Presenting The 100 Best Tracks of 2014, as voted by our writers and editors. Any track that was released in 2014 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. this year was eligible.
"Red Eyes" doesn’t soothe so much as soothsay: when that chorus hits now, you’re reminded of how Lost in the Dream took Adam Granofsky from the guy fronting "Kurt Vile’s old band" to a festival-headlining dude in US Weekly and how it became a go-to album for so many others just trying to get out of 2014 with their sanity intact. But the moment before "Red Eyes" lifts off into the unknown, you get that one word of intelligible English: "WOOO!" I’ll drink to that. —Ian Cohen
Marvin Gaye’s 1965 hit "Ain’t That Peculiar" is about being in the fog of love, where it can feel good to hurt, lies sometimes sound like the truth, and tears of joy and tears of pain can be tough to tell apart. A screwed-down vocal sample from that song props up "Can't Do Without You", which also takes on the confusing complexities of relationships, albeit from a different angle. Rather than waxing poetic, Caribou’s Dan Snaith turns form into function; as Gaye’s voice repeats its devotion unabated for nearly four minutes—all while the producer’s homespun psychedelic beats swirl near the precipice of control—the effect turns from heartwarming, to obsessive, to ecstatic. —Ryan Dombal