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The best tracks of 2014

Lily Allen. Balazs Mohai/Associated Press

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.