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The top 100 tracks of 2014 playlist

Our annual celebration of both rarities and star-making moments, arranged from A to Z

2014 was a year of big comebacks and big breakthroughs, and we featured two of the most significant on Dazed covers: we had Nicki Minaj laying out her pinkprint for (continued) world domination in our Fall issue, and brand new bona fide popstar FKA Twigs lighting up our Summer issue. Alongside those two, this year saw incredible, unexpected releases from the likes of Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus and Azealia Banks – but it was also undeniably the year a Soundcloud loosie could make you into a star, with viral tracks forming as important a component of our listening as albums did. PC Music split music journalistic dialogue down the middle while bringing dancefloors together; Young Thug became the hottest name in hip-hop, and the whole world was goin’ up every Tuesday. Dive into our favourite 100 tracks below, encompassing new ones from old favourites as well as all the curveballs that made this year so exciting. See you in 2015!

A G Cook feat. Hannah Diamond – “Keri Baby”

Airhead – “Believe”

Allie X – “BITCH: XHIBIT 1”

Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

Andy – “Violence”

Angel Olsen – “Forgiven/Forgotten”

Aphex Twin – “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]”

Arca – “Thievery”

Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”

Azealia Banks – “Ice Princess”

Banks (prod Shlohmo) – “Brain”

Baauer feat. Rae Sremmurd and AlunaGeorge – “One Touch”

Beyonce feat. Nicki Minaj – “***Flawless (remix)”

Bobby Shmurda – “Hot Nigga”

Bok Bok feat. Kelela – “Melba’s Call”

Boothroyd – “NYC”

Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – “No Better Blues”

Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”

Danity Kane – “Lemonade”

Danny L Harle – “In My Dreams”

Dej Loaf – “Try Me”

DELS – “RGB”

Drake – “0-100/The Catch-Up”

Dutch E Germ – “Black Sea”

Elliphant feat. MO – “One More”

Evian Christ – “Salt Carousel”

Father feat. iLoveMakonnen & Key! – “Look At Wrist”

Felicita – “Doves”

FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks”

Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”

Future feat. Pharrell Williams, Pusha T – “Move That Dope”

GEoRGiA – “Hard Lie This”

GFOTY – “Bobby”

Holly Herndon – “Chorus”

iLoveMakonnen feat. Drake – “Tuesday”

Jamie xx – “All Under One Roof Raving”

Jelani Blackman – “Twenty//Three”

Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”

Juce – “Call You Out”

Juicy J feat Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby, Young Thug – “Low”

K9 – “Untouchable”

Kindness – “This Is Not About Us”

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Kero Kero Bonito – “Sick Beat”

Keyshia Cole feat. Milla J, K Michelle, Lil Mo & Da Brat – “Loyal (remix)”

Kwamie Liv – “Follow You”

La Roux – “Uptight Downtown”

Lana Del Rey – “Brooklyn Baby”

Le1f – “Boom”

LV and Josh Idehen – “Imminent”

Lykke Li – “Gunshot”

Mapei – “Don’t Wait”

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Meridian Dan – “German Whip”

Migos – “Hit Em”

Mozart’s Sister – “Good Thing Bad Thing”

Mr Mitch – “Don’t Leave”

Mumdance & Novelist – “Take Time”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Ought – “Today More Than Any Other Day”

Palmistry – “Protector SE5”

PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake – “Recognize”

Perfume Genius – “Queen”

Popcaan – “Everything Nice”

Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”

Raury – “God’s Whisper”

Rich Gang – “Lifestyle”

Rick Ross feat. Kanye West and Big Sean – “Sanctified”

Run The Jewels feat BOOTS – “Early”

Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”

Schoolboy Q – “Studio”

SD Laika – “Meshes”

Shamir – “If It Wasn’t True”

Shura – “Touch”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Skepta – “That’s Not Me”

Slackk – “Ancient Dolphin”

SOPHIE – “Hard”

Spooky Black – “Without You”

Sun Kil Moon – “Ben’s My Friend”

SZA – “Sobriety”

Tei Shi – “Bassically”

Tiga – “Bugatti”

Tinashe feat. Schoolboy Q – “2 On”

Tink feat Jeremih – “Don’t Tell Nobody”

Tirzah – “No Romance”

TOPS – “Change Of Heart”

QT – “Hey QT”

Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”

Vessel – “Red Sex”

War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”

Wet – “Don't Wanna Be Your Girl”

Wiley – “On A Level”

Years & Years – “Take Shelter”

YG feat. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj – “My Nigga (remix)”

Young Fathers – “War”

Young Thug – “Danny Glover”

Young Thug feat. A$AP Ferg & Freddie Gibbs – “Old English”

Zara Larsson – “Rooftop”