Incredibly 2014 is almost up. And that means one thing – it’s time for “Team Wiwi’s Top Tracks of The Year”. Just like in 2013, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite releases and recordings by Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who’ve never made it to the Eurovision stage (sorry Ace and Adelén). And this year we’ve decided to supersize and create a Top 50 – there was just too much great music for us to ignore. So #JoinUs as we continue our daily countdown. Today we look at numbers 30 through to 26.
30. “Blink” – Cascada
What we said: When I think of Cascada, I think of three words: party, glamour, and bass. With the premier of their new song “Blink”, that trend continues. This song features slick beats, juiced up production, and, of course, Natalie’s infectious charm and powerhouse vocals. And yes: she CAN sing. After a few full listens to take everything in, it’s clear that this is Cascada “by the numbers”. Given how addictive their repertoire is, you don’t really want it any other way. (Zach)
29. “Cinderella” – Krista Siegfrids
What we said: “Cinderella” will lift young girls, and plenty of men and women too. The flavour is auto-tune pop in the style of Katy Perry–not a bad thing–and Krista sings about standing up for yourself. The video channels bravery and fabulous in equal measure, and clever choreography by Reija Ware creates a party spirit. It’s an honest video in more ways than one. Krista takes fans behind the scenes, where she rehearses and lets loose with her team. She isn’t just taking us into rooms but into her heart. Krista believes in her fans. She celebrates their joys with them and also suffers their pain. (Deban)
28. “Bal” – Nevena Bozovic
What we said: The song opens boldly with guitars and violins, but the upbeat tempo really kicks in during the first chorus. It’s a different vibe to Nevena’s previous singles “Znam de Nocas Gubim te” and “Tacka” as there’s a notably more light-hearted mood. Nevena suits dance music just as much as she suits ballads, so it would be nice if she continued releasing singles of this nature. We love it! Now let’s roll down our convertible top and listen it to it again… (Katie)
27. “Sztorm” – Donatan And Cleo
What we said: Poland’s rapping queen Cleo and her collaborator Donatan have been busy promoting “Hiper/Chimera”, and in the process have released a new single, “Sztorm” (Translation: “Storm”). Cleo doesn’t rap, and she has opted not to include Donatan’s heavy electronic sounds, therbey showcasing her vocals in a simple and powerful song. This song and music video prove that Cleo & Donatan don’t need to rely on gimmicks to rack up Youtube videos or gain publicity: they just need to make music that is true to themselves. (Francheska)
26. “Shine In The Light” – Anna Rossinelli
What we said: The track may lack the immediacy of their 2013 hit “Let It Go”, but after a few listens it’ll soon be lodged in your brain. In essence it’s a folksy take on the self empowerment anthems popularised by the likes of Katy Perry and P!nk. With feel-good lyrics describing the Olympians’ triumph over everyday struggles, you too will feel like you can ski off the edge of a mountain. Although that’s probably not advisable. (Padraig)
Do y’all agree with our list so far? What changes would you make?