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AOTY: Lost in the Dream -The War on Drugs
SOTY: Warning – Cymbals Eat Guitars
Pop Artist of the Year: Charli XCX/Tove Lo (tie)
Rap Artist/Group of the Year: RTJ
Indie Pop Band of the Year: Future Islands
Indie Rock Band of the Year: Spoon
Most Annoying Pop Presence: Iggy Azalea
Most Annoying Presence Overall: Mark Kozelek
Artist I Most Wanted to Like But Could Not: Sun Kil Moon
Most Likely to Unexpectedly Pop Up in a Song: Ezra Koenig
Most Likely to Unfortunately Pop Up in a Song: Pitbull/Iggy (tie)
Most Likely to Never Appear on the ‘Gum Again: Kix
Most Likely to Appear on a Cereal Box: Kix
Most Likely to Beef: Azealia Banks
Oh hey there Richard III!
She’s pretty big in Canada, right? I never hear anything about her here in the States. People who call her the “female Owl City” seem to be a little misguided. The production is much icier, but in a sort of cozy way. I still listen to “Siberia” to this day.
I like the love for LIGHTS. I found her second album extremely enjoyable, as well as this one.
5 Seconds of Summer seems awfully high…I’d put any song in Charli XCX’s entire discography above the strongest song from that boy-band/band/thing (I’ll ignore the 1D inclusion and chalk that up to a matter of personal taste). Blank Space is a little bit low. Also, “Problem” was enjoyable enough as a pop song, but it can’t be number one. No song with Iggy and her weird “look I’m a rapper” voice is the number one pop song of the year, regardless of sales. Otherwise, I thought the list was generally spot on. Paramore, Tove Lo, Weaver, Kendrick get some well-deserved love. Cheers to a good year in music all-around!
I didn’t even mention the continued success of Björk, Robyn, and even Lykke Li.
When it comes to the Scandinavians, pop music seems to be really booming for them, doesn’t it? Tove Lo, MØ, and Icona Pop (not my taste, but one can’t deny their success) have really come to the forefront. Another Tove (Stryke), looks to be the next big Scandinavian pop starlet to me, and she’s got an interesting sort of swaggering reggae element to her electronic production.
Dave Chandler’s comment was completely justified. Who wants dippy eggs? Mothers these days…
That sitcom laughter at the end of Bored in the USA is profoundly haunting.
Chuck had some consistently good soundtrack moments. I miss that show.