“All About That Bass” is the debut single by American singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor. Released by Epic Records on June 30, 2014, it was recorded for her 2014 debut EP and her 2015 studio album, both named Title. Trainor co-wrote “All About That Bass” with its producer Kevin Kadish; it is a bubblegum pop/doo-wop and retro-R&B song that draws influences from various musical genres including hip hop, country and rock and roll. Lyrically, it discusses positive body image.
Several publications included it among the best songs of 2014 and received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It spent eight weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in other twenty countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The song sold 11 million units worldwide, becoming the fourth best-selling song of 2014 and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Fatima Robinson directed the song’s accompanying music video, a viral online success that was noted for its visuals and lighthearted nature. The song inspired a variety of viral videos and tributes, while Vogue recognized it as part of “the era of the big booty.” Trainor has performed it on television and at various concerts, and notable artists have recorded cover versions. Trainor regularly performed the song during her 2015 concert tours, the That Bass Tour and the MTrain Tour.
“Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth album, 1989 (2014). Written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback, it is an uptempo dance-pop track and features a departure from Swift’s earlier country pop musical style. “Shake It Off” is the sixth track on the album and serves as the lead single. The song premiered during a Yahoo! live stream session on August 18, 2014 (also streaming internationally online); its music video was also released the same day. Several hours later, the song was made available for digital download.
“Shake It Off” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending September 6, 2014, becoming Swift’s second number-one single in the United States and the 22nd song to debut at number one in the chart’s history. The song won Favorite Song at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, and also received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
According to Billboard, it is Swift’s biggest Hot 100 hit.
“Rude” is the debut single by Canadian reggae fusion band MAGIC! from their debut studio album, Don’t Kill the Magic. It was originally released on October 11, 2013 as a promotional single and then re-released on February 24, 2014 by Sony Music Entertainment. The song was featured in a 2014 Nestea commercial in the Philippines. The official remix for the song features Kid Ink, Ty Dolla Sign and Travis Barker on the drums.
Despite mixed reviews from music critics, “Rude” was an international commercial success. The song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100 and internationally topped the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. “Rude” was the ninth best-selling song of 2014, with global sales of 8.6 million units, and won the Juno Award for Single of the Year.
Fancy” is a song by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea featuring British recording artist Charli XCX, taken from the former’s debut studio album, The New Classic (2014). It was released on 17 February 2014 by Def Jam Recordings as the fourth single from the album. “Fancy” was described as an electro-hop song; it was written by Azalea and XCX and composed by production team the Invisible Men, who also produced it, alongside The Arcade. It was leaked under the title “Leave It” in December 2013.
“Fancy” received positive reviews and was also commercially successful, having reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Azalea’s and XCX’s first number-one on that chart, holding the spot for seven consecutive weeks. It also topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand and had chart success around the world, including reaching the top ten in several countries such as Azalea’s native Australia and United Kingdom, where it became her first top five hit in both countries as a lead artist. It is XCX’s second top-ten single after her guest spot on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” in 2013. The track was named Billboard’s Song of the Summer for 2014, as well as the most-streamed song on Spotify and most-watched music video on Vevo in 2014. It won the Top Rap Song category at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards and was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Grammy Awards. It is one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with combined sales and track-equivalent streams of 9.1 million units according to IFPI.
The accompanying music video for “Fancy” was directed by Director X and released in March 2014. The visuals are inspired by 1995 American comedy film Clueless, with Azalea playing Beverly Hills socialite Cher Horowitz and XCX as Tai Frasier. The music video was nominated for four awards at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, although it did not win any of them. The song was performed by Azalea and XCX on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. “Fancy” was covered by many artists, such as Anna Kendrick on the 39th season of Saturday Night Live, and received remix versions by rappers such as Da Brat and Lil’ Kim.
“All of Me” is a song by American recording artist John Legend from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013). Legend co-wrote the song with Toby Gad and co-produced it with Dave Tozer. It is a dedication to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen. “All of Me” impacted American mainstream urban radio as the album’s third single on August 12, 2013.
“All of Me” became Legend’s biggest hit to date. On the week ending May 16, 2014, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming his first number-one single in the United States. It knocked off “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, which had spent ten weeks at number one. The song peaked at number two in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It became the second best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 4.67 million copies sold for the year, as well as the third best-selling song in the United Kingdom.
A remix of the song (Tiësto’s birthday treatment mix) featuring EDM artist Tiësto was released in January 2014 and won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical, while another remix was done in March of that year by trance artist Dash Berlin. A live version of the song was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, losing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”.
“All of Me” was the third best-selling song of 2014 with sales of 12.3 million copies worldwide, according to the IFPI.
“Happy” is a song written, produced and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. It also served as the lead single from Williams’ second studio album, Girl (2014). It was first released on November 21, 2013, alongside a long-form music video. The song was reissued on December 16, 2013, by Back Lot Music under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music.
“Happy” is a midtempo soul and neo soul song on which Williams’s falsetto voice has been compared to Curtis Mayfield by critics. The song has been highly successful, peaking at No. 1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries. It is the best-selling song of 2014 in the United States with 6.45 million copies sold for the year, as well as in the United Kingdom with 1.5 million copies sold for the year. It reached No. 1 in the UK on a record-setting three separate occasions and became the most downloaded song of all time in the UK in September 2014. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. A live rendition of the song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
The music video for the song was nominated for Best Male Video and Video of the Year at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards The song was Billboard’s number-one single for 2014.
“Happy” was the most successful song of 2014, with 13.9 million units (sales plus equivalent streams) worldwide.
“Dark Horse” is a song recorded by American singer Katy Perry featuring rapper Juicy J. It was originally released on September 17, 2013, by Capitol Records as the first promotional single from Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism (2013). Three months later, it was released as the third official single on December 17. Both artists co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke, alongside Sarah Hudson. It was conceived by Perry and Hudson during a writing session in Perry’s hometown of Santa Barbara, California, and Juicy J was later commissioned for a verse on the song.
“Dark Horse” combines the genres of trap and hip hop, replicating what has been described as a “Southern rap-techno mashup”. The track features a minimal production, with a “seductive” and “mature” tone to Perry’s vocals, while Juicy J is featured on the song’s intro and rapped bridge. Perry, in interviews, said she wanted the song to have a “witchy, spell-y kind of black magic-y idea”, so she wrote it from the perspective of a witch warning a man not to fall in love with her because if he does, she will be his last. The song was part of a competition sponsored by Pepsi in which fans could vote via Twitter on whether they would prefer either “Dark Horse” or “Walking on Air” to be released as the first promotional single from Prism.
“Dark Horse” has been a commercial success, charting at number one in Canada, the Netherlands and the United States. It also reached the top ten in almost 20 countries including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Sweden and Venezuela as well as the Digital Songs chart of Billboard magazine. Perry first performed the song live at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20, 2013. The song’s first major television performance was at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2014. “Dark Horse” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The song has sold 13.2 million units (combined sales and track-equivalent streams), becoming the second best-selling song worldwide for 2014.
“Timber” is a song by American rapper Pitbull featuring American recording artist Kesha. The song was released on October 7, 2013, as the lead single from Pitbull’s extended play (EP) Meltdown. The song was produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Sermstyle, with additional production by Nick Seeley. The song interpolates Lee Oskar’s 1978 single “San Francisco Bay” and features harmonica player Paul Harrington, who plays through the entire song and was told to emulate Oskar.
The song peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks, and also topped the charts in many other countries, including Canada (where it stood at number one for eight consecutive weeks), Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. According to the IFPI, the song sold 12.6 million units worldwide in 2014, including single-track downloads and track-equivalent streams, becoming the sixth best-selling song of that year.
“The Monster” is a song by American rapper Eminem, featuring guest vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from Eminem’s eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013). The song was written by Eminem, Jon Bellion, and Bebe Rexha, with production handled by Frequency. “The Monster” marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following “Love the Way You Lie”, its sequel “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” (2010), and “Numb” (2012). “The Monster” was released on October 29, 2013, as the fourth single from the album. The song’s lyrics present Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.
Upon release the song was met with positive reviews from music critics, who compared the song to “Love the Way You Lie”. “The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. It also marks Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain.
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by the American filmmaker Rich Lee, the video depicts Rihanna as Eminem’s therapist in a session, as previous videos from his career are shown and referenced including “My Name Is”, “Lose Yourself”, “3 a.m.”, “The Way I Am” and the 2001 Grammy Awards performance of “Stan” with Elton John. The video was well received and was nominated for several awards. Eminem and Rihanna performed the song live at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.