foster the people 2014

Thatalternativekid's Best Albums of 2014

Creating the following list was particularly challenging for me given just how diverse the spectrum of music created in 2014 was. New artists such as FKA twigs and Lake Street Dive blurred the lines between genres while seasoned veterans like St. Vincent and The Black Keys reimagined their role in the music world. On the albums Goddess and I Never Learn, earnest and pleading vocals took center stage, whereas on Alvvays and Salad Days, the focus was more on the aesthetically-pleasing and sentimental tunes. Lyrically, Sharon Van Etten and Run the Jewels broke new ground, bringing deep emotions to the table and raising up new issues for discussion. In addition, the mellow music of Jenny Lewis and Future Islands was reminiscent of times when the world was less complicated, and music more pure. In this past year musicians showed us that no matter what crazy happenings take place in the world around us, music will always be there to take us back to a place of peace, humanity, and beauty.

  1. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  2. Are We There - Sharon Van Etten
  3. The Voyager - Jenny Lewis
  4. LP1 - FKA twigs
  5. Turn Blue - The Black Keys
  6. Bad Self Portraits - Lake Street Dive
  7. Alvvays - Alvvays
  8. Singles - Future Islands
  9. So Long, See You Tomorrow - Bombay Bicycle Club
  10. Too Bright - Perfume Genius
  11. Love Letters - Metronomy
  12. Ritual in Repeat - Tennis
  13. Sweet Disarray - Dan Croll
  14. Supermodel - Foster the People
  15. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
  16. This Is All Yours - alt-J
  17. 1989 - Taylor Swift
  18. Run the Jewels 2 - Run the Jewels
  19. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
  20. Salad Days - Mac DeMarco
  21. Goddess - Banks
  22. They Want My Soul - Spoon
  23. I Never Learn - Lykke Li
  24. Drowners - Drowners
  25. Strange Desire - Bleachers
My Favorite Music of 2014 (Playlist)

At the end of each year I’ve started making a playlist of my favorite music from that year. Last year I had a hard time narrowing the list down to 50 tracks, so I limited my selection to no more than 2 songs from any 1 album. Following the same rule I couldn’t even break 30 this year! Did I miss the good stuff?! Let me know.

I award Best Album to KONGOS for Lunatic, and Best Song is a tie between Happy Idiot by TV On The Radio and The Writing’s on the Wall by OK Go.

What were your favorites?

Just in case the embedded playlist doesn’t work, here is the list in text format:

Banks – Beggin For Thread
Silversun Pickups – Cannibal
Hozier – Take Me To Church
Pixies – Greens And Blues
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
Cathedrals – Unbound
Jónsi – Where No One Goes
Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat - From The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Sia – Elastic Heart
Sia – Hostage
Sia – Fire Meet Gasoline
Sir Sly – Floods
Sir Sly – Too Far Gone
Mike Mains & The Branches – Noises
Mike Mains & The Branches – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
WE ARE TWIN – You Said
WE ARE TWIN – All or Nothing
Young the Giant – Anagram
Young the Giant – Daydreamer
American Authors – Luck
American Authors – Heart Of Stone
Foster The People – Coming of Age
Foster The People – Nevermind
KONGOS – Sex on the Radio
KONGOS – Hey I Don’t Know
TV On The Radio – Careful You
TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
OK Go – Bright as Your Eyes
OK Go – The Writing’s on the Wall

-Aaron