What’s Your #1 Album of 2014?

Updated January 31, 2015

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AV Club’s #1 album of 2014 is Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olsen.
Amazon’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs.
American Songwriter’s #1 album of 2014 is Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson.
Billboard #1 album of 2014 is 1989 by Taylor Swift.
Clash’s #1 album of 2014 is LP1 by FKA twigs.
Consequence of Sound’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs.
Cosmopolitan’s #1 album of 2014 is 1989 by Taylor Swift.
Crack’s #1 album of 2014 is Black Metal by Dean Blunt.
Crave’s #1 album of 2014 is Lazaretto by Jack White.
Decibel’s #1 album of 2014 is Foundations of Burden by Pallbearer.
Digital Spy’s #1 album of 2014 is In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith.
Double J’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
The Drift’s #1 album of 2014 is Morning Phase by Beck.
Drowned in Sound’s #1 album of 2014 is Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave by The Twilight Sad.
Dummy’s #1 album of 2014 is LP1 by FKA twigs.
Entertainment Weekly’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Exclaim!’s #1 album of 2014 is Salad Days by Mac DeMarco.
FACT’s #1 album of 2014 is Benji by Sun Kil Moon.
Faster Louder’s #1 album of 2014 is The Golden Echo by Kimbra.
Fopp’s #1 album of 2014 is Commune by Goat.
The 405’s #1 album of 2014 is LP1 by FKA twigs.
The Guardian’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Gigwise’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Ted Gioia’s #1 album of 2014 is Become Ocean by John Luther Adams.
Gorrila vs Bear’s #1 album of 2014 is Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces.
Idolator’s #1 album of 2014 is Goddess by BANKS.
Intro’s #1 album of 2014 is This Is All Yours by alt-J.
KCRW’s #1 album of 2014 is It’s Album Time by Todd Terje.
KCRW’s music director Jason Bentley’s #1 album of 2014 is Supernova by Ray Lamontagne.
LA Music Blog’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Magnet’s #1 album of 2014 is Rips by Ex Hex.
Mojo’s #1 album of 2014 is Morning Phase by Beck.
musicOHM’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Music Times #1 album of 2014 is NVM by Tacocat.
Newsweek’s #1 album of 2014 is Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
NME’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Passion of the Weiss’ #1 album of 2014 is Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels.
Paste’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost in the Dream by The War On Drugs.
Pitchfork’s #1 album of 2014 is Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels.
Pop Matter’s #1 album of 2014 is Sylvan Esso by Sylvan Esso.
Pretty Much Amazing’s #1 album of 2014 is Beyoncé by Beyoncé (despite being released in 2013).
Q’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost in the Dream by The War On Drugs.
Ravalli Republic’s #1 album of 2014 is In Conflict by Owen Pallett.
Resident’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs.
Resident Advisor’s #1 album of 2014 is Faith in Strangers by Andy Scott.
Revolver’s #1 album of 2014 is .5: The Gray Chapter by Slipknot.
Rolling Stone’s #1 album of 2014 is Songs of Innocence by U2.
Rolling Stone Readers’ #1 album of 2014 is Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters.
Rough Trade’s #1 album of 2014 is Sun Structures by Temples.
Sister Ray Records’ #1 album of 2014 is Commune by Goat.
Slant’s #1 album of 2014 is St. Vincent by St. Vincent.
Sound Opinion’s Greg Kott’s #1 album of 2014 is Food by Kelis.
Sound Opinion’s Jim Derogatis’ #1 album of 2014 is Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!
Stereogum’s #1 album of 2014 is Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels.
Missoulian’s #1 album of 2014 is In Conflict by Owen Pallett.
The Quietus’ #1 album of 2014 is Gazelle Twin by UNFLESH.
The Skinny’s #1 album of 2014 is Warpaint by Warpaint.
Spin’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs.
Sputnik’s #1 album of 2014 is You’re Dead by Flying Lotus.
The Telegraph’s #1 album of 2014 is X by Ed Sheeran.
Time’s #1 album of 2014 is LP1 by FKA twigs.
Time Out London’s #1 album of 2014 is Trouble in Paradise by La Roux.
Time Out New York’s #1 album of 2014 is It’s Album Time by Todd Terje.
Tiny Mix Tape’s #1 album of 2014 is Black Metal by Dean Blunt.
Tone Audio’s #1 album of 2014 is Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams.
Uncut’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs.
Uncut’s John Mulvey’s #1 album of 2014 is Lateness Of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger.
Under the Radar’s #1 album of 2014 is Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs.
Vibe’s #1 album of 2014 is Beyoncé by Beyoncé (despite being released in 2013).
Vulture’s #1 album of 2014 is Zentropy by Frankie Cosmos.
We Listen Hear’s #1 album of 2014 is White Women by Chromeo.
The Wire’s #1 album of 2014 is Syro by Aphex Twin.
XLR8R’s #1 album of 2014 is Suzi Ecto by Call Super.

UPDATE – The list lovers at acclaimedmusic.net averaged together the world’s 200 or so most influential magazines and websites’ Album of the Year 2014 lists into a massive spreadsheet, downloadable here. Their full report sorts the 1632 albums that appeared on these end of year lists by the home of the listmaker, allowing for easy comparison of how particular releases were ranked in America versus the UK and the rest of the world, as well as how each individual album fared on every list it was included. The overall top 15 albums are below. Note for instance that Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots is #11 overall, but only #75 among American sources.

What is your #1 album of 2014?

Vote in The Future Heart Readers Albums Poll by listing all your favorites in the comment section of this post or on The Future Heart facebook wall. [UPDATE – Voting is closed, but you can still stream dozens of top 2014 releases here].

19 responses to “What’s Your #1 Album of 2014?

  1. So many great ones to choose from but I’ll have to go with St Vincent, War on Drugs, Ariel Pink, Beck.

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