Best Music of 2014

I collected 15 lists of “Best Music of 2014” and combined them into two meta-lists.  Here are the results.  The numbers in bold indicate the number of original source lists the recording was on. An asterisk means I own the CD.

POP (includes pop, rock, hip-hop, country, folk, singer-songwriter, r&b and electronica/dance)

10
FKA Twigs – LP1*

9
Taylor Swift – 1989

8
Perfume Genius – Too Bright*
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!*

7
St. Vincent
– St. Vincent*
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Spoon – They Want My Soul*

6
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream*
Caribou – Our Love*
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There*
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager*
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness*
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music*

5
Future Islands – Singles*
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days*
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Tinashe – Aquarius
Miranda Lambert – Platinum*

4
Beck – Morning Phase*
Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else*
Sun Kil Moon – Benji*
Aphex Twin – Syro
Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes*
YG – My Krazy Life
Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread*
Eric Church – The Outsiders
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste

3
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Strand of Oaks – HEAL
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Real Estate – Atlas
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Swans – To Be Kind
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
Ariel Pink – pom pom
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
Ex Hex – Rips
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
Nikki Lane – All or Nothin’

CLASSICAL, JAZZ and WORLD MUSIC

3
Mark Turner Quartet – Lathe of Heaven*

2
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean*
David Virelles – Mbókò: Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and Biankoméko Abakuá*
George Cables – Icons And Influences
Ambrose Akinmusire – The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint
Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate – Toumani & Sidiki
Seun Kuti – A Long Way To The Beginning
Noura Mint Seymali – Tzenni
Stromae – Racine Carrée

1
Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Amy Freston & Roderick Williams – Harrison Birtwistle: Chamber Music
Boston Modern Orchestra Project (Gil Rose, conductor) – Lou Harrison: Works for Chorus and Violin with American Gamelan*

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