The Top 30 Songs of 2014 - by DJ Gregg Ambient

2014 is nearly a wrap. It was an excellent year for music with a variety of styles in favor. On the pop front, artists like Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift reigned. Turning to hip hop and R&B, producer DJ Mustard ruled the roost with a series of catchy, melodic, club-oriented tracks. Most interesting to me was the increased presence of the early 90s UK house sound as popularized by artists like Disclosure and Kiesza. Trap music and EDM, two of the hot musical styles of 2013, remained popular but lost relative shine.

The list that follows contains my Top 30 songs of 2014, presented in countdown fashion. These were tracks that I played heavily, either by guest demand or of my own volition. The Top 10 were particularly hot songs based on song requests from guests. Drum roll please.....

Also, don't forget to check out my free, downloadable New Year's Eve party dance mix towards the bottom of this blog containing many of these top tracks.

DJ Gregg Ambient’s Top 30 Songs of 2014

(30) Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran (ballad)

(29) Love Sublime - Tensnake f/ Niles Rodgers & Fiora (electronic)

(28) Nobody Has to Know - Kranium (reggae)

(27) Blame - Calvin Harris w/ John Martin (dance)

(26) Loyal (East Coast Version) - Chris Brown f/ Lil' Wayne and French Montana (hip hop)

(25) Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker (country)

(24) Rude - Magic! (reggae)

(23) We Dem Boyz - Wiz Khalifa (hip hop)

(22) Bailando - Enrique Iglesias w/ Sean Paul and Gente de Zona (Latin)

(21) Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson f/ Bruno Mars (Pop/Funk) (Note: this song is rising fast and should become a fixture of 2015)

(20) Danza Kuduro - Don Omar (Latin Dance) (Note: this track has been in My Top 25 since 2011!)

(19) Calling All Hearts - DJ Cassidy f/ Jessie J. and Robin Thicke (dance)

(18) Don't Tell Em - Jeremih f/ YG (R&B)

(17) F(ool) for You (Remix) - Disclosure w/ Mary J. Blige (house) (Note: this track delightfully pairs electronic music with R&B)

(16) Summer - Calvin Harris (dance)

(15) Turn it Up - Richie Loop (reggae)

(14) I Got U - Duke Dumont f/ Jax Jones (dance) (Note: Jax Jones sounds remarkably like Whitney Houston)

(13) Latch - Disclosure (house)

(12) Hideaway - Kiesza (house)

(11) Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson w/ Justin Timberlake (R&B / dance)

(10) All of Me (Tiesto Remix) - John Legend (R&B / dance) (Note: John Legend composed this song for his wife on their wedding day.

(9) Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (pop)

(8) Talk Dirty to Me - Jason DeRulo (dance) (Note: love that funky Middle Eastern bazaar sax line!)

(7) Vivir Mi Vida - Marc Anthony (Latin / salsa)

(6) Fireball - Pitbull f/ John Martin (dance)

(5) All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor (pop)

(4) Happy - Pharrell Williams (pop)

(3) Drunk in Love - Beyonce w/ Jay-Z (R&B)

(2) Fancy - Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX (pop) (Note: the bassline on this song easily sucked in guests to the dance floor)

(1) Turn Down for What - DJ Snake w/ Lil' Jon (trap music) - party guests loved "turning up" to this song during 2014! I had the pleasure of meeting Lil' Jon in Atlantic City this past August - interestingly, he recorded his hype vocal line for this song in a closet!

Check out this free, downloadable dance party mix from DJ Gregg Ambient immediately below!

For a trip down memory lane, you can view 2013's Top 50 dance songs, by clicking here.

DJ Gregg Ambient

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey and winner of the prestigious Knot Best of Weddings for 2015. We perform at formal events such as Weddings, Corporate Holiday Parties and Sweet 16s, as well as casual events including house parties, bar/club sessions and raves. To book DJ Gregg Ambient or any other of our company’s merrymaking music mixologists, visit us on the web at Ambient DJ Service, "Keeping New Jersey in the Mix!"