The Billboard Hot 100 is a weekly chart that draws from a variety of factors to evaluate the most popular songs in America. In honor of this list, I have compiled my own list of 9 songs released in 2014 which have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and stood out amongst their peers in some way.
“Man of the Year” – ScHoolboy Q
Not too deep in lyrical content here, but Schoolboy Q knows how to make listening to his flow a good time. The dance beat and interesting sample of Chromatics’ “Cherry” makes “Man of the Year” an easy and enjoyable listen.
“Love Never Felt So Good”- Michael Jackson (ft. Justin Timberlake)
“Love Never Felt So Good” is a posthumous release of a reworked Michael Jackson track from the ’80s. It is stylistically consistent with his other work from that era, so naturally it would find its place on the list. There are a few versions of the reworked song, one which features Justin Timberlake.
“i” – Kendrick Lamar
An open and honest feel-good rap song.
“Take me to Church” – Hozier
A light tinge of gospel/soul flavoring on this track.
“Riptide”- Vance Joy
The track seems to draw from the bouncy, summery indie-pop vibes that exploded in popularity about 5 or 6 years ago, so some listeners might be wary of songs like this. Nonetheless, I think Vance Joy knew exactly what kind of song he wanted to write and succeeded in doing so.
“Studio” – ScHoolboy Q
Solid bump-n-grind hit.
“Uptown Funk!”- Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Fun track that polishes off the funk sound for modern audiences.
“Hot Boys”- Bobby Shmurda
Simple song, but easy to get into.
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