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CHRIS PAYNE: One lead artist goes on magazine covers wearing a paper bag; the other just does the instrumentals and has unnamed collaborators sing the lyrics. What strange/wonderful/bloggable times we live in. I have to give the nod to Sia’s pipes over Harris’ beats, as “Chandelier” was one of 2014’s purest pop hits. My Vote: "Chandelier"
MEAGHAN GARVEY: Frankly, both songs make me want to curl into the fetal position beneath the bottle service table in VIP, so let’s leave it up to the music videos. One has a fierce 11-year-old dance wunderkind pouring her heart into Krump Swan Lake; the other objectifies a bland parade of models through the Earlybird Instagram filter. My Vote: "Chandelier"
MYLES TANZER: "Summer" is an all-too-transparent bid for song of the summer that didn't quite work out as planned. There's no escaping that massive drop and it just makes you want to hear it at an embarrassing beach bar. Sia's songwriting is undeniably better here. These are two songs with gigantic hooks, but the difference between them is that the manic sing-along chorus of "Chandelier" has all of the summertime magic that "Summer" wishes it had. It works at the same beach bar, it works in the car with your best friends, it works with your kids on vacation. It's the Every Summer song. My Vote: “Chandelier”
ERIN STRECKER: Sorry, Harris. “Chandelier” is one of the straight-up catchiest songs in years. Better songs than “Summer” would have been shut down immediately as well. My Vote: “Chandelier”
STEVEN J. HOROWITZ: Harris has kind of slipped into this meddling space where everything he does sounds like a cover of himself, which isn’t bad, per se, but snoozy. All the while, Sia became pop’s most unlikely star this year by sounding like absolutely no one else—often times, not like herself, depending on which song you’re hearing. “Chandeleehee” for the win. My Vote: “Chandelier”
OVERALL WINNER: “Chandelier”