Hidden Pop Gems of 2014

Associate Music Supervisor Alex Ruder reviews and programs music for a small but diverse range of brands here at PlayNetwork. With extensive knowledge of the indie electronica and pop music landscape, he dials in on some of the year’s best undiscovered music.

Familiar big name pop acts such as Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams, and Taylor Swift have largely dominated the charts this year. And while I can’t deny that these artists make some incredibly infectious tracks, there are plenty of artists making equally catchy tracks that haven’t quite caught the ears of millions yet. In my never-ending attempt to expose artists and songs that I feel are worth your ears’ attention, here are 10 pop songs from 2014 that you won’t find on Billboard’s or iTunes’ top charts or racking up multimillion views on YouTube:

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#1 – Saint Pepsi “Fiona Coyne” (Carpark Records)

#2 – Misun “Travel With Me” (B3SCI)

#3 – Say Lou Lou x Lindstrøm “Games For Girls” (à Deux /Columbia Records)

#4 – The Preatures “Somebody’s Talking” (Harvest/Universal)

#5 – TOPS – “Change of Heart” (Arbutus)

#6 – Ryn Weaver “OctaHate” (Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope)

#7 – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart “Simple And Sure” (Yebo)

#8 – The 2 Bears – “Angel (Touch Me)” (Southern Fried)

#9 – Adanowsky – “Dancing To The Radio” (Everloving)

#10 – Hannah Diamond “Every Night” (PC Music)