and emotionally charged track that addresses issues of systemic racism and police brutality. The song’s stripped-down instrumentation, consisting mainly of Hill’s soulful vocals and a simple piano accompaniment, creates a sense of intimacy and vulnerability that allows the message to hit home. The lyrics touch on themes of pain, anger, and resilience, with Hill’s delivery infusing the song with a sense of urgency and passion. The track serves as a call to action, urging listeners to stand up against injustice and fight for a better world.
24. Viet Cong “Continental Shelf”
“Continental Shelf” by Viet Cong is a post-punk track that builds tension and energy with its driving rhythm and angular guitars. The song’s propulsive beat and eerie synth textures create a sense of unease and disorientation, while the lyrics explore themes of isolation, anxiety, and existential dread. The band’s tight musicianship and the song’s hypnotic groove make for a captivating listening experience that will appeal to fans of experimental rock and post-punk.
25. Vince Staples “Blue Suede”
“Blue Suede” by Vince Staples is a hip-hop track that showcases the rapper’s dynamic flow and sharp lyricism. The song’s sparse beat and ominous synth melodies create a sense of foreboding, while Staples’ vivid and often violent lyrics paint a picture of life in the streets. The track’s chorus, with its repeated refrain of “bitch, you thirsty, please grab a Sprite,” serves as a commentary on consumer culture and the commodification of desire. The song’s dark and brooding atmosphere makes for a gripping listening experience that will appeal to fans of hardcore rap.
26. Arca “Thievery”
“Thievery” by Arca is an experimental electronic track that showcases the producer’s skillful manipulation of sound and texture. The song’s glitchy beats and distorted vocals create a disorienting and immersive sonic landscape, while its intricate rhythms and haunting melodies offer glimpses of beauty amidst the chaos. Arca’s music often defies categorization, and “Thievery” is no exception – the track blends elements of ambient, IDM, and avant-garde music to create something truly unique and boundary-pushing. Fans of experimental electronic music will find much to appreciate in this captivating and otherworldly track.
27. Father John Misty “Bored in the USA”
Father John Misty “Bored in the USA”: With its satirical lyrics and sweeping orchestral arrangement, “Bored in the USA” is a biting critique of American culture and the emptiness of modern life. Father John Misty’s melancholic delivery and biting humor highlight the absurdity of contemporary society, while the song’s lush instrumentation adds a touch of grandeur to the proceedings. With its themes of alienation and disillusionment, “Bored in the USA” is a powerful statement on the state of the nation, and a testament to Father John Misty’s talent as both a songwriter and performer.
28. Ought “Habit”
“Habit” by Ought is a post-punk track that pulses with energy and urgency. The song’s propulsive rhythm section and jagged guitar lines create a tense and driving atmosphere, while singer Tim Darcy’s impassioned vocals deliver incisive lyrics that touch on themes of identity, isolation, and self-doubt. Ought’s music draws on the angularity and intensity of classic post-punk acts like Joy Division and Gang of Four, while also incorporating elements of art-rock and avant-garde music. “Habit” is a powerful example of the band’s ability to combine raw energy with thoughtful songwriting, and it’s sure to appeal to fans of post-punk and indie rock alike.
29. Andy Stott “Faith in Strangers”
Andy Stott “Faith in Strangers”: “Faith in Strangers” is a haunting electronic track that balances the organic with the synthetic. Andy Stott’s deft production blends lush strings and ethereal vocal samples with pulsing bass and glitchy percussion, creating a sense of otherworldly beauty that is both hypnotic and unsettling. The track’s driving rhythm and ominous atmosphere lend it a sense of urgency, while its intricate sonic details reveal new depths with each listen. “Faith in Strangers” is a masterclass in electronic music, demonstrating Stott’s ability to create complex, emotionally resonant compositions that push the boundaries of the genre.
30. Jessica Pratt “Back, Baby”
Jessica Pratt “Back, Baby”: “Back, Baby” is a beautiful, introspective folk song that showcases Jessica Pratt’s delicate guitar work and ethereal vocals. The track’s dreamy, atmospheric production creates a sense of nostalgia and longing, while Pratt’s poetic lyrics evoke a sense of bittersweet melancholy. With its understated instrumentation and haunting melodies, “Back, Baby” is a showcase for Pratt’s unique talent as a songwriter and performer, and a testament to the enduring power of folk music. (
31. Shamir “On the Regular”
Shamir “On the Regular” – Shamir’s “On the Regular” is a funky, electronic pop track that exudes confidence and energy. The pulsing beat and catchy melody drive the song, while Shamir’s distinctive falsetto vocals add a playful touch. The song’s lyrics are all about being true to oneself, and Shamir’s charismatic performance reinforces that message. With its infectious groove and infectious spirit, “On the Regular” is a standout track from an artist with a unique voice and style.
32. Drake “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
Drake “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” is a two-part rap song by Canadian artist Drake that showcases his versatility and flow. The first half of the track is a hard-hitting banger, with Drake rapping about his rise to fame and success. The second half is more introspective, with Drake reflecting on his past and current struggles. The beat switches seamlessly between the two parts, and Drake’s rhymes are sharp and clever throughout. “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” is a standout track from one of the most popular rappers of the 2010s.
33. Todd Terje “Johnny and Mary” [ft. Bryan Ferry] (Robert Palmer cover)
Todd Terje “Johnny and Mary” [ft. Bryan Ferry] (Robert Palmer cover) – Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje teams up with legendary Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry on this cover of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary.” Terje’s production gives the track a dreamy, ethereal quality, while Ferry’s vocals add a touch of melancholy. The song builds to a satisfying climax with a soaring guitar solo, and the result is a beautiful, atmospheric tribute to a classic song. “Johnny and Mary” showcases Terje’s talent as a producer and Ferry’s timeless voice, making for a memorable collaboration.
34. QT “Hey QT”
QT “Hey QT”: “Hey QT” is a dance-pop track by artist QT. The song’s production combines hyperactive bubblegum beats, glossy synths, and chopped-up vocals that create a sugar-coated, frenzied sound. “Hey QT” is a playful take on modern pop music, featuring verses that revolve around a fictional energy drink that gives listeners “superhuman hydration”. The track’s maximalist sound and youthful lyrics embody the spirit of modern pop music, making it a catchy and infectious dancefloor hit.
35. Lil B “No Black Person Is Ugly”
Lil B “No Black Person Is Ugly”: “No Black Person Is Ugly” is a song by Lil B, a rapper known for his prolific output and eclectic style. The song’s lyrics are a message of self-love and positivity, urging listeners to embrace their own beauty and to reject society’s standards of beauty. The track’s production is simple, featuring a slow, melancholic beat that allows Lil B’s voice to take center stage. “No Black Person Is Ugly” is a heartfelt and uplifting track that offers a message of hope and encouragement to anyone who might be struggling with self-image issues.
36. Young Thug “Stoner”
Young Thug “Stoner”: “Stoner” is a hit song by Young Thug, one of the most influential rappers of the last decade. Released in 2014, the song features Young Thug’s signature style of eccentric vocalizations and off-kilter flows over a minimalistic trap beat. The song’s hypnotic melody and catchy hook helped it become a viral sensation, and it has since been covered and remixed by numerous artists. With its unique blend of street lyricism and avant-garde vocal experimentation, “Stoner” is a defining moment in the career of one of hip-hop’s most innovative artists.
37. Tinashe “2 On” [ft. Schoolboy Q]
Tinashe “2 On” [ft. Schoolboy Q]: “2 On” is a song by Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q, released in 2014. The track features a seductive, slow-burning beat that perfectly complements Tinashe’s sultry vocals. With its catchy chorus and infectious rhythm, “2 On” became a staple of radio playlists and nightclubs around the world. The song’s production, featuring elements of trap, R&B, and electronic music, showcases Tinashe’s versatility as a singer and songwriter. As one of the most popular songs of its year, “2 On” helped establish Tinashe as one of the most exciting and innovative artists in contemporary pop music.
38. Panda Bear “Mr Noah”
Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox, is one of the founding members of experimental pop band Animal Collective. “Mr Noah” is the lead single off his fifth studio album, “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper”. The track features tribal drumming, synths, and Panda Bear’s trademark ethereal harmonies. The lyrics are cryptic and enigmatic, referencing a “golden flower” and a “screaming mouth.” The song has been described as a psychedelic fever dream and a testament to the artist’s idiosyncratic style. “Mr Noah” is a haunting and mesmerizing track that showcases Panda Bear’s unique approach to electronic music.
39. Sun Kil Moon “Carissa”
Sun Kil Moon’s “Carissa” is a narrative-driven folk song that tells the tragic story of his second cousin, Carissa, who died at a young age. The song captures the complexities of family dynamics, the vulnerability of life and death, and the weight of loss. The instrumentation is minimalistic with a finger-picked guitar and occasional piano accompaniment, giving space for Mark Kozelek’s poetic and poignant lyrics to shine. His delivery is understated, yet powerful, drawing the listener into the narrative and allowing them to feel the emotions of the song. At over 9 minutes long, “Carissa” is a masterful example of storytelling through music.
40. Nicki Minaj “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)” [ft. PTAF]
Nicki Minaj delivers an impressive verse on the “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix),” originally performed by the group PTAF. The song is a testament to female empowerment, with Minaj using her rhymes to assert her dominance and independence. The production is minimalistic and features a simple beat that allows Minaj’s sharp lyrics to shine through. She delivers lines like “I’m a boss-ass bitch, I’m a teacher, I’m a leader” with confidence and conviction, making it clear that she is in control. This remix is a standout moment for Minaj and solidifies her as one of the most impactful female rappers of her time.
41. A. G. Cook “Beautiful”
“Beautiful” is an experimental pop song that blends elements of electronica, dance-pop, and hyper-pop. The track is characterized by its bright, euphoric synths and pulsing beats, which create a soundscape that is both chaotic and harmonious. A.G. Cook’s ethereal vocals add a dreamlike quality to the song, and the lyrics focus on the theme of self-acceptance and beauty. “Beautiful” is an uplifting and catchy track that showcases Cook’s innovative production skills and his ability to create pop music that pushes the boundaries of the genre.
42. Spoon “Do You”
“Do You” is a indie rock song that features a catchy, upbeat guitar riff and driving percussion. The track is characterized by its infectious energy and infectious hooks, which make it a standout track on Spoon’s album “They Want My Soul”. The lyrics focus on the theme of self-doubt and uncertainty in relationships, with lead singer Britt Daniel asking the question “Do you want to get understood?” The song’s straightforward and relatable lyrics, along with its infectious melody, make it a standout track that showcases Spoon’s ability to write accessible and heartfelt indie rock songs.
43. Grouper “Holding”
Grouper “Holding”: The hauntingly beautiful voice of Liz Harris in Grouper’s “Holding” is accompanied by minimalistic instrumentation of a guitar, a few keys, and echoes of drone. The song creates an immersive, almost hypnotic atmosphere that envelops the listener in a dream-like state. The lyrics, while sparse, convey a sense of longing and connection that draws the listener in even further. “Holding” is a stunning showcase of Grouper’s ability to create atmosphere through simplicity and subtlety.
44. Sharon Van Etten “Your Love Is Killing Me”
Sharon Van Etten “Your Love Is Killing Me”: “Your Love Is Killing Me” is a standout track from Sharon Van Etten’s critically acclaimed album “Are We There.” The song showcases Van Etten’s raw, emotional vocal performance and powerful songwriting. The lyrics describe a relationship that is both passionate and destructive, with lines like “Break my legs so I won’t run to you” painting a vivid picture of the intense emotions at play. The instrumentation builds throughout the song, with swirling guitars and pounding drums adding to the sense of urgency and intensity. “Your Love Is Killing Me” is a cathartic and moving piece of music.
45. Beyoncé “Partition”
“Beyoncé’s ‘Partition'” is a sultry track that showcases the singer’s commanding vocals and provocative lyrics. The song opens with a steamy monologue before transitioning into a bass-heavy beat that complements Beyoncé’s confident delivery. The song’s lyrics touch on themes of intimacy, power, and desire, with Beyoncé confidently asserting her sexual prowess. The accompanying music video, which features Beyoncé performing a seductive routine in a burlesque club, has become just as iconic as the song itself. “Partition” is a standout track from Beyoncé’s self-titled album and has cemented its place as a modern classic.
46. Vic Mensa “Down on My Luck”
“Down on My Luck” by Vic Mensa is a standout track in the Chicago rapper’s discography, featuring a fusion of hip hop, house, and electronic music. The song is a reflection of the ups and downs of life, showcasing Mensa’s introspective lyrics and smooth delivery. The chorus, which repeats “Sometimes I feel like I can’t die, ’cause I never was alive”, highlights the song’s melancholic undertones. The track’s infectious beat and catchy hooks make it an ideal party song, while its introspective lyrics give it a depth and meaning that resonates with listeners.
47. St. Vincent “Digital Witness”
“Digital Witness” is an electro-pop track by St. Vincent, known for its infectious beat and upbeat melody, which contrasts with the song’s satirical lyrics. The track’s hook, “If I can’t show it, if you can’t see me, what’s the point of doing anything?”, critiques the pervasive nature of social media and its effect on modern society. The song showcases St. Vincent’s unique blend of pop, rock, and electronic music, with her distinctive guitar riffs and soaring vocals. “Digital Witness” is an unapologetically catchy song that captures the spirit of our digital age with its clever lyrics and infectious melody.
48. Flying Lotus “Never Catch Me” [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar collaborate on the powerful and dynamic “Never Catch Me”. The track begins with a lush piano intro before launching into a frenetic rhythm with layered percussion, bass, and synths. Lamar’s rapid-fire verses match the intensity of the beat, exploring themes of death and the afterlife with his signature introspection and wit. The track ebbs and flows, building to a powerful climax with a choir of voices and a frenzied saxophone solo. “Never Catch Me” is a genre-defying track that showcases both Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar’s unique artistry and ability to push boundaries.
49. Ex Hex “Don’t Wanna Lose”
“Ex Hex” is a band consisting of Mary Timony, Betsy Wright, and Laura Harris. “Don’t Wanna Lose” is a track from their debut album “Rips”. The song is a power-packed rock anthem with heavy riffs, catchy hooks, and soaring vocals. The guitar work is driving, with pounding drums and a tight bassline anchoring the song. The lyrics describe the fear of losing something valuable, but also express the determination to fight and hold on to it. The song’s energy and excitement make it an instant classic of modern rock.
50. Sophie “Lemonade”
“Lemonade” is a track by Scottish producer and artist SOPHIE, from her debut album “PRODUCT”. The song is a vibrant and bubbly pop song with bright synths, catchy hooks, and playful vocals. The lyrics describe a sweet and refreshing drink, but also express a desire for love and connection. The production is dynamic, with electronic sounds and rhythms that constantly evolve and surprise. The song’s playful and joyful nature is infectious, and its innovative and experimental approach to pop music make it a standout track of the genre.
51. Taylor Swift “Style”
“Style” is a song by Taylor Swift, released as the third single from her album “1989”. It’s a mid-tempo electropop song with a retro feel and features synth-pop, rock, and new wave elements. The song has an infectious hook and showcases Swift’s vocal prowess. The lyrics describe a complicated relationship that’s passionate and intense, but also a bit unstable. The song’s production has been praised for its slickness and coherence, and it was a commercial and critical success, reaching the top ten in several countries.
52. Run the Jewels “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1”
“Blockbuster Night Pt. 1” is a song by hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, composed of Killer Mike and El-P. The song is from their second self-titled album and features aggressive and energetic production with heavy beats and distorted synths. The lyrics showcase the duo’s lyrical prowess, tackling topics like police brutality and social justice. The song’s catchy hook and intense delivery make it a crowd-pleaser at live shows. The song was a critical success and solidified Run the Jewels’ position as one of the most exciting acts in hip-hop today.
53. Lykke Li “Gunshot”
Lykke Li “Gunshot”: This track, with its thumping beat and urgent vocal delivery, captures the pain of a romantic breakup. Lykke Li’s powerful voice, along with the booming drums and driving rhythm, create a sense of urgency and desperation, as she declares that she’s been “shot out of the sky” by love. The song’s production is both raw and polished, with a mix of organic and electronic elements that give it an edge. Overall, “Gunshot” is a standout track that showcases Lykke Li’s ability to create emotional and powerful music.
54. Nils Frahm “Says”
Nils Frahm “Says”: This haunting instrumental track features a minimalist piano melody that is gradually layered with ambient sounds, creating a sense of depth and atmosphere. The song builds slowly, with each new element adding to the overall feeling of tension and emotion. The hypnotic repetition of the piano motif is contrasted by the unpredictable, swirling sounds that surround it, giving the track an otherworldly quality. “Says” is a masterful work of contemporary classical music that blurs the boundaries between acoustic and electronic music. It’s a mesmerizing piece that demands to be listened to again and again.
55. Mr Twin Sister “In the House of Yes”
Mr Twin Sister “In the House of Yes”: With an undulating bassline, infectious groove, and sultry vocals, “In the House of Yes” is a standout track from Long Island band Mr Twin Sister. It’s a dreamy, disco-infused track with a retro vibe that’s irresistibly funky and danceable. The sleek production and hypnotic melodies perfectly complement the song’s evocative lyrics about surrendering to desire and losing yourself in the moment. This is a song that demands to be played on repeat, with each listen revealing new layers of complexity and beauty.
56. Ariel Pink “Put Your Number in My Phone”
Ariel Pink “Put Your Number in My Phone”: “Put Your Number in My Phone” is a quirky, retro-inspired track from LA-based singer-songwriter Ariel Pink. With its catchy melody, jangly guitars, and playful lyrics, it’s an infectious pop gem that’s impossible not to sing along to. The song’s lo-fi production adds to its charm, giving it a vintage feel that’s both nostalgic and fresh. The video, shot on grainy VHS tape, perfectly captures the song’s playful, DIY spirit. Overall, “Put Your Number in My Phone” is a delightfully offbeat love song that’s equal parts sweet and strange.
57. Angel Olsen “Lights Out”
Angel Olsen’s “Lights Out” is a hauntingly beautiful track that showcases the singer’s raw and emotive vocal talent. The stripped-down instrumentation allows her voice to shine through as she sings about the uncertainty and fear of falling in love. The song builds to a powerful crescendo as Olsen’s voice reaches new heights, expressing the intensity of her emotions. The haunting quality of the song is matched by the dreamy, atmospheric production, creating a captivating and mesmerizing listening experience.
58. Ariana Grande “Love Me Harder” [ft. The Weeknd]
“Love Me Harder” is a seductive collaboration between pop powerhouses Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. The track features pulsing beats and lush instrumentation that perfectly complement the sultry vocals of the two artists. The lyrics are filled with sexual tension and a sense of longing, creating a steamy atmosphere that’s hard to resist. Both Grande and The Weeknd deliver impressive vocal performances, with their voices blending together seamlessly to create a captivating sound. The result is a catchy, radio-friendly hit that showcases the talents of two of the biggest names in pop music.
59. St. Vincent “Prince Johnny”
St. Vincent “Prince Johnny”: St. Vincent’s “Prince Johnny” is a haunting ballad that builds slowly, with Annie Clark’s expressive vocals leading the way. The song is marked by its sparse arrangement and the use of subtle electronic elements to create a sense of atmosphere. As the song progresses, Clark’s voice becomes more powerful and emotional, adding to the drama of the track. “Prince Johnny” is a powerful showcase of St. Vincent’s songwriting and performance abilities.
60. The War on Drugs “An Ocean in Between the Waves”
The War on Drugs “An Ocean in Between the Waves”: “An Ocean in Between the Waves” is a standout track from The War on Drugs’ critically acclaimed album “Lost in the Dream.” The song is driven by a propulsive beat and shimmering guitars that create a dreamy, ethereal sound. Adam Granduciel’s vocals are impassioned, and his lyrics are introspective and poetic. The song builds to a soaring climax, with a guitar solo that is both expressive and cathartic. “An Ocean in Between the Waves” is a masterpiece of indie rock songwriting, showcasing The War on Drugs’ unique sound and style.
61. Shellac “Dude Incredible”
Shellac “Dude Incredible”: Steve Albini’s Shellac returns with “Dude Incredible,” a driving and hypnotic track that features Albini’s trademark biting guitar tones and forceful drumming from Todd Trainer. The song’s angular riffs and propulsive rhythms combine to create an urgent and visceral listening experience. Albini’s voice is commanding and confrontational, adding to the song’s confrontational and intense vibe. “Dude Incredible” showcases Shellac at their best, delivering a high-energy track that is both challenging and accessible.
62. A Sunny Day in Glasgow “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)”
A Sunny Day in Glasgow “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)”: A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s “In Love With Useless” is a dreamy and expansive track that blends hazy guitar textures with swirling synths and ethereal vocals. The song’s rhythms are hypnotic and propulsive, creating a sense of momentum and movement that draws the listener in. The track builds to a cathartic climax, with soaring vocals and a wall of sound that envelops the listener. “In Love With Useless” is a beautiful and immersive listening experience that showcases the band’s skill at crafting intricate and emotionally resonant songs.
63. Rustie “Attak” [ft. Danny Brown]
Rustie “Attak” [ft. Danny Brown] is a high-energy hip-hop track featuring the signature manic flow of Danny Brown, layered over a glitchy, dubstep-inspired beat by Scottish producer Rustie. The song is a standout on Rustie’s 2014 album “Green Language,” with its hard-hitting drums, screeching synths, and distorted vocals that add to its aggressive and frenetic energy. Danny Brown’s lyrics touch on themes of power, dominance, and the struggle for success in the rap industry.
64. Rae Sremmurd “No Flex Zone”
“No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd is an infectious trap-rap anthem that went viral in 2014. The song is characterized by its catchy, repetitive hook, bouncy beat, and the exuberant, youthful energy of its two teenage rappers, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi. The lyrics boast of their success, swagger, and their disdain for anyone who can’t keep up with their lifestyle. The song became a hit on social media and was remixed by numerous artists, cementing Rae Sremmurd’s place in the burgeoning trap-rap scene and earning them a loyal following.
65. RöyksoppRobyn “Do It Again”
RöyksoppRobyn “Do It Again”: This collaboration between Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp and Swedish singer Robyn results in a dance-pop anthem. With its infectious beat and catchy melody, the song is all about the thrill of the moment and living in the now. Robyn’s vocals soar over the pulsating electronic soundscape, making this an instant dancefloor classic that still holds up today.
66. Pharmakon “Bestial Burden”
Pharmakon “Bestial Burden”: Pharmakon’s “Bestial Burden” is a visceral, experimental noise track that takes listeners on a journey through dark and unsettling soundscapes. The track features clanging industrial beats, droning synths, and Margaret Chardiet’s haunting screams, creating a sense of tension and unease throughout. The lyrics address themes of trauma and recovery, adding a layer of emotional depth to the already intense sonic landscape.
67. Holly Herndon “Chorus”
Holly Herndon “Chorus”: With “Chorus,” American experimental musician Holly Herndon creates an otherworldly soundscape that’s both beautiful and eerie. The track features layers of ethereal vocal harmonies, glitchy electronic textures, and pulsating beats, all woven together in a mesmerizing way. Herndon’s experimental approach to music-making is on full display here, as she pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with technology and the human voice. The result is a haunting and hypnotic track that’s both futuristic and timeless.
68. Makthaverskan “Asleep”
Makthaverskan “Asleep”: This Swedish post-punk band’s “Asleep” is a propulsive and melodic rocker with a soaring chorus that showcases frontwoman Maja Milner’s dynamic vocals. The driving guitar riff and driving rhythm section create a sense of urgency that is contrasted by the dreamy, atmospheric breakdown in the middle of the song. Milner’s emotive lyrics express feelings of disconnect and disillusionment, making for a powerful and relatable anthem for anyone feeling lost in today’s world.
69. Ty Segall “The Singer”
Ty Segall “The Singer”: “The Singer” is a standout track from garage rock maestro Ty Segall’s prolific discography. With its fuzzed-out guitar riff and driving drums, the song is a catchy and energetic rocker that showcases Segall’s knack for crafting memorable hooks. The song’s lyrics explore themes of identity and artistic expression, with Segall singing, “I’m the singer in my band, I’m the leader of the show.” The song builds to a chaotic crescendo before fading out on a feedback-drenched guitar solo, leaving the listener wanting more.
70. Parquet Courts “Sunbathing Animal”
Parquet Courts “Sunbathing Animal”: Parquet Courts is known for their energetic and intense post-punk sound. “Sunbathing Animal” is a standout track from their album of the same name, featuring driving guitar riffs and urgent vocals. The lyrics paint a picture of a lazy day spent in the sun, but the music itself is far from relaxing. The band’s tight instrumentation and propulsive rhythm section create an edgy, frenetic energy that demands attention. With its raw intensity and infectious hooks, “Sunbathing Animal” is a must-listen for fans of post-punk and indie rock.
71. Ariel Pink “Picture Me Gone”
Ariel Pink “Picture Me Gone”: Ariel Pink is a master of lo-fi pop, and “Picture Me Gone” is a prime example of his unique style. The song is dreamy and atmospheric, with Pink’s whispered vocals floating over a hazy backdrop of guitars, synths, and drum machines. The lyrics are cryptic and surreal, painting a vivid picture of an elusive lover. The song’s production is deliberately rough around the edges, with distorted guitars and fuzzy synths adding to the dreamlike quality of the music. With its woozy melodies and otherworldly atmosphere, “Picture Me Gone” is a mesmerizing track that showcases Pink’s singular vision.
72. Alvvays “Archie, Marry Me”
Alvvays “Archie, Marry Me” (100 words)
“Archie, Marry Me” is a dreamy, indie-pop track that highlights Alvvays’ signature style. The band’s sound is defined by their lush guitar melodies and lead singer Molly Rankin’s ethereal voice. The song is a whimsical love letter to a partner, with lyrics that express the desire for a carefree and adventurous life together. The chorus is infectiously catchy, with a memorable hook that is sure to stay with listeners long after the song has ended. “Archie, Marry Me” is a shining example of Alvvays’ ability to craft songs that are both upbeat and emotionally resonant.
73. Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”
Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” (100 words)
“Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is a powerful punk rock anthem that addresses the struggles faced by the transgender community. Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace wrote the song after coming out as transgender, and the lyrics reflect the pain and confusion she experienced during her transition. The song’s aggressive guitar riffs and pounding drums perfectly capture the frustration and anger that often accompany such a life-changing decision. Despite the heavy subject matter, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” is an empowering and uplifting track that has become a rallying cry for the transgender rights movement.
74. Dej Loaf “Try Me”
Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” is a rap song that became a viral sensation in 2014. It showcases the Detroit rapper’s laid-back flow and confident attitude. The minimalistic beat and melodic hook create a hypnotic effect that makes the song easy to sing along to. The lyrics describe Dej’s willingness to defend herself and her loved ones against any threat. The song’s popularity catapulted Dej Loaf into the mainstream, and she has since become one of the most exciting voices in hip-hop. With its catchy chorus and memorable verses, “Try Me” has become a modern rap classic.
75. Migos “Fight Night”
Migos “Fight Night”: The Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos delivers a bouncy, catchy trap anthem on “Fight Night.” Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff trade verses over a thumping beat, rapping about their prowess, fame, and wealth with their signature triplet flow. The song’s irresistible hook and memorable ad-libs make it an instant party favorite, and it helped solidify Migos’ place as one of the most popular rap groups of the 2010s.
76. Kendrick Lamar “i”
Kendrick Lamar “i”: “i” is a triumphant and uplifting single from Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The song features a sample of The Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” and a funky live instrumentation, creating a nostalgic and joyful atmosphere. Lamar raps about self-love, inner strength, and the struggles of being a black man in America. The song’s positive message and catchy chorus made it a hit, and it won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
77. Spoon “Inside Out”
Spoon “Inside Out”: “Inside Out” is a standout track from Spoon’s 2014 album “They Want My Soul.” The song features a hypnotic piano riff, driving drumbeat, and frontman Britt Daniel’s emotive vocals. The lyrics are abstract and impressionistic, with Daniel singing about feeling lost and disconnected. The song’s lush production and haunting melody create a dreamy, otherworldly atmosphere. “Inside Out” showcases Spoon’s ability to craft thoughtful, introspective rock songs with a unique sonic palette, and it remains a fan favorite in their extensive discography.
78. Perfect Pussy “Interference Fits”
Perfect Pussy’s “Interference Fits” is a noisy and chaotic burst of punk energy, featuring the raw and unbridled vocals of Meredith Graves. With distorted guitars and frenzied drums, the track is a perfect example of the band’s abrasive yet captivating sound. The lyrics explore themes of frustration and anxiety, with Graves screaming lines like “I can’t stop it/ I can’t stop it/ I can’t stop it,” conveying a sense of overwhelming emotion and urgency. Clocking in at just over two minutes, “Interference Fits” is a thrilling and intense listening experience from start to finish.
79. Todd Terje “Delorean Dynamite”
“Delorean Dynamite” is a song by Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje, known for his unique blend of disco and house music. The song, released in 2014, features a catchy synth melody and a driving bassline, creating an irresistible dancefloor hit. Terje’s use of vintage synthesizers and drum machines adds a retro-futuristic vibe, evoking memories of the ’80s while still feeling fresh and modern. The song builds to a euphoric climax, with layers of synths and percussion creating a thrilling sense of release. “Delorean Dynamite” is a perfect example of Terje’s ability to make dance music that is both fun and innovative.
80. Owen Pallett”I Am Not Afraid”
“I Am Not Afraid” is a song by Canadian musician and composer Owen Pallett, released in 2014. The song features Pallett’s trademark soaring vocals and intricate orchestral arrangements, with a lush string section and pulsing electronic beats. The lyrics explore themes of fear and self-doubt, with Pallett singing about finding the courage to face the unknown. The song is a masterclass in production, with each element carefully crafted to create a rich, layered sound. Pallett’s unique blend of classical and pop influences makes for a truly original listening experience, and “I Am Not Afraid” is a standout track in his impressive discography.
81. Elisa Ambrogio “Superstitious”
Elisa Ambrogio’s “Superstitious” is an indie rock song that features a relentless, propulsive beat and distorted guitar riffs. The track has a raw and visceral quality that is emphasized by Ambrogio’s vocals, which veer between snarling and soaring. The lyrics explore the themes of superstition and the desire for control, as Ambrogio sings about trying to make sense of the world around her. With its driving energy and evocative lyrics, “Superstitious” is a powerful and captivating track that showcases Ambrogio’s talent as a songwriter and performer.
82. Steve Gunn “Milly’s Garden”
Steve Gunn’s “Milly’s Garden” is a warm and immersive instrumental track that combines elements of folk and rock music. The song features intricate guitar work that is both contemplative and evocative, creating a sense of introspection and nostalgia. The subtle percussion and atmospheric production further enhance the dreamy quality of the track, making it a perfect soundtrack for a lazy summer day. With its melodic guitar riffs and meditative rhythms, “Milly’s Garden” showcases Steve Gunn’s ability to create lush soundscapes that transport listeners to another time and place.
83. Merchandise “Green Lady”
Merchandise’s “Green Lady” is a hauntingly beautiful track that blends elements of post-punk, shoegaze, and new wave music. The song’s brooding atmosphere is created by the hypnotic drumbeat, ethereal synths, and frontman Carson Cox’s melancholic vocals. The guitar riffs are minimalistic but effective, adding to the overall sense of introspection and yearning. “Green Lady” is a perfect example of Merchandise’s ability to craft emotionally charged and introspective music that pushes the boundaries of traditional genres. With its atmospheric production and evocative lyrics, this track is a must-listen for fans of alternative music.
84. Copeland “Advice to Young Girls” [ft. Actress]
Copeland’s “Advice to Young Girls” [ft. Actress] is a haunting and mesmerizing song that blends ethereal vocals with textured, ambient soundscapes. The atmospheric production, courtesy of Actress, builds slowly and delicately around singer Aaron Marsh’s delicate croon, creating an otherworldly listening experience. The lyrics touch on themes of innocence lost and growing up, with Marsh dispensing sage advice to the titular young girls. The track is a standout from Copeland’s 2019 album, “Blushing,” and showcases the band’s willingness to experiment and push boundaries.
85. DJ Quik “Pet Sematary”
“Pet Sematary” by DJ Quik is a hard-hitting rap track that showcases the artist’s impressive flow and lyrical prowess. The song features a dark and moody instrumental, with booming bass and ominous synth lines adding to the track’s ominous vibe. DJ Quik’s lyrics are sharp and biting, with the rapper taking aim at his enemies and declaring his dominance in the rap game. The track is a standout from DJ Quik’s 2014 album, “The Midnight Life,” and is a testament to the artist’s longevity and continued relevance in the hip-hop world.
86. Cymbals Eat Guitars “Jackson”
“Jackson” by Cymbals Eat Guitars is a powerful and dynamic indie rock track that showcases the band’s penchant for intricate arrangements and emotive songwriting. The song features a driving rhythm section and shimmering guitar lines, with singer Joseph D’Agostino delivering a heartfelt and cathartic vocal performance. The lyrics touch on themes of loss and heartbreak, with D’Agostino reflecting on a failed relationship and the pain of letting go. The track is a standout from the band’s 2014 album, “LOSE,” and is a testament to their ability to craft emotionally resonant and sonically adventurous music.
87. The New Pornographers “War on the East Coast”
The New Pornographers’ “War on the East Coast” is a jubilant and energetic indie rock song. With catchy hooks and driving guitars, the track celebrates the beauty and chaos of life on the coast. The vocal harmonies between A.C. Newman and Neko Case are a standout feature, adding depth and texture to the song’s already lush instrumentation. Lyrically, the song touches on themes of perseverance, resilience, and the determination to keep going in the face of adversity. Overall, “War on the East Coast” is a triumphant and uplifting anthem that will leave listeners feeling inspired and ready to take on the world.
88. Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods”
Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods” is a song about a tumultuous relationship and the fear of losing someone. The song is known for its upbeat and catchy melody, which contrasts with the emotional lyrics. Swift’s vocals are raw and powerful as she sings about the pain and uncertainty of a relationship that is on the edge. The chorus is particularly memorable, with Swift repeating the line “Are we out of the woods yet?” to express her hope for the future. Overall, “Out of the Woods” is a standout track from Swift’s album “1989” and showcases her ability to write powerful, relatable pop songs.
89. iLoveMakonnen “I Don’t Sell Molly No More”
iLoveMakonnen “I Don’t Sell Molly No More”: Makonnen Sheran, known professionally as iLoveMakonnen, broke through to mainstream attention with his hit single “Tuesday,” but it was “I Don’t Sell Molly No More” that initially put him on the map. The Atlanta-based rapper’s confessional track is a hypnotic slice of low-key trap, as he opens up about his transition from selling drugs to making music. His vocals are delivered with a mix of nonchalance and pathos, backed by an atmospheric beat with echoing synths and a loping rhythm. The result is a haunting and unforgettable track.
90. Hundred Waters “Murmurs”
Hundred Waters “Murmurs”: “Murmurs” by Hundred Waters is a mesmerizing and ethereal track that showcases the band’s experimental and dreamy sound. Vocalist Nicole Miglis’s otherworldly voice is layered over atmospheric synths and electronic beats, building to a haunting crescendo. The Florida-based band, which mixes elements of indie pop, electronic, and experimental music, has been praised for their unique and genre-defying sound. “Murmurs” is a standout track that highlights their ability to create music that is both evocative and otherworldly, making it a standout track that leaves a lasting impression on listeners.
91. Azealia Banks “Chasing Time”
“Chasing Time” is a high-energy song by Azealia Banks that showcases her distinctive flow and ferocious rhymes. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and JMIKE, the song features pulsating beats and synths that perfectly complement Banks’ dynamic vocal performance. The lyrics convey a message of empowerment, urging listeners to leave their past behind and embrace the present moment. The song’s infectious hook and catchy chorus make it an instant classic and a standout track on Banks’ debut album “Broke with Expensive Taste.” “Chasing Time” is a testament to Banks’ talent as a rapper and her ability to craft unforgettable songs.
92. Rich Gang “Lifestyle”
Lifestyle” by Rich Gang is an infectious trap anthem that showcases the talents of rappers Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. Produced by London on da Track, the song features an infectious beat, autotuned vocals, and catchy hooks. The lyrics describe the lavish lifestyles of the rappers, highlighting their wealth, fame, and success. The song’s catchy chorus and irresistible melody make it a hit with fans of trap music and mainstream audiences alike. “Lifestyle” helped to establish Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan as two of the most exciting new voices in hip-hop and remains a staple of their live shows.
93. Grouper “Clearing”
“Clearing” by Grouper is a hauntingly beautiful song that showcases the talents of singer-songwriter Liz Harris. Featuring gentle acoustic guitar, atmospheric synths, and Harris’ delicate vocals, the song creates an ethereal and otherworldly atmosphere. The lyrics describe a sense of loss and yearning, capturing the pain of separation and the desire for connection. “Clearing” is a standout track on Grouper’s critically acclaimed album “Ruins” and demonstrates Harris’ ability to craft deeply emotional and introspective songs. The song’s sparse instrumentation and dreamlike quality make it a captivating listening experience and a highlight of Grouper’s discography.
94. White Lung “Face Down”
White Lung’s “Face Down” is a powerful, high-energy punk rock anthem. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the song wastes no time in hitting listeners with its driving drums, distorted guitars, and lead singer Mish Way’s intense vocals. Way’s lyrics address the ways in which women are often silenced and dismissed, as she sings “Face down, just keep it quiet/Don’t let ’em know you’re on fire”. The song’s urgency and rawness make it a standout track on the band’s critically acclaimed album “Deep Fantasy”, and a testament to their ability to create music that is both fierce and thought-provoking.
95. How to Dress Well “Words I Don’t Remember”
“How to Dress Well” is the stage name of experimental pop artist Tom Krell. “Words I Don’t Remember” is a single from his album “What Is This Heart?”. The song features Krell’s signature falsetto vocals and layers of synths that build into a soaring chorus. The lyrics explore themes of memory, regret, and the passage of time. The track’s production is intricate, with intricate electronic beats and textures blending seamlessly with Krell’s voice. “Words I Don’t Remember” is a haunting and emotional track that showcases Krell’s unique approach to pop music.
96. Iceage “The Lord’s Favorite”
“The Lord’s Favorite” is a song by Danish punk band Iceage. The track is driven by a menacing bassline and pounding drums, with frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s vocals adding a sense of urgency to the proceedings. The lyrics are cryptic and poetic, with Rønnenfelt’s words hinting at themes of violence, power, and the human condition. The track’s production is raw and unpolished, with the band’s live energy captured perfectly on record. “The Lord’s Favorite” is a powerful and uncompromising track that showcases Iceage’s unique blend of punk, post-punk, and art rock.
97. Leon Vynehall “Goodthing”
Leon Vynehall’s “Goodthing” is a soulful and groovy deep house track with a smooth, jazzy vibe. The track opens with a mellow bassline and warm piano chords, and slowly builds up with shuffling drums, dreamy synth pads, and delicate vocal samples. The intricate arrangement and subtle changes keep the listener engaged throughout the track, while the overall laid-back atmosphere creates a relaxing and introspective mood. “Goodthing” is a perfect example of Vynehall’s talent for blending different genres and creating rich, organic soundscapes that evoke a sense of nostalgia and emotional depth
98. Eno/Hyde “Return”
Eno/Hyde is a collaborative project between legendary producer Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde. “Return” is a standout track from their 2014 album “Someday World.” The song is a masterclass in texture and mood, with lush synth pads, skittering percussion, and intricate guitar work creating a dense, hypnotic atmosphere. Eno’s signature ambient soundscapes are evident throughout, while Hyde’s vocals provide a human touch to the otherworldly soundscape. The result is a captivating sonic journey that blends electronic experimentation with pop sensibility. At just over five minutes long, “Return” is a tantalizing taste of the duo’s immense creative potential.
99. YG “Left, Right”
YG “Left, Right”: “Left, Right” is a 2014 single by American rapper YG featuring Atlanta rapper DJ Mustard. The track is a high-energy West Coast rap anthem, characterized by a heavy bassline, sharp snares, and YG’s confident lyrics. The chorus features a catchy call-and-response between YG and the song’s featured artist, with the repeated phrase “Left, right, left, right” urging listeners to get up and dance. The track was a commercial success and helped establish YG’s reputation as one of the most exciting young rappers of his generation.
100. Perfume Genius “Fool”
Perfume Genius “Fool”: “Fool” is a 2014 single by American indie singer-songwriter Perfume Genius. The song is a poignant ballad characterized by sparse instrumentation, delicate piano chords, and singer Mike Hadreas’ emotive vocals. The lyrics explore themes of heartbreak, regret, and self-discovery, with Hadreas singing about the pain of losing a lover and the struggle to move on. The track received critical acclaim for its honesty and vulnerability, with many critics praising Hadreas’ ability to convey raw emotion through his music. “Fool” remains one of Perfume Genius’ most beloved and affecting songs.