Top 20 Albums of 2014

Check out my TOP 10 Albums of 2014 over at Rain City Ambience here. And because I loved so many of the albums that were released this year, hear is the continuation of my list (in no particular order) to round out the TOP 20 albums of 2014!

Young_the_Giant_Mind_over_Matter11. Mind Over Matter, Young the Giant
Favorite Tracks: Mind Over Matter, Eros, Anagram

Young the Giant is alt-rock perfection. If Sameer’s vocals and the band’s tightness doesn’t win you over, I don’t know what will.




samlachow-huckleberry12. Huckleberry, Sam Lachow
Favorite Tracks: Action Figures (feat. Gifted Gab & Mario Sweet), Dreams of Gold (feat. Raz Simone & Ariana DeBoo)

Seattle rapper, Sam Lachow, came through with his second full-length record endeavor. The album is full of solid features and the production quality could not be more on point. It always makes me so proud to see a local gain some credibility!


ArticleSharedImage-2771013. FOUR, One Direction
Favorite Tracks: Fireproof, No Control, Night Changes, Ready to Run

Say what you will about this boy band, but they are hard workers. Four albums and three world tours in just four years? INSANE. Plus, they all have been racking up songwriting credits and it is great to see and hear! And they have British accents, so there’s that.



avatars-000087373945-5t4x0r-t500x50014. Nation, Katie Kate
Favorite Tracks: Persephone (feat. Nacho Picasso & Jarv D), Rushmore, Buffalo

Katie Kate combines a unique blend of indie/hip hop/pop/electronica and it totally works. And while her studio stuff sounds awesome, you gotta see this chick live as she puts on SUCH a fun show!



81aPKJ3QHgL._SL1500_15. That’s Christmas To Me, Pentatonix
Favorite Tracks: Mary, Did You Know?, That’s Christmas to Me, Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy (feat. Tori Kelly)

Yes, a Christmas album made my list. I am one of those people that listens to holiday music from October to January with no shame whatsoever. But holidays aside, this album’s intricate arrangements and skillful vocalising can definitely stand on its own. Not to mention it is one of only two albums that went platinum this year. Represent, PTX!


Hozier-album-cover-Raine-final-boost-1024x102416. Hozier, Hozier
Favorite Tracks: Take Me to Church, From Eden, In a Week (feat. Karen Cowley)

Hozier released THE song of year. I have had “Take Me to Church” on repeat and I’m still not tired of it. The rest of the album rules too.




interpol-el-pintor17. El Pintor, Interpol
Favorite Tracks: All the Rage Back Home, Anywhere, My Desire

It has been four years since the last release from Interpol, and the wait was totally worth it! The guys are back with their signature chill/moody/guitar-riff driven sound that is topped off with one of the most distinctive tones heard in alt-rock vocalists (Paul Banks).



little-secret18. Little Secret, Nikky Yanofsky
Favorite Tracks: Necessary Evil, Something New, Waiting On The Sun

This girl has got soul, chops, and finesse like no other. Her full length release features her signature jazz style with a modern/r&b twist.




10747878_1497462767198118_1610132240_nfff19. The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj
Favorite Tracks: All Things Go, Bed of Lies, Only (feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown)

Nicki Minaj seriously slayed the game with this record. EVERY track is fire and her rhymes have never been more witty and sassy.




Tony_Bennett_and_Lady_Gaga_-_Cheek_to_Cheek20. Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Favorite Tracks: Anything Goes, Nature Boy, Let’s Face the Music And Dance

Two legends of different eras have come together and created a piece of jazz gold. Tony Bennett has aged in the most graceful of ways and still has it! I’m so glad Lady Gaga had the opportunity to do this project and show everyone how talented of a vocalist she is (if they ever had any doubt in the first place).



And just in case you didn’t want to click on that external link for the full TOP 20, I’ve conveniently pasted them here for you:

1. Little Machines, LIGHTS
2. White Noise, PVRIS
3. Even The Sun Will Burn, Iska Dhaaf
4. Manhattan, SKATERS
5. In The Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
6. Everything Will Be Alright In The End, Weezer
7. Loopified, Dirty Loops
8. Sheezus, Lily Allen
9. Caustic Love, Paolo Nutini
10. Strange Desire, Bleachers

Peace, Love, & Rock n’ Roll,
A-Tran \m/