Music makes the world go round (so they say) and every year, thousands of songs are released to ensure that the “musi-go-round” keeps spinning. Due to everyone’s individual taste, some songs go on to gain great success, while others fail miserably. But then, there are those that torment us; those that get stuck in our heads and annoy us, regardless of what we enjoy. And that is our focus this year as we compile our list of what we believe to be this year’s Top 10 Earworms (i.e. The Top 10 Catchiest Tunes of 2014).
10. Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You
Making it to nr 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, Can’t Remember to Forget You is the first single off Shakira’s 5th English album. Featuring Rihanna on vocals, the song speaks of the inability to forget someone you “hate” because you still love them. Yea… it’s one of those “complicated” relationship statuses.
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9. Ella Henderson – Ghost
It has to be said that this song got stuck in my head and never left. Co-written with Ryan Tedder (of One Republic) and a whole of other hot shot writers and producers, Ghost entered the UK singles charts at nr 1 (I’m not sure how that is possible, but apparently it is). Other than being a UK X Factor contestant, who managed to get signed by Simon Cowell, Henderson was lucky enough to record this chart topper on her 18th birthday.
8. Sam Smith – I’m Not the Only One
You would think that this track moved mountains on charts this year, and yet the 4th single from the album The Lonely Hour only made it to nr 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list. Still, it’s a song that many can relate to… maybe not so much as a sing along but rather as it is a cry along…
7. A Great Big World – Say Something
Yet another moving song of 2014, except that I seriously thought that this would’ve been THEE emo hit song of the year. With all the different cover versions it spawned, it seemed like the track was HOTT. However, the single only gained success and momentum up the charts once Christina Aguilera collaborated with the duo on an episode of The Voice. Eventually the single made it right up to nr 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
6. John Legend – All of Me
And the soppy, mushy love song of 2014 goes to…. well that’s not what this chart is about, but man, could this be the love song of the year maybe? – Well it should be! Written as a dedication to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, All of Me made its mark as Legend’s debut nr 1 single on US charts… Yea, I couldn’t believe it either, but we his celebrate success!
5. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
She’s been getting a lot of flak recently and what does she do in return? Keeps doing what she loves doing best, giving us a reason to love her and her music. As the closing of this year drew near, Swift decided to make sure that we end it off in style with her latest track Shake It Off. I’m not a fan of Taylor, but it’s no secret that her songs are chart toppers. Having already reached nr 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the single has also been nominated for Favourite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards as well as for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
4. Magic! – Rude
The single was released in October 2013, but having topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 6 weeks this year, it was with good reason that is was included on the top catchiest song of 2014. Sung by a Canadian band, Rude is an infectious reggae song that was, for some strange reason, named the worst song of 2014 by Time Magazine – Haters! Yes, ok, so the song gets stuck in your head the minute your listen to it, but isn’t that the idea??
3. Meghan Trainor – All About the Bass
I can’t say that I liked this song when I first heard it, but I just could never escape it. I found myself singing it everywhere, all the time and it annoyed me. Written by singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor, along with a producer in hopes that some famous artist would be interested in making it a hit, L.A Reid had other plans when he heard Meghan’s rendition of the song in a demo and well, it worked. Not only did the single sit at nr 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 8 weeks, it’s also quite a lot of fun, well the lyrics that is….
2. Lorde – Royals
Yet another song that was released in 2013, but due to its incredible success this year, could not be left out. Remaining at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 9 consecutive weeks and receiving two Grammy’s this year, there’s no doubt that Royal is an awesome song, despite the controversy surrounding it (yes, there was a bit of controversy). Let’s be honest, it’s real catchy even though you probably only know the phrase “I can be your queen B”
1. Pharrell Williams – Happy
It’s no surprise that this tune tops our chart. I mean it has been spreading happiness all over the world since the release of Despicable Me 2. And the fact that it claimed and hung onto the nr 1 position on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks, is enough reason to declare it the overall catchiest track of 2014! I mean, how many different versions of this song are out there? Even various countries gave in their input, that’s how big it was! Happy was nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, but lost out to Frozen’s Let It Go. I guess it’s true… you just can’t win them all.
So 2014 wasn’t too shabby music wise, maybe you disagree with our choices? Let us know below… What catchy songs do you think should have made it onto the list? And while you’re at it, this is one we contemplated but decided not to include. But because we just couldn’t let it go and no one should ever have to suffer alone… This is our “2014 Catchy Tune Worth Mentioning”