I started a new tradition this year with my iTunes. Over the course of the year, I put every song I downloaded onto one playlist. I titled it “26. Sounds Of 2014” and made it a point of keeping it updated every time, just so I could look back at the year and know what I downloaded. For those who don’t know, I number all of my playlists. This keeps them in order, but also can add significance to them for me. For instance, my “Christian Jams” playlist is number 1, while my theme songs playlist “Anthems :)” is number 2, quite deliberately. Not all numbers matter by themselves to me, some do though, like 13 which is my favorite number. So with that all said, Here are the songs I added to my library in 2014. Not all of these are “new” songs, some I just assumed I had but when I wanted to play them I realized I didn’t. For instance, there was a day when I had to wear all black for a dance performance a few weeks ago, and “Back In Black” seemed an appropriate song to listen to as I walked to class for it. Surprise! I didn’t have it. That had to be fixed.
Otherwise though, many of these are new. I’ll add an occasional note here and there, but I’ll bold the song names. Also, these aren’t in any order except for the last one, which I felt was appropriate since my mom is a fan of Madonna and that particular song is amazing. Otherwise though, pay no attention to order, since I shifted for listenability at various points. Feel free to just scan and make comments based on what you see or don’t see if you’d like. Did I miss anything vital you think? All told there were 63 I added. Let’s see what 2015 is like. 🙂
26. Sounds Of 2014
“Wild Wild Love (feat. G.R.L) by Pitbull – Like so many of Pitbull’s songs, I’m embarrassed that I like this so much because it’s vulgar. But the chorus summarizes too perfectly how I feel about dancing, Yoga, and Journalism: For better or worse, a blessing or a curse, I love what I do. That’s why I love this song. The chorus, for me, doesn’t apply to any relationship as much as to what I’m passionate about 🙂
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift – Is there a better song to get you over failure? I doubt it. Of course, Taylor Swift is one of only two artists who, whenever she comes out with something, I buy it. I like her voice and lyrics that much. The other is Imagine Dragons. This was just the first culprit. What’s scary is this isn’t even my favorite song by her on this list. Her album 1989 threw it down
“Shower” by Becky G – This is one of only two I actually regret getting. Thought it sounded good, then got over it really quickly. There’s only one other song I regret on this list I got tired of, but this one while good wasn’t what I hoped. Otherwise, I love most of these songs
“Classic” by MKTO – Yes, I actually like this song. Besides the opening music, which is amazing until lyrics start, the chorus itself is both true and representative of every girl I’ve ever had a crush on, including Caitlyn 🙂
“Love Me Again” by John Newman – Dance teacher had this in her cool down for one of my classes. Now I affiliate it with her class and how accomplished they make me feel just to survive them. There’s a few songs on this list like that
“Love Alone Is Worth The Fight” by Switchfoot – Stumbled on this via iTunes Radio. Maybe the truest message of any song on this list
“Boys ‘Round Here (feat. Pistol Annies & Friends)” by Blake Shelton – Heard it, got hooked. That opening music is brutal, and his voice is really cool, as is the chorus. I also really think it’s cool that his last name is my first. I’ll never know what that means, but I think it’s cool 🙂
“The Man” by Aloe Blacc – Because sometimes, you just have to let yourself bask in your own success. No better song on my list for that 🙂
“Levels” by Avicii – From the Swedish composer who did “Wake Me Up” came an even better instrumental song. It’s so fast, but constant. It’s a great song to wake up to, especially when played right before this next one
“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors – I simply describe this song as playful, and childlike. It’s also a great way to start your day, with the hope that “this is gonna be the best day of my life.”
“Burn” by Ellie Goulding – Her techno music style and kind of abstract lyrics are really cool.
“Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz)” by Jason Derulo – First heard it in Zumba, and it helped that the teacher had awesome choreography to it. This is, plain and simple, a song to dance to. Hate that I like it, because like other songs here it’s vulgar. But man it’s catchy
“Prrrum” by Cosculluela – My first Spanish song here, I admit I have no idea what any of it means, so it’s probably horrible. But it’s catchy, so ignorance is bliss for me. Plus, it’s not like I listen to it with the windows down and the system up or anything lol
“Let There By Cowgirls” by Chris Cagle – I’m not in love with a cowgirl or anything, but man this country song goes hard. One of the longest opening instrumentals on this list, but it’s amazing 🙂
“Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men – Reminds me of why I love literature. Not sure why I like this song, but I love that it’s a duet (in a sense).
“Cha Cha” by Chelo – Dance song. Reminds me of the 20’s.
“A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton – I know it’s not a “NEW” song. Her voice is pretty, the lyrics are kind of timeless about love, no matter if you’re a guy or a girl.
“The Monster (feat. Rihanna)” by Eminem – I’m not a fan of Rihanna’s voice. Makes me rare I guess among those who like some of the music I do, but there’s something catchy about Eminem’s flow. Also, one of my favorite lyrical lines in all of music comes from this song: “Now I ain’t much of a poet but I know somebody once told me to seize the moment and don’t squander it, because you never know when it all could be over tomorrow…”
“Team” by Lorde – Her music has such weird appeal sometimes! This song is fun to walk into dance class to, with the lyrics “Now bring my boys in…” 🙂 That’s probably weird, but whatever 🙂
“Compass” by Lady Antebellum – No song exemplifies 2014 for me better than this one. Man I love this song. THIS actually is the song with the truest message on this list. Probably the most inspirational song I downloaded all year. This band just composes so well! Their lyrics, their music, their harmonies! All of it 🙂
“Pompeii” by Bastille – No real notes on this one
“Echa Pa’lla” by Pitbull – Good dance song, great Zumba song. My 2014 trainer Mitzie got me hooked on this one. So much fun lol
“Limbo” by Daddy Yankee – Another up-tempo Spanish song. It was kind of a theme this year 🙂
“Good Life” by OneRepublic – Nothing to add, it’s just a great song 🙂
“Ways To Go” by Grouplove – Stumbled onto this one via iTunes radio. The chorus is really great on this one 🙂
“Back In Black” by AC/DC – One of the greatest rock songs of all time. That’s not even disputable. Nor is the fact that AC/DC is one of the best bands ever of that genre.
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC – Another one I thought I had, didn’t, and decided to get 🙂
“Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony – One of the few Spanish songs I actually understand the words to (somewhat lol). I actually like this song for what it means, but I was introduced to it via Zumba and liked it before the meaning made me like it even more
“Sing” by Ed Sheeran – He has a neat voice. He really started to get on the American scene in 2013 by opening with Taylor Swift (who he duets with in one of my favorite songs of all time), but has since shined with the way he can flow. In a sense, he raps, but it’s hard to group him into the “Rap” genre since it’s evolved away from his style. This song is amazing though, no doubt about it
“King of the Dancehall” by Beenie Man – This guy’s voice sounds so foreign to me, but in a weird way it adds something to the words. Don’t know how to explain it, so just give it a listen if you’re curious
“Belly Danza” by Don Omar – It’s probably vulgar, but it’s in spanglish with Spanish, and so I don’t know what I feel about it. I just know that Don Omar’s music tends to have this weird whistle component, and it actually adds something, as does the well-defined beat, evidenced well in this song
“Hall of Fame (feat. will.I.am) by The Script – will.I.am gives this song a Black Eyed Peas feel with music that sounds like it’s by The Script (see “breakeven” for an example of their sound as I know it). The lyrics are really hopeful through and through. The song never seems redundant like a lot of other hopeful sounding songs do. Just beautiful through and through
“Oh Nelly” by Nelly – This one is vulgar in English, so I’m not proud that I like it. But you have to give it to Nelly, few people can be as pretentious in their music as he can. In a weird way, that’s fun to listen to sometimes
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea – First things first, I’m the OPTIMIST, not the “realist” but I have to admit, her sound is really cool. She actually (as I listen to the song while I write this) reminds me a bit of another classic female rapper: Missy Elliot (see who I’m talking about here) who I grew up hearing as my dad liked some of her music. Interestingly, after looking up Iggy on iTunes, it turns out she was influenced by Elliot. If you like either, check out the other. Whatever the justification, this song’s just amazing 🙂
“Good Time” By Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – I’ll never affiliate another other song so closely with Tap Dance as this one, and in 2014 I discovered my love to Tap. My tap teacher had a mix that included this one to warm up, and I got hooked one day. Couldn’t get the song out of my head for three days actually. Now it’ll go on another playlist I’m working on titled “3. Let’s Dance :)” which will be what I walk to her classes listening to. I had one playlist for all dance classes in Fall, but now I think I’ll put one list together to get me in the right mindset for each teacher. This will be one on Julie’s 🙂
“Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips – Just a great song. Cool sound, kind of uplifting.
“Bailamos” by Enrique Iglesias – I feel weird liking this song, but it’s good. Comfortable song to listen to while you work out or listen to. Kind of mellowing but still fast enough to want to move to a little bit.
“Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz – Cool drum utilization, simple words, but I really like how they did this one 🙂
“La Camisa Negra” by Juanez – My Spanish 1 teacher Sophia got me hooked on this one. Lol no idea how else to describe it
“Hold Us Together” by Matt Maher – In a year where I didn’t characteristically listen to as much Christian music as I normally do, this one was one I ran into that I’d heard previously but realized I really wanted. It’s got an incredible meaning, and a great chorus which includes the line “and I’ll, be, my brother’s keeper, so the whole world will know that we’re not alone.” 🙂
“Loca (feat. El Cata) by Shakira – Introduced by our Spanish 1 teacher, this song just has a cool flow to it, like so many of Shakira’s. Very fast, probably good belly dancing music, if you’re into that kind of thing.
“Tennis Court” by Lorde – Like I said before, she has a weird appeal. Can’t figure out why I like this song in particular, except for the chorus.
“This Is How We Do” by Katy Perry – No comments here
“Out of the Woods” by Taylor Swift – Another great one on the 1989 soundtrack, this one’s chorus really stands out, which I seem to be saying a lot today, but her trademark imagery really stands up here too. The chorus contains a weird combination of drums and vocals. Still, one of my favorite sounding lines in music starts at 2:27. Listen to it, it’s beautiful in every way.
“Do It Well” by Jennifer Lopez – I know it’s an older song, but it’s a great one. I love it though. So strong and fast.
“Welcome To New York” by Taylor Swift – Her imagery adds a personal touch of her currently having a place in New York now. It’s a good reflection of where she is.
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift – So many memorable lines come from this one and show up in Memes and other places. It’s a fast, strong song about the energy of love and about it’s transience sometimes.
“Dis Iz da Life” by St. Lunatics – Such a funny song about how success changes people, but from the artist perspective.
“Como Yo Le Doy (feat. Don Miguelo)” by Pitbull – Let’s be honest, it’s vulgar and I don’t like it at all. But that said, it’s catchy. Don’t you just hate how that works sometimes.
“Fireball” by Pitbull – Finally something by him I’m not embarrassed to like. Fun song, and I’m told lots of people use it to tap to
“Bad Wings” by The Glitch Mob – An ode to my friend and teacher Michelle who led us in this one in a “Student Spotlight” piece. I’ll never forget this experience, this person, or how it impacted me. Neat kind of retro sound as well.
“We Own It (Fast & Furious)” by 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa – This song became one of my theme songs this year. Few songs energize or excite me as much as this one. I always think of my fellow dancers when I hear the line in it shortly after the first chorus: “And the same ones that ride with be the same ones that I die with, put it all out on the line with, if you’re looking for me you can find with.” Basically though, this song is a fight song about being confident in yourself and what you have to do an where you’ve come from to have to do it.
“Moviendo Caderas (feat. Daddy Yankee)” by Yandel – Really fun song! Love dancing and moving to this one. Great song to get yourself ready for a dance class
“Bartender” by Lady Antebellum – This band composes well across the board, and their way of telling a story in a song is almost unmatched in my opinion. It takes some time to get to their chorus sometimes, but then the chorus delivers and it’s amazing.
“I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons – My favorite song of 2014, by the only musical entity besides Taylor Swift who I download from automatically. The Las Vegas based group nailed it on this one, with a chorus that’s loud and is always led into with a gentle little set of guitar chords before hitting your eardrums with drums and vocal harmonies. It’s amazing 🙂 2015 is going to be an amazing year for them.
“Saturday In The Park” by Chicago – Arguably the greatest song ever composed, this one includes some of the pretties piano chord sequences in all of music. Yeah, I said it.
“Grow Up (feat. Bust Rhymes)” by Cher Lloyd – I downloaded this one after hearing it on iTunes radio the night I auditioned for Springdance 2015. It was the day of an audition I was embarrassed by, but it was such an easy one to dance to in my place that I wished I had prepared those moves ahead of time, even on the chance that I could use them lol.
“In Your Arms” by Nico & Vinz – The combination of vocals in this makes me smile. It’s a cool song to sing about anyone you love, as I often do.
“I Know Places” by Taylor Swift – While I downloaded her entire 1989 album, this one was the last that initially stuck out, though in days since a couple of others have jumped out too. Those will be on next year’s list. For now this one has some really cool lines, just like her others.
“You Be Killin ’em” by Fabolous – This song wakes me up and excites me. Great song, energetic one about all the independent women out there, and since I love girls like that, this one is one of my favorites.
“In My Head” by Jason Derulo – Most awful song on this list, but it’s got a good, smooth sound. So that’s something.
“4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)” by Madonna – Fittingly 4:04 long, it sounded fun to have a Madonna song as my last one, plus like so many others on this list, it’s exciting and will get you moving.