MOJO’s 50 Best Albums Of 2014: The Final Score

Our writers pick the cream of this year’s music. Frankly, it’s all amazing.

MOJO's 50 Best Albums of 2014 (New)

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN, when MOJO’s expert writing team are led into the arena, Hunger Games-style, with an array of improvised weaponry and emerge, bruised, battered but exhilarated, with the definitive, stringently interrogated list of the 50 Best Records Of The Year.

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MOJO 254, featuring U2 exclusive and Best Of 2014 CD, on sale in the UK from Wednesday, November 26.

And in 2014, we have one of the most varied selections in aeons. Resurgent legends, indie-psych tyros, avant-R&B pioneers, noir-rock sirens, electro-pop fruggers, Congolese ur-groovers, rising stars and trusted artisans, Golden Gods and grotty rappers from Notts convene at one of the rummest and most riotous Xmas office parties ever.

Flick through our selection, enjoy the audio-visual evidence for these records’ unique marvels, get all het up and tell us what we’ve missed on Twitter and MOJO’s Facebook.

50. Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch

50. Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch

Standout track: What A Wonderful World

49. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love

49. King Creosote – From Scotland With Love

Standout track: Pauper’s Dough

48. Pixies – Indie Cindy

48. Pixies – Indie Cindy

Standout track: Greens And Blues

47. Young Fathers – Dead

47. Young Fathers – Dead

Standout track: Low

46. J Mascis – Tied To A Star

46. J Mascis – Tied To A Star

Standout track: Every Morning

45. Neil Young – A Letter Home

45. Neil Young – A Letter Home

Standout track: If You Could Read My Mind

44. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

44. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home

Standout track: I Keep It To Myself

43. David Kilgour And The Heavy 8s – End Times Undone

43. David Kilgour And The Heavy 8s – End Times Undone

Standout track: Comin’ On

42. Swans – To Be Kind

42. Swans – To Be Kind

Standout track: She Loves Us

41. Lee Gamble – KOCH

41. Lee Gamble – KOCH

Standout track: Motor System

40. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

40. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

Standout track: Brooklyn Baby

39. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

39. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Standout track: Passing Out Pieces

38. Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath

38. Ian William Craig – A Turn Of Breath

Standout track: Red Gate With Starling

37. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Cold World

37. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – Cold World

Standout track: I Earned Mine

36. Flying Lotus – You're Dead!

36. Flying Lotus – You're Dead!

Standout track: Your Potential/The Beyond

35. Nick Mulvey – First Mind

35. Nick Mulvey – First Mind

Standout track: Fever To The Form

34. The Black Keys – Turn Blue

34. The Black Keys – Turn Blue

Standout track: Weight Of Love

33. U2 – Songs Of Innocence

33. U2 – Songs Of Innocence

Standout track: California (There Is No End To Love)

32. Temples – Sun Structures

32. Temples – Sun Structures

Standout track: Keep In The Dark

31. Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business

31. Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Standout track: Istanbul

30. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

30. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

Standout track: Almost Like The Blues

29. Kasai All Stars – Beware The Fetish

29. Kasai All Stars – Beware The Fetish

Standout track: Yangye, The Evil Leopard

28. Real Estate – Atlas

28. Real Estate – Atlas

Standout track: Talking Backwards

27. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

27. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

Standout track: Glitter Recession

26. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

26. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Standout track: I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same

25. Pharrell Williams – GIRL

25. Pharrell Williams – GIRL

Standout track: Gust Of Wind

24. Mirel Wagner – When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

24. Mirel Wagner – When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day

Standout track: The Dirt

23. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused

23. Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused

Standout track: Lullaby

22. Future Islands – Singles

22. Future Islands – Singles

Standout track: A Dream Of You And Me

21. Aphex Twin – Syro

21. Aphex Twin – Syro

Standout track: xmas_EVET10 [120] [thanaton3 mix]

20. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

20. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

Standout track: Europa Geht Durch Mich

19. Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar

19. Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar

Standout track: Turn It Up

18. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

18. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Standout track: The Beigeness

17. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

17. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Standout track: White Fire

16. Wild Beasts – Present Tense

16. Wild Beasts – Present Tense

Standout track: Wanderlust

15. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

15. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Standout track: Turtles All The Way Down

14. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

14. Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Standout track: New York Morning

13. Ty Segall – Manipulator

13. Ty Segall – Manipulator

Standout track: The Faker

12. Caribou – Our Love

12. Caribou – Our Love

Standout track: Your Love Will Set You Free

11. Sharon  Van Etten – Are We There

11. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Standout track: Nothing Will Change

10. The Bug – Angels & Devils

10. The Bug – Angels & Devils

Standout track: Dirty

9. FKA Twigs – LP1

9. FKA Twigs – LP1

Standout track: Two Weeks

8. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

8. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Standout track: Mr Tembo

8. Julie Byrne – Rooms With Walls And Windows

8. Julie Byrne – Rooms With Walls And Windows

Standout track: Holiday

6. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

6. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather

Standout track: Milly’s Garden

5. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

5. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Standout track: Digital Witness

4. Jack White – Lazaretto

4. Jack White – Lazaretto

Standout track: Lazaretto

3. Sleaford Mods – Divide And Exit

3. Sleaford Mods – Divide And Exit

Standout track: Keep Out Of It

2. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

2. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Standout track: Under The Pressure

1. Beck – Morning Phase

1. Beck – Morning Phase

Standout track: Country Down

Get the new MOJO now for the Best Of 2014

Get the new MOJO now for the Best Of 2014

 

You can read the write-ups in the latest MOJO magazine, where you’ll also find in-depth exclusive interviews with U2, Beck, Buzzcocks, Ginger Baker, a celebration of The Who at 50 and a free CD featuring the best tracks from the best albums of the year, including music by Beck, Jack White, Robert Plant, The War On Drugs, Wild Beasts, Sleaford Mods, Caribou and more. It’s called The Best Of 2014, and for good reason.

MOJO 254 is on sale in the UK on Wednesday, November 26.

For MOJO’s 50 Best Reissued Albums Of 2014, click here…