The Catchiest Songs of 2014  

Michael Wojtas
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List Rules Only charting tracks and singles officially released in 2014. Upvote those that were stuck in your head for like, DAYS.

A good hook is universal. If a song is catchy enough, it sticks with you, whether you're a music snob or a Top 40 fan. In fact, sometimes the earworm tracks that stay in our heads the longest are the ones we'd file under "guilty pleasure." On this list of the catchiest songs of 2014, there's no room for biases. Love or hate these songs, there's no denying that they quickly get stuck in your head and are hard to forget.

Since pop music is basically all about memorable choruses, this roundup has plenty of tracks from Top 40 radio royalty (like frenemies Taylor Swift and Katy Perry). Mainstream rap is also heavily represented, which is hardly surprising - it's not exactly easy to score a hip hop hit without an immediately likable hook. That said, indie and alternative favorites like The Black Keys, Jack White, and alt-J also managed to sneak in with some seriously infectious rock tracks.

So what song did you have on repeat all year (whether you wanted to or not)? Which catchy single do you wish you could stop singing to yourself? And what 2014 hit will you still be humming for years to come? Cast your votes for the catchiest 2014 earworms - we're already sorry that now they'll all be running through your head.
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Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Catchiest part: "Don't believe me just watch!"
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Taylor Swift
Catchiest part: "But I've got a blank space, baby/And I'll write your name"
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Taylor Swift
Catchiest part: "Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake"
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Catchiest part: "I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier"
Take Me To Church is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Catchiest Songs of 2014
Baseballislove added Hozier
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Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Catchiest part: "Remember my name/'Bout to blow"
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Meghan Trainor
Catchiest part: "I'm all about that bass/'Bout that bass, no treble"
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Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
Catchiest part: "Bang bang into the room (I know you want it)"
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Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Catchiest part: "Gonna love you/Like a black widow, baby"
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Nicki Minaj
Catchiest part: "My anaconda don't.../My anaconda don't..."
Drunk in Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Catchiest Songs of 2014
marceeela99 added Beyoncé Knowles
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Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg
Catchiest part: "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle"
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Maroon 5
Catchiest part: "Just like animals, animals, like animals"
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Sam Smith
Catchiest part: "But when you call me baby/I know I'm not the only one"
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Calvin Harris
Catchiest part: "When I met you in the summer/Summer!"
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Fall Out Boy
Catchiest part: "Remember me for centuries (hey, hey, hey)"
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Charli XCX
Catchiest part: "Boom! Clap!/The sound of my heart/The beat goes on and on"
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Ariana Grande ft. Zedd
Catchiest part: "This is the part when I break free/'Cause I can't resist it no more"
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Jeremih ft. YG
Catchiest part: "Don't tell 'em/You ain't even/You ain't even gotta tell 'em"
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Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)
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Nick Jonas
Catchiest part: "It's my right to be hellish/I still get jealous"
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Charli XCX
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Nico & Vinz
Catchiest part: "Am I wrong/For thinking that we could be something for real?"
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Aloe Blacc
Catchiest part: "I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man/Yes I am, Yes I am, Yes I am"
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Ed Sheeran
Catchiest part: "Sing!/Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh/Louder!"