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50 Best Songs of 2014

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50 Best Singles of 2014

Beyoncé made the best drunken-hookup song ever, DJ Snake and Lil Jon refused to turn down for any reason, Sia swung from the chandeliers and more. Here are the 50 best tracks of the year. 

Old 97s, "Longer Than You've Been Alive"
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Old 97s, “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”

The alt-country vets get real about what it's like to be a band for 20-plus years in this wry lament. 

Real Estate, "Talking Backwards"
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Real Estate, “Talking Backwards”

If only all arguments between couples were as breezy and sweet-natured as the one captured on this easygoing folk-rock tune.

Katy B, "5 AM"
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Katy B, “5 AM”

Big, bright synths carry the underappreciated British house diva's vocals to the sky as she fantasizes about "a little loving like Valium."

St. Vincent, 'Prince Johnny'
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St. Vincent, “Prince Johnny”

Annie Clark's visionary fourth album peaks with this dreamy space-rocker: "Remember the time we went and snorted/That piece of the Berlin Wall that you'd extorted?"

The New Pornographers, "Brill Bruisers"
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The New Pornographers, “Brill Bruisers”

An ecstatic celebration of pure pop, with a hell of an earworm for a chorus and "ba-ba-ba" backing harmonies that are straight out of Brian Wilson's Sixties sandbox.

FKA Twigs Two Weeks
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FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks”

The year's sexiest nightmare is full of unsettling synthwork, breathy sighs, hot come-ons ("I can fuck you better than her") and twisted imagery ("Pull out the incisor").

Thurston Moore

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 17: American singer and guitarist Thurston Moore performs live during a concert at the Lido on August 17, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Thurston Moore, “Grace Lake”​

Seven wordless minutes of pure guitar bliss and blaze, as only Moore can do it.

Drake

CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 21: Rapper Drake performs Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center on August 21, 2014 in Camden, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

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Drake, “0 to 100/The Catch Up”

The year's most bodacious bragfest: six minutes that pan across the whole Drake saga. He even claims he's got as good a jump shot as Steph Curry.