Obsessive Year-End List Fest 2014: Favorite Songs

It’s that time of year again, when I arbitrarily sort through the list of songs I’ve been obsessed with over the past 12 months, and try to whittle it down to a semi-reasonable list of 100 favorites. A lot of these were released in 2013, and a few even in 2012, but as usual, I was late to the party.

Music videos and some live performances are embedded for most of the Top 30. I didn’t want to go too far beyond that, for fear of crashing your browser. I’ve also created a Spotify playlist that explores a number of these favorites, more or less chronologically in the order that I discovered them.

1. “California (There Is No End to Love)”
U2
Songs of Innocence


2. “Lies”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe


3. “Forever”
Haim
Days Are Gone


4. “New York Morning”
Elbow
The Take Off and Landing of Everything


5. “Tremendous Love”
Merriment
Sway


6. “Dear River”
Kina Grannis
Elements


7. “Sing”
Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams
X


8. “Pressure”
My Brightest Diamond
This Is My Hand


9. “Snowglobe”
Owel
Owel


10. “Night Sky”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe


11. “Tacky”
Weird Al Yankovic
Mandatory Fun


12. “Real Life (Angel)”
Elbow
The Take Off and Landing of Everything


13. “Stranger Ways”
Anberlin
Lowborn


14. “Midnight”
Coldplay
Ghost Stories


15. “Let It Go”
Gungor
I Am Mountain


16. “In the 99”
Vienna Teng
Aims


17. “Every Time”
The Last Bison
VA


18. “Past Life”
Lost in the Trees
Past Life


19. “Wildewoman”
Lucius
Wildewoman


20. “Similar Skin”
Umphrey’s McGee
Similar Skin


21. “Close Enough”
Ghost Beach feat. Noosa
Blonde


22. “Asleep at the Wheel”
Band of Skulls
Himalayan


23. “Coconut Grove”
The Good Mad
Alta EP


24. “Endview”
The Last Bison
VA


25. “Miracle”
Kimbra
The Golden Echo


26. “Hayloft”
Nickel Creek
A Dotted Line


27. “If You Love Her”
Jars of Clay
20


28. “Happy Idiot”
TV on the Radio
Seeds


29. “Guilty All the Same”
Linkin Park feat. Rakim
The Hunting Party


30. “Only a Ride”
Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil
Goliath


31. “Lover Killer”
My Brightest Diamond
This Is My Hand

32. “Into Your Veins”
Five Iron Frenzy
Engine of a Million Plots

33. “Gun”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe

34. “The Wire”
Haim
Days Are Gone

35. “Honest Affection”
Kye Kye
Fantasize

36. “Turn It Around”
Lucius
Wildewoman

37. “Perfect World”
Broken Bells
After the Disco

38. “Disjointed”
Copeland
Ixora

39. “Fly Boy Blue / Lunette”
Elbow
The Take Off and Landing of Everything

40. “Beg For Love”
The Hawk in Paris
Freaks

41. “Losing It All”
Anberlin
Lowborn

42. “Left Undone”
Jars of Clay
Inland

43. “Word Crimes”
Weird Al Yankovic
Mandatory Fun

44. “The Pocket Knife”
The Secret Sisters
Put Your Needle Down

45. “Never Look Away”
Vienna Teng
Aims

46. “The Mother We Share”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe

47. “Until We Get There”
Lucius
Wildewoman

48. “In the Grey”
The Good Mad
Strangeworthy EP

49. “Reborn”
Owel
Owel

50. “Workin’ Woman Blues”
Valerie June
Pushin’ Against a Stone

51. “Just Don’t Let Go Just Don’t”
Hellogoodbye
Everything Is Debatable

52. “Blizzards & Bygones”
Five Iron Frenzy
Engine of a Million Plots

53. “We Sink”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe

54. “Destination”
Nickel Creek
A Dotted Line

55. “Somehow”
Merriment
Sway

56. “My Dear”
Kina Grannis
Elements

57. “Say It Like You Mean It”
Switchfoot
Fading West

58. “Long Way Off”
Gungor
I Am Mountain

59. “Drug”
Katie Herzig
Walk Through Walls

60. “Miracle”
Ghost Beach
Blonde

61. “Nightmares”
Band of Skulls
Himalayan

62. “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”
U2
Songs of Innocence

63. “We Exist”
Arcade Fire
Reflektor

64. “Rattle My Bones”
The Secret Sisters
Put Your Needle Down

65. “Morning Song”
The Digital Age
Evening:Morning

66. “Forgiveness”
Katie Herzig
Walk Through Walls

67. “Yosemite”
Parker Millsap
Parker Millsap

68. “Saltwater Heart”
Switchfoot
Fading West

69. “Himalayan”
Band of Skulls
Himalayan

70. “90s Music”
Kimbra
The Golden Echo

71. “The Take Off and Landing of Everything”
Elbow
The Take Off and Landing of Everything

72. “Lungs”
Chvrches
The Bones of What You Believe

73. “The Writing’s on the Wall”
OK Go
Hungry Ghosts

74. “A Sky Full of Stars”
Coldplay
Ghost Stories

75. “Get Yourself Together”
Band of Skulls
Himalayan

76. “I Won’t Let You Down”
OK Go
Hungry Ghosts

77. “Ghost in the Moon”
Jars of Clay
20

78. “Leave It Alone”
Broken Bells
After the Disco

79. “Excos”
Lost in the Trees
Past Life

80. “Backstairs”
The New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers

81. “Nothing Ordinary”
Lucius
Wildewoman

82. “Progress”
Owel
Owel

83. “What Money Paid For”
The Good Mad
Strangeworthy EP

84. “Glass Harp”
Lost in the Trees
Past Life

85. “Falling Asleep (Shine Don’t Shadow)”
The Good Mad
Alta EP

86. “Landsailor”
Vienna Teng feat. Glenn Phillips
Aims

87. “Tereza”
Trails and Ways
Trilingual EP

88. “Land of the Red Man”
Parker Millsap
Parker Millsap

89. “Portal”
Lights
Little Machines

90. “Obsession”
OK Go
Hungry Ghosts

91. “Rebellion”
Linkin Park feat. Daron Malakian
The Hunting Party

92. “Dancehall Domine”
The New Pornographers
Brill Bruisers

93. “Bottle Rocket”
House of Heroes
Smoke EP

94. “Resonance”
My Brightest Diamond
This Is My Hand

95. “Sleeping By Myself”
Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

96. “Tenerife Sea”
Ed Sheeran
X

97. “East”
Sleeping at Last
Atlas: Land EP

98. “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains)”
Crowder
Neon Steeple

99. “The Worst Kind of Gods”
House of Heroes
Smoke EP

100. “Remedy”
Jennifer Knapp
Set Me Free

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