Another year is in the books and it’s time for the annual listing of the 100 biggest songs that ranked among my weekly top 40 chart from December 2013 to November 2014. It was magical year full of MAGIC! and “Magic” and a lovely twelve months of lovable hits from James Blunt and The Fray. We went “home” with A Great Big World and Andy Grammer, spun around in a “dance” with Milky Chance and Walk The Moon and ended up here with all that was awesome in the year we called 2014.
Peak positions listed are as of the last chart included in the year dated November 30, 2014. Those entries marked with a plus sign (+) had not yet reached their peak position as of the date. Ties in points were broken based on peak, number of weeks at peak and number of weeks in the top 40.
008. BASTILLE, “Bad Blood” (663 points)
Writer: Dan Smith / Producers: Smith, Mark Crew
Debut Date: December 22, 2013
Peak Date: March 23 to April 13, 2014
Peak: #2 for four weeks
Weeks on Chart: 25
Dan Smith and the guys hit a major milestone this year when their song “Of The Night” became their second #1 on my top 40 and spent two weeks there, matching the peak of “Pompeii” in 2013. You may as well call them Twin Peaks. (ba-dum-tss) I’m here all week. However, it’s their lower peaking single (by a spot) that gets a higher ranking on the Top 100 of 2014. (“Night” garnered points that were split between two chart years.) I guess I just wanted more gore.
“Bad” became the first charted release in the band’s native U.K. during the summer of 2012, but it could only reach as high as #90 for a week. A subsequent rerelease during the summer of 2014 couldn’t push it any further, but that was only after it got to #2 for five weeks at Alternative radio in the U.S. during the same period. It spent one less week at #2 here on my personal chart, but it spent enough time in the top 40 at 25 weeks to land them a top ten year-end song for the second year running.
The English quartet is now in the process of making their next studio album; no doubt, the set will be a substantial success on both sides of the Atlantic. I’m sure the pressure is on to create another “Pompeii”, and even if they don’t, the haunting nature of their music, dramatic and mysterious from beginning to end, will continue to draw their passionate fan base to stores. Will they make it onto Showtime too? Dale Cooper might need some extra help.
Check back tomorrow for next part of the top ten on the year-end chart and let me know what you’re liking so far below!