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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"

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"

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"

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'

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"

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

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").