2013 was a great year for music.

So good, in fact, this much of it bled into 2014 and muddied the waters for many music critics. For example, there are arguments that no album in 2014 was better than Beyoncé which was released in December of 2013–too late to make it onto most majors lists but too early to be on lists for 2014. For me, the album Death Speaks by David Lang featuring performances by Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, and Owen Pallett was released in 2013 but it colored all of my listening in 2014 because I didn’t discover this incredible piece of music until January of this year. Because of that, I paid perhaps too much attention to The National, My Brightest Diamond, and Owen Pallett. I promise, though, that it was worth it.

All that having been said, 2014 was another solid year for good tunes. Below is a list of my favorite albums of the year and a few more than I couldn’t not mention.

10. Perfume Genius

Standout Track: “Queen”

9. The Antlers

Standout Track: “Palace”

8. Flying Lotus

Standout Track: “Never Catch Me”

7. Jack White

Standout Track: “Black Bat Licorice”

6. Grouper

Standout Track: “Holding”

5. My Brightest Diamond

Standout Track: “This Is My Hand”

4. Taylor Swift

Standout Track: “Style”

3. Mimicking Birds

Standout Track: “Bloodlines”

2. Sharon Van Etten

Standout Track: “Your Love Is Killing Me”

1. St. Vincent

Standout Track: “Digital Witness”


Honorable Mentions


Cloud Nothings



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FKA Twigs