The 2014 Single of the Year

Katy B

Katy B, “Crying For No Reason”

Although it was an admirable top 5 single in the UK, the shimmering ballad “Crying For No Reason” should have catapulted Katy B to Adele-level heights. For me, at the very least, it’s a song that has lingered throughout the entirety of 2014, its power feeling even greater the more the year went on. In more ways than one, as well. Starting off as a standard piano ballad with confessional lyrics (“I never faced all the pain I caused / Now the pain is hitting me full force”) the song launches into a pulsating, gently gliding breakstep beat the rest of the way, just stopping short of morphing into a disco banger, holding back enough to not let the beats overwhelm the emotion. The end result is the best pop single about brutal self-loathing since Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”, a brilliant, perfect song that was a very easy choice for the best single of the year.

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The complete top 20:

  1. Katy B, “Crying For No Reason”
  2. Lykke Li, “No Rest For the Wicked”
  3. Alvvays, “Archie, Marry Me”
  4. Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”
  5. Lykke Li, “Gunshot”
  6. FKA Twigs, “Two Weeks”
  7. St. Vincent, “Digital Witness”
  8. Tove Lo, “Habits (Stay High)”
  9. Jessie Ware, “Tough Love”
  10. Ariana Grande, “Break Free”
  11. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
  12. Azealia Banks, “Chasing Time”
  13. Banks, “Beggin’ For Thread”
  14. Charli XCX, “Break the Rules”
  15. Chvrches, “Dead Air”
  16. Perfect Pussy, “Interference Fits”
  17. Savages, “Fuckers”
  18. Tegan and Sara/TheLonely Island, “Everything is AWESOME!!!”
  19. Zola Jesus, “Dangerous Days”
  20. tUnE-yArDs, “Water Fountain”
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