Whether a track takes some time to catch on or an artist likes to cram in a late-year release, sometimes a song ends up sitting in limbo between year-end lists. So with the end of the year rapidly approaching, let’s acknowledge the 10 best tracks that aren’t eligible for 2015’s list, but missed the boat on 2014’s.
10. ‘Trap Queen” Fetty Wap
This massive hit was released all the way back in April of last year, but ended up becoming a massive debut sleeper hit for Fetty Wap. . It may not be the greatest song ever, but it would be completely remiss not to acknowledge it’s value, especially since Fetty has already avoided One Hit Wonder status.
09. “Style” Taylor Swift
T-Swift’s mammoth 1989 album is truly a juggernaut that keeps trekking along. While it contains some of her most famous material, it certainly doesn’t contain her best, but that doesn’t make it a complete artistic write-off. Single #3, “Style” was truly a special moment in a sea of over-polished, easy to swallow pop.
08. “Feeling Myself” Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé
These two ladies coming together is, was, and always will be a special thing. When Nicki dropped The Pinkprint late last year, this was clearly one of the most buzz-worthy moments. Even without the epic pop success it deserved, “Feeling Myself” was certainly one of the most noteworthy collaborations this year.
07. “You Know You Like It” DJ Snake featuring AlunaGeorge
Ok this one couldn’t be left out simply for the fact that this remix actually does the flawless original justice. While AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” was a proper highlight on it’s own, DJ Snake took the song to a whole new level in the pop stratosphere, and that’s something worth noting.
06. “Ex’s And Oh’s” Elle King
Newcomer Elle King’s palatable blues rock gem really is difficult not to like. In addition to her endearing vocals, the track is a soaring success that even the pop market couldn’t avoid for long. Even with it’s late blooming popularity, the track still maintains and solid authenticity that helps keep it’s cool afloat.
05. “Elastic Heart” Sia
Originally released in with The Weeknd and Diplo back in 2013 for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Sia’s equally-as-epic solo version of “Elastic Heart,” featured on her 1000 Forms Of Fear, became a moderate hit this year. The track is pretty textbook Sia, but that’s hardly a bad thing.
04. “Pray To God” Calvin Harris featuring HAIM
Calvin Harris has largely become contrived and predictable, as proven by his 2014 Motion LP. However, HAIM clearly knew what to do to keep him interesting. Released as a single this year, “Pray To God” is an incredible fusion of the two acts that resonates as one the best dance songs this year.
03. “Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)” The Weeknd
This was really the moment it became clear that The Weeknd was going to have one hell of a special year. Released just a week before the end of 2014 as the lead single from the Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack, “Earned It” is so epic that it could have easily been a Bond Theme instead.
02. “Really Love” D’Angelo and The Vanguard
D’Angelo’s heralded comeback, Black Messiah, was sadly caught in limbo between ’14 and ’15, having been released so late last year. Standout single “Really Love” showcases exactly why this album mattered so much, and no matter when it was released, good music always finds its way through the cracks.
01. “Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Mastermind song-crafter Mark Ronson made a huge comeback this year with the Bruno Mars-assisted “Uptown Funk.” It’s such a shame that the track experienced it’s full potential on the next calendar year after it’s release. It would have no doubt topped either year-end list had its release been shifted slightly.