I’ve always been in favor of Ed Sheeran’s singer-songwriter songs as opposed to his more pop sounding ones but this pop central album is quite good. “Shape of You” was one of my most recent favorite pop songs, however the wonders of FM radio have rendered this song beyond overplayed for me. That said, there are good songs for the pickin’ on this album. Standouts include: “Eraser,” “Galway Girl,” “Barcelona,” and “Bibia Be Ye Ye.”
After an incredible year of video-viewing, here are my 2014 favorites:
Sia “Chandelier” **top honors
At her young age, the video’s star – Maddie Ziegler – was able to pull off the story of alcoholism through dance. It was intense. Profound. Fierce. And above all, an excellent video accompaniment to the years best pop song, arguably. But yea, it is.
Ingrid Michaelson “Afterlife”
Ingrid’s songwriting is impeccable. She delivers yet again with an astounding, uplifting song & video about being fearless and living life to the fullest. It’s a touching, tear-jerking visual. And the message is essential today and always.
Bear’s Den “Above The Clouds Of Pompeii”
Simplistic yet heart-wrenching, this one put tears in my eyes. A true piece of visual art.
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”
This is destined to be 2015’s #1 wedding song for sure. Ed Sheeran has clearly proven that he can not only kill it on the guitar, but on the dance floor as well. A perfect 10 in my opinion.
Sam Smith “Leave Your Lover”
If you have read my blog, you already know how much I adore Sam Smith. Being a third wheel is no fun for anyone, and Sam succinctly encapsulates the heartbreak of unrequited love in this stunning video.
Wow. What a year for music. Even though nothing will ever beat the comfy, nostalgic warmth of the late 90’s/early 00’s for me, 2014 was quite impressive (albeit, still not over).
Below is a modified list of the songs that were quite literally music to my ears these past 12 months. I’m 99% sure all songs listed can be found by searching for them on my blog.
Anything by The 1975. Seriously. But if I had to pick, I’d go with their most recent gem, “Medicine”.
It’s a three-way tie for Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” f/ Zedd, “One Last Time” and “Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart” This year did wonders for her career.
Banks “Beggin For Thread”. An understated pop phenom.
Bleachers “I Wanna Get Better” + “Wild Heart”. Do yourself a favor and go see them live. You won’t regret it.
Clean Bandit “Rather Be” f/ Jess Glynne. What’s a best of year list without this song? I mean, those strings!
Damien Rice “The Greatest Bastard”. The feels.
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”. The man can sing AND dance!
Ella Eyre “Comeback”. Let that motherfucker burn 🙂
Jessie Ware “Say You Love Me”. The feels part deux.
La Roux “Sexotheque”. As close to perfect as a song can get.
O.A.R. “Peace”. Underrated.
Sia “Chandelier”. Sick.
Tove Lo x2 with “Out Of Mind” + “Moments”. Pop’s newest contender.
White Sea “Future Husbands Past Lives”. Epic shit.
Ellis & Pieter “The A Team/Wildest Moments” (Cover)
MUST. LISTEN. MASHUP.
Ed Sheeran is known widely for “The A Team”, which is perfect in all it’s acoustic, guitar-laden glory. But this. This is on another level entirely. “Give Me Love” is a masterpiece. I’m particularly in love with the intense build-up during the ‘oh my my give me love’ refrain towards the end of the song.
If this is any indication of what’s to come from Ed Sheeran, I’d say his future is as bright as his hair 🙂