Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.
2014 Albums

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014

13 January 2015

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  2. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  3. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  4. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  5. FKA twigsLP1
  6. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  7. Taylor Swift1989
  8. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  9. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  10. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  11. Ex HexRips
  12. Miranda LambertPlatinum
  13. Flying LotusYou’re Dead!
  14. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  15. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  16. BeckMorning Phase
  17. Aphex TwinSyro
  18. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  19. SwansTo Be Kind
  20. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
  21. CaribouOur Love
  22. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  23. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  24. WussyAttica!
  25. YGMy Krazy Life
  26. Jenny LewisThe Voyager
  27. Ty SegallManipulator
  28. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  29. Tune-YardsNikki Nack
  30. Future IslandsSingles
  31. Leonard CohenPopular Problems
  32. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  33. Rosanne CashThe River & the Thread
  34. Charli XCXSUCKER
  35. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  36. ProtomartyrUnder Color of Official Right
  37. Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else
  38. Lydia LovelessSomewhere Else
  39. TV on the RadioSeeds
  40. GrouperRuins
  41. EMAThe Future’s Void
  42. Real EstateAtlas
  43. Bob Dylan & The BandThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete
  44. Jack WhiteLazaretto
  45. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  46. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  47. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  48. AlvvaysAlvvays
  49. Lucinda WilliamsDown Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  50. White LungDeep Fantasy
  51. Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty
  52. Ariel PinkPom Pom
  53. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  54. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days
  55. Ryan AdamsRyan Adams
  56. PallbearerFoundations of Burden
  57. Perfect PussySay Yes To Love
  58. Scott Walker & Sunn O)))Soused
  59. Courtney BarnettThe Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  60. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso
  61. Robert Plantlullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  62. Neneh CherryBlank Project
  63. Old 97’sMost Messed Up
  64. Hurray for the Riff RaffSmall Town Heroes
  65. The Black KeysTurn Blue
  66. PharmakonBestial Burden
  67. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  68. Toni Braxton & BabyfaceLove, Marriage & Divorce
  69. Angaleena PresleyAmerican Middle Class
  70. U2Songs of Innocence
  71. FutureHonest
  72. Open Mike EagleDark Comedy
  73. TinasheAquarius
  74. Mary J. BligeThe London Sessions
  75. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  76. Hiss Golden MessengerLateness of Dancers
  77. Sam SmithIn the Lonely Hour
  78. Andy StottFaith In Strangers
  79. Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye
  80. Total ControlTypical System
  81. Steve GunnWay Out Weather
  82. The Afghan WhigsDo to the Beast
  83. Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans
  84. Dean BluntBlack Metal
  85. Young Thug & Bloody JayBlack Portland
  86. Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots
  87. YOBClearing the Path to Ascend
  88. KelisFood
  89. Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker
  90. WarpaintWarpaint
  91. Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsGive the People What They Want
  92. Withered HandNew Gods
  93. WeezerEverything Will Be Alright In the End
  94. Bob MouldBeauty & Ruin
  95. Eric ChurchThe Outsiders
  96. First Aid KitStay Gold
  97. Isaiah RashadCilvia Demo
  98. Pharrell WilliamsGIRL
  99. ShellacDude Incredible
  100. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait