Beck – Blue Moon
Beck’s Morning Phase managed to pleasantly surprise everyone, including his biggest fans. In fact, many critics went on to call it his best album since 2002’s Sea Change. Blue Moon, the lead single from Morning Phase, features melancholic lyrics set to an uplifting melody. The track makes for perfect listening on a lazy afternoon spent indoors.
Tokyo Police Club – Toy Guns
Inspite of Elephant Shell charting at #1, Tokyo Police Club have never gotten the appreciation they deserve. On Forcefield, the band efficiently combines the best elements of Pop and Rock to create tracks like Toy Guns. The song, which also has elements of Hip-Hop, is perfect for a road trip!
St. Vincent – I Prefer Your Love
I Prefer Your Love features on St. Vincent’s self-titled third album. The track, which has been overlooked in favor of songs like Digital Witness and Birth In Reverse, embodies everything we love about St. Vincent. Though it differs significantly from most of her releases, I Prefer Your Love is still one of the most ‘St. Vincent’ songs we’ve listened to!
The Black Keys – Year In Review
In 2011, it seemed as if anything The Black Keys released after El Camino would disappoint listeners. However, the duo proved us wrong with Turn Blue. Year In Review, one of the most-underrated tracks on the album, combines the best of Retro, Classic Rock and Contemporary Rock. Though it’s far from their best release, Year In Review is definitely worth a listen.
Mø – Don’t Wanna Dance
Though her debut album was released in 2012, Mø has only recently achieved recognition for her work. The songstress’ music, which falls somewhere between Alternative Dance and Indie Pop, feels like upbeat Lana Del Rey music! Don’t Wanna Dance, released earlier this year, is one of her best tracks and definitely worth a listen!
Sia – Chandelier
If there’s one thing 2014 has musically lacked in, it’s good Pop music. Sia’s Chandelier was probably the saving grace of Pop in 2014, despite the lack of promotion. The singer-songwriter has penned hit tracks for heavyweights like Rihanna, Britney Spears and Beyoncé. It’s about time she gets success as a solo artist as well!
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
Chromeo have always taken an unusual approach to dance music. Fusing elements of Electronica and Funk, White Women features songs that simply must be played at every party! Though the album is far from the duo’s best, it’s safe to say that Jealous is one of their best tracks so far. Arguably, it is also one of the better songs released this year.
Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out of It
Though the Arctic Monkeys are slowly entering the mainstream, this has mostly been confined to their singles. Snap Out of It, which was on their acclaimed album AM, was released as a single this year. It hasn’t quite achieved the success of Do I Wanna Know, which is a shame because it’s definitely the highlight of the album.
The Orwells – Who Needs You
Simply put, Who Needs You is a track that could easily have been a part of the early 2000s post-punk revival. The track is reminiscent of the earlier works of The White Stripes, The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand, which is never a bad thing! The song is perfect for those days when you feel a little rebellious!
Pharrell Williams – Lost Queen
Though Pharrell is the most mainstream artist on this list, his solo compositions still haven’t received the recognition they deserve. One such track is Lost Queen, from his newest album, Girl. At almost eight minutes, the track is a nice blend of Pop, Hip-Hop and Mbube, just like Despicable Me.
Warpaint – Disco//Very
Warpaint have received critical acclaim for the self-titled follow-up to their debut album. Disco//Very from the album incorporates everything we love about Warpaint – girl power, dreamy vocals and a great video to boot! The track is strongly recommended for everyone who enjoys Dream Pop!
Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
Bombay Bicycle Club are no strangers to the unconventional, which is evident in their discography. The band took their quirkiness to a whole other level with 2014’s So Long, See You Tomorrow. Tracks like Carry Me combined elements of Electronica with beats typical of Indie Rock, which worked surprisingly well. The song also has a delightfully offbeat video, which makes the song even better!
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Do It Again is a stellar addition to both Röyksopp and Robyn’s discographies. It is undoubtedly one of the most-refreshing dance tracks released this year. Whether you’re lip-syncing in the shower or out clubbing, this is the perfect track for every EDM and Pop enthusiast!
Rodrigo Amarante – Nada em Vão
From the vocalist of Los Hermanos and Little Joy comes Cavalo, a charming solo album filled with soulful melodies. Though he hasn’t achieved much fame outside Brazil, Amarante’s music is perfect for listening to on all those late nights when you can’t fall asleep. Both the lyrics and the melody of Nada em Vão are simple and beautiful, making for the perfect song.
Now that you know about these tracks, it’s time to plug in your headphones and enjoy them. The best part? There are still six months of fantastic music to look forward to in 2014!