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For me, this is more of the top albums I listened to the most often that were released in 2014. Putting them in a specific order was probably the hardest part of this whole thing, and I still don’t know if I’m truly satisfied with where I placed them. But either way, I have completely fallen in love with all of these albums! It’s crazy to read this list I have created, because 90% of the bands on it I hadn’t heard of or really listened to prior to this year. Writing it made me realize how much I have broadened my music tastes and how many more artists I have added to my favorites list. I hope you find some cool, new music from my top 14 and are able to broaden your music horizons! Enjoy!
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14. You+Me – rose ave.
The perfection of Dallas Green’s (City and Colour) and P!nk’s voices created this wonderful album. I have been a long time City and Colour fan, and was instantly excited to hear Dallas Green was releasing a new album, with this unexpected twist. Through their incredible harmonies and the laid back, ‘jamming in your living room’ kind of feel, this beautiful acoustic/pop-folk music was created and I know I will be listening to it for years to come.
Related Artists: James Bay, Bear’s Den
13. G-Eazy – These Things Happen
This is not a typical genre or album that I would be in to, but yet, I have had it on repeat! Catchy choruses and infectious beats make this album one of the most fun albums to listen and sing to all the time, wherever you are. Although I personally may not agree or relate to the lyrics, I still enjoy the music way too much.
Related Artists: Kyle, Cam Meekins
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12. Lucy Mason - White As Snow
Lucy’s voice is absolutely incredible. As of late, I haven’t been able to stop listening to her song “White As Snow”. Her sound is acoustic/power folk that will definitely blow your mind. Her voice and relatable lyrics make the album complete and I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys singer/songwriters.
Related Artists: Tom Odell, Kodaline, Birdy
11. The 1975 – The 1975
I first starting listening to The 1975 when their song “Chocolate” blew up. After that, I was instantly hooked. They have these cool, unique upbeat songs throughout the album, bringing back a little retro feel. To top it off, the vocalist, Matt Healy, has this weird whiny voice, but somehow it works for them and sounds really great with their feel. Their whole sound is oddly satisfying!
Related Artists: CHVRCHES, The Neighbourhood
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10. Wolf Gang – Alveron
This album is very diverse and has many different sounds throughout. It can be described as vibrant and creative. Each song is strong and can stand out, but yet they all work really well together. A lot of the time, people start to go downhill with their second album, and that is not the case here at all! Nowhere but up from here for Wolf Gang!
Related Artists: The Last Royals, Givers
9. Bad Suns – Language & Perspective
The front man Christo Bowman (great last name by the way!) has such a distinct voice. It’s raspy and nasally, but in a good way, and his falsetto in songs such as “Salt” fit with their sound perfectly! Their lyrics are very relatable and extremely catchy. I’m telling you now, you will have “Cardiac Arrest” stuck in your head for days. Their infectious beats will definitely have you moving in some way and humming along.
Related Artists: Magic Man, SomeKindaWonderful
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8. Sleeping At Last – Atlas: Year One
This is another one of my new obsessions. When people ask me what type of music do I like to listen to, all I would need to do is show them this album and I could describe it perfectly. It consists of 30 songs of absolute beauty, inspiration, and power. It can be best described ethereal, it can make you smile, and it can make you cry. You’re just going to have to experience it for yourself. It’s not recommended, it’s essential.
Related Artists: The Civil Wars, Aqualung
7. Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse EP
I was a big fan of Melanie when she was on the competition show The Voice. One day I happened to come across this album and I was instantly hooked. It has such a cool, dark, creepy sound and it’s unlike anything else I have heard this year. This is one album that stands out among the crowds, and I like the fact that each song connects as a timeline of a story.
Related Artists: Bea Miller, Mary Lambert
6. One Direction – Four
This is 100% my guilty pleasure. Their music is SO catchy and fun to listen to. This is one of my favorite albums to sing to in the car, and I have no shame. Their sound is usually mainstream pop, but this album has some mixes of rock and country, and has a good collection of slower songs, which intrigues me even more. You have to admit, their voices do go great together.
Related Artists: McFly, 5 Seconds of Summer, Justin Bieber
5. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
I have no words for how incredible Sam Smith’s voice is. His falsetto gives me chills! His heartbreak and stories are very relatable, and the pain you hear in his voice just makes it that much more real. I mean he is nominated for six Grammy’s for a reason. You can sing to me all day Sam Smith and I will worship you. Much love.
Related Artists: Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, James Blake
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4. Mike Mains & The Branches – Calm Down, Everything is Fine
I have had the song “Everything's Gonna Be Alright” on repeat since I first heard it. Mike Mains voice can instantly grab anyone’s attention. Each song throughout the album has a different feel, and it is so fantastically diverse. They write these amazing hooks that you cannot help but move and sing to.
Related Artists: Truslow, Vocal Few
3. Shadow of Whales – Shadow Of Whales EP
This is one of my new obsessions that I cannot stop listening to. Their alternative indie-pop sound is extremely catchy and infectious. I’m excited to see what is in store for this band in the future, but for now this album is definitely keeping me satisfied.
Related Artists: Hellogoodbye, Twenty One Pilots
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2. Sir Sly – You Haunt Me
What I like about this album is the cool, new electro-indie/rock sound. You can feel their music throughout your whole body when listening to it. Even though the album has these dark and sad lyrics, the music makes you feel good! After seeing Sir Sly perform this album live, the band and album instantly became some of my favorites.
Related Artists: Joywave, Bad Suns, Young the Giant
The Front Bottoms has become one of my favorite bands over the past year and a half. Even though the album features revamped music from their previous albums, it’s still fantastic and does not disappoint in any way! Brian Sella’s voice is very unique and definitely is a pop-out feature to their indie-pop/rock sound. I think I listen to “Jim Bogart” way more often then I need to, and you should too.
Related Artists: Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Say Anything, American Football, Seahaven, Joyce Manor
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