Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2014

By | December 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

We’ve finally unveiled our top albums of 2014—but how did we arrive at that list? Below, you can take a look at our staff’s individual lists of their favorite releases of the year!

PVRIS - White NoiseMatt Vogel, Music Director
10. Hoodie Allen – People Keep Talking
9. The Cape Race – Home, Truths
8. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
7. Lights – Little Machines
6. Twin Forks – S/T
5. Manchester Orchestra – Cope
4. Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time
3. Real Friends – Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
2. Taylor Swift – 1989
1. PVRIS – White Noise

 

Spoon - They Want My SoulEddie Barella, Program Director
10. Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
9. Royal Blood – S/T
8. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
7. Manchester Orchestra – Cope
6. TV On The Radio – Seeds
5. Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge
4. Hozier – S/T
3. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy
2. St. Vincent – S/T
1. Spoon – They Want My Soul

 

John Bellion - The DefinitionSherin Nicole, Creative Director, EIC
9. Wild Party – Phantom Pop
8. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments To An Elegy
7. Maroon 5 – V (Deluxe)
6. Chet Faker – Built On Glass
5. Beyonce – S/T (Platinum Edition)
4. Priory – Weekend
3. Seinabo Sey – For Madeleine
2. Ed Sheeran – X
1. Jon Bellion – The Definition

 

 

Copeland - IxoraEleanor Grace, Managing Editor
10. From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds
9. Emarosa – Versus
8. Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
7. Gates – Bloom & Breathe
6. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House
5. Circa Survive – Descensus
4. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – S/T
3. Pompeii – Loom
2. PVRIS – White Noise
1. Copeland – Ixora

 

set it off dualityFish, Gone Fishkin
10. Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is
9. Nick Jonas – S/T
8. Dan + Shay – Where It All Began
7. Chiodos – Devil
6. PVRIS – White Noise
5. Front Porch Step – Whole Again
4. The Big Time – Imaginary Heart
3. New Found Glory – Resurrection
2. The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California
1. Set It Off – Duality

 

Fireworks - Oh, Common LifeRyan Wapner, Events Coordinator
10. Spoon – They Want My Soul
9. Circa Survive – Descensus
8. Mystery Skulls – Forever
7. Banks – Goddess
6. Arkells – High Noon
5. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other
4. Mogwai – Rave Tapes
3. Copeland – Ixora
2. Manchester Orchestra – Cope/Hope
1. Fireworks – Oh, Common Life

 

Greetings_From_California_Album_CoverAlex Bear, Writer
10. New Found Glory – Resurrection
9. Canterbury – Dark Days
8. PVRIS – White Noise
7. Taylor Swift – 1989
6. Against The Current – Infinity
5. Anberlin – Lowborn
4. Candy Hearts – All The Ways You Let Me Down
3. We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids
2. Yellowcard – Lift A Sail
1. The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California

 

Foo Fighters - Sonic HighwaysAlyson Stokes, Writer
10. From Indian Lakes – Absent Sounds
9. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
8. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House
7. Real Estate – Atlas
6. Manchester Orchestra – Cope/Hope
5. Bleachers – Strange Desire
4. Copeland – Ixora
3. Slyvan Esso – S/T
2. Taylor Swift – 1989
1. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

 

Have Mercy - A Place Of Our OwnCatherine Yi, Writer
10. We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids
9. Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time
8. Trash Boat – Look Alive
7. New Found Glory – Resurrection
6. Four Year Strong – Go Down In History
5. Bleachers – Strange Desires
4. Taylor Swift – 1989
3. Elder Brother – Heavy Head
2. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
1. Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own

 

Ed Sheeran - XDanielle DeSisto, Writer
10. The Story So Far – Songs Of
9. 5 Seconds Of Summer – S/T
8. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other
7. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking
6. State Champs – The Acoustic Things
5. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
4. Real Friends – Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
3. One Direction – Four
2. Man Overboard – Passing Ends
1. Ed Sheeran – X

 

The Ready Set - The Bad & The Better (2014)Emillie Marvel, Writer
10. The Maine – Forever Halloween (Deluxe)
9. The Silverwings – Lignum Vitae
8. Handguns – Life Lessons
7. Friends of Foes – Chronophobic
6. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House
5. Nick Santino – Big Skies
4. Nonpoint – The Return
3. Front Porch Step – Whole Again
2. Breathe Carolina – Savages
1. The Ready Set – The Bad & The Better

 

statechampsacousticcd635Emily Yee, Writer
10. Hands Like Houses – Reimagine
9. Bayside – Cult
8. Manchester Orchestra – Cope
7. Turnover – Blue Dream
6. Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter
5. Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is
4. Elder Brother – Heavy Head
3. PVRIS – White Noise
2. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking
1. State Champs – The Acoustic Things

 

Royal Blood - STHannah Pierangelo, Writer
10. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
9. Set It Off – Duality
8. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other
7. Yellowcard – Lift A Sail
6. Manchester Orchestra – Hope
5. Knuckle Puck – While I Stay Secluded
4. State Champs – The Acoustic Things
3. Taylor Swift – 1989
2. PVRIS – White Noise
1. Royal Blood – S/T

 

cavalieryouthJenna Cafora, Writer
10. Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own
9. This Wild Life – Clouded
8. Set It Off – Duality
7. PVRIS – White Noise
6. Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
5. Yellowcard – Life A Sail
4. The Maine – Forever Halloween (Deluxe)
3. Against The Current – Infinity
2. Bayside – Cult
1. You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth

 

the-maine-forever-halloween-deluxeJoseph Britton, Writer
10. Yours Truly – Brutally Honest
9. You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth
8. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
7. Emarosa – Versus
6. Set It Off – Duality
5. The Madden Brothers – Greetings From California
4. Bleachers – Strange Desire
3. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties – We Don’t Have Each Other
2. The Maine – Forever Halloween (Deluxe)
1. Ed Sheeran – X

 

5 Seconds Of Summer - STMorgan Hays, Writer
10. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking
9. One Direction – Four
8. Knuckle Puck – While I Stay Secluded
7. Real Friends – Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
6. 7 Minutes In Heaven – The Statement (Deluxe)
5. Hollywood Ending – Punk A$$ Kids
4. We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids
3. The Maine – Forever Halloween (Deluxe)
2. The Big Time – Imaginary Heart
1. 5 Seconds Of Summer – S/T

 

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - STSam Devotta, Writer
10. The Ready Set – The Bad & The Better
9. The Maine – Forever Halloween (Deluxe)
8. Anberlin – Lowborn
7. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking
6. Nick Santino – Big Skies
5. Twin Atlantic – The Great Divide
4. Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is
3. Crown The Empire – The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways
2. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – S/T
1. You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth

 

Major League - There's Nothing Wrong With MeShelby Chargin, Writer
10. 5 Seconds Of Summer – S/T
9. There For Tomorrow – Nightscape
8. One Direction – Four
7. State Champs – The Acoustic Things
6. Issues – Diamond Dreams Acoustic
5. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness – S/T
4. Taylor Swift – 1989
3. Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own
2. Copeland – Ixora
1. Major League – There’s Nothing Wrong With Me

 

Taylor Swift - 1989Tarynn Law, Writer
10. Amber Run – Pilot
9. Magic Man – Before The Waves
8. Fryars – POWER
7. Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge
6. Meg Myers – Make A Shadow
5. The Griswolds – Be Impressive
4. Noah Gundersen – Ledges
3. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
2. Walk The Moon – TALKING IS HARD
1. Taylor Swift – 1989

 

knuckle puck while I stay secludedTori Bilcik, Writer
10. You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
9. Handguns – Life Lessons
8. A Will Away/Head North – Split
7. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
6. Man Overboard – Passing Ends
5. Neck Deep – Wishful Thinking
4. Forever Came Calling – What Matters Most
3. We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids
2. State Champs – The Acoustic Things
1. Knuckle Puck – While I Stay Secluded

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