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Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part Four: The Top Ten!

Today we conclude our list of best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11.

5 Christmas Singles to be Getting Behind This Holiday Season...

We're heading quickly towards Christmas Week, which usually means that you're running around like a mad person, trying to pick up presents you know run a chance of earning a 'Oh, just what I wanted...!' response and scribbling on Christmas cards that probably won't be sent until you're back at the shops for the Boxing Day sales. While you're doing this, I'm imagining that a fair few of you, the Christmas-devoted, are enjoying the stack of Christmas albums which have been released or breaking out the good old favourites. Mariah Carey. That fab Earth, Wind and Fire Christmas LP. We've been seeing artists from across all genres penning Christmas tunes and we've listed five that you should get around as you begin shelling the prawns and stocking your fridges for Christmas lunch.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 3: 20-11

We continue on with our best songs of 2014, as voted by the AU's amazing group of contributors... in case you haven't been keeping up to date on where we've gotten to so far, you can check out 40-31 and 30-21.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Five: 10-1)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 2: 30-21

Following on from yesterday's first ten tracks, today we bring you the next ten songs that have been voted as the best of the year by the AU review contributors. So, without any wasted time...

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 40 Songs - Part 1: 40-31

It's that time of the year again when the AU team vote on their favourite songs of the year, resulting in our annual top 40 song list... taking in a mix of local and international music that we haven't gotten enough of this year. We start things local though at number 40...

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Four 20-11)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

At home with The Growlers (US) - Part Two!

The Growlers made quite the impact on Australian crowds with their debut tour dates smashing expectations earlier in the year. Perhaps it's a shared love for the sun, party vibes and a chilled disposition on living it up. Maybe it's a shared appreciation for good, raucous tunes. Either way, we weren't really surprised when the Californians announced a larger return tour, this time off the back of album number five, Chinese Fountain. Ahead of their 2015 tour, the band gives us a little insight into their world of beach, surfing, and beer on the other side of the globe.

At home with The Growlers (US) - Part One!

The Growlers made quite the impact on Australian crowds with their debut tour dates smashing expectations earlier in the year. Perhaps it's a shared love for the sun, party vibes and a chilled disposition on living it up. Maybe it's a shared appreciation for good, raucous tunes. Either way, we weren't really surprised when the Californians announced a larger return tour, this time off the back of album number five, Chinese Fountain. Ahead of their 2015 tour, the band gives us a little insight into their world of beach, surfing, and beer on the other side of the globe.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Three: 30-21)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

Best of 2014: Allday picks his favourite Aussie Hip Hop records of the year.

While at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie, we asked Allday to share with us what he reckoned were the best Aussie Hip Hop albums of 2014. Here's what he had to say:

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Two: 40-31)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

Tour Diary: Angus and Julia Stone (Sydney) give us an insight into their recent time overseas!

Angus and Julia Stone made a triumphant return home with their acclaimed self-titled album this year. Nominated for a 2014 ARIA, playing sold out shows and announcing a huge national tour for 2015, the sibling duo have been definitely keeping themselves busy. They've given us a little insight into their recent overseas travels and true to form, Angus and Julia have been keeping things chill, while performing to some huge crowds of 'friends'.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part One: 50-41)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

Arrogant? Egotistical? Too Serious? Why we shouldn't be so quick to label Tool.

Tool are a seriously heavy band; their pummelling attack and despondent lyrics certainly aren’t for timorous listeners. They’ve continued to deliver murky and unremittingly dark music throughout their time in the music industry. Their sound is distorted, mysterious and experimental; it leaves your mind spinning and your body in a state of turmoil. You can hear the crippling ache that their heavy lyrics impose in Maynard Keenan’s vocals.