Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies.

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014

D'Angelo - Black Messiah

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2014 (an annual poll published by The Village Voice)

  1. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
  2. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  3. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  4. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  5. FKA twigs – LP1
  6. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  7. Taylor Swift – 1989
  8. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  9. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  10. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  11. Ex Hex – Rips
  12. Miranda Lambert – Platinum
  13. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  14. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  15. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  16. Beck – Morning Phase
  17. Aphex Twin – Syro
  18. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  19. Swans – To Be Kind
  20. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  21. Caribou – Our Love
  22. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
  23. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
  24. Wussy – Attica!
  25. YG – My Krazy Life
  26. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  27. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  28. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  29. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
  30. Future Islands – Singles
  31. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
  32. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  33. Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread
  34. Charli XCX – SUCKER
  35. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  36. Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
  37. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  38. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
  39. TV on the Radio – Seeds
  40. Grouper – Ruins
  41. EMA – The Future’s Void
  42. Real Estate – Atlas
  43. Bob Dylan & The Band – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete
  44. Jack White – Lazaretto
  45. Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1
  46. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
  47. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
  48. Alvvays – Alvvays
  49. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  50. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  51. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  52. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
  53. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  54. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  55. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  56. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
  57. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
  58. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  59. Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
  60. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
  61. Robert Plant – lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  62. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
  63. Old 97’s – Most Messed Up
  64. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  65. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  66. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
  67. Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear
  68. Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce
  69. Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class
  70. U2 – Songs Of Innocence
  71. Future – Honest
  72. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
  73. Tinashe – Aquarius
  74. Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions
  75. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  76. Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
  77. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
  78. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  79. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
  80. Total Control – Typical System
  81. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
  82. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
  83. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  84. Dean Blunt – Black Metal
  85. Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland
  86. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  87. YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend
  88. Kelis – Food
  89. Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
  90. Warpaint – Warpaint
  91. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want
  92. Withered Hand – New Gods
  93. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In the End
  94. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
  95. Eric Church – The Outsiders
  96. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  97. Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
  98. Pharrell Williams – GIRL
  99. Shellac – Dude Incredible
  100. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014

We Are the Best! - Lukas Moodysson

Karina Longworth: 16 Favorite Movies of 2014 (as posted on Twitter in this series of tweets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson
  • The Immigrant – James Gray
  • Beyond the Lights – Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Force Majeure – Ruben Östlund
  • Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie
  • Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Bird People – Pascale Ferran
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper – Nick Broomfield
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Laggies – Lynn Shelton
  • The One I Love – Charlie McDowell
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2014

The Quietus: top 100 Albums of 2014

  1. Gazelle Twin – Unflesh
  2. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  3. Swans – To Be Kind
  4. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  5. The Bug – Angels & Devils
  6. Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals
  7. Katie Gately – Pipes
  8. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
  9. Perc – The Power and the Glory
  10. Jenny Hval & Susanna – Meshes of Voice
  11. FKA twigs – LP1
  12. Zamilska – Untune
  13. Innercity Ensemble – Black/White
  14. Cooly G – Wait ’til Night
  15. Blacknecks – Blacknecks 006
  16. English Heretic – The Underworld Service
  17. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
  18. OAKE – Auferstehung
  19. Grouper – Ruins
  20. Kemper Norton – Loor
  21. Maurice Louca – Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)
  22. Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  23. EEK – Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute
  24. Jane Weaver – The Silver Globe
  25. Daniel Patrick Quinn – Acting The Rubber Pig
  26. The Body – I Shall Die Here
  27. Chrononautz – Public Domain Fuckover Series #1-6
  28. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
  29. Tweedy – Sukierae
  30. Objekt – Flatland
  31. Jar Moff – Financial Glam
  32. Willie the Kid & Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights
  33. Lorenzo Senni – Superimpositions
  34. Electric Wizard – Time To Die
  35. Klara Lewis – Ett
  36. Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19
  37. Extreme Precautions – Precaution One
  38. Kasai All Stars – Beware The Fetish
  39. Årabrot – I Modi
  40. Einstürzende Neubauten – Lament
  41. The Inward Circles – Nimrod
  42. Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Piano Nights
  43. Future Islands – Singles
  44. Consumer Electronics – Estuary English
  45. Bong – Stoner Rock
  46. Nisennenmondai – N
  47. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  48. Olga Bell – Krai
  49. Cut Hands – Festival of the Dead
  50. Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
  51. Actress – Ghettoville
  52. YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend
  53. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
  54. Puce Mary – Persona
  55. DonChristian – Renzo Piano
  56. Ibibio Sound Machine – Ibibio Sound Machine
  57. Lee Gamble – KOCH
  58. Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm – The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)
  59. Laibach – Spectre
  60. Shellac – Dude Incredible
  61. Heterotic – Weird Drift
  62. Liars – Mess
  63. Stein Urheim – Stein Urheim
  64. Ekoplekz – Unfidelity
  65. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  66. Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials
  67. Russell Haswell – 37 Minute Work Out
  68. Noura Mint Seymali – Tzenni
  69. Ambarchi / O’Malley / Dunn – Shade Themes from Kairos
  70. Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Blasphemy
  71. The Budos Band – Burnt Offering
  72. Anat Ben-David – Melech
  73. YVETTE – Process
  74. Milo – A Toothpaste Suburb
  75. Merkabah – Moloch
  76. Wrangler – L.A. Spark
  77. Ronika – Selectadisc
  78. Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
  79. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  80. DJ Q – Ineffable
  81. The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do the Heathen Rage?
  82. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
  83. Tinariwen – Emmaar
  84. The Juan MacLean – In a Dream
  85. Aphex Twin – Syro
  86. Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté – Toumani & Sidiki
  87. Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies – Earth Air Spirit Water Fire
  88. Behemoth – The Satanist
  89. Wrekmeister Harmonies – Then It All Came Down
  90. Fumaça Preta – Fumaça Preta
  91. Merzbow, Scott Miller & Lee Camfield – No Closure
  92. Black Rain – Dark Pool
  93. Anthroprophh – Outside the Circle
  94. Adult Jazz – Gist Is
  95. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire
  96. Obake – Mutations
  97. Clark – Clark
  98. Joseph Curwen – Shunned House
  99. Echoes Of Yul – Tether
  100. Good Throb – Fuck Off

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014

Boyhood - Richard Linklater

Ty Burr: 28 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  2. The Immigrant – James Gray
  3. American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  4. Citizenfour – Laura Poitras
  5. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  7. Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh
  8. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  9. MANAKAMANA – Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez
  10. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  11. Life Itself – Steve James
  12. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  13. Dear White People – Justin Simien
  14. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  15. Locke – Steven Knight

Honorable Mention

  • The Babadook – Jennifer Kent
  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  • Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  • The Homesman – Tommy Lee Jones
  • Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Listen Up Philip – Alex Ross Perry
  • Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 and 2 – Lars von Trier
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • We Are the Best! – Lukas Moodysson

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014

Under the Skin

Alison Willmore: 14 Greatest Movies of 2014 (as published by BuzzFeed)

  1. Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  2. Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  3. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  4. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – Isao Takahata
  5. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  6. Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
  7. Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
  9. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  10. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  11. Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  12. Love is Strange – Ira Sachs
  13. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  14. The Babadook – Jennifer Kent

Antiquiet: 30 Best Albums of 2014

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Antiquiet : 30 Best Albums of 2014

  1. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  2. Death from Above 1979 – The Physical World
  3. ††† (Crosses) – Crosses
  4. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  6. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  7. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
  8. Alain Johannes – Fragments and Wholes, Vol.1
  9. ANTEMASQUE – Antemasque
  10. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy
  11. Warpaint – Warpaint
  12. Jack White – Lazaretto
  13. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
  14. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
  15. Ume – Monuments
  16. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas – Secret Evil
  17. ’68 – In Humor and Sadness
  18. Hark – Crystalline
  19. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  20. Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser
  21. Tuatara – Underworld
  22. various artists – Shady XV
  23. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
  24. The Horrors – Luminous
  25. Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (III)
  26. Mogwai – Rave tapes
  27. Fartbarf – Dirty Power
  28. John Garcia – John Garcia
  29. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  30. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014

A Most Violent Year

Christopher Orr: 30 Best Movies of 2014 (as published by The Atlantic)

  1. A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor
  2. Selma – Ava DuVernay
  3. Birdman – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  4. The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson
  5. The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum
  6. Boyhood – Richard Linklater
  7. Gone Girl – David Fincher
  8. Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski
  9. Locke – Steven Knight
  10. Noah – Darren Aronofsky
  11. Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller
  12. Interstellar – Christopher Nolan

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetically)

  • American Sniper – Clint Eastwood
  • Big Hero 6 – Don Hall and Christ Williams
  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Calvary – John Michael McDonagh
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony and Joe Russo
  • Edge of Tomorrow – Doug Liman
  • The Hunger Games: Monckinjay – Part 1 – Francis Lawrence
  • The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  • Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
  • Obvious Child – Gillian Robespierre
  • The Skeleton Twins – Craig Johnson
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
  • Top Five – Chris Rock
  • Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Sasha Frere-Jones: 50 Most Impressive Albums of 2014

The Natural Order - Fred Frith and John Butcher

Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 50 Most Impressive Albums of 2014 (listed chronologically within three tiers)

holy cats

  • Actress – Ghettoville
  • Beck – Morning Phase
  • Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  • Evian Christ – Waterfall – EP
  • Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
  • Mica Levi – Under the Skin
  • Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  • Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • Cookies – Music for Touching
  • Lee Gamble – KOCH
  • Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  • Grouper – Ruins
  • Arca – Xen
  • Fred Frith & John Butcher – The Natural Order
  • D’Angelo – Black Messiah

oh man

  • Moodymann – Moodymann
  • Tinariwen – Emmaar
  • St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  • Leif – Hey
  • EMA – The Future’s Void
  • RATKING – So It Goes
  • Lotic – Damsel in Distress
  • Helado Negro – Island Universe Story Three
  • Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
  • Gabriel Kahane – The Ambassador
  • Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  • M. Geddes Gengras – Ishi
  • Helado Negro – Double Youth
  • PC Worship – Social Rust
  • Anjou – Anjou
  • Tove Lo – Queen of the Clouds
  • Tinashe – Aquarius
  • Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
  • DeJ Loaf – Sell Sole
  • Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost
  • Horse Lords – Hidden Cities
  • Migos – Rich Nigga Timeline
  • Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial
  • Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers
  • ALSO – Ep01
  • Og Maco – OG Maco
  • Micachu – Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill
  • Afrikan Sciences – Circuitous
  • Shinichi Atobe – Butterfly Effect

wow

  • Temples – Sun Structures
  • Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals
  • Father – Young Hot Ebony

Cokemachineglow: 10 Albums We Loved Most in 2014

Thirst 48 - Boogie

Cokemachineglow assembles a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

  • Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
  • FKA twigs – LP1
  • Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  • Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  • Boogie – Thirst 48
  • Swans – To Be Kind
  • Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
  • Adult Jazz – Gist Is
  • Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014

The Immigrant

Darren Hughes: 10 Favorite Films of 2014 (as published at his site, Long Pauses, where he also has lists of favorite unreleased films, experimental shorts, and discoveries)

  1. The Immigrant – James Gray
  2. The Strange Little Cat – Ramon Zürcher
  3. Jealousy – Philippe Garrel
  4. What Now? Remind Me – Joaquim Pinto
  5. Norte, the End of History – Lav Diaz
  6. Goodbye to Language 3D – Jean-Luc Godard
  7. Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt
  8. Stray Dogs – Tsai Ming-liang
  9. The Last of the Unjust – Claude Lanzmann
  10. Closed Curtain – Kambuzia Partovi and Jafar Panahi