Andy’s Top Songs Of 2014

Faced with a choice of making a playlist of all the best songs of 2014, MVM’s Andy found the 31 tracks that had rocked his world this year.

Ok, think of this as the best compilation tape ever. It’s got to start well, it’s got to end well. It’s got to be ace in the middle but more than that, it’s got to reflect all we are about on here. Easy!

There’s metal, hard rock, Prog a few things to make you go, “blimey didnt know he’d like that” but as one of the songs says itself, that’s damn rock n roll, at Maximum Volume, anyway.

This isn’t our first go round on this rodeo. In fact, just because this is the first year of MVM doesn’t mean it’s the first year that MVM’s writers have done this.

Don and me have taken the Best Of The Year very seriously for over two decades. The last time we see each other before new year we do so armed with lists. Lots and lots of lists. Best gig? Check. Best album? Check. Best song……?

Yeah, well here’s where it gets tricky. See, it used to be a tape back in the day. Then it was one CD. Can you imagine getting all a years best songs on one 74 minute disc. Nah us neither.

Now it’s a playlist. And from this you may be able to work out the top twenty albums, perhaps and the top twenty gigs. This though, is all about that moment when you say: “Christ that’s a good song” and have to tell someone about it (in my case usually Don as his wife will attest.)

So here, for your delectation and delight is my personal best of 2014. And mine gets a fancy title too.

Evolution On Budget With A Schedule To Keep – The Very Best Of 2014
Shit Shots Count – Drive-By Truckers
Spaced Out – Electric Boys
Moving Mountains – BlackWolf
That’s Damn Rock & Roll – Eric Church
Kill The Headlights (Roll) – Devilstrip
Nowhere to Hide -Crobot
Elphyn – Corrosion Of Conformity
Blow To The Head – Virgil And The Accelerators
Better Angels – Neonfly
Broken Door – Machines Dream
The World We Created – Gandalf’s Fist
Love Ain’t A Love Song – Joe Bonamassa
Leaving Blues – Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers
The House Is Rockin’ – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Tread Lightly- Mastodon
The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen
I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You – The Hold Steady
Hard Row to Hoe – Whiskey Myers
Three Chords Good – Graham Parker & The Rumour
Never Back Down Absolva – Anthems to the Dead
Electric Reckoning Lionize – Jetpack Soundtrack
Alone At Sea – Pineapple Thief
Steel Versus Steel -Grand Magus
The Devil’s Whip – Orange Goblin
Rock or Bust – AC/DC
Ariel – Anathema
Livin’ In The City – John Butler Trio
Killers & Kings – Machine Head
The Noctuus – The Order Of Israfel
The Killer Instinct – Black Star Riders
World On Fire – Slash