My Top 5 Played Songs Of 2014

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2014 was a pretty interesting year for music on my part. I was pleased by my favorite bands, impressed by artists I’ve never heard before, and revisited musicians who have proved to be absolutely incredible this year.

One thing I love more than anything else in a song is a good hook that I can listen to over and over again, so the top songs from 2014 played on my iTunes list certainly contain this catchiness in one way or another.

I present to you the top five songs on my iPod that I can never seem to skip.

1. “Feels Like Forever” – Of Mice & Men

When Of Mice & Men’s third album, Restoring Force, came out in early 2014, I was floored by the immense amount of growth the band went through in such a short amount of time. Restoring Force is the Of Mice & Men they truly want to be: an unstoppable and unforgettable hard rock band. “Feels Like Forever” is the highlight of this album and my personal favorite, hence why it is my number one played song of 2014. The unique unclean vocals of Austin Carlile and grooving rhythm of the guitar instrumentals set this track apart from the rest as it puts Of Mice & Men in a strong position of versatility and power. They prove here that they surely are a force to be reckoned with.

2. “Elastic Heart” – Sia

I’ve always enjoyed Sia’s music and appreciated her invisible presence in the pop industry, but my adoration for her went full throttle when I listened to 1000 Forms of Fear. Her shining star of the album, “Elastic Heart,” is held close to my heart as it describes the utmost perseverance and determination. Whenever I need a pick-me-up I blast this song on full volume and scream along to her inspiring lyrics: “I’m like a rubber band until you pull too hard / I may snap and I move fast / But you won’t see me fall apart / ‘Cause I’ve got an elastic heart.”

3. “Dear Sister” – The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless’ new album, Going to Hell, was a solid rock and roll release in 2014. What made “Dear Sister” so addicting to me was the fact that it was less than a minute long, and possibly the best on the album. The slow and ominous vocals of Taylor Momsen sing a cold tale that is too short to fully dive into, urging listeners to beg for more. I listen to it over and over again because I want to hear more of the melancholy ballad and chilling melody that capture my heart for a brief 56 seconds.

4. “One More” – Beartooth

Beartooth took over the hardcore music scene in 2014 in one swift motion as they dropped their debut album, Disgusting. This record has a little bit of every likable element in hardcore music, especially memorable and catchy hooks. They manage to infuse these moments with powerful themes and messages as well, as clearly exhibited in “One More.” This track has the most addictive melody as well as relatable lyrics that pull me in like no other. From beginning to end, this song has me feeling deep emotions and giddily singing along without a care in the world. That is how moving Beartooth can be.

5. “Firelight” – Young The Giant

Young The Giant’s Mind Over Matter is such a progressive moment in the band’s career, giving them room to expand their popular and attractive indie style into an airy musical escapade. Along with “Teachers,” my favorite (and under-appreciated) track on this album is “Firelight,” for portraying this exact adventure. The romantic and dreamy tone of the guitar featured with the vivid imagery of the vocals and lyrics put me in a new world of pure serenity and joy. There is no surge or climax needed in a placid song like this; the entertainment is filled with every glimmering note.

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