There were some serious musical highlights throughout 2014, a lot of which actually came at the tail of of the year. Here’s a rundown of some favourites in the SiriusXM offices.
Best surprise release from a band that we thought no longer existed: Pink Floyd’s The Endless River
20 years after the release of their last album, The Division Bell, I don’t think anyone could have predicted something new from Pink Floyd. The Endless River, pieced together from sessions for The Division Bell along with new overdubs and, in the case of Louder Than Words new lyrics and vocals, is a moving swan song that feels like an actual return for the band, or what’s left of it.
Best song with a not-so-great video: AC/DC’s Play Ball
AC/DC remain an amazingly hard rocking band, nearly forty years after bursting on the scene. Their latest album, Rock or Bust, is one of their strongest of the last few decades, clocking in at 35 minutes. First single Play Ball was featured in commercials for the World Series and proved to be a great soundtrack. The official video for the song, though? Not so much. Take a look once, just to say you did, and then check out the awesomely rocking video for Rock or Bust.
Most addictive single of the year: Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off
While we may have started this article off with some classic rockers, there’s no question that Taylor Swift had an amazing year with the release of 1989 and its first single, the endlessly catchy Shake It Off. Taylor was all over SiriusXM this year, and so was this great, chart-topping single.
Best Canadian song from a film soundtrack: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith’s Vessel
I absolutely love this song, which Dan Mangan + Blacksmith recorded for the Simon Pegg film Hector and the Search for Happiness. While the film didn’t make much noise at the box office, the song certainly did very well. Take a close listen to the chorus and you might very well notice the familiar voice of Dave Grohl chiming in.