Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner!
Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs are placed against each other in head-to-head battles until one song emerges victorious! Each match-up is determined by the individual votes of a collection of music writers and critics, who have sounded off and helped us determine the collective choice for the strongest pop song of the year.
See the full bracket of songs below, and click on the individual match-ups to read the critics' thoughts and see who won each match-up! We also have an explanation of the rules and an introduction to this year's group of writers. After rolling out one round per day starting with Round 1 on December 15; the entire bracket is now complete. Click around, see who wins the BSBB 2014 crown and enjoy!