It's been quite a year for Lydia Loveless, who spent a good chunk of 2014 on the road touring in support of the career-best Somewhere Else (Bloodshot). Logging countless hours in the van allowed the singer-songwriter and her bandmates, including bassist/husband Ben Lamb, ample time to absorb music via the commercial radio dial - an experience that sometimes doubled as a perverse form of entertainment.

It's been quite a year for Lydia Loveless, who spent a good chunk of 2014 on the road touring in support of the career-best Somewhere Else (Bloodshot). Logging countless hours in the van allowed the singer-songwriter and her bandmates, including bassist/husband Ben Lamb, ample time to absorb music via the commercial radio dial - an experience that sometimes doubled as a perverse form of entertainment.

"When we're on tour, after we listen to everything on our iPods, we listen to commercial country radio stations," Lamb said, seated in the living room of the couple's home during an early December interview. "Not because we like it, but because we like to make fun of it."

With that in mind, Alive recently joined the pair for an extended listening session, offering Loveless and Lamb a chance to opine on some of the year's biggest songs.

Charli XCX: "Boom Clap"

Loveless: I was listening to this in the van and [guitarist] Todd [May] was making fun of it big time. He was like, "How does the beat go" (in the background XCX sings "And the beat goes on and on and on and on").

Lamb: At SXSW we did a showcase with [Charli XCX] and Angel Olsen and Eagulls and a bunch of other people that ended up being more popular than us. From a listening perspective I'd edit out about a minute of this song, but if it's playing in a dance club you might as well let it go on for eight minutes.

Loveless: I'm a sucker for bad pop songs, but this is a good pop song. I know it's [a good pop song] if listening to it doesn't make me blush.

Run the Jewels: "Blockbuster Night Pt. 1"

Loveless: I like anything that says motherfucker more than I do.

Lamb: It's outside my usual realm. Can you evaluate music like this from a songwriting perspective? I picture them on a beach drinking a margarita with an acoustic guitar and being like, "Bump, brrmp, bump, brrmp, brrmp."

Alive: Beaches and margaritas are actually a nice lead in to this next one…

Florida Georgia Line: "Sun Daze"

Lamb: People love this shit. It's country music, but what makes it country I don't know.

Loveless: I'm trying to figure out what they're advertising. There's always stuff about Pizza Hut and Bud Light [in commercial country songs]. It's not like you're really digging Bud Light if you're a billionaire; it's so you can potentially get that Bud Light commercial.

Lamb: Man, these rhyme schemes are so bad they'll almost make you blush.

Alive: So will the innuendos. Did you catch the line "Stick a pink umbrella in your drink"?

Loveless: Oh my god.

Lamb: That's some Spinal Tap-worthy wording there.

Taylor Swift: "Blank Space"

Loveless: Did she just say "Starbucks lovers" ?

Alive: I've read a lot of people confuse that line (Editor's note: the lyric in question is "long list of ex-lovers").

Lamb: Wow, yeah. (Sings) I've got a double-shot latte!

Loveless: She's trying to do that classic pop-vocal delivery, but she's such an awkward human being. I came up with a theory the other day that she's actually a bug, and when she goes home her skin falls off. She's always trying to do cute stuff … but it all comes across like she's learning how to be human. Cats and bowties, right?!

Lamb: If we were going to do a pop bracket with this against Charli [XCX]…

Loveless: [Charli] would eat this song.

Meghan Trainor: "All About That Bass"

Loveless: What I hate so much about this is it's supposed to be all about loving your body for what it is, and then she calls skinny women "skinny bitches," which is like the opposite of female empowerment. It's like, "If you're like me and you eat pasta and hamburgers all the time then you're a real woman." And I say that as someone who is all about the bass.

Alive: It's odd she frames the concept of body positivity as a means to attract dudes rather than as a form of self-empowerment.

Loveless: Right. I think it's horrible and misogynistic, and it was probably written by an old Swedish man, which makes it even creepier. My friend's daughter is devastated because she's like, "Guys like big butts now, and I don't have a big butt." That's insane, and that's not why you should take care of yourself … so down with it.

Hozier: "Take Me to Church"

Loveless: (Roughly 5 seconds in) I can already say I absolutely hate this.

Lamb: I'm not even sure when you consume music like this. You're like, "Yeah, man! I can't wait to listen to whoever the fuck this is. This is the song of my summer." This song is popular? Of course it is.

Loveless: Stuff like this is a primer for people who haven't listened to actual songwriting. The kids I grew up with in Coshocton are listening to this now and it's probably their first venture into people writing actual songs with words, and they're like, "Oh, is that what feelings sound like?"

Lamb: I don't want to sound mean, but his voice is unpleasant to me. If that was a non-verbal sound or pitch I'd be like, "Where is that noise coming from? We need to take the batteries out of whatever is making that sound."

Drake: "0-100/The Catch Up"

Loveless: I kind of like it.

Lamb: I wrote a song similar to this. I was on the beach with an acoustic guitar and had a margarita…

Loveless: This would be great if I was dancing at Bernie's at six in the morning. I've been there. That's my version of the club.