BEST OF 2014 Clockwise from top left: EMA, Sturgill Simpson, Stephen Steinbrink, the War on Drugs.

1. EMA, The Future's Void
2. Stephen Steinbrink, Arranged Waves
3. Nicholas Krgovich, On Sunset/On Cahuenga
4. Blowout, We All Float Down Here
5. Silver Shadows, Silver Shadows EP
—Joshua James Amberson

1. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
2. Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings
3. Bill Callahan, Have Fun with God
4. Blake Mills, Heigh Ho
5. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso
—Robin Bacior

1. Róisín Murphy, Mi Senti
2. The Vickers, Ghosts
3. Whirr, Sway
4. Urban Arts Berlin, Synthesis Vol. 1
5. Johnny Marr, Playland
—Christina Broussard

1. Naturally Grown Misfits, The Art of Ignorance
2. Samarei, Best in Class
3. Jellyfish Brigade, Diving Lessons
4. Elton Cray, Cralien: Life of Mine Vol. 1 mixtape
5. Milc & Slick Devious, Lightly Salted
—Ryan Feigh

1. Aphex Twin, Syro
2. Agalloch, The Serpent and the Sphere
3. Cut Hands, Festival of the Dead
4. Eric Revis, In Memory of Things Yet Seen
5. Total Control, Typical System
—Robert Ham

1. Hiss Golden Messenger, Lateness of Dancers
2. Future, Honest
3. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
4. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Cold World
5. YG, My Krazy Life
—Santi Elijah Holley

1. Taylor Swift, 1989
2. Taylor Swift, 1989
3. Taylor Swift, 1989
4. Taylor Swift, 1989
5. Taylor Swift, 1989
—Wm. Steven Humphrey

1. Alvvays, Alvvays
2. Reigning Sound, Shattered
3. PAWS, Youth Culture Forever
4. Mike Sempert, Mid Dream
5. Carsick Cars, 3
—Ned Lannamann

1. Total Control, Typical System
2. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
3. Slough Feg, Digital Resistance
4. Nightfell, The Living Ever Mourn
5. Biblical, Monsoon Season
—Mark Lore

1. EMA, The Future's Void
3. Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams
4. Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita
5. Woods, With Light and with Love
—Jeremy Petersen

1. Ty Segall, Manipulator
2. Courtney Barnett, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
3. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
4. The Wytches, Annabel Dream Reader
5. Together Pangea, Badillac
—Ryan J. Prado

1. Gold-Bears, Dalliance
2. Haley Bonar, Last War
3. Skull Fist, Chasing the Dream
4. Stephen Steinbrink, Arranged Waves
5. Sweetz P, #Liferrrs Guide to Watching Porn without Headphones mixtape
—Ben Salmon

1. Ex Hex, Rips
2. The Hotelier, Home, Like Noplace Is There
3. LVL UP, Hoodwink'd
4. Radiator Hospital, Torch Song
5. Ruby Fray, Grackle
—Chipp Terwilliger

1. Hard Girls, A Thousand Surfaces
2. Bob Mould, Beauty and Ruin
3. U Sco, Treffpunkt
4. Joyce Manor, Never Hungover Again
5. Rozwell Kid, Too Shabby
—Morgan Troper