Velvet’s top 150 songs of 2014

It’s that time of the year again. Where the lists of who was who and what was what and where was where and, you get the point. The accumulation of the years most influential, catchy, thought provoking, aggressive, emotionally destroying songs from the best artists. Now last year, Velvet didn’t produce a ‘Songs of 2015’ post. So to make up for it, this year Velvet has conjured up 150 songs that grasped 2014 by it’s special bits and took control, (because sex is power right?). Anyway, Velvet’s top 20 tracks of the year are as follows:

  1. Little Comets – The Blur The Line and The Thickest Of Onions
  2. Perfume Genius – Queen
  3. Real Lies – Dab Housing
  4. Merchandise – No You and Me
  5. Baby Strange – Distance Yourself
  6. Gerard Way – Action Cat
  7. clipping – Body and Blood
  8. NO – Leave The Door Wide Open
  9. The Plastic Dots – Velvet Cafe
  10. Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days
  11. The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
  12. Girl Band – De Bom Bom
  13. Aztecs – Bad Blood
  14. Carft Spells – Breaking The Angle Against The Tide
  15. Dracula Legs – Heartburn Destination
  16. Halls – Body Eraser / Avalanche
  17. YOUTHCULT – What Ever Works
  18. Peace – World Pleasure
  19. Cherry Glazer – Had Ten Dollaz
  20. Malachai – I Deserve To No

Now for all the songs that Velvet deemed ‘list-worthy’:

  1. Acab Rocky – Father
  2. All We Are – I Wear You
  3. Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine
  4. The Amazing Snakeheads – Every Boy Want’s To Be Her Baby
  5. The Amazons – Something In The Water
  6. ArtClassSink – Time To Go (Before The Rivalry)
  7. Attu – We Are Ordinary People
  8. Axxa/Abraxas – I Almost Fell
  9. Aztecs – Bad Blood
  10. Baby Strange – Distance Yourself
  11. Bad Breeding – Age Of Nothing
  12. Band Of Skulls – Hoochie Coochie
  13. Beach Party – Geronimo
  14. Bear In Heaven – Autumn
  15. Ben Pearce – GBH
  16. Bernard + Edith – Poppy
  17. The Black Cult – Riot
  18. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
  19. Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
  20. Breton – S4
  21. Breton – National Grid
  22. Broods – Mother & Father
  23. Blood Red Shoes – An Animal
  24. Broken Hands – No One Left To Meet
  25. Broods – Never Gonna Change
  26. The Bulletproof Bomb – Suitcase
  27. Captivves – Don’t Defy Us
  28. Cheatahs – Mission Creep
  29. Cherry Glazerr – Had Ten Dollaz
  30. Circa Waves – Know One
  31. clipping.  – Body and Blood
  32. Coasts – Golden City
  33. Cold War Kids – All This Could Be Yours
  34. Craft Spells – Breaking The Angle Against The Tide
  35. The Creases – Static Lines
  36. Darlia – Candyman
  37. Dead Groove – The World
  38. Dean Wareham – The Dancer Disappears
  39. Deathcats – Melted
  40. Deers – Bambo
  41. Denai Moore – I Swore
  42. Deptford Goth – The Lovers
  43. Disclosure – The Mechanism
  44. Dracula Legs- Heartburn Destination
  45. Drowners – A Button On Your Blouse
  46. The Drums – Magic Mountain
  47. DZ Deathrays – Gina Works At Hearts
  48. East India Youth – Five Year Glacier
  49. Eagulls – Amber Veins
  50. Elephant – The Way It Is
  51. Eliot Sumner (I Blame Coco) – Information
  52. Erik Hassle – Pathetic
  53. The Family Rain – Don’t Waste Your Time
  54. Fans – All This Time
  55. The Franklin Electric – This Is How I Let You Down
  56. Friendly Fires & The Asphodells – Before Your Eyes
  57. Gengahr – Fill My Gums With Blood
  58. Gerard Way – Action Cat
  59. Geyser – Copper Wish
  60. Girl Band – De Bom Bom
  61. Grace Joyner – Young Thing
  62. The Griswolds – Beware The Dog
  63. Halls – Body Eraser / Avalanche
  64. Happyness – You Come To Kill Me?!
  65. Hockeysmith – But Blood
  66. Honeyblood – Choker
  67. The Horrors – I See You
  68. Horsebeach – Even
  69. Idea For A Film – Can’t Sit Still
  70. Is Tropical – Crawl
  71. Iyes – Toys
  72. Jack White – Lazaretto
  73. Jaws – Think Too Much, Feel Too Little
  74. Jupiter-C – Holiday
  75. Kult Country – Trembling Moon
  76. LadyJesus – Wicked Game
  77. Literature – New Jacket
  78. Little Comets – The Blur The Line and the Thickest of Onions
  79. Lives – White Lies
  80. LSA – Can’t Be Trusted
  81. Lust For Youth – Armida
  82. Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
  83. Malachai – I Deserve To No
  84. Meg Myers – The Morning After
  85. Merchandise – No You and Me
  86. Merchandise – Begging For Your Life / In The City Light
  87. The Mercy Beat – Fool For A Fool
  88. Michael Flynn – Holy Ghose
  89. Moats – Snakepit
  90. Moats – Jeff Buckley
  91. Monte Carlo – Shim
  92. Naked (on drugs) – Single Fish Sight
  93. Naomi Punk – Television Man
  94. Native People – Calm Forever
  95. The Neighbourhood – Lurk
  96. Nero – Satisfy
  97. NO – Leave The Door Wide Open
  98. Odonis Odonis – New Obsession
  99. The Orwells – Let It Burn
  100. Owl Vision – Lightshy
  101. Palace – Veins
  102. Palm Honey – You
  103. Patterns – Blood
  104. Peace – World Pleasure
  105. Perfume Genius – Queen
  106. Pixel Fix – Lungs
  107. The Plastic Dots – Velvet Cafe
  108. Plastic Flowers – Gone Wrong
  109. Play Dead, Run – Lion Legs
  110. Popstrangers – Distress
  111. Prom – Flickers
  112. Protomartyr – Scum Rise!
  113. Radar Eyes – Positive Feedback
  114. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
  115. Real Lies – Dab Housing
  116. Roo Pane – Tiger Striped Sky
  117. Royal Blood – Little Monster
  118. Run Tiger Run – Hummingbird
  119. Sales – vow
  120. Sam Ratcliffe – The Talk We Chat
  121. Shunkan – Wash You Away
  122. Shy Nature – Lie Back
  123. Skaters – Miss Teen Massachusetts
  124. Slow Club – Tears Of Joy
  125. Sonlux – Easy (Switch Screens) Ft. Lorde
  126. Space Pony – Move
  127. Street Joy – Laurel Hill
  128. Tape Waves – Let It Go
  129. Taylor Swift – Blank Space (Surprise?)
  130. Tennis – 100 Lovers
  131. The Trouble With Templeton – Soldiers (Snowbird Remix)
  132. Thumpers – Tame
  133. Tigercub – Blue Blood
  134. Tomas Barfod – Pulsing
  135. Tom Vek – Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)
  136. TRAAMS _ Giddy
  137. Tweens – Be Mean
  138. Twin Graves – Last Sunset
  139. Twin Peaks – I Found A New Way
  140. The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
  141. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
  142. White Lung – Snake Jaw
  143. Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa
  144. Wolf Gang – Black River
  145. The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise
  146. Young Widows, Kerosene Girls
  147. Yellerkin – Tools
  148. Youthblood – Camouflaged
  149. YOUTHCULT – What Ever Works
  150. Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

As a final note, I’d like to raise the fact that the top two songs tackle issues of both sexual objectification and homophobia respectively. The phrase “It’s 2014” does not, remove all negative comments, physical displays or verbal displays of any social, gender, sexuality or racial issues. In 2014, there is still a strong volume of these negative attributions of society’s everyday living. Women are still raped, (as are men), and victimised for their physical appearance, “entrapping”, the male species internal instinct of sexual inclinations, leaving them terrified to live their daily lives, without the fear of being attacked for simply being a women. Lesbian, transgender and gay members of society, are still victimised and left terrified to be who they are, because of “traditional” white families dominantly, especially transgendered individuals. People of colour are still racial profiled as “violent, threatening, abusive, unintelligent”, or the new ‘n’ word, a “thug”, as a way of ensuring that police officers aren’t sentenced to prison (all eyes on Darren Wilson).

Music is but one small way of gaining the attention that these topics shouldn’t require, but still do. Feminism is still being attacked. Homosexuality and gender identity, are still being attacked. Being a ,regular, person of colour in the eyes of society, is still being attacked! These are issues, that simply cannot be ignored and those in the music industry who fight for these causes, shall be applauded and noted on this site. But these issues need your support 24/7, not when Little Comets or Perfume Genius release a new song, or another person of colour is murdered for having black skin..

Let music exponentially fill your heart and your mind, with the ideas of a positive future for society. Don’t be lead blind by music, let it guide you. All of your thoughts and opinions cannot be based upon one song. Learn about these issues, fight for civil rights everywhere, don’t stop until music is loaded with songs of celebration rather than declarations against injustice.

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