1. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  2. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014 - Rules & Writers

    December 14, 2014 10:15 AM EST How does this year-end bracket work, and who wrote for it? Explore below. Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules   How It Works Best Song Bracket Battle is a bracket-style tournament in which the year's biggest songs are placed against each other in head-to…

  3. BSBB Round 5: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, 'Fancy'

    December 14, 2014 10:05 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX HARLEY BROWN: This is a very interesting pair-up because of its arguable inversions: Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love" is phoned in, while Iggy…

  4. BSBB Round 4: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne CRAIG JENKINS: Semifinals are without fail a bloodbath, and this one isn't any different. Charli XCX's single was a ball of joy and a welcome bombshell…

  5. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  6. BSBB Round 4: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CRAIG JENKINS: Yo Taylor I'ma let you finish, but Mariah and Jermaine had the best "Shake It Off" of all time. T-Swift's ode to the cathartic power…

  7. BSBB Round 3: Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Stay With Me Sam Smith Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CAITLIN WHITE: It's pretty safe to say the rest of Sam Smith's career hinges on his feature on Disclosure's "Latch." For most of us, the song was…

  8. BSBB Round 3: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea CAITLIN WHITE: Ah yes, "Problem," the song on which Ariana sought to finally shed her ballad-and-piano image, trading it in for a…

  9. BSBB Round 3: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Chandelier Sia CAITLIN WHITE: This is a face-off between a fluffy, happy song about fighting off sadness and a sad, trembling song about grasping for happiness — clearly 2014 is full of confusion.…

  10. BSBB Round 3: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake CAITLIN WHITE: It speaks to how cheesy the posthumous Michael Jackson song was that I'm going to argue for "Fancy"…

  11. BSBB Round 2: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna MEGAN BUERGER: Katy Perry and Juicy J are the greatest pop-rap dream team since J. Lo and Ja Rule, and "Dark Horse" is the…

  12. BSBB Round 2: OneRepublic, "Counting Stars" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Counting Stars OneRepublic The Man Aloe Blacc MEGAN BUERGER: So, I know Ryan Tedder is supposedly the best songwriter of the past decade, but "Counting Stars" is a real puzzler. "Everything that kills me makes me…

  13. BSBB Round 2: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko MEGAN BUERGER: Three reasons "Drunk In Love" scoops this round: 1.The video, which has 230 million views on YouTube, somehow pairs a honeymoon home…

  14. BSBB Round 2: Lorde, "Team" vs. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Team Lorde Happy Pharrell Williams MEGAN BUERGER: Aside from the fact that "Happy" made the world dance like Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, its benchmark 24-hour music video brought the art form to a new level…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt" vs. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dirt Florida Georgia Line Stay With Me Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: Call Sam too depressing, too old-timey, too male Adele, whatever — this was a damn sincere song with damn great vocals that ruled all sorts of radio in 2014. Pulling…

  16. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

  17. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  18. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  19. BSBB Round 1: MAGIC!, "Rude" vs. Maroon 5, "Maps"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rude MAGIC! Maps Maroon 5 CHRIS PAYNE: At this point in their career, Maroon 5 sound like they’re just re-writing themselves, so it’s appropriate “Maps” is going up against a new band that’s basically piggybacking off the last…

  20. BSBB Round 1: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Jason Derulo, "Trumpets"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Trumpets Jason Derulo CRAIG JENKINS: British singer Charli XCX graduated from flanking Iggy Azalea on “Fancy” to a major label smash of her own this year with the cheerful, onomatopoetic “Boom Clap.” The…

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