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2014 was something of an unpredictable year for music. The inclusion of streaming into the Billboards Hot 100 meant that songs from 2013 such as Let It Go and Happy dominated the charts in the earlier part of 2014. There’s also was a host of talented female newcomers including Charlie XCX and Meghan Trainor that topped the charts. The Billboard Hot 100 tracks of 2014 have been released, and we've rounded up the top 10 and why you should have them on your playlist.
1. "Happy" - Pharell Williams
Pharell’s feel good track Happy spent a whopping 47 weeks on the hot 100. The hit from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack made the number one spot in the U.S, U.K, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries. It has sold over 6.4 million copies in the United States alone.
2. "Dark Horse" - Katie Perry feat. Juicy J.
Although it was released all the way back in September 2013, Katy Perry’s Dark Horse has spent an almighty 57 weeks on the hot 100. As well as reaching number one in the US, it also made the top spot in Canada and the Netherlands.
3. "All of Me" - John Legend
John Legend had his first number one track this year with All of Me. The ballad knocked Pharell’s Happy off the top spot back in May. The power ballad was written for his then-fiancé Chrissy Tiegen.
4. "Fancy" - Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX
Australian Iggy Azalea and British Charlie XCX had their first number one this year with Fancy. The pair had commercial success with the track worldwide with it reaching number one in their home countries.
5. "Counting Stars" - One Republic
Despite peaking at the number two on the billboard charts, Counting Stars has remained on the hot 100 for 68 weeks. Arguably it’s one of One Republic’s most successful tracks along with Apologize.
6. "Talk Dirty" - Jason Derulo
Responsible for bringing the horn back to pop music, Jason Derulo’s hit track Talk Dirty has remained on the Hot 100 for an impressive 37 weeks.
7. "Rude" - Magic
Canadian band Magic’s debut track Rude reached number one in the both U.S and U.K charts. The reggae fusion track was from the band’s debut studio album "Don’t Kill The Magic."
8. "All About That Bass" 0 Meghan Trainor
Nominated for an MTV European Video Music Award, two Grammy Awards and People’s Choice Award, Meghan Trainor’s debut track All About That Bass became the song of the summer.
9. "Problem" - Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea
Problem became Azalea’s second highest chart ranking track after Fancy, and Grande’s biggest hit ever, surpassing The Way. The track peaked at Number 2 in the U.S and has remained on the top 100 for 25 weeks.
10. "Stay With Me" - Sam Smith
British singer Sam Smith’s ballad Stay With Me made it to the number two spot on the hot 100, remaining there for 36 weeks. By July this year it was already dubbed as one of the best tracks of 2014 by Billboard.