If this list is any indication, in 2014 I was into sweeping electropop ballads. Yeah, that sounds about right. I hope you enjoy my top 5 songs of the year!
5. La Roux, “Let Me Down Gently”
Five years after “Bulletproof,” La Roux is back with a new album. “Let Me Down Gently” demanded my attention from the first time I heard it. The lyrics are fairly repetitive, but when your words are dense with emotion, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The subtle changes to each verse build along with the music to a crescendo that’s downright cathartic, not to mention dance-floor-ready.
4. Vance Joy, “Riptide”
I’m a sucker for clever lyrics, and “You’re the magician’s assistant in their dreams” is right up there. Besides being just plain lovely, “Riptide” captures the feeling of loving your perfectly imperfect person. In case you’ve heard this song on the radio one too many times (and because the Vance Joy camp is apparently keeping a tight grip on the audio), this video is an acoustic performance.
3. Lykke Li, “No Rest For The Wicked”
As a musical arrangement, “No Rest For The Wicked” feels nothing short of cinematic. I can just imagine it as the soundtrack to a romantic confrontation worthy of the Brontë sisters. But for all its pomp, the song makes the concept of “the one that got away” resonate with the listener, even if you’re not the heroine of a Victorian novel. (Read my full album review here.)
2. First Aid Kit, “Stay Gold”
This year “Stay Gold” is the only song that I happened upon while listening to The Current. I was already a fan of First Aid Kit’s song “Emmylou,” and “Stay Gold” adds a lush musical background to the group’s glowing harmonies. Its lyrics touch on the inevitability of change, and the song as a whole evokes a golden landscape that’s akin to basking in a sunset.
1. Imogen Heap, “You Know Where To Find Me”
“You Know Where To Find Me” was inspired by the River Thames, but while imagining people’s relationships with the river, Imogen Heap writes a song that can also apply to human relationships. The piano and vocals are just as beautiful as the sentiment. There’s a part near the end that often chokes me up, which should only be taken as a compliment in the context of a gorgeous song. (If you want to know more about the Sparks album, read my review here.)
Tomorrow the top 10 movies begin!