Best Albums of 2014

The Top Ten
1 Awakening - Jackie Evancho

This is a splendidly-crafted album, with a variety of songs for everyone's tastes. All are more than capably handled by Jackie, who at age 14 when this was recorded, shows maturity, depth and versatility. For fans of classical/devotional songs, there is Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise", Caccini's "Ave Maria", and the Latin "Dormi Jesu". Jackie delivers outstanding covers of pop tunes as well as renditions of original, never-heard-before pieces. My favorite is "Made to Dream", written for Jackie and a very touching, personal statement from the young lady. Auditory bliss.

Can we all say "GRAMMY" Award?! A true work of art from Miss Evancho - one of the best female vocalists to ever grace the stage. This young lady is incredible in so many ways. She is as gifted musically as she is in her physical beauty and spiritual grace. Such a role model for our younger generation.

Awakening will be released as a DVD on June 2, 2015. Jackie hit this one out of the ball park. She shows why her talent is being recognized by the biggest talents in Classical Crossover. Jackie has perhaps the most beautiful voice of this century.

The single from the Awakening album, "The Rains of Castamere" (from Game Of Thrones) will be released on iTunes and Tuesday, June 10th. It's already on yahoo music and YouTube in lower resolution, and it sounds great! Go, Jackie!

2 The Hunting Party - Linkin Park

Why does Linkin Park keep falling behind Jackie Evancho! Linkin Park is like the best band of all time!

COME ON guys, It deserves to be at number 1! Awakening is good but The Hunting Party is so much better!

I sort of like listening to this album when there is nothing else to do.

Awakening is bad, The Hunting Party is number 1, come on LP fans!

3 To Be Kind - Swans


I was NOT expecting this to be in the top 20, let alone the top 3.

To Be Kind changed the way I see music. I'm not kidding. It displays a complete mature, controlled mastery of musical tension and release, one that cannot be found in any metal album. This is not a metal album, this is an experiment in rock music, and it is absolutely fantastic.

I'm happy this non poppy album is top 3. But it should be number 1 and 3rd best of the decade behind My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and To Pimp A Butterfly (until 2018)

Why are Linkin Park, Taylor Swift & Jackie Evancho above this? Those albums aren't bad, but they're nothing compared to To Be Kind.

This album, apart from the first half, literally has zero flaws. Best album of 2014, hands down.

4 1989 - Taylor Swift

I can truthfully say I am not disappointed with her album, as I originally thought I would be. All the songs sound like future ballads and even one of the bonus tracks is one of my favourite songs. I think Taylor did a good job on this one.

Each track is memorable and beautiful. 1989 is a to-be classic hit with the hottest break up and love songs. Love love love. I don't know if anyone in the USA has not heard a song from the album!

A genius album, her second best album tied with "Red", behind "Speak Now." Really shows how mature Taylor's become.

Not bad but where is ariana grande's my everything.

5 1000 Forms of Fear - Sia

This is the best album of 2014 and I don't care what anybody has to say about it. Sia is one of the only singers that know how to sing soulful yet pop music nowadays.

6 The Endless River - Pink Floyd

This album isn't at #1?!
Come on this is one of the best albums ever that released by a legendary band.
A wonderful album that has perfect songs.

Amazing album! Another masterpiece by Pink Floyd. best album of the year, the second best is To Be Kind - Swans.

Final album by one of the best bands of all time, how is it not number 1?

Their last album ever. Truly a masterpiece.

7 St. Vincent - St. Vincent

Should be higher on the list. This album was great.

8 Rock or Bust - AC/DC

AC/DC has never gone anywhere groundbreaking with their sound, but it works for them, and while this album doesn't look like we'll remember it like the other classic AC/DC albums, it delivers. It certainly doesn't deserve to be this high up on the list.

9 Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels

I'm sorry, but how on earth is this album below Shady XV, I am an Em fan, and that album was just mediocre, Run The Jewels is a masterpiece, EL-P's production is otherwordly, and the 1 2 punch of Killer Mike and El-p in the mic is incredible

Uhhh, undoubtedly the best hip hop album of 2014 sits at 43, behing rick ross, sage the gemini, and shady xv. This list is pretty awful

The only GOOD album that year had to offer. 8/10

10 Mandatory Fun - "Weird Al" Yankovic
The Contenders
11 .5 the Gray Chapter - Slipknot

Unbelievably stunning. Maybe not the best but definitely a close 2nd. What makes it even more special is that it's about the death of Paul Gray.R.I.P. #2.

Why is Taylor Swift and Sia above this great album by one of the greatest metal bands of this generation? Damn, this album is like a mixtape. It's fire man

Not the best slipknot album, but its still great.

12 Everything Will Be Alright In the End - Weezer

I think everyone can agree with me that if Weezer would have promoted this Album more, they would have easily won Album of the Year, rather than Beck.

13 Ultraviolence - Lana del Rey

The best album of 2014. Lana delivered an instant rock classic album. Beautifully put together & gorgeous vocals / lyrics.

Um no1 please! The top ten should have been. The worst of the year! *walks of singing ultraviolence *

14 V - Maroon 5
15 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

Best album in years. How is it 111?

104? You're kidding right?

16 CLPPNG - Clipping

The production on this is amazing; this is the best hip hop album of 2014 for sure. It's best songs are: Get Up, Inside Out, Story 2.

This album kicked in my door, beat me up, took all the food out of my fridge and left me writhing on the ground. Easily my favorite of the year 9/10

17 Citadel - Ne Obliviscaris
18 Black Messiah - D'angelo and the Vanguard
19 Queen of the Clouds - Tove Lo
20 Ghost Stories - Coldplay

Great album, you get amazing songs like A Sky Full of Stars, Magic, True Love, Midnight, Always In My Head, Ink, and all the other songs on this album! Oh, and the artwork cover for the album is amazing.

21 Big Fat Lie - Nicole Scherzinger
22 X - Ed Sheeran

Confused as to how this hasn't made it to number 1 yet, let alone be added to the list at all? Gosh

Music by Gingers should be banned.

This should be #1.

23 Hozier - Hozier
24 Shakira - Shakira

It was my most anticipated album 2014... And I wasn't disappointed at all. I love this album! I love Shakira!

25 Lost In the Dream - The War On Drugs

An all time favorite of mine. Incredible opening and ending not to mention everything in between.

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