Whether you dig country, rock, pop, or EDM, 2014 was a year of get-stuck-in-your-head-good music. New artists trail-blazed and the icons who paved their paths continued to prove that they’ve still got it, making it tricky (understatement of the year) for us to determine the best of the best. Check out who truly stood out on the music scene in 2014:

SiriusXM Artist of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

This duo’s sound made every day of 2014 feel like a dog day of summer.

Fellow contenders:

Tiesto
The Black Keys
Hozier
OneRepublic
Katy Perry
Beyonce
Rick Ross

SiriusXM Song of 2014: Hozier’s Take Me To Church

You KNOW you wanted the Irish native to serenade you with this one.

Fellow contenders:

Calvin Harris “Summer”
Vance Joy “Riptide”
Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll”
Meghan Trainor “All About That Bass”
George Ezra “Budapest”
Schoolboy Q “Studio”
Tinashe with Schoolboy Q “2 On”

SiriusXM New Artist Breakthrough of 2014: Hozier 

We’re not even going to PRETEND that we are surprised Hozier grabbed the gold in TWO categories.

Fellow contenders:

3Lau
Vance Joy
Cole Swindell
5 Seconds of Summer
Chase Rice
George Ezra
Sheppard
Schoolboy Q
Rich Homie Quan

SiriusXM 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Petty 

Who HASN’T tried their hand at covering the iconic Tom Petty?

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Fellow contenders:

Armin van Burren
AC/DC
Taylor Swift
Kenny Chesney
Pitbull
The Allman Brothers Band
Mary J. Blige

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