After humming and hawing over my top songs list, I just want to mention some tracks that I seriously considered for the top 50, but that didn't quite make it...
"TERRA INCOGNITA" - ATLAS SOUND
Beautiful and haunting stripped down number from the Deerhunter frontman.
"GO" - DELILAH
Takes the verses of "Ain't Nobody" by Chaka Khan, and comes up with this dark, sexy, post-dub gem.
"DOING IT WRONG" - DRAKE
Touchingly honest and knowingly insightful ode to breaking up with someone, with a gorgeous, sparse synth-laden backdrop thanks to his producer 40.
"SMALL BUMP" - ED SHEERAN
Not a fanatical fan of the ginger crusader here, but the achingly pretty sentiment of this sad, sad song is impossible to deny.
"SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW" - GOTYE FEAT. KIMBRA
A delightfully quirky ode to splitting up on bad terms with a killer chorus that Sting couldn't sing better.
"FORTUNE'S FOOL" - HIATUS & SHURA
Delicate vocals, wistful acoustics with the scent of dub lurking in the air, British producer/singer duo produce, under the radar, one of the most fragile and beautiful singles of the year.
"THE VISION (LET ME BREATHE)" - JOKER FEAT. JESSIE WARE
Irresistible commercial dubstep track with a deliciously dramatic vocal performance (just see 1.35 for the best moment).
"BROKEN RECORD" - KATY B
The party girl gets insecure and emotional about a destructive relationship, and the breakbeats and killer melody on the chorus compliment this perfectly.
"MARRY THE NIGHT" - LADY GAGA
The stadium-bothering Hi NRG dance opener of "Born This Way" tells the bittersweet tale of being dumped from her label, but its message is triumphant and uplifting for those who know.
"VIDEO GAMES" - LANA DEL REY
The sexiest song of the year, somehow manages to make you feel dirty every time you hear its sultry 60s orchestral ballad tones.
"PERFECT SKIES" - MAIN ATTRAKIONZ
Lush, stoner hip-hop, that is so laid back in its tempo it threatens to grind to a halt at any moment.
"SOMETIMES" (SHAZAM REMIX) - MIAMI HORROR
A generic indie dance song is given the euphoric funky house treatment, and the catchiest synth lead of the year.
"DON'T FUCK WITH MY MONEY" - PENGUIN PRISON
Reliving punchy 80s pop has never been so much fun, from the tongue-in-cheek lyrics to the OTT scream towards the end.
"IT'S REAL" - REAL ESTATE
An uplifting care-free indie love song that is as sing-along as it is tender.
"FAMILY FRIEND" - THE VACCINES
The one downtempo moment on an upbeat, relentlessly energetic record, and a much needed, and surprisingly touching moment for reflection to close it.
"TOTALLY TRUE" - VIOLENS
Hypnotic guitar hooks and misty vocals and a driving rhythm at an intense new wave pace. Beautiful and mysterious.
"LOOP THE LOOP" - WILD BEASTS
A beautiful cabaret-indie waltz and a yearning ode to the power lust has over love, both common topics for the band, brought together here touchingly.
"IN THE MORNING" - WYNTER GORDON
A chilled out comedown dance anthem that is beautiful and yet biting at the same time, magically produced by Robbie Rivera.