In terms of hit music, 2014 was on top of its game. From newcomers like Magic! and Iggy Azalea to vets like Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, there was no shortage of blockbuster successes on this year’s radio loop.
With the year winding down, we’re looking forward to what 2015 might hold for the music scene — will Lorde cover another song by the genius behind “Birthday Sex?” Will Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea have a booty rap showdown? Will Ariana Grande finally show us what she’s hiding in that hair of hers?
But before we take the plunge into a whole new year of music, it’s time to look back on some of the biggest hits of 2014 — the bass, the treble, the turned up, the turned down, the Idina Menzel and the Adele Dazeem, and everything in between.
If you've somehow managed to get the following songs out of your head, get ready to be reminded of how ridiculously catchy they all are. We dare you to not catch yourself singing along — because, be honest, you know all the words. Before 2014 comes to a close, jam out one last time to the biggest hits of the year in the Spotify playlist below.
1. "FANCY FT. CHARLIE XCX," IGGY AZALEA
Without a doubt, 2014 was Iggy Azalea's best year yet. She stormed the music scene and earned notoriety for this collaboration with Charli XCX — and for the throwback music video inspired by Clueless.
2. "RUDE," MAGIC!
3. "DON'T," ED SHEERAN
4. "RATHER BE FT. JESS GLYNNE," CLEAN BANDIT
Newcomer Clean Bandit grabbed our attention with single "Rather Be" in 2014, quickly becoming one of the most stuck-in-your-head songs of the year. It was released in January, and we still find ourselves humming along to it.
5. "RIPTIDE," VANCE JOY
Australian solo artist Vance Joy's single propelled him onto the charts (and into our hearts) in 2014. Without a doubt one of the most played (read: overplayed) radio hits of the year, we have a love-hate relationship with this track.
6. "POMPEII," BASTILLE
Indie-pop band Bastille had perhaps one of the most catchy songs of the year.
7. "COUNTING STARS," ONEREPUBLIC
OneRepublic is not new to the music scene by any stretch of the imagination — anyone remember hit "Apologize" from 2007? The band's most recent album, Native, brought us a more pop-focused sound and this blockbuster hit.
8. "ROYALS," LORDE
Eighteen-year-old Lorde has quickly become a fan favorite. This single, anthem of teens everywhere, has been stuck in our heads ever since.
9. "ALL ABOUT THAT BASS," MEGHAN TRAINOR
This body-positive single has put a whole new meaning to "bass" and "treble."
10. "ANACONDA," NICKI MINAJ
If anything broke the Internet this year, it was Nicki Minaj's bootylicious "Anaconda" music video, featuring a jaw-dropped (and likely pained) Drake. Sampling Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," Minaj gave us a modern booty-popping soundtrack.
11. "BANG BANG," JESSIE J, ARIANA GRANDE, NICKI MINAJ
Nineties sky dancer and ambiguously-aged Ariana Grande partnered up with powerhouses Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for this girl-power track.
12. "FLAWLESS (REMIX) FT. NICKI MINAJ," BEYONCÉ
Let's face it, anything Beyoncé touches quickly turns to gold (and a No. 1 track). Riding the tails of the Solange-Jay Z elevator incident, Beyoncé enlisted Nicki Minaj to remix one of her biggest hits — including a cryptic reference to the brawl.
13. "CHANDELIER," SIA
Behind-the-scenes superstar Sia took center stage this year with her newest solo album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Praised for its musicality, lyric genius, and brilliant video featuring "Dance Moms" Maddie Ziegler, this was undeniably one of the biggest hits of the year.
14. "BREAK FREE FT. ZEDD," ARIANA GRANDE
Ariana Grande was on fire in 2014 — especially when it comes to this collaboration with electronic DJ, Zedd.
15. "MAPS," MAROON 5
The lead single for Maroon 5's latest album — the August-released V — "Maps" quickly became the song we found ourselves humming at all hours of the day.
16. "HAPPY," PHARRELL WILLIAMS
Pharrell Williams' single was perhaps this year's most feel-good anthem of the year. We dare you not to clap along.
17. "PROBLEM FT. IGGY AZALEA," ARIANA GRANDE
It's no surprise that Ariana Grande graced three tracks on this list — after all, she might be the current queen (or princess?) of pop. This one, a collaboration with Iggy Azalea, is the unequivocal first-night-out-after-a-breakup song of the year.
18. "STORY OF MY LIFE," ONE DIRECTION
When talking pop hits, there's no way to avoid the radio empire that is One Direction. Its fan base grew even larger in 2014, and they caught all lovesick tweens with this romantic hit.
19. "SHOWER," BECKY G
20. "BLACK WIDOW FT. RITA ORA," IGGY AZALEA
Heavy beats make this Ora-Azalea collaboration almost frustratingly catchy. Side effects include catching yourself singing "I'm a black widow, baby" under your breath at work.
21. "BOOM CLAP," CHARLI XCX
As if this song wasn't a guaranteed hit on its own, it also served as the first (and lead) single from the soundtrack to hit film The Fault in Our Stars.
22. "HABITS (STAY HIGH)," TOVE LO
The soundtrack to self-destruction, Swedish artist Tove Lo burst onto the music scene with this "hazy pop jam" in 2014.
23. "COOL KIDS," ECHOSMITH
Though it was released in 2013, Echosmith's hit didn't reach mainstream popularity until this year.
24. "SUMMER," CALVIN HARRIS
Unsurprisingly, all-too-smart Calvin Harris released this single just in time to be the most popular song of the (you guessed it) summer.
25. "WIGGLE FT. SNOOP DOGG," JASON DERULO
No, this song might not be top of the game in terms of lyric genius. But the whistle-laden track is undeniably stuck-in-your-head material.
26. "TURN DOWN FOR WHAT," DJ SNAKE, LIL JON
Released at the very end of 2013, this hard-hitting, head-banging single is the musical equivalent of #YOLO.
27. "LET IT GO," IDINA MENZEL
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