CHARTING: The best songs from the year’s first half

FKA twigs (via Sidewalk Hustle)
FKA twigs (via Sidewalk Hustle)

Yesterday, I gave you my picks for the year’s best albums. Today, we take a look at the 30 songs that have stood tallest in 2014. But first, these are the five best tracks that I unfortunately did not have room for in a top 30 chart:

HONORABLE MENTIONS: The New Pornographers, “Brill Bruisers”; Tame Impala, “Stranger in Moscow” (Michael Jackson cover); Trust, “Rescue, Mister”; YG, “I Just Wanna Party” (feat. ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock); Zeds Dead, “Lost You” (feat. Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy)

TOP 30: 30. Shura, “Touch”

29. Juce, “Call You Out”

28. Twin Shadow, “To The Top”

27. Ryn Weaver, “OctaHate”

26. Mac DeMarco, “Let My Baby Stay”

25. Caribou, “Can’t Do Without You”

24. ScHoolboy Q, “Hoover Street”

23. Swans, “A Little God In My Hands”

22. Wild Beasts, “Mecca”

21. Real Estate, “Crime”

20. Cloud Nothings, “Psychic Trauma”

19. Jungle, “Busy Earnin’”

18. Jessie Ware, “Tough Love”

17. Röyksopp & Robyn, “Do It Again”

16. Shamir, “If It Wasn’t True”

15. Todd Terje, “Johnny & Mary” (feat. Bryan Ferry)

14. Parquet Courts, “Instant Disassembly”

13. Ought, “Habit”

12. Mas Ysa, “Shame”

11. Real Lies, “North Circular”

10. FKA twigs, “Two Weeks”

9. St. Vincent, “Prince Jonny”

8. Ariana Grande, “Problem” (feat. Charli XCX)

7. How to Dress Well, “Words I Don’t Remember”

6. Sun Kil Moon, “Ben’s My Friend”

5. Future, “Move That Dope” (feat. Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino)

4. tUnE-yArDs, “Time of Dark”

3. Sia, “Chandelier”

2. The War on Drugs, “Under the Pressure”

1. Future Islands, “Seasons (Waiting on You)”

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