ROCKED MY PLAYLIST – 2014

Earlier, I did personal top 5 albums for 2014. Now I am doing a rundown of songs that rocked my playlist this year. It was a year of more music and less books for me this year. I discovered new artists, fell in love with old ones and loved some even more. I can say each of these songs averaged a lot of plays simply because I was always hitting the repeat button whenever they came on, so enjoy.

 

 

HIP-HOP

 

Drunk in Love – Beyonce ft Jay-Z
On the Run II – Jay-Z ft Beyonce
Young Forever – Jay-Z ft Mr. Hudson
Coming Home – Diddy Dirty Money ft Skylar Grey
Welcome to Hell – Bad Meets Evil
Hold on, We going home – Drake ft Majid Jordan
Can’t forget about you – Nas ft Chrisette Michelle
One Mic – Nas
The Devil is a Lie – Rick Ross ft Jay- Z
Headlights – Eminem ft Nate Reuss
Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco
SLR (Super Lupe Rap) – Lupe Fiasco
Young, Wild & Free – Wiz Khalifa ft Snoop Dogg & Bruno Mars
Worst Behavior – Drake

 

P.S I did not put any J.Cole because his album came out late and while it was good, it didn’t  get enough time to rock my playlist

 

NON HIP-HOP (POP/ROCK/INDIE/)

 
No Angel – Birdy
Not About Angels – Birdy
Wings – Birdy
Heart of Gold – Birdy
Words as Weapons – Birdy
A Moment like This – Kelly Clarkson
Behind These Hazel Eyes – Kelly Clarkson
Hear Me – Kelly Clarkson
Addicted – Kelly Clarkson
Wrapped in Red – Kelly Clarkson
Down – Jason Walker
Shouldn’t Be a Good in Good-Bye – Jason Walker
I’ll let you go – Jason Walker
Wait – M83
The Hardest part – Nina Nesbitt
Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
I’m not the Only One – Sam Smith
Thinking out Loud –  Ed Sheeran
Lego House – Ed Sheeran
I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
Unfair – Kate Voegele
I won’t Disagree – Kate Voegele
Cannonball – Lea Michele
Human – Christina Perri
My Immortal – Evanescence
Ain’t it Fun – Paramore
Hurt You –  Babyface & Toni Braxton
Leave the pieces – The Wreckers
Turning Tables – Adele
Let Her Go – Passenger
 

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MY TOP 5(6) ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Today, I am putting up my top 5 albums of the year. I am only going to do so for albums released in 2013/2014. Yes, I am adding 2013 because some albums were just too good that I listened to it into this year and they were better than some 2014 albums.

Before I put it up, I would like to say that I grew up a hardcore hip-hop fanboy.  Jay Z, Nas, Dr Dre, Public Enemy, Rakim, Ice cube, The Eastsidaz, Outkast, T.I, Drake, and co; I didn’t even want to listen to pop and rock albums. Well, 3 albums changed my mind; Kelly Clarkson’s “Break Away (still my best album ever)”, Miley Cyrus’ ‘Can’t be Tamed” and Kate Voegele “A Fine Mess”. Since then, I’ve always been open to given pop & rock artist a chance to woo me over and some of them have succeeded. I was recently organizing my phone’s playlist and I realized that I have more pop/rock than hip-hop songs, a ratio of about 5:1. So these are my albums of the year which I will try to rank;

  1. ED SHEERAN – X (stylized Multiply)

released June 20, 2014ed sheeran x

I still maintain that Ed Sheeran looks like a dork, and I don’t mean that as a bad thing, I am only stating it matter of fact. That being said X was a good album for me, maybe not better than + but since 2014 was not used to discover new music, I have to pick this. It had good melodious songs like Sing (with Pharell Williams) and I’m a mess.

Rating: ♠♠♠
Fav Song(s); Thinking out Loud, I’m a Mess

  1. BEYONCE – BEYONCE

Beyonce - Beyoncereleased December 13, 2013.

The first 2013 album to be on my list, mainly because it was released 18 days before the year ended so it fell into 2014 for me. I remember the day this album came out, I was on twitter that morning and all everyone was talking about was Beyonce this, Beyonce that. It was as if Queen Bey (this is the only time you will ever hear me call her that) dropped a nuclear bomb on U.S soil which is what she did, figuratively speaking. What made it talked about globally was that there was no single released before the album, she didn’t try to force any song down our ears. She just dropped the whole shit once like, “here, take your pick”

Rating:  ♠♠♠¤

Fav song(s): Drunk in Love ft Jay Z, XO,  Flawless (I know I’m a guy but the hook is just so damn catchy “I woke up like this!!!!!!!!!!!”

  1. ASA – BED OF STONE

released August 25, 2014Asa - Bed of Stones

The only Nigeria artist whose songs are on my phone (I think so), PC and all devices that I own; the only Nigerian artist that I can listen to without my brain feeling like It’s splitting in 2 with all their kicks and snares and bass drums. The album is melodious and even has a few catchy songs like “Satan be Gone”, songs that all the mushy people out there can relate to; like “How did love find me?” and extremely conscious music like ‘Bed of Stone”. This would have been my album of the year if I had not listened to or downloaded the next 3 artist on my list.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Bed of Stones, The One That Never Comes, Grateful.

  1. J.COLE – 2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE

released December 9 , 2014.J.Cole - 2014 FHD

This is probably my most relatable hip-hop album since Jay Z’s “The Black Album”. I almost didn’t get this album as I wanted to wait till next year, and honestly, it would have been my only regret of 2014 if I had waited. Right from the first full track, January 28th to the “Love Yourz”, I felt like I was the story teller, like I could actually see the world through his eyes. In a way, it was what he wanted. This kind of rap, story-telling, is becoming rarer as the years go by with so many artists conforming trying to appropraite hiphop culture. Anybody could actually find some piece of relatable perspective in the album.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): January 28th, G.O.M.D, A Tale of Two Citiez, Adolescence.

NOTE: THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IS SHARED AS YOU SHALL SEE

1A. BIRDY – FIRE WITHIN
released September 16, 2013.Birdy - Fire Within

My best/greatest Indie folk artist of all time (sorry Kate Voegele and Ed Sheeran) and she is only 18 with just 2 albums to her name. Yet I love her beyond words. That voice, damn, with the instrumentals backing her up especially the keyboard (the way she strings together the keys in some of her ballads). There are no words to describe this album. No words.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Wings, No Angel (Best Song ever) , All you never Say, Heart of Gold, Standing In The Way of The Light, Strange Birds.

 

1B. SAM SMITH – IN THE LONELY HOUR
released May 26, 2014.Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

I was in a relationship for most of the year (single now, ladies take note) but most times it felt like I was alone in that relationship. And this album helped me get through that time. The songs were just so powerful that you could feel the raw emotion dripping from the words, like you could also feel Sam’s pain as you listen along. This is an album of unrequited love and that alone makes it my album of the year. But whether your love is being given back or not, this album will move you.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Lay Me Down, Stay with Me, I’m Not The Only One. La La La, Latch, Not in That Way, Make It To Me

TAKING OVER MY PLAYLIST

 Feels good to not be writing on this country today (you can do a 10-season 23-episode 45-minutes on the issues in Nigeria and you wouldn’t even repeat the same issue in two episodes).

So while I’m trying to find some sort of normalcy, balance and rational consistency to my writing, I am using today to talk about five artists who have more or less taken over my music playlist. Whenever I reached a song by any of these people, I just put it on repeat and play and play.

Note: I should probably tell you that I grew up listening to Hip Hop but now I don’t listen as much as I use to, thanks to Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Kate Voegele who won me over to the pop, folk, rock genre of music and I have been stuck ever since.

These artists may have been releasing songs since before I ever discovered about their existence or acknowledged them. But ever since I have discovered them, I just can’t get enough of their songs.

So in no particular order, here they are;

  1. ED SHEERAN

220px-Ed_Sheeran_2013

Looking at his picture alone, you would understand why I was reluctant to even listen to his music. I mean, how can I listen to music made by a scrawny kid when there were other creamier dudes like Justin Timberlake?

Then I watched The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and heard “I See Fire” for the first time. It was the kind of folk or pop songs I loved but I didn’t because one song was enough to convert me (it took Kelly Clarkson one full album of pure wonderfully beautiful music “Break Away” and Kate Voegele Two albums “Don’t Look Away” & “A Fine Mess” to win me over)

It wasn’t until I heard “A Team” that I decided to try and look past all the scrawniness and well, I was impressed. Now I listen to at least one of his songs everyday.

Born: Edward Christopher Sheeran (1991)

DISCOGRAPHY: + (2011) X stylized Multiply (2014)

SONGS I LOVE:  I See Fire, A Team, Thinking Out Loud, Sing

 

  1. BIRDY

Jasmine van den BogaerdeLet me tell you why I love this girl:

The Vampire Diaries S5E22   Jeremy Gilbert on the phone talking to Bonnie Bennett, ‘Wait for me, I’m coming to you” then he starts running and screaming her name and this is the song that plays “Wings”. I was moved.

“I just want to be by your side, if these wings could fly”

I then, in my infinite quest to find beautiful soulful music, google her and discovered some of her songs and also one that was used as a soundtrack on The Vampire Diaries “Without A Word”. I loved this particular one more because I had just being in a messy relationship were even though we still had feelings for each other, we just couldn’t be together because it was toxically beautiful.

“Tell me that all we had were lies, show me that you don’t care and I’ll leave without a word”

Yup, I love her. And I ‘m still discovering her. I just downloaded her Cover of Ed Sheeran’s “A Team’ and it was great!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t even decide which was better.

Born: Jasmine van den Bogaerde (1996)

DISCOGRAPHY: Birdy (2011) Fire Within (2013)

SONGS I LOVE: Wings, Without A Word, A Team (Cover), Not About Angels

  1. A GREAT BIG WORLD

A_Great_Big_World_2014“Say something I’m giving up on you”

I haven’t gone through their entire collection as of this writing but from what I’ve heard, they actually have a better song than that. “I Don’t Wanna love Somebody Else”. Why it wasn’t released as a single is beyond me.

Born: Ian Axel (1985) and Chad Vaccarino (NA)

DISCOGRAPHY: Is Anybody Out There? (2014)

SONGS I LOVE:  Say Something (duet with Christina Aguilera), I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else

  1. SAM SMITH

Sam-Smith-200x300

 

 

“Money on my Mind” great but “Stay with Me” is phenomenally better.

I have nothing much to say about this guy because there is simply plenty and I don’t know what to say or not say. This guy is possible one of the best male acts currently in the UK along with Ed Sheeran.

Born: Samuel Frederick Smith (1992)

DISCOGRAPHY: In The Lonely Hour (2014)

SONGS I LOVE: Money on my Mind, Stay with Me, I’m not The Only One

 

 

             5.  Jason Walker

Jason WalkerSeriously, there is only one Jason who does beautiful music and it’s not Jason Derulo (too R&B for me) neither is it Jason Mraz (good but not good enough). It’s this dude, Jason Walker. Although he is mainly a gospel singer, this dude does good music. Before you argue, please go and download “Echo” (The Vampire Diaries’ Fanatics know what I am talking about) or “Everybody Lies” (which to me is a classic)

Born: Jason Walker (NA)

DISCOGRAPHY: Jason Walker (2009) Midnight Starlight (2011) Keep Me Watching (2013)

SONGS I LOVE:  Down, Echo, Cry, Everybody Lies, Shouldn’t Be A Good In Goodbye”

 

 

 

Also worthy of notable mention are Christina Perri, Sara Barreiles, Lucy Rose and Passenger.