2014 might have been kind of blah for pop music (I MISS U RIHANNA PLEASE RELEASE NEW MUSIC) except for the kween of pop Taylor Swift who released a synthpop lite record that turned out to be quite great (except SHAKE IT OFF, I legit do not fuck with that song).
2014 was killer for r&b and dance music, including surprising releases from D’Angelo and Aphex Twin, who maybe only tru 90s kids remember (ie: us old people). Mainstream rock music was boring as ever, and the indie releases that were hyped up didn’t really do much for me other that put me to sleep, so uh, I will be over here bopping to “Get On Your Knees” by Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande while male music critics continue to pretend that indie rock is going to save the world or whatever.
- Caribou- Our Love
- The Juan Maclean- In a Dream
- FKA Twigs- LP1
- Aphex Twin- Syro
- Freddie Gibbs and Madlib- Pinata
- Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
- Katy B- Little Red
- D’Angelo- The Black Messiah
- Taylor Swift- 1989
- Tinashe- Aquarius
Honorable Mentions: Nicki Minaj- The Pinkprint, Charli XCX- Sucker, One Direction- Four, YG- My Krazy Life, White Lung- Deep Fantasy