Top 40 Songs of 2014

I generally dislike the radio and many of the songs that get played on it. When I first made this list last year, I did a top 40 because I had way too many candidates and could not narrow it down to 25, like I wanted. But now I realize that this list is more than that for me. This list is my answer to the standard top 40 list made famous on Billboard and the radio–a list that is more of a popularity contest, full of songs that sound eerily similar because they incorporate many of the same elements. My Top 40 list represents the songs I enjoyed the most from this past year and I take pride in its eclecticism. Enjoy.

1. “Babylon (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- SZA, Z

2. “Drugs You Should Try It”- Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo

3. “Weight of Love”- The Black Keys, Turn Blue

4. “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur”- Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment

5. "Love Yourz"- J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

6. "Really Love"- D'Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah

7. “Keep On Lying”- Jessie Ware, Tough Love

8. "G.O.M.D."- J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

9. “Sunday Candy”- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf

10. "0-100 / The Catch Up"- Drake

11. "A Tale of 2 Citiez"- J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

12. “Autumn Leaves”- Chris Brown, X

13. “Heavenly Father”- Isaiah Rashad, Cilvia Demo

14. “Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now”- Kid Cudi, SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon

15.“Days In The East”- Drake 

16. "Do You Love Me (feat. Mara Hruby)"- Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica

17. “Ronnie Drake (feat. SZA)”- Isaiah Rashad, Cilvia Demo

18. “Skyfall (feat. Young Thug)"- Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo

19. “2 On/Thotful (feat. Drake)”- OB OBrien

20. “Gush”- Pharrell, G  I  R  L

21. “I’ve Told You Now”- Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

22. "i"- Kendrick Lamar 

23. “Don’t Play (feat. Big Sean & The 1975)"- Travi$ Scott, Days Before Rodeo

24. “West District”- PARTYNEXTDOOR

25. “W.A.Y.S.”- Jhené Aiko, Souled Out

26. “Studio (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)”- ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

27. "Pay Attention (feat. Rico Love)"- Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica

28. “Stereotype”- Chris Brown, X

29. "Apparently"- J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

30. "Ring Off"- Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition)

31. "Another Life"- D'Angelo & The Vanguard, Black Messiah 

32. “Say You Love Me”- Jessie Ware, Tough Love

33. “Drunk Texting (feat. Jhené Aiko)”- Chris Brown, X

34. “About the Money (feat. Young Thug)”- T.I., Paperwork

35. "Soul Food (feat. Raphael Saadiq)"- Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica

36. “Man Of The Year"- ScHoolboy Q, Oxymoron

37. "Not Loving You"- Mary J. Blige, The London Sessions

38. "Lights On"- FKA twigs, LP1

39. "Y.A.S."- Trey Songz, Trigga

40. “Trophies”- Drake

Also, a small shout out goes to J. Cole's "Note To Self." It's the last track on his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and if 12 of the 14 minutes delegated to this song weren't credits, it would have easily been my top song. The two minutes of music he gives us before starting the credits is just beautiful. Happy New Year!

-AO