Compiled by: Maxine Alindogan
Music is a universal language that truly adds color to our lives; it’s a source of expression, collaboration, jubilation, and, most importantly, relaxation. Here are the 14 songs we think brightened up 2014:
1. “Summer” by Calvin Harris
With school just beginning and summer still fresh in our minds, I’m sure we all couldn’t help but jam to Calvin Harris’s song and reminisce about the relaxing and worry-free days of summer.
2.“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Although this song didn’t come out until November, this upbeat song would have definitely made it to our playlist during the first few days of school. Listening to it is the perfect way to get you excited and pumped up for what lies ahead.
3.“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
As the days of school progress and the workload slowly begins to pile up, we couldn’t help but notice how often Pharrell’s “Happy” was used in the videos played during assembly. Nonetheless, we’re sure it managed to put a smile on all our faces. 🙂
4. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
Feeling a little blue? Well it’s Sam you should turn to. We thought we had a taste of Sam Smith and his soulful voice from his featurette in “Latch” by Disclosure, but turns out we were wrong. Our ears were screaming with elation when we heard his new album In the Lonely Hour, especially “Stay with Me.”
5. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
For girls, it’s always a nice reminder when a celebrity tells us that image isn’t everything. Meghan Trainor certainly emphasizes that in her catchy single, “All About That Bass.”
6.“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
If you’re the type of person who enjoys a fusion of electronic, classical and hip-hop then this grammy-nominated song is definitely for your playlist. Not only is a feel-good song but it’s hard to get sick of.
7. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Another song that we can’t seem to get enough of is Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” If you thought you loved the song, wait until you see the music video; it hits you in all the right places 🙂
8. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is everyone’s best friend. Her album 1989 truly took a turn in the opposite direction from her previous music but we definitely think it’s for the better. Along with her new sound comes new advice and “Shake It Off” is a great reminder that we shouldn’t take life and the people around us too seriously.
9. “Bang Bang” by Jessie J. feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
Do you enjoy songs with strong female voices? Well, wait until you get a taste of this song. Jessie J., Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj collaborate with each other in their catchy single called “Bang Bang.”
10. “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack
Feel good songs are always the best after a stressful day of school. “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack can be a song for deep car rides or a hangout with friends!
11. “Rude” by MAGIC!
It’s safe to say that this song has definitely been stuck in everyone’s head numerous time this year. MAGIC!’s “Rude,” with it’s reggae style, is a song we’ll always sing our hearts out to.
12. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
Whenever Coldplay releases an album it is always worth a listen. “A Sky Full of Stars” is just one of the many examples of what this timeless band can do.
13. “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake
Michael Jackson’s songs are truly ones that transcend generations. Although the King of Pop himself is no longer with us, his song “Love Never Felt So Good” feels like it was just recorded yesterday. Michael + Justin = Magic.