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50 Best Albums of 2014

2014 was another phenomenal year for music, illuminating darkness when it often seemed that the only light was from buildings burning in Ferguson, Missouri. Veterans like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and Leonard Cohen were showing the youngsters how it's done, but classic rock was being revived in more unlikely ways too: the Eighties impressionist guitar choogle of the War on Drugs, Ought's word-drunk post-punk, Perfume Genius' arty glam rock and Eric Church's country arena-rock.

The year was dominated on nearly every other front by young women: Charli XCX's reinvention of punk-pop, Miranda Lambert's Nashville platinum-blonde ambition, St. Vincent's indie-rock apotheosis, FKA Twigs' haunting avant-R&B and, above all, Taylor Swift's unstoppable pop juggernaut. The politically charged hip-hop of Public Enemy found a new-school parallel in Run the Jewels, the storytelling Los Angeles breeze of Dr. Dre found new life in YG and Flying Lotus took rhymes and beats into spectacularly abstract territory. Here's 50 albums that we wouldn't turn down.

1 Download U2 – Songs of Innocence (Deluxe Edition) [2CD] (2014) [MP3] U2 – Songs of Innocence (Deluxe Edition) [2CD] (2014) [MP3]
2 Download Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014) [MP3] Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (2014) [MP3]
3 Download The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014) [MP3] The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014) [MP3]
4 Download St. Vincent – St. Vincent (2014) [MP3] St. Vincent – St. Vincent (2014) [MP3]
5 Download Miranda Lambert – Platinum (2014) [MP3] Miranda Lambert – Platinum (2014) [MP3]
7 Download Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (2014) [MP3] Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (2014) [MP3]
8 Download Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 (2014) [MP3] Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 (2014) [MP3]
9 Download Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (2014) [MP3] Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (2014) [MP3]
10 Download Taylor Swift – 1989 (Deluxe) (2014) [MP3] Taylor Swift – 1989 (Deluxe) (2014) [MP3]
11 Download Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (2014) [FLAC] Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (2014) [FLAC]
12 Download Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014) [MP3] Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (2014) [MP3]
13 Download Ought – More Than Any Other Day (2014) [MP3] Ought – More Than Any Other Day (2014) [MP3]
15 Download Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014) [MP3] Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014) [MP3]
16 Download FKA twigs – LP1 (2014) [MP3] FKA twigs – LP1 (2014) [MP3]
17 Download Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (2014) [MP3] Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (2014) [MP3]
18 Download Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (2014) [MP3]] Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (2014) [MP3]]
19 Download Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach (2014) [MP3] Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach (2014) [MP3]
20 Download Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (2014) [MP3] Sharon Van Etten – Are We There (2014) [MP3]
21 Download Eric Church – The Outsiders (2014) [MP3] Eric Church – The Outsiders (2014) [MP3]
23 Download The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (2014) [MP3] The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (2014) [MP3]
24 Download Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (2014) [MP3] Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (2014) [MP3]
25 Download YG – My Krazy Life (Deluxe Version) (2014) [MP3] YG – My Krazy Life (Deluxe Version) (2014) [MP3]
26 Download Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye (2014) [MP3] Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye (2014) [MP3]
27 Download Alt-J – This Is All Yours (2014) [MP3] Alt-J – This Is All Yours (2014) [MP3]
28 Download Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (2014) [MP3] Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (2014) [MP3]
29 Download Spoon – They Want My Soul (2014) [MP3] Spoon – They Want My Soul (2014) [MP3]
30 Download Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014) [MP3] Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (2014) [MP3]
31 Download Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland (2014) [MP3] Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland (2014) [MP3]
32 Download Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots [Special Edition Bonus Tracks] (2014) [MP3] Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots [Special Edition Bonus Tracks] (2014) [MP3]
33 Download The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun (2014) [MP3] The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun (2014) [MP3]
34 Download Prince – Art Official Age (2014) [MP3] Prince – Art Official Age (2014) [MP3]
35 Download Lenny Kravitz – Strut (Deluxe Edition) (2014) [MP3] Lenny Kravitz – Strut (Deluxe Edition) (2014) [MP3]
36 Download Alvvays – Alvvays (2014) [MP3] Alvvays – Alvvays (2014) [MP3]
37 Download Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (2014) [MP3] Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (2014) [MP3]
38 Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes (2014) [MP3] Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes (2014) [MP3]
39 Download Caribou – Our Love (2014) [AAC] Caribou – Our Love (2014) [AAC]
40 Download Jack White – Lazaretto (2014) [MP3] Jack White – Lazaretto (2014) [MP3]
41 Download Aphex Twin – Syro (2014) [MP3] Aphex Twin – Syro (2014) [MP3]
43 Download Future – Honest (Deluxe Edition) (2014) [MP3] Future – Honest (Deluxe Edition) (2014) [MP3]
46 Download Pharrell Williams – G I R L (2014) [MP3] Pharrell Williams – G I R L (2014) [MP3]
47 Download Gary Clark Jr. – Live (2014) [MP3] Gary Clark Jr. – Live (2014) [MP3]
48 Download Coldplay – Ghost Stories (2014) [MP3] Coldplay – Ghost Stories (2014) [MP3]
49 Download Tinariwen – Emmaar (2014) [MP3] Tinariwen – Emmaar (2014) [MP3]
50 Download Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend (2014) [MP3] Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend (2014) [MP3]
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