No one needs a playlist to listen to the Song of the Year and Record of the Year Grammy nominees—we spent all year obsessed with "Locked Out of Heaven," "Get Lucky," "Blurred Lines" and the other hit noms.
But what about the singles and album tracks that didn't blow up the charts, but still got recognized by the Recording Academy? We've compiled 35 songs that you might have missed since the last Grammys, but really need to check out.
Listen to Sara Bareilles' gorgeous piano ballad "Manhattan" and further understand why she deserves that Album of the Year nod. Or get funky with "Need U (100%)," by U.K. newcomers Duke Dumont and A*M*E, nominated for Best Dance Recording. Or find out why rising acts like Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran and James Blake post big competition to rap stars like Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore for Best New Artist.
These are the tracks to make you the ultimate Grammys 2014 music aficionado. So, when the underdog wins, you get to tell your friends, "Oh you never heard them? You need to listen to..."
You can thank us later.
And don't forget Fuse News anchor Jack Osbourne will be live on the GRAMMY red carpet interviewing the nominees and performers with Fuse Red Carpet: Live @ GRAMMY®s. You can join him on Sunday, January 26, at 4PM ET by heading to Fuse.tv/Grammys where we'll be streaming the red carpet right up until the show!