Best Albums and Songs of 2014: I Have to Use These Metaphors Just to Say I Like You

9 Feb

We can finally close the books on 2014, musically. Here’s my top 100 tracks and top 50 albums. As always I intend to quickly regret some of my placements soon after, but it’s a solid snapshot in time. If you so choose, there’s a couple of different ways you can listen – first, here are 8tracks links to my top 40, if you want to listen and be surprised.

Next, here’s a spotify playlist – songs not on spotify have links to YouTube next to their names below.

The lists – my top 100 songs of 2014.

Banks

  1. Banks – Beggin For Thread
  2. Jenny Lewis – Head Underwater
  3. Clean Bandit – Rather Be feat. Jess Glynne
  4. MØ – Maiden
  5. Chloe Howl – Disappointed
  6. Vanic X Machineheart – Circles
  7. Twin Peaks – Making Breakfast
  8. Real Estate – Talking Backwards
  9. Angel Olsen – High & Wild
  10. Rookie Magazine – Go Forth Feminist Warriors
  11. Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone
  12. YG – Who Do You Love?
  13. Niia – Body
  14. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
  15. QT – Hey QT
  16. I LOVE MAKONNEN – Tuesday
  17. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
  18. First Aid Kit – Master Pretender
  19. Tinashe – 2 On
  20. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Warning
  21. Joyce Manor – Heart Tattoo
  22. Drake – 0 To 100 / The Catch Up
  23. Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party
  24. Tokyo Police Club – Hot Tonight
  25. Candy Hearts – I Miss You
  26. Jessie Ware – Tough Love
  27. Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
  28. EMA – So Blonde
  29. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  30. SOHN – Artifice
  31. Charli XCX – Boom Clap
  32. Maddie & Tae – Girl In A Country Song
  33. Kiesza – Hideaway
  34. Kenny Chesney – American Kids
  35. Vance Joy – Riptide
  36. Woods – Moving to the Left
  37. Kira Isabella – Quarterback
  38. R.L. – Ugly Heart
  39. Miguel – Simplethings
  40. Beverly – Madora
  41. Migos – Fight Night
  42. Music Go Music – Nite After Nite
  43. Shamir – On The Regular
  44. Spoon – Rent I Pay
  45. Sylvan Esso – Coffee
  46. Tune-Yards – Water Fountain
  47. 5 Seconds Of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
  48. Honeyblood – Super Rat
  49. Boots – Ride Ride Ride
  50. Grimes – Go
  51. CEO – Whorehouse
  52. Future – Move That Doh
  53. Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
  54. Tinashe – Pretend
  55. JJ – Dean & Me
  56. Perfume Genius – Queen
  57. MKTO – Classic
  58. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
  59. Benjamin Booker – Violent Shiver
  60. The Apache Relay – Katie Queen Of Tennessee
  61. Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten
  62. One Direction – Steal My Girl
  63. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
  64. MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
  65. Foxygen – How Can You Really
  66. Ariana Grande – Break Free
  67. Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good
  68. Saint Motel – My Type
  69. Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) [feat. Zack De La Rocha]
  70. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  71. How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
  72. The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes
  73. Miranda Lambert – Automatic
  74. Posse – Interesting Thing No. 2
  75. Ed Sheeran – Don’t
  76. FKA twigs – Lights On
  77. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby
  78. Sharon Van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up
  79. Beck – Blue Moon
  80. Kelis – Breakfast
  81. Kendrick Lamar – i
  82. Chumped – Hot 97 Summer Jam
  83. SOPHIE – Lemonade
  84. Dierks Bentley – Drunk On A Plane
  85. Ought – Today More Than Any Other Day
  86. Rich Gang – Lifestyle
  87. Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
  88. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
  89. Dum Dum Girls – Trouble Is My Name
  90. Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
  91. Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose
  92. Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
  93. Duke Dumont – I Got U
  94. Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
  95. Nick Jonas – Jealous
  96. White Lung – Snake Jaw
  97. Alex Winston – Careless
  98. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  99. Merchandise – Enemy
  100. Sam Hunt – House Party

And my top 50 albums of 2014…

Tinashe

  1. Tinashe – Aquarius
  2. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
  3. MØ – No Mythologies to Follow
  4. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  5. Charli XCX – Sucker
  6. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  7. Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
  8. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
  9. Real Estate – Atlas
  10. EMA – The Future’s Void
  11. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  12. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  13. Ex Hex – Rips
  14. How to Dress Well – “What is the Heart?”
  15. Taylor Swift – 1989
  16. Miranda Lambert – Platinum
  17. Clean Bandit – New Eyes
  18. Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE
  19. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  20. Tune-yards – Nikki Nack
  21. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  22. Eric Church – The Outsiders
  23. Alvvays – Alvvays
  24. Jj – V
  25. FKA Twigs – LP1
  26. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
  27. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  28. Chumped – Teenage Retirement
  29. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  30. Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste
  31. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  32. Future Islands – Singles
  33. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  34. Kelis – Food
  35. Posse – Soft Opening
  36. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
  37. Parquet Courts – Something Animal
  38. YG – My Krazy Life
  39. Ariana Grande – My Everything
  40. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  41. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon
  42. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  43. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  44. Ought – More Than Any Other Day
  45. Metronomy – Love Letters
  46. Porter Robinson – Worlds
  47. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  48. Beck – Morning Phase
  49. Katy B – Little Red
  50. Banks – Goddess
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