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Chart Chat Special Edition : Top Ten Tracks Of The Year (So Far…)

Chart Chat Special Edition : Top Ten Tracks Of The Year (So Far…)

The year has been in progress now for over three months so we thought it was high time that we picked out our favourite tracks of the year so far.  The column centres on each weeks new release singles but some of these tracks didn’t get a formal release and hence never got a review as part of the blog.  Here are my pick of the top ten tracks this year so far :

1. American Interiors – Gruff Rhys

Super Furry Animals front man released this track as a taster for his album of the same name and it instantly stuck a chord with me. The album isn’t released until early May when he will also be completing a six night run of sell out performances at London’s Soho Theatre.  But if the single is anything to go by I will certainly be pre-ordering a copy of the album.

2. All Through The City – Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry

Those wishing to find a more detailed review of their album can do so by searching elsewhere on this site, but for me after several plays of the album this has become my favourite song.  Originally recorded by Dr Feelgood for their ‘Down By The Jetty’ album it sounds fresher now than it ever has.  Can’t stop playing it!

3. Entanglement – Charlotte Church

This was the lead track to Charlotte’s fourth EP and was her best offering since ‘Glitterbombed’ on EP ‘Two’. She launched her latest EP with two innovative shows in London and Cardiff but this for me was the stand out track.  Much louder than some of her more atmospheric material it remains fascinating to watch her continue on her experimental journey making the music she wants to make rather than that of her record label. EP ‘Five’ should complete the series later in the year.

4. FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince & Zooey Deschanel

Not content with being the lead character in America’s funniest sitcom export ‘New Girl’ Zooey Deschanel reminds us of just what a fine voice she has by duetting with Prince on his latest single ‘FALLINLOVE2NITE’.  Sadly overlooked in terms of the mainstream chart this is surely the best track by Mr Rogers Nelson for some years. 

5. She Used To Love Me A Lot – Johnny Cash

I am always wary of “new” material from deceased rock stars but this was truly an unearthed gem.  Recorded between 1981 and 1984 this track comes with a spectacular video directed by John Hillcoat which picked up over 750k views on YouTube during its first month of upload.  Again, not a hit single as such but a timely reminder of just what a legend Johnny Cash was.

6. Spotlight – Shakira

Overlooked in favour of the Rihanna collaboration ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’, this was the stand out track to come from the Colombian singers self titled album.  Second single ‘Empire’ would be a pretty close runner up but I would hope to see this getting a formal release further down the line.

7. White Walls – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis

It was always going to be hard to replicate the success of ‘Thrift Shop’ but that didn’t stop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notching up the hits.  Sadly this got no further than no.26 and thus became the first of their four singles from ‘The Heist’ not to make the top 10. The video notched up an impressive 27m views and was on high rotation across European TV music channels.

8. Crying For No Reason – Katy B

After a couple of below par singles which missed out on the top ten Katy B returned to form with this which became her third top five hit so far, and her first since ‘Lights On’ in 2011.  The colourful and eyecatching video guaranteed airplay with over 4.2m views being recorded on her Vevo account alone.

9. Say Something – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera

American duo A Great Big World managed to top the charts in Australia and Canada while also reaching the top five in the US, Austria, Sweden and the UK.  The video has been seen over 69m times and saw Christina Aguilera back inside the top ten since her duet with Pitbull on ‘Feel A Moment’ a year earlier.

10. Dark Horse – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

Rarely off the radio this still manages to grow on me with each listen.  The album ‘Prism’ is packed full of potential hit singles with the press suggesting ‘Birthday’ will be the next track to get a full release.  It hasn’t been off the chart yet in 2014 and the indications are that it will be sticking around for another few weeks yet.

What have been your favourite tracks this year?  Why not get in touch at @ChartChatUk and we will retweet the best tracks.


Ian Anderson


11 April, 2014 - Posted by | ChartChat

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