Best of 2014: Music Critic Top Ten Lists

  • Publish Date: December 2, 2014
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Below, we collect the individual year-end Top Ten lists published by a variety of music sources, including critics, music magazines, music shops, and more. This page will be updated at least once a day throughout December and January as new lists are published; be sure to check back frequently.

Critics pick the best albums of 2014

Added in final update (1/24): Antiquiet, Obscure Sound

Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end Top Ten lists. Although many of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, and publications not normally found in Metacritic's music section. Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:

  • 3 points for each 1st place ranking
  • 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
  • 1 point for being ranked 3rd - 10th, or for being included on an unranked list
Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2014
Album / Artist # 1st Place # 2nd Place # Other Points
1 . Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs 13103190
2 . St. Vincent by St. Vincent 1193485
3 . Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels 1093280
4 . LP1 by FKA twigs 833363
5 . Syro by Aphex Twin 302534
6 . 1989 by Taylor Swift 421733
7 . Morning Phase by Beck 421632
. Our Love by Caribou 052232
9 . Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen 151629
10. Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!331025
. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus141425
12. They Want My Soul by Spoon012022
13. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey101821
. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten021721
15 . Platinum by Miranda Lambert 23820
. Benji by Sun Kil Moon 221020
17 . Too Bright by Perfume Genius 201319
18. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson30918
. Black Messiah by D'Angelo22818
. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco121118
21. Singles by Future Islands011517
. It's Album Time by Todd Terje111217
23 . Lazaretto by Jack White111116
24 . To Be Kind by Swans001414
. Beyoncé by Beyoncé *32114

* Beyoncé was technically a late 2013 release, but many publications included it this year instead because it was released after the publication of many best of 2013 lists.

Individual top ten lists

Below are the 139 individual top ten lists used to calculate the standings above. Some publications may list ten albums without ranking them in order; such lists are displayed below, without numbers, in alphabetical order.

Music magazines
Alternative Press View article
  1. Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way
  2. Rooms of the House by La Dispute
  3. Disgusting by Beartooth
  4. Issues by Issues
  5. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets by Marmozets
  6. Stomachaches by FrnkIero and the Cellabration
  7. Everything Will Be Alright in the End by Weezer
  8. At War With Reality by At the Gates
  9. Clouded by This Wild Life
  10. Shapes of Screams by Lostalone
American Songwriter View article
  1. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
  2. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  3. Heal by Strand of Oaks
  4. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  5. Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams
  6. Small Town Heroes by Hurray for the Riff Raff
  7. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  8. Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger
  9. Songs by John Fullbright
  10. Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
Billboard View article
  1. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  2. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  3. In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
  4. The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
  5. X by Ed Sheeran
  6. Strange Desire by Bleachers
  7. I Never Learn by Lykke Li
  8. Syro by Aphex Twin
  9. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  10. Piñata by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Clash View article
  1. LP1 by FKA twigs
  2. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  3. Dead by Young Fathers
  4. Angels & Devils by The Bug
  5. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  6. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  7. Piñata by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
  8. Syro by Aphex Twin
  9. Love Letters by Metronomy
  10. Total Strife Forever by East India Youth
Classic Rock Magazine
  1. Great Western Valkyrie by Rival Sons
  2. Royal Blood by Royal Blood
  3. Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant
  4. Rock or Bust by AC/DC
  5. High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen
  6. World on Fire by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators
  7. Space Invader by Ace Frehley
  8. Magic Mountain by Black Stone Cherry
  9. Pale Communion by Opeth
  10. Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger
Crack Magazine View article
  1. Black Metal by Dean Blunt
  2. Angels & Devils by The Bug
  3. Plowing Into the Field of Love by Iceage
  4. Present Tense by Wild Beasts
  5. Soused by Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
  6. Tha Tour Pt. 1 by Rich Gang
  7. LP1 by FKA twigs
  8. It's Album Time by Todd Terje
  9. More Than Any Other Day by Ought
  10. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
Dazed & Confused View article
  1. LP1 by FKA twigs
  2. Xen by Arca
  3. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  4. Asiatisch by Fatima Al Qadiri
  5. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
  6. Syro by Aphex Twin
  7. I Never Learn by Lykke Li
  8. Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  9. Aquarius by Tinashe
  10. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
Decibel
  1. Foundations of Burden by Pallbearer
  2. At War With Reality by At The Gates
  3. Ecdysis by Horrendous
  4. Melana Chasmata by Triptykon
  5. A World Lit Only by Fire by Godflesh
  6. Heathen by Thou
  7. Clearing the Path to Ascend by YOB
  8. Splinters by Vallenfyre
  9. Roads to the North by Panopticon
  10. Sweven by Morbus Chron
Guitar World View article
  1. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
  2. Lazaretto by Jack White
  3. Redeemer Of Souls by Judas Priest
  4. The Joy of Motion by Animals As Leaders
  5. Rock or Bust by AC/DC
  6. Live by Gary Clark Jr.
  7. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  8. Royal Blood by Royal Blood
  9. Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters
  10. At War With Reality by At The Gates
Kerrang! View article
  1. Lost Forever // Lost Together by Architects
  2. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets by Marmozets
  3. Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
  4. Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way
  5. Disgusting by Beartooth
  6. The Black Market by Rise Against
  7. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
  8. The Satanist by Behemoth
  9. Everything Will Be Alright in the End by Weezer
  10. Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters
Les Inrockuptibles (France) View article
  1. Chaleur humaine by Christine and the Queens
  2. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  3. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  4. LP1 by FKA twigs
  5. Piano Ombre by François & the Atlas Mountains
  6. Bambi Galaxy by Florent Marchet
  7. Love Letters by Metronomy
  8. Our Love by Caribou
  9. Jungle by Jungle
  10. At Best Cuckold by Avi Buffalo
Loud and Quiet View article
  1. More Than Any Other Day by Ought
  2. Our Love by Caribou
  3. The Hum by Hookworms
  4. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  5. Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods
  6. Plowing Into the Field of Love by Iceage
  7. Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces
  8. Remembrance by Suicideyear
  9. Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr
  10. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
Magnet View article
  1. Rips by Ex Hex
  2. Freeman by Freeman
  3. The Both by The Both
  4. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  5. Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
  6. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  7. Somewhere Else by Lydia Loveless
  8. Singles by Future Islands
  9. Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers
  10. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Metal Hammer View article
  1. The Satanist by Behemoth
  2. Bloodstone & Diamonds by Machine Head
  3. Once More ‘Round The Sun by Mastodon
  4. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
  5. Ótta by Sólstafir
  6. Pale Communion by Opeth
  7. Time to Die by Electric Wizard
  8. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets by Marmozets
  9. Distant Satellites by Anathema
  10. Memoirs of a Murderer by King 810
Mixmag View article
  1. Syro by Aphex Twin
  2. Our Love by Caribou
  3. It's Album Time by Todd Terje
  4. The Air Between Words by Martyn
  5. Moodymann by Moodymann
  6. Music For the Uninvited by Leon Vynehall
  7. Reality Testing by Lone
  8. Desire Paths by Technimatic
  9. Wonder Where We Land by SBTRKT
  10. Looking at the Stars by Lenzman
Mojo View article
  1. Morning Phase by Beck
  2. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  3. Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods
  4. Lazaretto by Jack White
  5. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  6. WayWeather by Steve Gunn
  7. Rooms With Walls and Windows by Julie Byrne
  8. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  9. LP1 by FKA twigs
  10. Angels & Devils by The Bug
NME View article
  1. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  2. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  3. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  4. Syro by Aphex Twin
  5. Our Love by Caribou
  6. Trouble in Paradise by La Roux
  7. After the End by Merchandise
  8. Carry on the Grudge by Jamie T
  9. Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods
  10. Rips by Ex Hex
NOW [Toronto] View article
  1. Animism by Tanya Tagaq
  2. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  3. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  4. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  5. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  6. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  7. Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks
  8. Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  9. Pink City by Jennifer Castle
  10. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
Paste View article
  1. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  2. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  3. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  4. Black Moon Spell by King Tuff
  5. Alvvays by Alvvays
  6. Sylvan Esso by Sylvan Esso
  7. Morning Phase by Beck
  8. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  9. Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
  10. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas by Courtney Barnett
Q
  1. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  2. This Is All Yours by Alt-J
  3. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  4. Futurology by Manic Street Preachers
  5. Morning Phase by Beck
  6. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  7. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  8. LP1 by FKA twigs
  9. Singles by Future Islands
  10. Syro by Aphex Twin
Revolver View article
  1. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
  2. At War With Reality by At The Gates
  3. Restoring Force by Of Mice & Men
  4. The Hunting Party by Linkin Park
  5. Reincarnate by Motionless In White
  6. The Satanist by Behemoth
  7. Once More 'Round The Sun by Mastodon
  8. Redeemer Of Souls by Judas Priest
  9. Bloodstone & Diamonds by Machine Head
  10. From Parts Unknown by Every Time I Die
Rock Sound
  1. Lower Than Atlantis by Lower Than Atlantis
  2. Disgusting by Beartooth
  3. Lost Forever // Lost Together by Architects
  4. Through Art We Are All Equals by Slaves
  5. Duality by Set It Off
  6. There Is Only You by The Xcerts
  7. Cavalier Youth by You Me at Six
  8. .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot
  9. I'll Keep You in Mind, From Time to Time by Moose Blood
  10. Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing by Real Friends
Rolling Stone View article
  1. Songs of Innocence by U2
  2. High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen
  3. Turn Blue by The Black Keys
  4. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  5. Platinum by Miranda Lambert
  6. Sucker by Charli XCX
  7. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  8. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  9. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  10. 1989 by Taylor Swift
Rolling Stone (Rob Sheffield) View article
  1. Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts
  2. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  3. Deep Fantasy by White Lung
  4. Black Portland by Young Thug & Bloody Jay
  5. Say Yes to Love by Perfect Pussy
  6. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  7. Torch Song by Radiator Hospital
  8. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  9. Gypsy Pervert by Mannequin Pussy
  10. Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr
The Skinny (Scotland) View article
  1. Warpaint by Warpaint
  2. Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave by The Twilight Sad
  3. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  4. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  5. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  6. Rave Tapes by Mogwai
  7. LP1 by FKA twigs
  8. Do to the Beast by The Afghan Whigs
  9. Strange Friend by The Phantom Band
  10. DEAD by Young Fathers
Uncut
  1. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  2. Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
  3. Syro by Aphex Twin
  4. LP1 by FKA twigs
  5. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  6. Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant
  7. Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger
  8. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  9. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  10. Benji by Sun Kil Moon
Under the Radar View article
  1. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  2. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  3. Singles by Future Islands
  4. Atlas by Real Estate
  5. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  6. Our Love by Caribou
  7. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  8. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  9. Shriek by Wye Oak
  10. This Is All Yours by Alt-J
Variance View article
  1. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  2. LP1 by FKA twigs
  3. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  4. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  5. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  6. In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
  7. Singles by Future Islands
  8. Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  9. Everything Will Be Alright in the End by Weezer
  10. Lazaretto by Jack White
Vibe View article
  1. Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  2. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  3. My Krazy Life by YG
  4. G I R L by Pharrell
  5. Cadillactica by Big K.R.I.T.
  6. Under Pressure by Logic
  7. Souledby Jhene Aiko
  8. Journals by Justin Bieber
  9. Oxymoron by ScHoolboy Q
  10. Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks
The Wire
  1. Syro by Aphex Twin
  2. Nothing Important by Richard Dawson
  3. To Be Kind by Swans
  4. Soused by Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
  5. Ghettoville by Actress
  6. Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods
  7. Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces
  8. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  9. Beware the Fetish by Kasai Allstars
  10. Asiatisch by Fatima Al Qadiri
Arizona Republic (Ed Masley) View article
  1. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  2. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  3. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  4. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  5. LP1 by FKA twigs
  6. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  7. Everyday Robots by Damon Albarn
  8. Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers
  9. Turn Blue by The Black Keys
  10. Midnight Sun by The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
Associated Press (Mesfin Fekadu) View article
  1. In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
  2. 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole
  3. LP1 by FKA twigs
  4. Sucker by Charli XCX
  5. Aquarius by Tinashe
  6. Evergreen by Broods
  7. My Everything by Ariana Grande
  8. Montevallo by Sam Hunt
  9. Do It Again by Röyksopp and Robyn
  10. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
Austin Chronicle (Raoul Hernandez) View article
  1. Morning Phase by Beck
  2. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  3. Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
  4. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams
  5. Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  6. Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves by Autopsy
  7. Comet, Come to Me by Meshell Ndegéocello
  8. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  9. South of Nowhere by Spanish Gold
  10. Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
Boston Globe (James Reed) View article
  1. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  2. Aquarius by Tinashe
  3. Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  4. All or Nothin’ by Nikki Lane
  5. Give My Love to London by Marianne Faithfull
  6. Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker
  7. Wine Dark Sea by Jolie Holland
  8. Emma Jean by Lee Fields
  9. Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar by Robert Plant
  10. Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks
Boston Globe (Sarah Rodman) View article
  1. Numbered Doors by Lori McKenna
  2. Platinum by Miranda Lambert
  3. The Outsiders by Eric Church
  4. Love Without Fear by Dan Wilson
  5. All or Nothin’ by Nikki Lane
  6. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  7. Lightsby Ingrid Michaelson
  8. Do to the Beast by The Afghan Whigs
  9. Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  10. Invisible Hour by Joe Henry
Chicago Tribune (Greg Kot) View article
  1. Food by Kelis
  2. Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr
  3. Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker
  4. The London Sessions by Mary J. Blige
  5. Attica! by Wussy
  6. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  7. LP1 by FKA twigs
  8. Somewhere Else by Lydia Loveless
  9. Blue Planet Eyes by Preatures
  10. Warpaint by Warpaint
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Troy L. Smith) View article
  1. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  2. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  3. What Is This Heart? by How to Dress Well
  4. Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings
  5. Say Yes to Love by Perfect Pussy
  6. The Outsiders by Eric Church
  7. So It Goes by Ratking
  8. Lazaretto by Jack White
  9. Syro by Aphex Twin
  10. My Krazy Life by YG
Cosmopolitan View article
  1. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  2. My Everything by Ariana Grande
  3. Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks
  4. Platinum by Miranda Lambert
  5. Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
  6. Aquarius by Tinashe
  7. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  8. Food by Kelis
  9. I Never Learn by Lykke Li
  10. Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) by Beyoncé
The Daily Beast (Marlow Stern) View article
  1. LP1 by FKA twigs
  2. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  3. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
  4. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  5. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  6. Our Love by Caribou
  7. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  8. Heal by Strand of Oaks
  9. Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings
  10. Food by Kelis
Denver Post (Matt Miller) View article
  1. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  2. Singles by Future Islands
  3. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  4. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  5. Manipulator by Ty Segall
  6. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  7. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  8. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  9. LP1 by FKA twigs
  10. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
Entertainment Weekly View article
  1. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  2. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  3. Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  4. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  5. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  6. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  7. Manipulator by Ty Segall
  8. Morning Phase by Beck
  9. LP1 by FKA twigs
  10. The Outsiders by Eric Church
Esquire (Andy Langer) View article
  1. Morning Phase by Beck
  2. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  3. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  4. The Lights From the Chemical Plant by Robert Ellis
  5. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  6. The Way I'm Livin' by Lee Ann Womack
  7. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  8. Seeds by TV on the Radio
  9. Lazaretto by Jack White
  10. Heal by Strand of Oaks
Grantland (Steven Hyden) View article
  1. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  2. Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
  3. Heal by Strand of Oaks
  4. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
  5. My Krazy Life by YG
  6. LOSE by Cymbals Eat Guitars
  7. Black Messiah by D'Angelo
  8. I Never Learn by Lykke Li
  9. LP3 by Restorations
  10. Emmaar by Tinariwen
The Guardian View article
  1. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  2. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  3. LP1 by FKA twigs
  4. Syro by Aphex Twin
  5. Our Love by Caribou
  6. Trouble in Paradise by La Roux
  7. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  8. Morning Phase by Beck
  9. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  10. Divide and Exit by Sleaford Mods
The Herald Sun [Australia] (Cameron Adams) View article
  1. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  2. My Favourite Faded Fantasy by Damien Rice
  3. Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini
  4. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  5. In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
  6. Built on Glass by Chet Faker
  7. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  8. The London Sessions by Mary J. Blige
  9. Benji by Sun Kil Moon
  10. There There by Megan Washington
The Herald Sun [Australia] (Kathy McCabe) View article
  1. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
  2. Royal Blood by Royal Blood
  3. Walking Under Stars by Hilltop Hoods
  4. Turn Blue by The Black Keys
  5. Built on Glass by Chet Faker
  6. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  7. They Want My Soul by Spoon
  8. Rose Ave. by You + Me
  9. Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini
  10. Down to Earth by Flight Facilities
Houston Chronicle (Joey Guerra) View article
  1. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  2. Till Death Do Us Party by Adore Delano
  3. Aquarius by Tinashe
  4. TRXYE by Troye Sivan
  5. Tough Love by Jessie Ware
  6. The Way I'm Livin' by Lee Ann Womack
  7. The London Sessions by Mary J. Blige
  8. Dream Your Life Away by Vance Joy
  9. Hozier by Hozier
  10. Souled Out by Jhene Aiko
The L Magazine View article
  1. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  2. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  3. Bury Me At Makeout Creek by Mitski
  4. Zentropy by Frankie Cosmos
  5. Common Interests Were Not Enough to Keep Us Together by Various
  6. DSU by Alex G
  7. Love by Amen Dunes
  8. Mess by Liars
  9. Cassette by Viet Cong
  10. Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr
Los Angeles Times (Randall Roberts) View article
  • Morning Phase by Beck
  • The Blank Project by Neneh Cherry
  • Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey
  • LP1 by FKA twigs
  • Too Bright by Perfume Genius
  • Pom Pom by Ariel Pink
  • Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  • St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  • Manipulator by Ty Segall
  • To Be Kind by Swans
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Piet Levy) View article
  1. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  2. Sylvan Esso by Sylvan Esso
  3. Marigolden by Field Report
  4. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
  5. Benji by Sun Kil Moon
  6. Hozier by Hozier
  7. Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  8. LP1 by FKA twigs
  9. Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
  10. Popular Problems by Leonard Cohen
New York Daily News (Jim Farber) View article
  1. Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive
  2. Vari-Colored Songs by Leyla McCalla
  3. Slow Phaser by Nicole Atkins
  4. Morning Phase by Beck
  5. Snapshot by The Strypes
  6. Honest by Future
  7. Tremors by Sohn
  8. Sound Mirror by Syd Arthur
  9. Definitely Now by Liam Bailey
  10. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia
The New York Times (Jon Caramanica) View article
  1. Black Portland by Young Thug & Bloody Jay
  2. Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  3. My Krazy Life by YG
  4. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
  5. Honest by Future
  6. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo
  7. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  8. Aquarius by Tinashe
  9. Your Old Droog by Your Old Droog
  10. Old Boots, New Dirt by Jason Aldean
The New York Times (Nate Chinen) View article
  1. Beyoncé by Beyoncé
  2. Mbókò by David Virelles
  3. Fourteen by Dan Weiss
  4. Lathe of Heaven by Mark Turner Quartet
  5. Floating by Fred Hersch Trio
  6. Platinum by Miranda Lambert
  7. You're Dead! by Flying Lotus
  8. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
  9. the imagined savior is far easier to paint by Ambrose Akinmusire
  10. Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels
The New York Times (Jon Pareles) View article
  1. MultiViral by Calle 13
  2. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  3. Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks
  4. LP1 by FKA twigs
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Comments (31)

  • jeffort23  

    My humble best of 2014 list.
    http://ludditestereo.com/2015/01/04/best-music-of-2014-5-1/

  • SwanSalt  

    1. Stardeath And White Dwarfs - "Wastoid"
    2. Mark Lanegan Band - "Phantom Radio"
    3. Flying Lotus - " You're Dead!
    4. Broken Bells - "After the Disco"
    5. Crippled Black Phoenix - "White Light Generator"
    6. She Keeps Bees - "Eight Houses"
    7. A Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - **** Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything"
    8. Run the Jewels - "Run the Jewels 2"
    9. We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Unravelling"
    10. Elbow - "The Take Off and Landing of Everything"

    Somewhat predictable meta-list, though I am glad to see a few names find their deserved recognition (as well as a handful of artists that have been way over-appreciated) though I am slightly disheartened to see that Crippled Black Phoenix, She Keeps Bees, Mark Lanegan Band, and especially Stardeath And White Dwarfs did not earn a single mention by any of these publications! These albums were absolute amazing and the need more love.

  • Shiira  

    If you like Kate Bush, I highly recommend Lydia Ainsworth's "Right From Real".

  • sunbear67  

    Not one **** put on A U R O R A by Ben Frost wtf bro, and how is To Be Kind not in the top 20?

  • hl463748  

    1.The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
    2.Perfume Genius - Too Bright
    3.Marlk Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio
    4.Spoon - They Want My Soul
    5.Jack White - LazAretto
    6.Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    7.Beck - Morning phase
    8.Lykke Li - I never Learn
    9.Sun Kill Moon - Benji
    10.Alt-J - This All Is Yours

  • Ouas  

    I'm going to have to check out some of these artist on this list because this is how I find some of the best music every year, but That Run The Jewels 2 is one of the best Albums of the year, it is sad that most of the reviewers don't eve acknowledge it because they don't consider Hip Hop music in the genre of music they are reviewing for

  • vincent88  

    Could somebody name any lists from publications of non-English-speaking countries. Some good albums may have been overlooked because of language or for whatever reasons.

  • virtualperson  

    1 ) Hundred Waters - the moon rang like a bell
    2 ) FKA Twigs - LP1
    3 ) Wild Beasts - present tense
    4 ) The War on drugs - lost in the dream
    5 ) Fear of Men - loom
    6 ) Caribouo - our Love
    7 ) Alex G - DSU
    8 ) Aphex Twin - syro
    9 ) Mac Demarco - salad days
    10 ) Real Estate - atlas

    Was surprised not to see Hundred Waters mentioned much. Their album was beautiful.

    Was surprised to see Beck on so many lists. It was ponderous.

    Alt-J was one I expected to love but did not.

  • zaimin92  

    1) FKA Twigs - LP1
    2) Taylor Swift - 1989
    3) Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    4) Beck - Morning Phase
    5) Spoon - They Want My Soul
    6) Lykke Li - I Never Learn
    7) Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
    Alvvays - Alvvays
    9) St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    10) Perfume Genius - Too Bright
    11) Future Islands - Singles
    12) The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    13) Caribou - Our Love
    14) Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
    15) Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
    16) Miranda Lambert - Platinum
    17) Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
    1 Sun Kil Mon - Benji
    19) Eric Church - The Outsiders
    20) Flying Lotus - You're Dead

  • Len-Bright  

    10 Best Albums of 2014

    1. Swans-To Be Kind
    2. Strand of Oaks-Heal
    3. King Tuff-Black Moon Spell
    4. Sharon Van Etten-Are We There
    5. Future Islands-Singles
    6. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial **** off Get Free We Bring Light to Everything
    7. Schoolboy Q-Oxymoron
    8. The War on Drugs-Lost in a Dream
    9. Weatherbox-Flies in All Directions
    10. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib-Pinata

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