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 2018, 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

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2014

07 January 2015

The Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2014

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Gazelle TwinUnflesh
  2. Scott Walker & Sunn O)))Soused
  3. SwansTo Be Kind
  4. East India YouthTotal Strife Forever
  5. The BugAngels & Devils
  6. Grumbling FurPreternaturals
  7. Katie GatelyPipes
  8. Manic Street PreachersFuturology
  9. PercThe Power and the Glory
  10. Jenny Hval & SusannaMeshes of Voice
  11. FKA twigsLP1
  12. ZamilskaUntune
  13. Innercity EnsembleBlack/White
  14. Cooly GWait ’til Night
  15. BlacknecksBlacknecks 006
  16. English HereticThe Underworld Service
  17. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  18. OAKEAuferstehung
  19. GrouperRuins
  20. Kemper NortonLoor
  21. Maurice LoucaBenhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)
  22. Andy StottFaith In Strangers
  23. EEKLive At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
  24. Jane WeaverThe Silver Globe
  25. Daniel Patrick QuinnActing The Rubber Pig
  26. The BodyI Shall Die Here
  27. ChrononautzPublic Domain Fuckover Series #1-6
  28. PharmakonBestial Burden
  29. TweedySukierae
  30. ObjektFlatland
  31. Jar MoffFinancial Glam
  32. Willie the Kid & Bronze NazarethThe Living Daylights
  33. Lorenzo SenniSuperimpositions
  34. Electric WizardTime To Die
  35. Klara LewisEtt
  36. Kassem MosseWorkshop 19
  37. Extreme PrecautionsPrecaution One
  38. Kasai All StarsBeware The Fetish
  39. ÅrabrotI Modi
  40. Einstürzende NeubautenLament
  41. The Inward CirclesNimrod
  42. Bohren & Der Club of GorePiano Nights
  43. Future IslandsSingles
  44. Consumer ElectronicsEstuary English
  45. BongStoner Rock
  46. NisennenmondaiN
  47. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  48. Olga BellKrai
  49. Cut HandsFestival of the Dead
  50. Xiu XiuAngel Guts: Red Classroom
  51. ActressGhettoville
  52. YOBClearing the Path to Ascend
  53. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  54. Puce MaryPersona
  55. DonChristianRenzo Piano
  56. Ibibio Sound MachineIbibio Sound Machine
  57. Lee GambleKOCH
  58. Leyland Kirby Presents V/VmThe Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  59. LaibachSpectre
  60. ShellacDude Incredible
  61. HeteroticWeird Drift
  62. LiarsMess
  63. Stein UrheimStein Urheim
  64. EkoplekzUnfidelity
  65. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  66. Sunn O))) & UlverTerrestrials
  67. Russell Haswell37 Minute Work Out
  68. Noura Mint SeymaliTzenni
  69. Ambarchi / O’Malley / DunnShade Themes from Kairos
  70. Apollo Brown & Ras KassBlasphemy
  71. The Budos BandBurnt Offering
  72. Anat Ben-DavidMelech
  73. YVETTEProcess
  74. MiloA Toothpaste Suburb
  75. MerkabahMoloch
  76. WranglerL.A. Spark
  77. RonikaSelectadisc
  78. Bing & RuthTomorrow Was the Golden Age
  79. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  80. DJ QIneffable
  81. The Soft Pink TruthWhy Do the Heathen Rage?
  82. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait
  83. TinariwenEmmaar
  84. The Juan MacLeanIn a Dream
  85. Aphex TwinSyro
  86. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki DiabatéToumani & Sidiki
  87. Selim Lemouchi & His EnemiesEarth Air Spirit Water Fire
  88. BehemothThe Satanist
  89. Wrekmeister HarmoniesThen It All Came Down
  90. Fumaça PretaFumaça Preta
  91. Merzbow, Scott Miller & Lee CamfieldNo Closure
  92. Black RainDark Pool
  93. AnthroprophhOutside the Circle
  94. Adult JazzGist Is
  95. GodfleshA World Lit Only by Fire
  96. ObakeMutations
  97. ClarkClark
  98. Joseph CurwenShunned House
  99. Echoes Of YulTether
  100. Good ThrobFuck Off

Antiquiet: 30 Best Albums of 2014

05 January 2015

Antiquiet: 30 Best Albums of 2014

[see also 2013, 2011]

  1. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  2. Death from Above 1979The Physical World
  3. ††† (Crosses)Crosses
  4. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  5. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  6. Flying LotusYou’re Dead!
  7. The Black KeysTurn Blue
  8. Alain JohannesFragments and Wholes, Vol.1
  9. ANTEMASQUEAntemasque
  10. Smashing PumpkinsMonuments to an Elegy
  11. WarpaintWarpaint
  12. Jack WhiteLazaretto
  13. MastodonOnce More ‘Round the Sun
  14. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  15. UmeMonuments
  16. Jessica Hernandez & The DeltasSecret Evil
  17. ’68In Humor and Sadness
  18. HarkCrystalline
  19. Ty SegallManipulator
  20. Nicole AtkinsSlow Phaser
  21. TuataraUnderworld
  22. various artists — Shady XV
  23. Slipknot.5: The Gray Chapter
  24. The HorrorsLuminous
  25. Mariachi El BronxMariachi El Bronx (III)
  26. MogwaiRave tapes
  27. FartbarfDirty Power
  28. John GarciaJohn Garcia
  29. Royal BloodRoyal Blood
  30. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days

Sasha Frere-Jones: 50 Most Impressive Albums of 2014

01 January 2015

Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 50 Most Impressive Albums of 2014 (listed chronologically within three tiers)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Cokemachineglow: 10 Albums We Loved Most in 2014

31 December 2014

Cokemachineglow assembles a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

[see also 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

31 December 2014

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2014

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  2. YGMy Krazy Life
  3. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  4. J. Cole2014 Forest Hills Drive
  5. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  6. Travis ScottDays Before Rodeo
  7. Ariana GrandeMy Everything
  8. Taylor Swift1989
  9. CaribouOur Love
  10. FKA twigsLP1
  11. PopcaanWhere We Come From
  12. Rich GangTha Tour Part 1
  13. Vince StaplesHell Can Wait
  14. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  15. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  16. Boosie BadazzLife After Deathrow
  17. Trey SongzTrigga
  18. Jeremih & ShlohmoNo More
  19. JeezySeen It All: The Autobiography
  20. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  21. Gangsta Boo & BeatkingUnderground Cassette Tap Music
  22. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  23. Big K.R.I.T.Cadillactica
  24. Sam SmithIn the Lonely Hour
  25. Schoolboy QOxymoron
  26. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  27. Jessie WareTough Love
  28. KehlaniCloud 19
  29. Ty Dolla $ignSign Language
  30. Isaiah RashadCilvia Demo
  31. PARTYNEXTDOORPARTYNEXTDOOR TWO
  32. Charli XCXSUCKER
  33. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  34. LecraeAnomaly
  35. Ed SheeranX
  36. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  37. Pharrell WilliamsGIRL
  38. CozzCozz & Effect
  39. A$AP FergFerg Forever
  40. Real EstateAtlas
  41. Lucki Eck$Body High
  42. MigosNo Label II
  43. ArcaXen
  44. OmarionSex Playlist
  45. LogicUnder Pressure
  46. King LouieTony
  47. various artists — Shady XV
  48. TinasheAquarius
  49. Low ProsEP 1
  50. Riff RaffNeon Icon

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

30 December 2014

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2014

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. BeyoncéBeyoncé
  2. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  3. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  4. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  5. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  6. FKA twigsLP1
  7. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  8. SwansTo Be Kind
  9. Aphex TwinSyro
  10. Lana Del ReyUltraviolence
  11. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  12. Flying LotusYou’re Dead!
  13. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  14. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days
  15. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  16. Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPiñata
  17. Taylor Swift1989
  18. Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty
  19. IceagePlowing Into the Field of Love
  20. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  21. Future IslandsSingles
  22. Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else
  23. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  24. Tune-YardsNikki Nack
  25. Mr Twin SisterMr Twin Sister
  26. The AntlersFamiliars
  27. Ty SegallManipulator
  28. OughtMore Than Any Other Day
  29. Neneh CherryBlank Project
  30. BeckMorning Phase
  31. Strand of OaksHEAL
  32. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  33. Ben FrostA U R O R A
  34. How to Dress Well“What Is This Heart?”
  35. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
  36. GrouperRuins
  37. CaribouOur Love
  38. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  39. BADBADNOTGOODIII
  40. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  41. Röyksopp & RobynDo It Again
  42. White LungDeep Fantasy
  43. Real EstateAtlas
  44. Hundred WatersThe Moon Rang Like a Bell
  45. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
  46. ShamirNorthtown – EP
  47. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  48. No Mythologies to Follow
  49. Ariel PinkPom Pom
  50. Sia1000 Forms of Fear
  51. RatkingSo It Goes
  52. LiarsMess
  53. YGMy Krazy Life
  54. Perfect PussySay Yes To Love
  55. Death from Above 1979The Physical World
  56. Ariana GrandeMy Everything
  57. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  58. TrustJoyland
  59. ChromeoWhite Women
  60. Schoolboy QOxymoron

Drowned in Sound: 51 Favourite Albums of 2014

29 December 2014

Drowned in Sound: 51 Favourite Albums of 2014

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011]

  1. The Twilight SadNobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
  2. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  3. Taylor Swift1989
  4. Marissa NadlerJuly
  5. ††† (Crosses)Crosses
  6. AlvvaysAlvvays
  7. EagullsEagulls
  8. OughtMore Than Any Other Day
  9. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  10. SwansTo Be Kind
  11. Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else
  12. MogwaiRave tapes
  13. InterpolEl Pintor
  14. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  15. FKA twigsLP1
  16. Keaton HensonRomantic Works
  17. A Winged Victory For The SullenAtomos
  18. HookwormsThe Hum
  19. East India YouthTotal Strife Forever
  20. EMAThe Future’s Void
  21. Future IslandsSingles
  22. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  23. Lykke LiI Never Learn
  24. GrouperRuins
  25. VesselPunish, Honey
  26. Blood Red ShoesBlood Red Shoes
  27. PrinceArt Official Age
  28. Prince & 3RDEYEGIRLPLECTRUMELECTRUM
  29. I Break HorsesChiaroscuro
  30. EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
  31. Pulled Apart By HorsesBlood
  32. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  33. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  34. KiasmosKiasmos
  35. Manic Street PreachersFuturology
  36. Ben FrostA U R O R A
  37. LiarsMess
  38. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  39. The AntlersFamiliars
  40. The Phantom BandStrange Friend
  41. InvensionsInventions
  42. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  43. Young FathersDead
  44. The RaveonettesPe’ahi
  45. The BugAngels & Devils
  46. Trent Reznor & Atticus RossGone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
  47. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadIX
  48. Joyce ManorNever Hungover Again
  49. Aphex TwinSyro
  50. Thom YorkeTomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  51. OwlsTwo

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2014

20 December 2014

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2014

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012]

  1. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  2. Leonard CohenPopular Problems
  3. Aphex TwinSyro
  4. FKA twigsLP1
  5. Sharon Van EttenAre We There
  6. Robert Plantlullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  7. Hiss Golden MessengerLateness of Dancers
  8. Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots
  9. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  10. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  11. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki DiabatéToumani & Sidiki
  12. CaribouOur Love
  13. Ty SegallManipulator
  14. Real EstateAtlas
  15. Rosanne CashThe River & the Thread
  16. Gruff RhysAmerican Interior
  17. Lucinda WilliamsDown Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  18. SwansTo Be Kind
  19. Hurray for the Riff RaffSmall Town Heroes
  20. Stephen Malkmus and the JicksWig Out At Jagbags
  21. EarthPrimitive and Deadly
  22. BeckMorning Phase
  23. Ariel PinkPom Pom
  24. TweedySukierae
  25. Sleaford ModsDivide and Exit
  26. Steve GunnWay Out Weather
  27. Ben WattHendra
  28. The Black KeysTurn Blue
  29. Jack WhiteLazaretto
  30. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  31. Tune-YardsNikki Nack
  32. MerchandiseAfter the End
  33. Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds In Country Music
  34. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel BandIntensity Ghost
  35. Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans
  36. La RouxTrouble in Paradise
  37. Willie NelsonBand of Brothers
  38. FenneszBécs
  39. Future IslandsSingles
  40. Lee Bains III & The Glory FiresDereconstructed
  41. Mark Lanegan BandPhantom Radio
  42. MogwaiRave tapes
  43. East India YouthTotal Strife Forever
  44. Thom YorkeTomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  45. Kate TempestEverybody Down
  46. Willie WatsonFolk Singer, Vol. 1
  47. Allah-LahsWorship the Sun
  48. MorrisseyWorld Peace Is None Of Your Business
  49. Robyn HitchcockThe Man Upstairs
  50. Wild BeastsPresent Tense
  51. Jenny LewisThe Voyager
  52. LiarsMess
  53. GoatCommune
  54. Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye
  55. Scott Walker & Sunn O)))Soused
  56. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  57. The DelinesColfax
  58. Jamie TCarry On the Grudge
  59. Roddy FrameSeven Dials
  60. Frazey FordIndian Ocean
  61. The Afghan WhigsDo to the Beast
  62. Paolo NutiniCaustic Love
  63. Gazelle TwinUnflesh
  64. King CreosoteFrom Scotland With Love
  65. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  66. Thurston MooreThe Best Day
  67. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  68. Lydia LovelessSomewhere Else
  69. GulpSeason Sun
  70. First Aid KitStay Gold
  71. Bob MouldBeauty & Ruin
  72. Dan Michaelson and The CoastguardsDistance
  73. Dave Alvin & Phil AlvinCommon Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
  74. TemplesSun Structures
  75. Richard ThompsonAcoustic Classics

Flavorwire: 30 Best Albums of 2014

19 December 2014

Flavorwire: 30 Best Albums of 2014

[see also 2015]

  1. Perfume GeniusToo Bright
  2. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness
  3. Run the JewelsRun the Jewels 2
  4. EMAThe Future’s Void
  5. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  6. GrouperRuins
  7. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial OrchestraFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
  8. ArcaXen
  9. Charli XCXSUCKER
  10. Angaleena PresleyAmerican Middle Class
  11. Nicki MinajThe Pinkprint
  12. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  13. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  14. Mac DeMarcoSalad Days
  15. Sun Kil MoonBenji
  16. Azealia BanksBroke With Expensive Taste
  17. Blake MillsHeigh Ho
  18. Owen PallettIn Conflict
  19. Total ControlTypical System
  20. FenneszBécs
  21. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  22. Mary J. BligeThe London Sessions
  23. Marissa NadlerJuly
  24. Young Thug & Bloody JayBlack Portland
  25. The HotelierHome, Like Noplace Is There
  26. Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty
  27. White SeaIn Cold Blood
  28. Ariana GrandeMy Everything
  29. LiarsMess
  30. ShamirNorthtown – EP