Every year is a big year for music – Taylor Swift wins several Grammy awards, Maroon 5 releases a new album, and Lana del Rey goes on an international tour. The art of music plays a large part in young people’s lives, and the radio is the perfect medium for the spread of lyrical extravagance.
Without further ado, here are the most popular songs of 2014 in America, month-by-month.
January – The Monster by Eminem feat. Rihanna on The Marshall Mathers LP2
Eminem reappeared with Rihanna on The Monster, kicking off this year in music. In the past, Rihanna and Eminem have teamed up on the singles Love The Way You Lie (2010) , Love The Way You Lie pt. 2 (2010), Numb (2012), and The Monster (2013). The Marshall Mathers LP2 is Eminem’s eighth studio album, and was released on November 5th, 2013.
February – Timber by Pitbull feat. Ke$ha on Meltdown EP
Cuban-American artist, Pitbull, collaborated with Ke$ha on ‘Timber’ for Pitbull’s seventh studio album, Meltdown EP. The impressive duo created an ultra-sexy multi-scene music video with Ke$ha dancing around in a barn and bar, with Pitbull spending a day in the sun with the gorgeous Italian model ,Raffealla Modugno, on a sandbar. ‘Timber’ was released on Pitbull’s album, Meltdown EP, on November 22nd, 2013.
March – Dark Horse by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J on Prism
Powerhouse superstar Katy Perry teamed up with popular rapper Juicy J to create March’s most replayed song, ‘Dark Horse’ on Prism. The ancient Egyptian-inspired music video formed the perfect scene for the poppy and mysterious nature of the track, with the intense special effects and countless Egyptian Anubis pulling Katy’s chariot. ‘Dark Horse’ was released on Katy’s album, Prism, on December 17th, 2013.
April & May – Happy by Pharrell Williams on G I R L
Being originally recorded as the theme song for the minion-laden movie Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams brought undeniable joy to Americans across the country on his second studio album, G I R L, on March 3rd, 2014. For two complete months, ‘Happy’ had dominated charts in the US, with the help of an amazing opening performance at the 56th Annual Grammy awards in 2014 and being featured in the movie, Despicable Me 2.
June – All Of Me by John Legend on Love In The Future
American artist John Legend broke hearts everywhere with his release of ‘All Of Me’ on his fourth studio album, Love In The Future, on August 12th, 2013. In January of 2014, Dutch EDM artist, Tiesto, contributed to the song’s popularity by releasing a remix of the piano-dependent R&B ballad. It was impossible to not ‘feel the feels’ whenever this certified 8x platinum song popped up on the most popular American radio stations.
July – Fancy by Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX on The New Classic
After the initial success of ‘Work’, Iggy Azalea reached a new level of popularity with her single, ‘Fancy’, feat. Charli XCX. Just hearing the song on the radio in the middle of a summer heat wave was enough to make anybody want to start rapping along to Azalea’s part. The ‘Clueless’-inspired music video aided in the song’s success and album attention, being released as a single on February 17th, 2014.
August – Rude by Magic! on Don’t Kill The Magic
Canadian reggae-fusion band Magic! broke onto the American music scene with their hit-debut song ‘Rude’ on October 10th, 2013 on their debut album, Don’t Kill The Magic. Magic! performed ‘Rude’ at various award shows including the 2014 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California on August 10th, 2014. ‘Rude’ peaked at number six on the Canadian music charts, and charted internationally in the ‘Top 10’ in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries.
September – Shake It Off by Taylor Swift on 1989
After a hiatus of two years since releasing Red, Taylor Swift returned with the hit single ‘Shake It Off’ on the album 1989, in mid- August of 2014. Swift’s first single in 2014 was regarded as the anti-hater anthem of the year with shaking off the haters and being happy with yourself. Taylor performed ‘Shake It Off’ after the release of her iconic music video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, 2014 Germany Radio Awards, and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV later in the year.
October & November – All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor on Title
Meghan Trainor bopped out of nowhere with her number one song, ‘All About That Bass’, for a solid two months in late 2014. A Nantucket native, Meghan Trainor’s combination of a pastel-inspired music video and body-positive song created a stir on youtube, regarding the support for larger women and the disregard for smaller women. ‘All About That Bass’ was released on Title, on June 30th, 2014.
December – Blank Space by Taylor Swift on 1989
Taylor Swift knocked ‘Shake It Off’ from the number #1 position on the iTunes charts with ‘Blank Space’ within November and December, a feat which hasn’t been achieved by a woman in 56 years. Having performed ‘Blank Space’ at the 2014 American Music Awards and 2014 Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show, Taylor Swift upped her popularity and character by hosting several ‘secret sessions’ in her households in which 89 fans heard Swift’s 1989 prior to its release. ‘Blank Space’ was released on 1989 on November 10th, 2014.
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Don’t forget to be happy and celebrate today’s music:)
Disclaimer – I do not own the media used in this post. My information is collected from the Billboard Hot 100’s from 2014.