Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top 100 of 2014 (100-91)

100. James Durbin - Parachute PEAK: #12

Kicking off this year's top 100 is American Idol contestant James Durbin. IMO one of the most underrated contestants they've had, this rocker has had several good songs over the past few years, and this return from him definitely delivered.

99. Eva Avila - Bitter Meets Sweet PEAK: #1 (3 weeks)

In 2013, former Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila spent three weeks on top of my chart with "Bitter Meets Sweet". This song continued its success into 2014, where it makes the top 100 for another year.

98. Chicago - Now PEAK: #26

It's been a long time coming, but the successful Chicago-based band of the 1970's and 1980's whose name is the same as that of their home city returned with their 36th album in 2014. This lead single became another solid hit for them on my chart, with a sound very much like their classics.

97. Bruno Mars - Young Girls PEAK: #18

While the "Unorthodox Jukebox" album was released in 2012, its success was so much so that it continued to have hits into 2013 and even 2014! This, the fifth single from that album, carried on the success that Bruno Mars has enjoyed so much lately. Expect his current collaboration with Mark Ronson on my 2015 year-end.

96. Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora - Black Widow PEAK: #23

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has been one of 2014's biggest breakthrough artists. This song, which features a chorus by Rita Ora, became another big hit and makes its way into my year-end top 100.

95. Magic! - Rude PEAK: #11

Another one of the year's top newcomers, Canadian band Magic! broke through with this reggae-influenced track that became a huge worldwide hit. While it wasn't quite as successful on my chart, they still had a good run with this.

94. Hedley - Heaven In Our Headlights PEAK: #13

Hedley is nearing a decade's worth of hits in their homeland of Canada, and songs like this show why they have had such longevity in their careers. A simple pop-rock tune worth a listen for sure!

93. Goo Goo Dolls - Caught In The Storm PEAK: #4

An "eleventh hour" release from last year's "Magnetic" album, the band from Buffalo with a name that sounds like baby talk adds yet another hit to their repertoire, which has continued since the 1990's with many classic hits that decade.

92. Kylie Minogue - Into The Blue PEAK: #22

One of Australia's most successful exports ever, Kylie Minogue returned in 2014 with her "Kiss Me Once" album and this lead single showed that she can still make great music to this day.

91. Ryan Cabrera - House On Fire PEAK: #5

Dallas-born singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera has remained a strong force on my chart since debuting in 2004 with two #1 hits. Since then, he has had several more top 10's and this song, from his forthcoming EP, was a top 5 hit late in the year.

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