10 Singles (From Your Favorite Artists) You May Have Missed This Year
By Stacy Lambe
As the year draws to a close, everyone is publishing their best of lists (us included) and most music-related stories are talking about Lorde’s “Royals” or the rise of Macklemore (we’ll take partial credit for that one). That’s great and all, but we wanted to revisit a few songs that you should have been listening to. Check out the other singles this year’s biggest artists released that we think deserved a bit more love.
1. Bastille, “Things We Lost In The Fire”
If you’re not familiar with Bastille then you have some catching up to do. The band recently started getting attention stateside after owning the airwaves in the UK. They also went viral this fall when they released their cover of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” which practically brought down the Internet. But “Things We Lost” is probably their most radio-friendly jam that should earn them more attention in 2014.
2. Daft Punk, “Doin’ It Right”
We all got lucky this year when Daft Punk released Random Access Memories. The album was an instantaneous hit, delivering one of the biggest songs of the summer. But for those not totally into the Nile Rodgers-inspired sound may have found solace in the group’s third single, “Doin’ It Right,” which built on DP’s signature sound. The addition of Panda Bear expanded the group’s vocal appeal. Everything this group did this year was just right.
3. Janelle Monae and Miguel, “Primetime”
While “Q.U.E.E.N.” had us gagging over Janelle Monae’s return, it was “Primetime” that made us purr. The duet with Miguel is a simple R&B record that plays on love and desire. This is the Quiet Storm jam of the year.
4. Lady Gaga and R. Kelly, “Do What You Want”
“Applause” was the song that should have marked Gaga’s comeback but it mostly left people wondering what they were clapping for. Instead, the singer should have led off with this throwback ‘90s R&B sex jam with R. Kelly. Even though it has a retro vibe, it’s somehow the most fresh and modern thing Gaga has done.
5. Lorde, “Tennis Court”
If there’s one song that took over the radio, it’s “Royals.” The song was everywhere and with reason. It’s a damn good song. But it’s the singer’s first single, “Tennis Court,” that deserves some real love. This song captures teen angst better than Catcher In The Rye. Okay that’s a stretch, but you get the idea.