It's our prediction that these tunes, by both up-and-comers and vets, are the ones that won't be easily forgotten once the ball drops on 2014. While there is some overlap with our Best Albums of 2014 list, these picks reflect the high points that came in shorter bursts. For all the benefits of the album, we live in a world of singles now: These tunes are the ones that made a difference to us, with an earworm-y melody or well-placed lyric or for some reason we can't really explain (but try to anyway). We hope you like them too.
What did you think were the best songs of 2014? Tell us in the comments below.
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