It’s that time of the year again! But instead of going through a 1,000 different lists, we’ve picked our Top Four favourites from among many, many Top 10s.
Let’s be honest, we all love checking out the top 10 posts at the end of the year. It’s become a yearly tradition in the digital age, and it gives us some footing as to whether our taste is as good as we think.
Then again, top 10 lists are very subjective. Do you judge an artist or movie by their commercial success or their talent? And if it’s the latter, how do you measure it?
We’ve kept it simple and stuck to the lists we’ve found, but we’d love for you to let us know who you think should have made the top 10 in movies, literature & music!
Boyhood: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstallar and The Imitation Game have all made one list or another, but the undisputed film of 2014 has to be Boyhood. Directed and written by Richard Linklater, the film was shot over 12 years, using the same cast throughout to show the life and times of a teenage boy through puberty. A sweet movie, one must hand it to the director for having such patience! A spectacular feat indeed.
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing: Although it took over nine years for novelist Eimear McBride to find a publisher for A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, she went on to win both the Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her experimental style of writing – and eye-catch title – have taken the world by storm, and we’re loving it!
Chandelier: It didn’t make every list, but it’s indisputable: Sia’s music video for her hit song ‘Chandelier’ got people talking. A song about the artist’s fight with alcoholism, ‘Chandelier’ features Maddie Ziegler, a young dancer who wowed the world with her moves. Throughout the year, it received nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Choreography, as well as a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Videos.
Taylor Swift: As the lists started going live, it was quite unsurprising to see Taylor Swift’s name among many top 10s. Her fifth’s studio album, 1989, sold over a million copies in its first week of sales. The first two singles off it (‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Blank Space’) have been in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks, and her video for ‘Blank Space’ was a runaway success. Coupled with being in the running for Time’s Person of the Year, being on the cover of Time, and removing all her music from Spotify, Taylor Swift has definitely been the most talked about musician of the year.
Have you read or seen any of the pieces or artists mentioned above? Do you agree that these should have made the Top 10s of 2014? Let us know!