Top 10 Songs of 2014 – #9

West Coast - Lana Del Rey [Ernesth García]

One song down…nine to go!

If the reaction to the remaining songs are as good as they were for Song #10, this is going to be a GREAT countdown.

Before we continue, lets do a quick review…

The Bottom 10 of 2014

#10. Bang, Bang

The countdown continues!

To be quite honest…this is my girl! I love her style, I love her voice, I just love her.

I first fell in love with her track “Million Dollar Man,” which ended up being my #1 song of 2012 (Top songs of 2012). From there my love for her has only grown.

This year’s release of Ultraviolence, her third studio album, was a breath of fresh air. It quickly added to the list of albums I can listen to from start to finish in one sitting, because I love all the songs.

Song #9, was the first song released from Ultraviolence, and it quickly became what I like to call a “commute repeat offender,” which is a song that I listen to during my entire commute to (or from) work.

Now, I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t like her style and/or voice, and that’s OK. That just leaves more for me to love.

Making an appearance on the countdown for the third year in a row with song #9 is Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast.” 

 

Top 10 Songs of 2014 – #10

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As Ricky Ricardo once said, “the time has come…go!”

Welcome to the Top 10 Songs of 2014!

In case you missed it, I snuck in 10 Songs yesterday that just barely didn’t make it into the Top 10. That’s how many good songs there were this year!

You can revisit that list be clicking here – The Bottom 10 of 2014.

Song #10 was the “catchiest” song of the year in my option — meaning when you heard it…you could help but bob your head and “shake your bootay.”

A trio of three gorgeous and talented women brought this song to us towards the end of the summer. It found it’s way onto my monthly playlist at the beginning of August and was as part of a well scripted opening for the MTV Music Awards — minus a tiny well publicized wardrobe malfunction.

By now I’m sure you must know that I’m talking about the awesome collaboration between Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicky Minaj.

Song #10 for 2014 is “Bang, Bang!”

Top Songs of 2014 (The Bottom 10)

I must have been crazy to agree to an absolute Top 10 Songs of 2014. TOO MANY GOOD SONGS TO CHOOSE FROM!

But I did it! The kick-off to my Top 10 Countdown of 2014 will happen tomorrow (Saturday, December 20th) and continue everyday (with the exception of Christmas Day), until we reach #1 on New Year’s Eve.

What about the other songs I loved deeply in 2014? Well, I’ve bunched them together in what I’m calling – “The Bottom 10.” Clever…right???!

Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to dedicate this year’s countdown the the man who expanded my love of music through his unique weekly Top 40. Of course the man I speak of is the one and the only Casey Kasem.

His long-distance dedications are the stuff of what legends are made of…and he certainly was one. It was an honor listening to him every weekend while growing up, and his influence helped shape the type of DJ I was during my college radio station days. Casey, thank you.

The Bottom 10 is a great mix of songs that very easily could have been in the Top 10, and will most likely in some of the numerous countdowns that will begin shortly. Just look at the line-up of artists: Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Katy Perry, Sia and one of 2014’s sensations, who was “All About That Base,” Meghan Trainor.

2014 was definitely the year of the love song — thanks mainly to Mr. Legend’s soulful crooning of “All of Me.” Even if you weren’t lucky in love this year….HELLO…this song was impossible to hate. In fact, it made you want to love.

And so….without further delay, I give you (drum roll please….) The Bottom 10!

Oh and one more thing…”Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”

 

11. Don’t – Ed Sheeran

12. All of Me – John Legend

13. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

14. Our Time – Lily Allen

15. Chandelier – Sia

16. Like You Used To – Kidnap Kid

17. Dark Horse – Katy Perry

18. The Walker – Fitz & The Tantrums

19. Sing – Ed Sheeran

20. Prayer in C – Lilly Wood & The Prick

CJ’s iPhone Playlist – December 2014

Holy where did the year go Batman?? Its December…really?!?!

As I try to wrap my head around the fact that the year is almost over, I present to you the final playlist of 2014. And it’s jammed packed — 42 songs in total, including some of my holiday favorites of all-time.

While large, there aren’t many newbies to the list this month. It’s more of a best of 2014 sprinkled with my flare of oldies but goodies. Finding it’s way on the list for the first time — Charli XCX’s Boom Clap, David Guetta’s collaboration with Emeli Sande What I Did For Love and Calvin Harris and John Newman’sBlame. “Oldies” fiding their way on the list include Black or White, Ordinary World, Home, Chains of Love, Some Nights, Speechless and Titanium. Sprinkled through the list are quite a few of the songs that will no doubt appear on the year end countdown, which will begin on Sunday, December 21st! 

Several of you have already started emailing your guesses as to what song will top my countdown this year. While I haven’t completed the tally as of yet, I can say several of you are on point. And yes…I’m keeping my promise to do a true Top 10 songs of 2014!

In the meanwhile, feel free to enjoy the December playlist via Spotify by clicking here – December 2014.

As always, I truly appreciate all the comments, suggestions and emails. I love sharing my love of music and I continue to be thankful that many of you have come along for the ride.

Happy December! Stay tuned!!!!!!!!

 

Black or White – Michael Jackson

Gods & Monsters – Lana Del Rey

Ordinary World – Duran Duran

Home – Depeche Mode

Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde

Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo

Stay With Me – Sam Smith with Mary J. Blige

Some Nights – Fun.

Dangerous – Bid Data (ft. Joywave)

Sing – Ed Sheeran

Boom Clap – Charli XCX

What I Did For Love – David Guetta (ft. Emeli Sande)

Blame – Calvin Harris (ft. John Newman)

Prayer in C (Robin Schulz radio edit) – Lilly Wood & The Prick

Don’t – Ed Sheeran

Rather Be – Clean Bandit (ft. Jess Glynne)

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Titanium – David Guetta (ft. Sia)

Chandelier – Sia

When You Were Mine – Night Terrors of 1927

Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk (ft. Nate Ruess)

Speechless – Lady Gaga

Say You Love Me – Jessie Ware

eez-eh – Kasabian

Do They Know It’s Christmas (2014) – Band Aid 30

Ave Maria – Josh Groban

Oh Holy Night – Maria Carey

Step Into Christmas – Puppini Sisters

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Josh Groban

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

My Favorite Things – Kelly Clarkson

White Christmas – Otis Redding

Mistletoe and Holly – Frank Sinatra

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Glee Cast

Do You Hear What I Hear – Whitney Houston

Never Let Me Down – Depeche Mode

Chains of Love – Erasure

Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

A Little Respect

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams

Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson

All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey

5 Truths About the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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The truth is….I don’t understand the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision. I’m not surprised by it…I just don’t understand it. Granted, I’ve only just begun to go through the more than 5,000 pages of documents released, but I’m having a hard time understanding the following — when the threshold for the burden of proof is this low, how does a Grand Jury justify 12 rounds being fired at an unarmed kid?

The Truth is…I don’t understand a prosecutor who seems more like a defense attorney. Robert McCulloch blamed the media, social media, the Internet, Michael Brown and anyone else he could think of last night, but he never truly explained why officer Wilson fired 12 times at an unarmed kid.

The truth is…I don’t understand why they waited 6 hours to announce the decision, knowing full well it was NOT going to be received well. This is probably the most troubling truth…and the dumbest.

The truth is…I don’t understand what rioting and looting accomplishes. I don’t care for the decision either. But I’ll keep asking the question until someone can explain to me — how does damaging property, setting fires and looting stores IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (or anyone else’s for that matter) honor a dead black boy?

 The truth is…When certain people already think you are nothing more than a lazy animal who is looking for a government handout from a black President…you only make them believe they are right when you act out.

I don’t really understand what is happening right now, but what I know is a black boy was shot and killed in Florida by a man who had no business following him, and that man was found to be innocent. I know Michael Brown stole some cigars, but I’m not sure why he was shot at 12 times by a police officer who for the moment, has been cleared of all wrong doing.

The first thing people like to say is this isn’t about race. To those who say that…I don’t think you’re stupid or insensitive. I just don’t think you have a clear sense of what you are talking about. If Michael Brown was a white young man, odds are GREATLY increased he is alive today. Does that make Officer Wilson a racist…no. It makes him human.

Not everyone is a racist.

Not all young black men are bad.

If we don’t all take a breath and get a handle on a situation that is spiraling out of control, all the progress that has been made the past 50 years will be for not. We need to have a frank discussion about race in this country…and it needs to start at home, with parents teaching their kids to respect themselves — pull up your damn pants and walk around like you have pride in yourself; respect for others — respect those who are older than you – black or white. Understand that when you do something wrong it’s on you and you have to bare the consequences. These are the basic principles. They are not rocket science or hard.

Finally, to Rev. Sharpton and all the other black leaders in the country – stop getting everyone riled up! We don’t need to hold protests and marches everytime a black youth or person is killed by the police. By all means, comfort the family. Call for justice and work towards making sure justice is served. But if you continue down this path where every time a black person is killed by police you hold a march and/or a rally days after the incident, before any evidence can be gathered and/or processed…you’re just adding fuel to a burning fire.

These are just the truths as I seem them.

I don’t believe them to be absolute.

But I do believe they have merit.