Top Ten Tunes- 2014

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 2014.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018


One of the first gay marriages to take place in England. This happy couple married at the stroke of midnight- as soon as it was legal.

In 2014, severe floods hit the UK, the first gay weddings in England and Wales take place, teacher Ann Maguire is stabbed to death by a pupil in front of her class in Leeds, publicist Max Clifford is convicted of eight indecent assaults on women and girls and is jailed for 8 years, the World Cup takes places in Brazil and is won by Germany, Rolf Harris is found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault and is jailed for almost 6 years, the Tour de France starts in Leeds, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes over Ukraine- 298 people are killed (10 are Britons), the Commonwealth Games open in Glasgow, British actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90 years old, an independent inquiry into child abuse in Rotherham concludes that over 1,400 children were abused between 1997-2013, the Scottish independence referendum takes place and the “No” vote wins with 55% of the votes, Nicola Sturgeon becomes the leader of the Scottish National Party, 6 people are killed after a refuse lorries crashes in the centre of Glasgow, Robin Williams takes his own life aged 63, Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappears somewhere over the South China Sea, Ebola strikes West Africa, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls are kidnapped, protests takes place in Ferguson, USA after the police shoot dead Michael Brown, a siege took place in a cafe in Sydney with a gunman claiming alliance with ISIS- 3 people are killed including the gunman, the films Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Birdman, Whiplash, The Imitation Game and Selma are released and I turn 38 years old.

Selma (1)

Another year that I absolutely love musically. As you can tell, whilst I still love the odd commercial chart song, I was (and still am) listening to less commercial stuff. 2014 saw my other half finally getting round to getting down on one knee and asking me to be his wife after 15 years together. I said yes. Obvs. Here’s my favourites from 2014. Spotify playlist at the end for y’all.

1. Living for Love by Madonna


2. The Beigeness by Kate Tempest


3. Digital Witness by St. Vincent


4. Mr Tembo by Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

5. My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit


6. Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware


7. ***Flawless by Beyonce

8. Chandelier by Sia (I’ve also included the piano version of this too on the playlist as it is also fantastic).

9. Glory by Common & John Legend


10. Just One of the Guys by Jenny Lewis


Whilst Glory, First Aid Kit and Bey are all close runner-ups, Sia is my clear winner this week. So, tell me- which one is yours?

See you next week for 2015!


  1. rachaelstray · August 17

    We are nearly caught up in years and this makes me sad for a strange reason! Happy proposal year (better late than never eh?!) Sia is my winner this year too! Big fan of John Legend though the man has so much soul.

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    • thebeasley · August 17

      I luuuurrrrrrve John Legend. Beautiful man, beautiful voice, beautiful tunes. I know what you mean about feeling sad about almost reaching the end. I’ve loved doing these yearly playlists so much. Though, I might have some exciting news in a few weeks….

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      • rachaelstray · August 17

        Steve bought us tickets to see him in Leeds the year before we got married and he was just UNREAL live. Oooh you tease I do LOVE exciting news!

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      • thebeasley · August 17

        Haha. Ooh I’d love to see him! I bet he was fantastic.

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  2. Losing the Plot · August 17

    Sia is good, but i’ve Got tickets to see First Aid Kit when they get to Belfast

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  3. angelanoelauthor · August 20

    Sorry I’m late to the party this week! I think it’s tough not to pick Madonna given the big birthday. It’s a middle-age solidarity thing.

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    • thebeasley · August 20

      Absolutely. Good choice. And no apologies needed for being late. One can never be too late reading/commenting on a post xx


  4. willowdot21 · August 20

    I t can only be chandelier 💜💜💜💜💜🙃🙃🙃🙃

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