The best tracks of 2014

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Lily Allen.

With no particular album galvanizing our Top 10 lists, it’s clear 2014 was an anything-goes kind of year for pop music. Songs, in fact, were often strong enough to stand on their own merit. Critics James Reed and Sarah Rodman choose the 10 songs they had in heavy rotation, listed in alphabetical order by artist.


Hard Out Here,” Lily Allen

“Lonely Richard,” Amen Dunes

“This Grave Is My Bed Tonight,” Johnny Aries

“Beg for It,” Iggy Azalea

“Are You Okay,” Dum Dum Girls

“Just One of the Guys,” Jenny Lewis


“Windows,” Angel Olsen

“Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” Sharon Van Etten

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift

“Kind of . . . Sometimes . . . Maybe,” Jessie Ware


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“Leave It Alone,” Broken Bells

“Bang Bang,” Jessie J with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

“Sleep With a Stranger,” Nikki Lane

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

“Warpath,” Ingrid Michaelson

“All You Can Carry,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

“Figure It Out,” Royal Blood

“Back to the Shack,” Weezer


“When It Pleases You,” Dan Wilson

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