11. Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead”
Who is he kidding, Kanye West is never gonna let anyone finish. He’s going to use his “godliness” to stay at the front of the pack forever. So of course his 2013 hit is making it in 2014, too. At least the video for this one doesn’t feature a topless Kim Kardashian.
12. Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Even screeching goats couldn’t diminish this song’s popularity. It is pretty fun to scream at the top of your lungs, especially if, like Taylor, you have someone specific in mind when you do it. Harry Styles works; he may not have realized he was fake dating you like he was Taylor, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t break your heart.
13. Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound”
This hit will remain a hit because it’s kind of still on its way to becoming a hit. Capital Cities isn’t as highly known as a lot of these other stars, but that could very possibly change in 2014. Plus, I’ve seen them live, and they’re amazing.
14. One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young”
I never thought I’d say this, but One Direction has a point. It’s a new year, and you’re only getting older. So keep on playing this song to remind yourself to live while you’re young. Unless your News Year’s resolution is to never listen to One Direction again, but that’s a little harsh, even for me.
15. The Lumineer’s “Ho Hey”
I’m not just including this because it’s my alarm ringtone, I swear. The Lumineers appeal to a lot of cross genres and their laid back music makes for easy but interesting listening. No fuss, no drama, just music, straight and simple. If only I could make the “no drama” part stick for all of 2014…