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Top 14 Tracks of 2014

While 2014 was a year of me visually and emotionally experiencing life no less than life itself, there were certain instances when spending afternoons and those wee hours drowning with the good grace of the sound of music was still the best thing there is. And as this blog’s annual yearend tradition, I sifted through the goldmine of rarities and obscure finds once again to come up with this list of the best tracks that came out this year (at least according to my ever reliable taste, lol). My pc unfortunately crashed towards this year’s last quarter, hence, unlike the previous years (2010, 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2013) in which the ranks were based on each track’s total number of plays on my iTunes player, this list will simply rely on my ever reliable ability to remember which among those tracks have accumulated the most play time. So, Here then is the list of the 14 of the most substantial pieces of my 2014, alphabetically arranged.

1. All Of The Stars – Ed Sheeran. Fvck John Green, there’s no fault in our stars, just metaphors and complex things we don’t understand.

2. Arsonist’s Lullaby – Hozier. Thank heavens there’s Hozier.

3. A Step You Can’t Take Back – Keira Knightley. This Begin Again shit effortlessly haunts like a beating heart, it’s hard to get pass it.

4. Bakuran – Johnoy Danao feat. Aiza Seguerra. Heartfelt retelling of that classic tale on the controversial thin fine line separating friendship and romance, and all the other gray spots in between.

5. Cenuries – Fall Ou Boy. Totally out of the box, yet largely entertaining.

6. Diwata – Abra feat. Chito Miranda. Other than the fact that the MV was shoot at UPLB with Nicole Asensio, assuming the role of Maria Makiling, there’s so much lovable about the track itself, including all the underlying meanings between the lines.

7. Ikaw – Yeng Constantino. This track single-handedly deflates the argument about the questionable existence of forever.

8. Lost Stars – Adam Levine. Can’t remember any Adam Levine shit I ever liked til this one.

9. Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako – KZ Tandingan. It bagged the highest award during Himig Handog 2014, enough said.

10. Rude – MAGIC!. Bandwagon anyone? No. Used to love this track 319m Youtube views ago.

11. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands. Perhaps the most heartwarming romantic tale of despair for 2014.

12. Sabado – Eraserheads. Nostalgia. Artifacts of childhood memories, heartaches, highschool dramas, summer trips – rolled into one then put to sound.

13. Take Me To Church – Hozier. A bleakly deviant track which is an abrasive approach of presenting bunch of irony, inequality, and toxicity of life caged by the society’s faulty standards

14. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran. It’s Ed Sheeran afterall.

The Beat Box Extra 2012


In addition to the best-and-worst-hits-of-the-year-lists, I still have a bunch more of singles which deserve honorable mentions, at least, for contributing a significant part in defining my 2012. Here’s another look at those singles from different timelines kicking this heavy shitstorm of a nitty-gritty 2012. Again, this is a personal list, one man’s perfect playlist is another man’s argument.

Without Me – Eminem (2002). Now this looks like a job for me.. so everybody please bear with me. This used to be an ultimate personal fave 10 years ago. And it still is now. Especially, during the last hard rounds I had with my thesis. 

Impossible – James Arthur (2012). This is one case of that 0.0001% chances wherein a revival totally knocks out the original. It’s a huge mistake that Shontelle have recorded this hit first. Hearing this single from the latest X Factor UK winner gives the piece an enthralling breath of fresh air.

Deep – Binocular (2001). I just reclaimed that deep feeling I’m feeling deeply about it. I once fell out of love with this single due to overplaying that I needed a couple of years (a decade +) without listening to it before giving it the love it deserves. 

Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine (2011). Barely missing a spot on that list last year, today’s the best time to honor this timeless hit. This song will forever remind me of that HIMYM scene of Ted and Robin.. cutting some things.. permanently.. perhaps.. which was such a hard hit.. here:   

Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap (2008). 500 Days of Summer, remember? This is one of the best singles from one of the best movies ever existed. 

Ikaw At Ako – Johnoy Danao (2010). This has been a favorite ever since, but its inclusion on the A Beautiful Affair string of tracks zinged things up. Now it grew on me as an all-time-fave. The tune sounds like a requiem but the lyrics is an overpowering love story only people who have truly felt it could understand.

Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners (1982). Thanks to Perks of Being a Wallflower. That thought of Emma Watson crazily dancing/ being crazy out of this tune was just crazy. And this song doesn't sound 80s at all to me.

Clinically Dead For 16 Hours – The Camerawalls (2008). I was a struggling (literally) sophomore student during that time this single was released, an era I don’t want to look back to. But this Camerawalls track is something I'll always want to look listen back to.

Maselang Bahaghari – Eraserheads (1999). This list is expected to contain at least an Eraserheads hit. And it's 'Maselang Bahaghari' that remains to be the top-played single in my playlist for a few months now. And if I have to do this list next year, ‘Maselan..’ will definitely be there again.

Perpekto – Dong Abay (2006). This.

Happy holidays everyone! Happy new year.

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