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My Favorite Singles Of 2014

For this list, a single is defined as being one or any mix of these things: (1) Released as a promo track before the record's release; (2) Released as a video; (3) Released as a physical single (ie: a 7'').
15La Roux
Uptight Downtown
14Angel Olsen
Hi-Five
13Perfume Genius
Queen
12Zola Jesus
Dangerous Days
11Owen Pallett
Song for Five & Six
10Wild Beasts
Wanderlust

"Don't confuse me with someone who gives a fuck." That's another one of those '14- defining lines. And Hayden Thorpe delivers it with a restrained coo, conveying not anger or militance, but with a bit of melancholy and sincerity. He means it. And the song around that sublime outro is just as thrilling.
9Lykke Li
Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone

I didn't Li's new record - it was all very samey and hazy and morose - but its centerpiece, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone," is a showstopper. Tucked in the middle of the record, it features just Li and an acoustic guitar as she sings with such an immense pain and sorrow that elsewhere on the record sounds a bit more manufactured. It is the clearest moment on the record, both aurally and emotionally, and when the final chorus halts momentarily, it doesn't feel like a false pause, but one pregnant with unstoppable emotion. Stunning.
8White Hinterland
Baby

Casey Dienel challenged herself on her new record, and that challenge yielded one of its biggest, boldest rewards in this eponymous single. The whole thing is a bit like a pop song broken down into a labyrinthine art song, like much of the record, but if you need reassurance that this is one of the great singles of '14, look no further than the powerhouse ending. All the effects, instruments, and reverb drops out, leaving Dienel pleading, "Is this my weakness?" with increasing vulnerability, her voice breaking under the pressure, again and again. It's intensely moving and memorable.
7Lia Ices
Higher

I have been a fan of Lia Ices since her chamber pop debut Necima, and so I was taken aback by the electronic direction of her newest. And while I wasn't entirely moved or impressed, the album had a couple exceedingly high moments, and this is the highest. "Higher" is a bubbling, dense, bright electro-pop song replete with a skyward, catchy chorus. I have been singing it on loop since I first heard it. "Thousand Eyes" is a good single too, but this one is so immediate and sunny, and it is simply irresistible.
6FKA twigs
Two Weeks

Move over Beyonce, this is 2014's sexiest song. Where twigs has previous been meek and gentle, 2014 saw her arrival as a true alt-R&B goddess, and she knew exactly what she wanted. Indie music of 2014 had many defining lines, but "My thighs are apart for when you're ready to breathe in" might be its kinkiest, rawest, and also most vulnerable. She went out on a limb, and she handled with it grace, honesty, and power.
5Sylvan Esso
Coffee

I had a really hard time choosing between this and "Hey Mami," since both have been perpetually lodged in my head since their release, but after thinking long (and seeing them perform this one on TV a couple of times in all their ultimate smoothness) I landed on "Coffee." It is just so slinky and minimal and yet retains a great groove and a great hook. When Amelia Meath sings oh-so-quietly, "Just like a name I remember hearing," I am done. Get out. That's it. It's a winner.
4Sia
Chandelier

Just without a doubt the best mainstream pop single of the year, and one of the best of the current decade. The production might be slightly plain or run-of-the-mill, but there's no stopping Sia Furler's powerful, titanic voice, as it reaches huge peaks and cracks under the emotional weight. Maybe this song's millions of hits on Youtube has launched it into "uncool" territory, but speaking as a longtime Sia fan (go back and listen to her more subdued back catalog, you won't be disappointed) I am thoroughly impressed with this single.
3St. Vincent
Digital Witness

But then, there is hardly anyone like St. Vincent either. Annie Clark and company crafted a meticulous, laser-precise record this year, and this song is its crowning achievement. Accompanied by a dazzlingly austere video, the song is hooky as all hell, with Clark singing, "What's the point of even sleeping? If I can't show it, if you can't see me." There's a reason this has been my ringtone since February.
2tUnE-yArDs
Real Thing

This is my Jam Of 2014. So catchy, so brilliant. The production is a massive maelstrom of ideas, and the mixing in that climactic ending is especially masterful. Garbus is saying important things under the clamor, and as always, she keeps the proceedings eccentric, unique, and propulsive. There's no one else quite like her in modern indie rock right now, and that's a glorious feat.
1Orenda Fink
Holy Holy

As I said in my Favorite Albums list, Fink's record this year was not the out-and-out best album of 2014, but there's no doubt in my mind that this single from it is my favorite song of the year. Lilting, dewy spiderweb guitars lead the way for Fink's indelible melody. This song is so suffused with melancholy and respect. It is the perfect tribute to her lost dog, and thus it meant more to me than any other track of the year. This is the only song of the year that I felt I could 100% relate to, and also the only one I feel thankful for. That word is key. I am thankful for this song.
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