It’s Christmas Eve, which in some cultures I believe is actually the main day of gifting.So in that spirit, I’m slipping a special little something into your aural stocking. Forget about tomorrow’s books and sweets and alcohols, here’s a present you can unwrap right now – a playlist of my favourite songs of 2014 (in no particular order except the one I think sounds best).

Listen on Spotify here, or using the widget thing below. (Fair warning: the last couple of tracks don’t work unless you already own them. But you really should do anyway.)

Or, if you’re not into the whole Spotify thing, here’s the tracklist:

  1. Beyoncé – Drunk in Love (Kanye West Remix)
  2. Tinashe – 2 On
  3. CHVRCHES – Dead Air
  4. Hello Saferide – The Crawler
  5. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
  6. Robyn – Tell You (Today)
  7. Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
  8. Rustie – Attak (feat. Danny Brown)
  9. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  10. Kitty – Miss U
  11. How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
  12. FKA twigs – Two Weeks
  13. Nancy Whang – I Was Made for Loving You – Extended Version
  14. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
  15. Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days
  16. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  17. The-Dream – Wedding Bells
  18. Taylor Swift – Blank Space

It’s a pretty good overview of a year. As ever, I haven’t always been as engaged with the Hot New Music as I wanted, which I’m constantly being reminded as I pick through other people’s Best of 2014 lists – but there were at least a dozen songs I deeply loved this year, and that’s all I ever really need.

I’ll be going into depth on my absolute favourite of these tracks next week, but for now, happy listening, and merry Christmas!

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