The first half of the year is often a bit slow in the music world, as artists and record companies gear up to let loose their biggest releases during the lucrative holiday shopping season. While this year is certainly no exception, we've already heard some classic songs, both by established artists and newcomers, that won't be going anywhere for the rest of the year. The only rule so far has been to expect the unexpected.

Some of the biggest stories of 2014 have been a return to form for big names, from G-Unit to Lil Wayne to Nicki Minaj. On the other hand, new artists like Iggy Azalea and Ty Dolla $ign have made huge strides and scored hits, showing that the next big thing could always be coming from where you least expect it. Outside of the rap world, everybody has been busy buzzing about Lana Del Rey or falling in love with Sam Smith.

This year has also been notable for the fact that some of the biggest songs weren't released this year. Take Chris Brown's ubiquitous banger "Loyal." You won't find it on this list because Breezy dropped the track in 2013. Same goes for Drake's New Years Eve anthem "We Made It." But no matter, there's still more than enough heat to talk about. 

These are The Best Songs of 2014 (So Far).

Listen to Complex's Best Songs of 2014 (So Far) playlists here: YouTube/Spotify/Rdio

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