Over the course of this week, Zane Lowe – Radio One’s evening DJ – has counted down his top 100 hundred singles of the year ranked by the public. Today it was revealed that Coldplay’s single ‘Magic’ was to become the Hottest Record of the year.
In a list which saw Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Royal Blood make the top ten, the top five was dominated by artists with dedicated followings.
But was it truly reflective of the finest singles of the year?
There is always a problem with putting lists like this down to the public’s vote because the dedicated fans come out in their droves to nominate their band to the top without really considering that there may be some hidden gems tucked in amongst the predictable singles. Unfortunately, some of the finest examples of exciting new music considered for the top hundred were left buried in the bottom 50. King 810’s magnificent fable of hard-rock intertwined with a powerful message ‘Write About Us’ hit the disappointingly low spot of #85, a clear snub for a song so layered with ingenious lyrics and powerful music. Even the more mainstream Wretch 32 (famous for his club song ‘Traktor’) only managed #75 with his incredibly nuanced single ‘6 words’.
Considering clubs were filled with the amazing dance anthem ‘Bullit‘ by french DJ Watermat, even that managed only to break into the #70s. One triumph, though, was undoubtedly the success of Irish singer songwriter Hozier’s single ‘Take me to Church’ which at least proves that a relative newcomer has the chops to be hanging with the big boys. Having said that, even he has a new in-built fan base after performing at the Victoria Secret Fashion show (whose fans are fanatic to say the least).
Perhaps it’s cruel to criticise the public for their votes, it has undoubtedly been a great year for music, we’ve seen Rock music resurge in popularity as British bands like Royal Blood and The Marmozets take the charts – and venues – by storm. We’ve seen the growth of enormous – and talented – popstars triumph with the return of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Jessie Ware. And Dance Music has become something no longer dominated by boring Rap music with repetitive beats but something in which artists like Disclosure, DeadMau5 and Kinfe Party aren’t the only ones delivering fantastic content.
Was 2014 a good year for music? Hell yes it was. No matter whose was the most popular song in Zane Lowe’s list, the list itself is a testament to the fact that music is going through another golden age.
5: The Negative One – Slipknot
4: Hozier – Take me to Church
3: Eminem – Guts Over Fear (feat. Sia)
2: The 1975 – Medicine
1: Magic – Coldplay
Listen to them in this playlist comprising all of the 100 Hottest Records available on Spotify.