Aspenbeat's Best Songs of 2014

Dec 21, 2014

This playlist includes an hour of 2014's Best 'Under the Radar' songs, as broadcast Saturday night December 20 2014 on Aspen Public Radio's Aspenbeat show.  Aspenbeat tends towards singer songwriter, contemplative, under the radar songs, with an emphasis on pop and rock and roll tunes.  Yes, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainer, Ariana Grande, St. Vincent -- they've all released powerhouse songs this year.  Those songs aren't on this list -- Aspenbeat is out to introduce you to some tunes that you might not be hearing on the radio or including on your Spotify playlist or Pandora station. Featuring both emerging and established artists including Willie Nelson, The New Basement Tapes, Stevie Nicks, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Mariah Carey, Indiana, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Dr. John, The Breithaupt Brothers featuring Ron Sexsmith, Tei Shi, Birds Over Arkansas, Kids On Bridges and Paolo Nutini. And we ran out of time but also Adam Levine and his 'Lost Stars' song from the 'Begin Again' movie.

What's interesting about year-end 'Best Of' music lists is that no two are the same or even close to the same.  Below we've included links to some of the 'Best Of 2014' Song and/or Album Lists from NPR, The New York Times, Spin Magazine and other sites that Aspenbeat came across in its' research.  There are some duplicates across the lists but not many.  Aspenbeat's criteria for this list:  these songs are played  over and over again, and then over and over again again.  They're played loud.  We can't get enough of them.  The rest is up to you.

Aspenbeat Best 'Under the Radar' Songs of 2014 Radio Show
Broadcast on Aspen Public Radio
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Host and Music Curator: Andrea Young



Willie Nelson - The Wall
The New Basement Tapes - When I Get My Hands On You
Stevie Nicks - Lady
Sam Smith - Money On My Mind
Pharrell Williams - Know Who You Are (Duet with Alicia Keyes)
Mariah Carey - The Art Of Letting Go
Indiana - Solo Dancing
Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach
The Doobie Brothers - You Belong To Me (with Amanda Sudano)
Dr. John - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
The Breithaupt Brothers (featuring Ron Sexsmith) - Any Day Now
Tei Shi - Bassically
Birds Over Arkansas - Catapult
Kids On Bridges - When The Needle Drops
Paolo Nutini - Let Me Down Easy
Adam Levine - Lost Stars (not played but on the list!)

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NY Times Artsbeat Best Songs of 2014

NY Times Nate Chenin's Top Albums of 2014

NY Times Ben Ratliff's Album Picks for 2014

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Rolling Stone Magazine 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

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