1. Charli XCX, ‘Boom Clap’
Charli XCX is featured on the official Song of the Summer (“Fancy”), but her own infectious dance jam is better.
2. Nicki Minaj, ‘Pills N Potions’
On her third album “The Pink Print,” one of rap’s best makes a heartfelt song about love’s staying power.
3. Le1f, ‘Boom’
The single off Le1f’s EP “Hey” is a sexy, smart party jam with a wildly cool video.
4. Lana Del Rey, ‘West Coast’
Music’s most interesting character created 2014’s most interesting album. Who’s surprised?
5. Future Islands, ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
Nostalgic, sweet, weird — Future Islands have captured what summer’s all about, and they probably didn’t mean to.
6. Dierks Bentley, ‘Drunk on a Plane’
Bro-pop country collapses in on itself in this supremely goofy production, a “Mardi Gras up in the clouds.”
7. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, ‘Problem’
The next Mariah Carey shows off her range. This would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the presence of Azalea, who may owe Grande an apology.
8. Aloe Blacc, ‘The Man’
A crooner whose star is rising pays homage to Elton John.
9. Sia, ‘Chandelier’
The music industry’s most mysterious songwriting star produced an incredible song for her sixth album.
10. Pharrell Williams, ‘Come Get It Bae’
While “Happy” rounds the bases, “Come Get It Bae” is on deck — it’s just as funky/upbeat/Pharrell-y, only without the 24-hour video.