We are nearing the end of 2014 which it means it is time for me to share my some of my favorite songs from this year. 2014 was a great year for music in all kinds of genres. I found it hard to keep up with all of the great music coming out over the past 12 months. With that being said I was able to narrow it down to my favorite 12 songs of the year. Today I will give you the first half of my 12 favorite songs of 2014. You can also look forward to my highly anticipated top albums of 2014 in the next couple of weeks, just in time for you to load up on good albums for Christmas.
12. Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son?
Booker put out his self titled debut album earlier this year and in the words of Dave Grohl it is a “barn burner”. This guy was a barista in a coffee shop in 2013 and then he opened up for Jack White on tour and the rest is history. The song “Violent Shiver” was the song that got most of the attention from this album but I think this song is the strongest cut from the album. Check him out doing the song live on the Conan O’Brien show. You are going to need to turn this one up to get the full effect.
11. Jack White – Just One Drink
When Jack White was not discovering Benjamin Booker, or running one of the coolest record stores in Nashville he was putting out some pretty great music on his own. If you do not own his latest album “Lazaretto”, you really should pick up the album. If you are into vinyl the album is one of the coolest vinyl releases ever. This album is full of great songs but if you made me pick one it would be this nasty cut. Here he is doing a great live version of the song from the Glastonbury Festival earlier this year.
10. Foo Fighters – Congregation
If you do not like the Foo Fighters that is cool but if you do not like Dave Grohl you are most likely an asshole. He is probably the coolest guy in rock music right now. Hopefully you are watching the 8 part documentary “Sonic Highways” on HBO because it is the best show on TV. It documents the Foos recording their latest album also named “Sonic Highways” in 8 different cities across the country. The Nashville episode was pretty unbelievable and the song that came from that episode is my favorite song from the album. Give it a listen.
9. Lee Ann Womack- The Way That I’m Livin’
I think Lee Ann Womack has one of the best voices in Nashville and I like her even more since she has removed herself from the Nashville country music machine. She has been releasing music that will never get played on country radio for awhile now. Typically if you are releasing country music and country radio will not play it that means you are doing something right. That is the case with her latest album. You can get a taste of what I am taking about below.
8. Drive By Truckers – Shit Shots Count
I have dabbled in this band’s music for about a decade but over the past couple of months I have been obsessing over them. I am pretty sure if I play one of their albums in front of my wife again she is leaving me. I think they are one of the best American rock bands of the bast 20 years and will probably never get the recognition they deserve. The lead song from their latest album “English Oceans” sounds like it could have been included on The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” record. Check out a live version of “Shit Shots Count” recorded at the world famous 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia earlier this year.
7. Shovels & Rope – The Devil is all Around
This husband wife duo is probably one of the coolest bands out there right now. They have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. They are on my list of bands I need to see live as soon as possible. “The Devil is all Around” was the first song I heard from their latest album and I loved it the minute I heard it. You can see what I am talking about below. The fact that they are getting to do this song on the Grand Ole Opry is pretty cool.