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The Best Albums of 2014

Updated November 5, 2019 114.4k votes 1.8k voters 29.9k views92 items

List RulesAlbums released from January 1st, 2014 to December 31st, 2014. No re-releases. Albums must have a Metascore of at least 50. Please include the Metascore with new additions.

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  • 1
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    St. Vincent

    St. Vincent
    Metascore: 89. Art-pop perfection from guitarist and singer-songwriter Annie Clark.
  • 2
    1,015
    497

    Lost in the Dream

    The War on Drugs
    Metascore: 86. Philly indie band does epic retro-rock right.
  • 3
    1,009
    481

    Morning Phase

    Beck Hansen
    Metascore: 81. Alt-rock lynchpin goes folk with fine results.
  • 4
    866
    339

    1989

    Taylor Swift
    Metascore: 76. Country's top starlet gracefully transitions to pop.
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    504
    Metascore: 70. U.K. indie band embraces global success.
  • 6
    874
    529

    Our Love

    Caribou
    Metascore: 84. Electro-pop tinkerer melds dance grooves to dreamy psych textures.
  • 7
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    Metascore: 64. Soulful R&B crooner's debut wows listeners and divides critics.
  • 8
    900
    535

    Salad Days

    Mac DeMarco
    Metascore: 82. Charismatic indie weirdo shows off his (relatively) mature side.
  • 9
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    504

    You're Dead!

    Flying Lotus
    Metascore: 88. L.A. producer's most mind-blowingly ambitious effort yet.
  • 10
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    521
    Metascore: 77. Swedish singer scores again with strangely enticing dance-pop.
  • 11
    969
    544

    My Everything

    Ariana Grande
    Metascore:65 The second full-length release for the Nickelodeon actress feature guest appearnces from A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Cashmere Cat, Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, The Weeknd, and Zedd.
  • 12
    924
    518

    Syro

    Aphex Twin
    Metascore: 87. Stunning comeback from one of electronic music's great minds.
  • 13
    901
    595

    Pom Pom

    Ariel Pink
  • 14
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    495
    PINK FLOYD
  • 15
    976
    707

    El Pintor

    Interpol
    Metascore: 77. Darkly cool rockers earn their best reviews in a decade.
  • 16
    852
    528

    It's Album Time

    Todd Terje
    Metascore: 79. Norwegian DJ whips up a wizardly dance album.
  • 17
    891
    668

    Benji

    Sun Kil Moon
    Metascore: 85. Soul-baring high from singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek.
  • 18
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    531

    G I R L

    Pharrell Williams
  • 19
    911
    683
    Metascore: 81. Indie rock vets offer another sterling set of songs.
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    Metascore: 89. Uncompromising experimenters cement their status as critics' favorites.
  • 21
    816
    561

    Singles

    Future Islands
    Metascore: 82. Emotional, sincere synthpop sung by the extraordinary Samuel T. Herring
  • 22
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    550
    Metascore: 81. Features influences from African, jazz, and dance music throughout his tenth album.
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    Metascore: 65. The iTunes free-release that took everyone by surprise.
  • 24
    887
    599

    Clppng

    Clipping
    Metascore: 73. The second release for the Los Angeles avant-garde hip-hop trio
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    703

    LP1

    FKA twigs
    Metascore: 87. Immaculate debut from R&B experimenter Tahliah Barnett.