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Top Music Albums of 2014

Top Albums 2014
Posted: May 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The music scene of 2014 is dominated by women artists. Taylor Swift had the year’s top-selling album “1989”, despite or maybe because she removed her music from Spotify, a popular online music streaming service. Beyoncé also made more than a hundred million from a surprise album release, a world concert tour and product endorsements. Other female artists who made waves include Lorde, Katy Perry and newcomers Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, and Rita Orr.

The longest stays in the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 list for this year are Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (10 weeks), Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (8 weeks), and Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX’s “Fancy” (7 weeks).

The most defining moments of the year were the Michael Brown Ferguson shooting, the NSA government surveillance and the new cold war with Russia. None of these were touched except for two songs from D’Angelo’s Black Messiah album that were inspired by the Michael Brown shooting.

The hip hop duo Run The Jewels, St. Vincent, FKA Twigs along with other artists created memorable albums that entertain, as well as provoke.

The following are the top music albums of 2014 as determined by critics and music magazines:

30. Skrillex, ‘Recess’
29. YG, ‘My Krazy Life’
28. Sharon Van Etten, ‘Are We There’
27. Jackson Browne, ‘Standing in the Breach’
26. Eric Church, ‘The Outsiders’
25. Caribou, ‘Our Love’
24. Sturgill Simpson, ‘Metamodern Sounds in Country Music’
23. Spoon, ‘They Want My Soul’
22. Sun Kil Moon, Benji
21. Weezer, ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’
20. Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’
19. Ought, ‘More Than Any Other Day’
18. Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’
17. Jenny Lewis, ‘The Voyager’
16. Alt-J, ‘This Is All Yours’
15. Parquet Courts, ‘Sunbathing Animal’
14. Charli XCX, ‘SUCKER’
13. The Black Keys, ‘Turn Blue’
12. Miranda Lambert, ‘Platinum’
11. Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’

10. U2, ‘Songs of Innocence’
9. Flying Lotus, ‘You’re Dead!’
8. Against Me!, ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’
7. Mac DeMarco, ‘Salad Days’
6. Taylor Swift, ‘1989’

5. War on Drugs, ‘Lost in the Dream’

4. Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence’

3. FKA Twigs, ‘LP1’

2. St. Vincent, ‘St. Vincent’

1. Run the Jewels, ‘Run the Jewels 2’

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