I originally posted one of these playlists at mid-year, but it’s been a huge year for new music, so it was time to update the playlist. Now, I don’t know how you felt about 2014, but for me, it was probably the best year of the decade so far for music.
When I put together playlists, or just lists of songs, I don’t normally take the time to rank them. This time around, I had some pretty strong opinions, so at least the top 10 songs here are in the order that I think they deserve to be. I also tried to limit my choices to only one song per artist. Would some of these artists have had more than one song on this list otherwise? It’s definitely a possibility.
Yesterday, TV on the Radio debuted “Happy Idiot”, the first track from their forthcoming album Seeds, which is being released in November. Even though the band released a couple of new songs last year (“Mercy” and “Million Miles”) neither of those songs will appear on the new record, their first album since 2011.
Check out the lyrics video for “Happy Idiot” and the full tracklisting for Seeds below…
In her almost 30 year career, Jenny Lewis has been a child actor (cult films such as Troop Beverly Hills and TV shows like The Golden Girls), and a musician, first with the band Rilo Kiley (formed in 1998) and eventually branching out to a solo career in 2006.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Jenny Lewis is one of my favorite singer/songwriters. She’s got one of the best voices out there, and this week she’s back with a brand new album called The Voyager.
I feel like I’ve written a lot about Sia on the blog over the last few years, but she really is one of my favorite artists who is finally getting the attention she deserves. I first became aware of Sia in the early 2000’s, when she was featured on the song “Destiny” by Zero 7. The thing is, I didn’t really know it was her until about 7 or 8 years later when she released her live album Lady Croissant which featured that song alongside another Zero 7 track and live performances from her solo albums up until that point (including “Breathe Me” which has been included in many commercials, as well as featuring prominently in the Six Feet Under series finale).
She recently gained attention in the mainstream for her song “Titanium” which was produced by David Guetta. She’s also written songs for many popular artists (including Rihanna, Madonna, and Beyonce to name a few), and earlier this month she released her fifth studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear. Lately, Sia has been hiding her face in most of her live television performances, due to a combination of stage fright and a reluctance to be in the public eye. But I’ve seen her in concert three times (so far), and I hope she will someday return to touring and live concert performances, as she really does have one of the best voices out there right now.