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It’s December, and that means it’s time to peruse and get frustrated over the many “Best of 2014” lists available. While all such lists hold some controversy depending on the reader, they also provide a chance to reflect on the music year gone bye. They remind us what we heard, and explain what we missed out on. We’ve collected lists from pop and alternative sources and laid them out below noting the top three of each for comparison. Follow the links to view lists in their entirety accompanied by commentary from the all-knowing music critics that wrote them.

NME’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014
1. St. Vincent – ‘St. Vincent’
2. Mac DeMarco – ‘Salad Day’s
3. The War On Drugs – ‘Lost In The Dream’

NME’s Top 50 Tracks Of 2014
1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
2. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
3. Fat White Family – ‘Touch The Leather’

NME Readers’ Top 20 Albums
1. Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’
2. Todd Terje – ‘It’s Album Time’
3. Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’


Rolling Stone’s Top 50 albums of 2014
1. U2 – ‘Songs of Innocence’
2. Bruce Springsteen – ‘High Hopes’
3. The Black Keys – ‘Turn Blue’

Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Tracks of 2014
1. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z – ‘Drunk in Love’
2. DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon – ‘Turn Down For What’
3. U2 – ‘Every Breaking Wave’

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Pitchfork’s Top 50 albums of 2014
1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
2. FKA twigs – LP1
3. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Pitchfork’s 100 Best Tracks of 2014
1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
2. iLoveMakonnen – “Club Goin Up on a Tuesday” [ft. Drake]
3. FKA twigs – “Two Weeks”


Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums of 2014
1. Run the Jewels (RTJ) – ‘Run the Jewels 2’
2. The War on Drugs – ‘Lost in the Dream’
3. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Consequence of Sound’s Top 50 Songs of 2014
1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
2. Cloud Nothings – ‘I’m Not Part of Me’
3. Against Me! – ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’