"    Update: There’s a Vimeo version online, since some of the major labels have blocked the video in certain countries. Hit play and full screen! No need to try and figure it out on your own, we’ve got you covered. Me, Matt, Muriel, Sean and Austin have summarized and ranked this year’s albums in this […]"




Update: There’s a Vimeo version online, since some of the major labels have blocked the video in certain countries.

Hit play and full screen! No need to try and figure it out on your own, we’ve got you covered. Me, Matt, Muriel, Sean and Austin have summarized and ranked this year’s albums in this fantastic video for you. Will Foo Fighters make the cut? Does anyone really like Aphex Twin’s album legitimately? Will Pitchfork list obscure albums no one actually likes? What happens if you really dug the U2 album and its marking strategy? Will Kanye West drop an album tomorrow and destroy all 2014 lists forever?

All these questions and more, are somewhat answered in eight minutes and forty seconds. For safety reasons, and because major labels automatically ban use of their work, we’ve got a Vimeo video alternative link if the Youtube video gets taken offline. As mentioned in the video, we couldn’t cover metal albums because while ranking and comparing albums and genres is stupid enough on its own, a hardcore metal act couldn’t possibly fit between indie act #1 and alternative indie act #2. Here’s our best of metal albums list, as voted by you.

Disagree with our list? Don’t worry, we’re not sure we even agree with ourselves (who’s EP anyway?). But make sure to share your list below and for what it’s worth, we hope you enjoyed watching the list!

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  • @noface22 Level 0
    November 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    ¡Mayday! x Murs: ¡MURSDAY!
    Tech N9ne – Strangeulation


  • November 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Kindly Bent to Free Us – Cynic; At War with Reality – At The Gates and War Eternal – Arch Enemy are three of my 10 picks! :)


  • November 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Sonic Highways for AOTY? Really?

    Anyway, my picks:
    Swans – To Be Kind
    Behemoth – The Satanist
    Boris – Noise

    Beyond this, there hasn’t been anything else that I’d consider as a serious candidate for AOTY. Fingers crossed for Zorn dropping something good with the new Moonchild record.


  • @madferitua Level 3
    November 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    The Black Keys – True Blue
    Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio
    U2 – Songs Of Innocence
    Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
    Curtis Harding – Soul Power
    Crosses – Crosses


  • @zingzinger Level 4
    November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Owl John _ Owl John

    The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

    Dry the River – Alarms in the Heart


  • @aaantoni Level 2
    November 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    my picks:
    1. Ben Frost – A U R O R A; and there’s no competition, really
    2. Natural Snow Buildings – The Night Country
    3. Fushitsusha & Peter Brötzmann – Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself


  • November 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    FKA Twigs – LP1
    Architects – Lost Forever, Lost Together
    Issues – Issues


  • @funkatastic Level 0
    December 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
    Taylor Swift – 1989
    Not a lot of genres had good albums this year.


  • @darth-yoda Level 4
    December 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The Presidents of the United States of America – Kudos to You
    Slipknot – .5 The Gray Album
    Porter Robinson – Worlds


  • @ratatoskr Level 5
    December 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    There’s more:

    Slow Club – Complete Surrender
    Cold War Kids – Hold My Home


  • @renton Level 2
    December 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I would say Foo Fighters or even U2 (who’s album, despite the whole iTunes debacle, was admittedly a bloody good album) should be up there, but with how simply everybody knows them and the fact any fans (and even people who aren’t fans) will likely have heard them anyway, it’s good to see some lesser known artists up there. Was very surprised Royal Blood or Kishi Bashi were not in the top 10 though.

    Although not technically a 2014 album (though it did leak, it’s not out until January) I think Panda Bear Vs The Grim Reaper was the best album I heard this year by quite a long shot.


    • @genejacket Level 3
      December 10, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Sonic Highways is a great record, and gets better with every single listen. As I said in my own post, though, you can enjoy the record on it’s own just fine, but watching the show and getting the proper context for each song makes it infinitely better.


  • @robilomas Level 4
    December 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    War on Drugs instead of Sun Kil Moon?
    ……..I am almost tempted to quote Mark Kozelek on this. Uh.
    Oh well.


  • December 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    What’s the music video @0:30-0:35? Anyone knows?


  • @xr25 Level 1
    December 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Here’s the full list in case that helps anyone:

    10 – FKA Twigs – LP1
    9 – Foster the People – Supermodel
    8 – War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream
    7 – Caribou – Our Love
    6 – Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
    5 – Badbadnotgood – III
    4 – Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
    3 – Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
    2 – St. Vincent – St. Vincent
    1 – Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

    Honorable mentions:
    Future Islands – Singles
    Odesza – In Return
    Spoon – They Want My Soul
    Swans – To Be Kind
    Royal Blood
    ’68 – In Humor and Sadness
    Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

    Spotify Playlists:
    Top 10: http://open.spotify.com/user/j0hnm/playlist/0NYkFbWB6NP7dbJ2WlLSkv
    Honorable Mentions: http://open.spotify.com/user/j0hnm/playlist/0GtU587c4wSYWolbcGHjph (excluding the ’68 album which isn’t on Spotify right now)


  • @mangnikso Level 3
    December 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Easily, for me #1 has got to be Young Fathers “DEAD”.


  • December 10, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Top 10
    1) FKA twigs – LP1
    2) Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
    3)Perfume Genius – Too Bright
    4)Banks – Goddess
    5)Hozier – Hozier
    6) Drake – Nothing Was The Same
    7)How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?
    8) Alt-J – This Is All Yours
    9) James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
    10) A Great Big World – Is There Anybody Out There?

    Honorable Mentions:
    SZA – Z
    Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
    SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
    Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
    Tinashe – Aquarius
    Damien Rice – I Don’t Want To Change You
    Cold War Kids – Hold My Home
    Various Artists – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


  • @genejacket Level 3
    December 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

    In no particular order…
    Crosses – †††
    Broken Bells – After The Disco
    Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes
    Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
    Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
    Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
    2:54 – The Other I
    The Black Keys – Turn Blue
    Darren Korb – Transistor
    Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

    I was really hoping the new Pumpkins would blow me away…but aside from One and All, I really hated it. Slipknot’s The Gray Chapter was good, there’s some solid stuff on there, but it didn’t quite live up to expectations. I am LOVING the new Foos, but I’ll admit that you really do have to watch the show and get the proper context to totally appreciate it. Darren Korbs soundtrack for the game Transistor is easily the record I’ve listened to the most this year, it’s just bloody brilliant from top to bottom and should be required listening even if you’re not into video games in the slightest.


  • @wt1983 Level 3
    December 11, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Crosses – ††† (Glad to see this album getting this much love in the comments, GREAT album)
    Glass Animals – Zaba
    Spoon – They want my soul
    Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
    Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
    Sage Francis – Copper Gone
    Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
    Run The Jewels – 2
    Son Little – Things I Forgot
    Bassnectar – NVSB Remixes
    In no particular order


  • @sethmoney Level 1
    December 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    1. Hundred Waters- The Moon Rang Like a Bell
    2. Sharon Van Etten- I’m Not There
    3. St Vincent- St Vincent
    4. Caribou- Our Love
    5. Frankie Cosmos- Zentropy
    6. Flying Lotus- You’re Dead
    7. Sylvan Esso- Sylvan Esso
    8. Snowmine- Dialects
    9. Alvvays- Alvvays
    10. Slow Magic- How to Run Away


  • December 11, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Here is my list (Some albums may be borderline hard-rock/metal)

    1-He is legend – Heavy Fruit
    2-Mogwai – Rave Tapes
    3-Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion
    4-Opeth – Pale Communion
    5-Mastodon – Once More ’round the sun
    6-The Life and Times – Lost Bees
    7-Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
    8- Esben and the Witch – A new nature
    9- Cynic – Kindly Bent to free us
    10 – St. Vincent – self titled
    – Sia- 1000 Forms of Fear
    – Flying Lotus – You are dead
    – Chevelle – La Gárgola
    – Sevendust – Time Travelers and Bonfires
    Definitely Metal:
    – Periphery – Clear
    – Architects – Lost forever


  • @feanor Level 6
    December 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    1. Warpaint – Warpaint
    2. John Frusciante – Enclosure
    3. Duologue – Never get lost
    4. Douglas Dare- Whelm
    5. Antemasque -Antemasque
    6. Interpol – El Pintor
    7. Sianvar – SIanvar EP
    8. Hail the Sun – Wake
    9. Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade
    10. Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were


  • @disessa Level 0
    December 14, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Top 10 Albums
    #1- War on Drugs- Lost in the Dream
    #2- Beck -Morning Phase
    #3-Run The Jewels-2
    #4-Lana Del Ray-Ultraviolence
    #5- Thundamentals- So we can remember
    #6- Hail Mary Mallon- Beastiery
    #7-Foster The People-Supermodel
    #8-Alt-j-This is all yours
    #9-Hilltop Hoods-Walking under the stars
    #10-Tobacco- Ultimas 2 Massage


  • @dillbert21 Level 4
    December 16, 2014 at 5:50 am

    These artist people aren’t talking about and they deserve a spot…..

    Ed Sheeran
    Porter Robinson
    Taylor Swift
    Jack White
    Childish Gambino….Mixtape
    Gary Clark Jr….Live
    Sweedish House Mafia…Live


  • @polishdog90 Level 3
    December 19, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Video is blocked in my country for WMG copyright. I wonder if they know that this video is actually promoting their artists…


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