Here are my picks for the Top Ten. Look for a Top 20 Roundup in December.
Here is to holidays, beers, BBQ...and good music!
#10 Still Want You - Brandon Flowers
I love this guy. He could sing the phonebook and brighten up my day!
#9 Chinatown - Girlpool
Wistful...charming...oddly sad. A great tune.
#8 FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna And Kanye West And Paul McCartney
All three of these artists have ample numbers of haters...which is good enough for me! Earnest, catchy, great vocals...good stuff!
#7 Here - Alessia Cara
Great, great song. Kind of disturbing...really powerful.
#6 Love Like This - Miami Horror
Take a moment from your holiday to watch what is THE BEST VIDEO OF THE YEAR!!!!
Just fantastic. Crazy, weird, bizarre, fixed POV awesomeness!
#5 Pedestrian At Best - Courtney Barnett
This song is like an anxiety attack that just keeps getting worse. A stream of consciousness nightmare of brilliance!
#4 Make Up Your Mind Tonight - Hawksley Workman
For a song that goes on about "this is the way that we relax"...THIS IS THE LEAST RELAXING SONG EVER! Love it...Canadian rock artist Workman is back.
#3 The Eye - Brandi Carlile
This is a lovely song. Brandi Carlile is awesome.
#2 Brownlow - Lapsley
The top two are basically a tie for me. I find this one hypnotic and amazing...absolutely love it.
A reflection in part, apparently, on rave culture, it is also an intense piece of song writing and of almost existential self-criticism. "I set the deal straight".
#1 Gimme All Your Love - Alabama Shakes
This song gives me goosebumps. Incredible vocals, a simmering and explosive tone, that incredible part where they switch it up...just amazing.
Turn it up to eleven and disturb the neighbours! Put it on repeat.
To check out a playlist of my Top 20 for 2014 see: Michael Laxer's Top 20 1014
Did I miss a great song? Link to it in the comments!