If December teaches us anything, it's that we love lists. Best songs, best albums, biggest disappointments, most OMG moments, most least favourite act that we'd not like to maybe never hear from again. You name it, there is an annual list for it every December.
Unfortunately, it can be easy for your painstakingly curated countdown to get lost in the shuffle as everyone chucks theirs out at the same time. So this year we thought we'd beat the rush and put out our list of 2014's best songs now... in January.
What are your favourite tracks that you've heard so far this year? Tell us in the comments box so we can be wiser.
We'll probably update this list in December and maybe even put it in order. For now though, here are the best songs of 2014:
Banks - Brain
Having built a solid underground following throughout 2013, and impressing us with her live show, we're one of the many people to predict big things for Banks in 2014. A few days ago she dropped her first track of the year. It's more of the same - sultry RnB with an ultra-credible producer at the helm - but it's utterly irresistable.
Friends of Genghis - One Last Time
Every Joe with a blog and a set of ears has been saying how great Banks is, and rightly so. But here's one that's slipped right under the radar, and we'd be a bad Supajam if we didn't tell you about it. Friends of Genghis' Stuck In The Clouds EP opens with a crushingly beautiful track that has a lilting intro reminiscent of an emotional 90s computer game. It also has these irrisistable vocals that manage to convey crippling angst without sounding like outright moaning. Let it inside you.
Warpaint - Biggy (Baardsen Remix)
We could pick most tracks from Warpaint's atmospheric self-titled album, it's both glorious and unsettling throughout. But we've been in love with this luxurious remix since the band posted it up a few hours ago. It adds a hypnotic air to what was already a brooding, foggy sound.
Itch - Life is Poetry
A few hours ago Itch revealed this one from his upcoming album, it hit us so instantly that we had to chuck it in here. The former King Blues frontman thunders out with equal amounts of aggression, honesty, and eloquence, it shows why there are still people out there wanting to give him a chance. A massively uplifting chorus offsets the spit and gravel, it might sound a bit too club-pop for some but it's done with respect.
St. Vincent - Digital Witness
This is the second song we've heard from St. Vincent's upcoming fourth album and the swagger of those horns won us over immediately. It has quirks but avoids sounding too try-hard, at its core we have pop music that Guardian readers are allowed to like. We don't mean that in a bad way, it's danceable while retaining a hint of the cerebral.
Eels - Agatha Chang
Few can do stripped-back regret better than Eels, especially when some light strings are thrown in. By lamplight he wonders about a past love, allowing himself a careless midnight thought without quite dipping into undignified wallowing. It's the first full song from the upcoming record, and on this evidence we're keen to see the castle that will be built around this track.
Polar - Mountain Throne
Everything we've heard of Polar's new album suggests that they're swinging for the fences and aiming for the bigger leagues. We'll have to wait until February 10th to see how the whole thing pans out, but their latest release suggests they're looking to keep their most raw bits while chucking some dramatic melody in there for good measure. Plenty of bits to shout along to as well, we approve.
Cam'ron & A-Trak - Humphrey
This one has got a whole bunch of people talking since it appeared a few days ago. It's the first track to see the light of day from the pair's upcoming Federal Reserve EP. A-Trak creates this really sunny tune that makes Cam'ron's deep voice sound flawlessly fresh when laid on top of it. It feels like Cam'ron is just driving round his hood, showing it off to you without a worry in the world.
Beck - Blue Moon
Beck's first album in six years is introduced to us via this dreamy number. Beck has spoken of how he felt far more free recording this album than his last and while that may manifest itself in louder ways on other tracks, the relaxed feel of this one suggests that this release calmed him greatly. It's one of those songs to stick on repeat, lay back, and breath it all in.
Zikomo - Yo Yo
Ever listen to a song and wish it was edible? Zikomo's free EP on the Soulection label was an effortlessly smooth way to bring in the new year. It's got an old-school feel that oozes elegance, especially with the unexpected central volta switching the vibe up. THAT Lauryn Hill sample too, mmmmmmmmm delicious.
Boom, hope we've given you something to sink your teeth into.
Did we miss your favourite track from 2014? Let us know why we're stupid and you don't care about our opinion anyway in the comment section below.
We might do the 2015 one next week, and bemoan the fact that nothing decent was released. It would be stupid, but it would also be a very short piece and we could all hit the pub a lot sooner.