Exclaim!'s 2014 in Lists: Top 10 Music/Video Posts of 2014

Exclaim!'s 2014 in Lists: Top 10 Music/Video Posts of 2014
Our Top 10 Music/Video Posts of 2014 list chronicles the most-viewed posts from our Music/Video section, meaning this isn't a judgement based on quality — it's solely based on web traffic, and which album streams, videos and songs got the most clicks on our site.

As with last year, the majority of the most popular posts are album streams, suggesting that the full-length format is still central to the way fans digest music. Beyond that, this is a diverse list, ranging from Canadian favourites to up-and-comers to major international superstars.

Don't forget to head over to our 2014 in Lists section to see more of our Year-End coverage.

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music/Video Posts of 2014:

10. The Black Dahlia Murder - Grind 'Em All (EP stream)

Michigan mayhem-makers the Black Dahlia Murder are best known for melodic death metal, but they ventured into more punk-y territory on their seven-inch Grind 'Em All, a short EP of covers. It's made up of tunes originally by Left for Dead, Sedition and Gyga, making it a departure from what fans have come to expect from the band. Still, the EP is characteristically heavy, with a ferociously aggressive grindcore sound. They made a fan out of Left for Dead vocalist Chris Colohan, who told Exclaim!, "Not that it takes much to top a $10/hr one-take 1996 basement recording, but the 'Ripped Up' cover sounds great. I love the blast beat, and they nailed Curtis' weird double kick part. It's a trip to hear such a pro recording of an LFD song."

9. Comeback Kid - Rain City Sessions (live video)

When Winnipeg punks Comeback Kid swung through Vancouver on their North American tour, local producers Jesse Gander and Stuart McKillop tapped the group to perform a set at their Rain City Recorders studio. Only a small crowd was able to be present for the intimate performance, but a much larger audience enjoyed it from their homes thanks to the nicely filmed, impeccably recorded live footage that emerged in this 17-and-a-half-minute video.

8. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (album stream)

Spooky Canadian folk outfit Timber Timbre kept on creepin' on in 2014 with a new full-length, Hot Dreams. The album was co-produced by Simon Trottier, and featured Colin Stetson playing some uncharacteristically sexy sax. This is songwriter Taylor Kirk and his cohorts doing what they do best: concocting eerie soundscapes made from lonesome folk, seductive balladry and atmospheric bumps in the night. Judging by the popularity of this stream, that's exactly what fans wanted.

7. Big Wreck - Ghosts (album stream)

Long live the '90s! Big Wreck reunited a few years ago and released the album Albatross in 2012. The band have managed to outlast the furor sounding that original reunion, and new album Ghost turned the reunion into a full-blown second coming. Certainly, the band still had lots of ideas after all these years, since the album widened their sonic palette over the course of more than 70 minutes of music. They're still capable of eliciting strong reactions, too: the first two comments on the post were "so amazing" and "garbage."

[Editor's note: This album stream was removed by the artist/label]

6. Bahamas - Bahamas Is Afie (album stream)

Bahamas has been a major player on the Canadian music scene for a few years now, but for those still not familiar with the six-string-slingin' singer-songwriter, Afie Jurvanen told us exactly who he was on Bahamas Is Afie. In a statement, the man himself explained that he had initially intended to make a folksy record, but the final result touched on soul, pop and soft rock. He said, "This feels like a self-titled record to me." Considering the amount of clicks the post got, the fans don't need Bahamas to tell us who he is.

[Editor's note: This album stream was removed by the artist/label]