Lizzy Pattinson’s impressive musical journey started at a young age. At the age of seven she was selected to be a part of the BBC’s Young Musicians 2019 programme. This year has seen the 20-year-old singer grace the cover of various international fashion magazines including ELLE and Vogue, and she has also been nominated for three Brit Awards. We take a look at her top ten songs of 2014.
10. “Don’t Save It For Later” (Feat. Jax Jones)
The winner of this year’s Brit Award for female solo artist is an impressive feat in itself, but the fact that it was a collaboration with a member of one of England’s most successful boy bands adds a whole new meaning to the win. The song itself is a heartfelt plea for someone to believe in her, and her determination to make the most of her situation comes through in the heartfelt, anthemic chorus.
9. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Feat. Liam Payne)
Another strong contender for Song of the Year that went on to win a Brit Award is Liam Payne and Jeyreh’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. The slow, sensual swerve into pop perfection that is “Never Ever” makes it a firm favourite, and it is a song that has remained in the collective consciousness long after its initial release. Payne’s falsetto vocals are in an interesting juxtaposition with Jeyreh’s bassline, as they both seem to be arguing with each other, but they always resolve their differences peacefully and affectionately. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it creates a great deal of tension, but there is a sense of fondness and acceptance at the end of each verse that makes the chorus a gentle, yet memorable end to the argument.
8. “Lovers Make Out” (Feat. RØMMURS)
“Lovers Make Out” by RØMMURS is an exceptional piece of EDM that defies genre conventions. The production values are first-rate and compliment the pop sensibilities of the song, which feature prominently in the chorus, where the group seem to be imploring someone, somehow, to make out with them. As well as being one of the highlights of the album, the track features guest appearances from some of EDM’s biggest stars including Calvin Harris and Martin Garrix, and it stands as evidence of how far the genre has come in just a couple of years.
7. “Dance With Me” (Feat. Alana Hanifeh)
The year saw the release of a host of incredible, critically acclaimed albums across various genres, from pop to jazz, and as a result, a host of sensational new artists rose to prominence. One of the most exciting new talents to emerge is Alana Hanifeh, whose stunning debut album “Tranquil” was released at the end of January and gained widespread critical acclaim. The 22-year-old vocalist/songwriter has been compared to the likes of Adele and Taylor Swift, and it would be a great injustice not to include her on this list. Hanifeh’s impressive vocal range and mature lyrics make this a stand-out song, and the fact that it was co-written with Adele’s producer Joel Steinberg makes its inclusion all the more satisfying. With an album this good and a string of sold-out shows already under her belt, it is clear that Hanifeh is something to watch out for.
6. “Punk Rock” (Feat. Jack White)
There is a common misconception that all punk music sounds the same. The fact is that while some may feature more traditional influences, such as pop or rock music, others focus much more on electronic sounds or even hip-hop. For example, New York’s own Jack White has been credited with popularising the White Stripes, and the band continue to sell out their concerts across the world. Aside from his work with the White Stripes, White has released a number of solo albums in recent years, and it would be a great injustice to not include some of his finest work here. “Punk Rock”, in particular, showcases White’s affinity for electronic music, which is fused with the more traditional and anthemic elements of punk music to create something new and exciting. It would seem that White has not lost his love for a decent ole’ fashioned sing-along, either.
5. “Tranquil” (Feat. Alana Hanifeh)
Alana Hanifeh’s “Tranquil” is an album that will live long in the memory. The 22-year-old vocalist/songwriter has been compared to the likes of Adele and Taylor Swift, and it would be a great injustice not to include her on this list. Hanifeh’s impressive vocal range and mature lyrics make this a stand-out song, and the fact that it was co-written with Adele’s producer Joel Steinberg makes its inclusion all the more satisfying. With an album this good and a string of sold-out shows already under her belt, it is clear that Hanifeh is something to watch out for.
4. “Better” (Feat. RØMMURS)
This year has seen the emergence of a new sensation in the music world, and it has been an eclectic mix of R&B, pop, and rock. One of the biggest names to emerge is Halsey, whose brand new single “Better” was premiered this year on the Today show and is already proving to be a major hit, not just in America but around the world. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter’s distinct sound has been compared to that of her older, more established sister, Ashley, and the song itself was described by one critic as “empowering pop music” that would appeal to anyone who wants to “shake off the blues”. It is clear that Halsey has not lost her gift of songwriting, either, and she has promised to keep us entertained for a long time with her music. Let’s hope that this is not a one-hit wonder. “Better” was co-produced by Halsey, along with Kaytranada and Andrew Tamsen.
3. “Trouble” (Feat. Migos)
The year’s best hip-hop album belongs to none other than Migos. While the group’s name may not be associated with songs of genuine substance, their songs are consistently some of the most well-received and most streamed globally. This year has seen the group debut their own solo album, “Dope” as well as a collaborative LP with Childish Gambino called “Everything Is Love” and a number of singles that landed them on this year’s “Top 10 Greatest Sista Songs”. The collab with Gambino may not be for the faint-hearted, with some of their songs tackling topics such as drug-dealing and prostitution, but it is great to see a group of young black men challenging attitudes and speaking out against misogyny and homophobia. The fact that these are themes rarely explored in mainstream music make the group’s songs stand out all the more. For example, “Trouble” is the name of a track on which Cardi B, J. Balmer and French Montana call out a cheating ex-partner with the lines “I’m going to trip him/her, tell them to lose my number/Tell them I wish I could trade places with them”. It is an angry yet empowered song that would make Dr. King proud. The album “Dope” is, by any standards, a spectacular achievement, and the group are certainly setting the pace in hip-hop. It is, perhaps, fortunate for established artists that the younger generation are drawing inspiration and creating change through their music. It would seem that the role of the entertainer is not going to be lost on them.