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Steve Crawford's Top 30 Songs Of 2014

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1. Longer Than You’ve Been Alive, Old 97’s

2. Head, Lydia Loveless

3. Bad Self Portraits, Lake Street Dive

4. Truck Stop Gospel, Parker Millsap

5. Shit Shot Counts, Drive-By Truckers

6. Your Children’s Children, Carolina Story

7. Rather Be, Clean Bandit

8. Hunter of Invisible Game, Bruce Springsteen

9. Blank Space, Taylor Swift

10. Sour Times, The Civil Wars

11. A Feather’s Not a Bird, Rosanne Cash

12. This Will Be Our Year, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson

13. Life Has It’s Little Ups and Downs, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

14. Lies You Forgot You Told, Peter Mulvey

15. I Ain’t Looking for No Trouble, Ray Benson

16. Call Me, St. Paul & the Broken Bones

17. Love Sublime, Tensnake

18. Song for Zula, Ronnie Fauss

19. Black and Blue, Secret Sisters

20. Long White Line, Sturgill Simpson

21. It’s Not Easy, The Henry Girls

22. Platinum, Miranda Lambert

23. Kansas City, The New Basement Tapes

24. Ghosts of Our Fathers, Otis Gibbs

25. Looking at the Calendar, Loudon Wainwright III

26. Send it on Down, Lee Ann Womack

27. Stranger to My Happiness, Sharon Jones

28. Time Shows Fools, Justin Townes Earle

29. The Swan, Cheatahs

30. Dizzy Heights, Neil Finn

Comment: rock nyc writer Steve Crawford has spent much of the year working on a book of the greatest songs in the 1980s, but still followed the latest releases close enough to include Old 97’s encapsulated history of life in a rock band, Lydia’s ode to being told to give oral stimulation and long time faves DBT. A  mix of Americana and the occasional curve ball for 2014.

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