The 40 Best Albums of 2014

Rolling Stone recently unveiled their 40 Best Albums of 2014. (On, they had the 50 Best Albums of 2014!)

Now it’s my turn: here are my 40 Best Albums of 2014

1. The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete by Bob Dylan & the Band {recorded 1968-69} (6 CDs)
2. Brill Bruisers by the New Pornographers
3. High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band with Tom Morello
4. St. Vincent by St. Vincent
5. Teeth Dreams by the Hold Steady
6. The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
7. Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes by the New Basement Tapes
8. Songs of Innocence by U2 (2 CDs)
9. The Album Collection Vol 1: 1973-1984 by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band {remasters of the first 7 albums} (8 CDs)
10. Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
11. Lazaretto by Jack White
12. Do to the Beast by the Afghan Whigs
13. Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
14. They Want My Soul by Spoon
15. Stockholm by Chrissie Hynde
16. Monuments to an Elegy by Smashing Pumpkins
17. English Oceans by Drive-By Truckers
18. Somewhere Under Wonderland by Counting Crows
19. I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss by Sinéad O’Connor
20. Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts
21. Royal Blood by Royal Blood
22. Art Official Age by Prince
23. Beauty & Ruin by Bob Mould
24. Turn Blue by the Black Keys
25. Most Messed Up by the Old 97’s
26. Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters
27. Days of Abandon by the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
28. Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker
29. Rips by Ex Hex
30. Sukierae by Tweedy (2 CDs)
31. Lost in the Dream by War on Drugs
32. Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams
33. Ultraviolence by Lana Del Ray
34. Plectrum Electrum by Prince & 3rdeyegirl
35. Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
36. Classics by She & Him
37. …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by the Roots
38. Ghost Stories by Coldplay
39. Too True by Dum Dum Girls
40. The Endless River by Pink Floyd


The New Pornographers, “Dancehall Domine”

Bruce Springsteen, “High Hopes”

St. Vincent, “Digital Witness”

The Hold Steady, “I Hope the Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You”

Jenny Lewis, “Just One of the Guys,” performed live



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