Q’s Top 50 Albums Of 2014

albums of the year

We gave you the chance to vote for your favourite music of 2014 at this year’s Xperia Access Q Awards – now it’s the turn of Q’s writers.

Our new issue, Q342 out today (25 November), not only features the stories of the year by the artists that made them, but it includes the Q’s Albums Of 2014, as voted for by us.

Get the new issue of Q now, in print or on digital, for the full year-spanning, genre-crossing review of 2014, but in the meantime have a look at the essential 50 albums that made the grade this year.

50. Jungle - Jungle

50. Jungle - Jungle

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49. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

49. Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

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48. La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

48. La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

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47. Spoon - They Want My Soul

47. Spoon - They Want My Soul

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46. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

46. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

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45. Warpaint - Warpaint

45. Warpaint - Warpaint

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44. U2 - Songs Of Innocence

44. U2 - Songs Of Innocence

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43. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

43. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

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42. Robert Plant - Lullaby And…The Ceaseless Roar

42. Robert Plant - Lullaby And…The Ceaseless Roar

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41. The  Black Keys - Turn Blue

41. The Black Keys - Turn Blue

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40. Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals

40. Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals

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39. Ty Segall - Manipulator

39. Ty Segall - Manipulator

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38. Johnny Marr - Playland

38. Johnny Marr - Playland

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37. Baxter Dury -  It’s A Pleasure

37. Baxter Dury - It’s A Pleasure

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36. Temples - Sun Structures

36. Temples - Sun Structures

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35. Real Estate - Atlas

35. Real Estate - Atlas

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34. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

34. Wild Beasts - Present Tense

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33. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

33. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

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32. The Bug - Angels & Devils

32. The Bug - Angels & Devils

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31. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

31. Mogwai - Rave Tapes

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30. Gruff Rhys - American Interior

30. Gruff Rhys - American Interior

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29. Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

29. Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

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28. Kasabian - 48:13

28. Kasabian - 48:13

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27. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

27. Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

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26. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

26. Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

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25.  Ed Sheeran - X

25. Ed Sheeran - X

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24. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down

24. Kate Tempest - Everybody Down

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23. Jack White - Lazaretto

23. Jack White - Lazaretto

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22. Caribou - Our Love

22. Caribou - Our Love

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21. East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER

21. East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER

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20. Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit

20. Sleaford Mods - Divide And Exit

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19. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

19. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

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18. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

18. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love

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17. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

17. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

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16. Royal Blood - Royal Blood

16. Royal Blood - Royal Blood

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15. The Horrors - Luminous

15. The Horrors - Luminous

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14. Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours

14. Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours

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13. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

13. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour

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12. Interpol - El Pintor

12. Interpol - El Pintor

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11. Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

11. Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

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10. Aphex Twin - Syro

10. Aphex Twin - Syro

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9. Future Islands - Singles

9. Future Islands - Singles

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8. FKA Twigs - LP1

8. FKA Twigs - LP1

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7. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

7. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

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6. St Vincent - St Vincent

6. St Vincent - St Vincent

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5. Beck - Morning Phase

5. Beck - Morning Phase

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4.  Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

4. Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

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3. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

3. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

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2. Alt-J - This Is All Yours

2. Alt-J - This Is All Yours

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1. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

1. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

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  • Alexa_Ness

    Great to see Wild Beasts, Sharon van Etten and The War on Drugs included – but I can only guess that Q did not listen to Strand of Oaks’ HEAL at all this year.
    And I’m quite sure Night Time, My Time was released in mid-2013.

  • Q Magazine

    It was released on 17 March in the UK, so eligible for our list. Two great records too, unfortunately they missed out in the vote

  • Smethus

    What did Coldplay Ghost Stories get star-wise earlier this year? Thought I’d see it on the list (despite not being as strong as their previous stuff)

  • Klara Anderhagen Holmes

    Didn’t find either – completely agree with you though, probably my least favorite Coldplay album.

  • gangu

    Alexa Ness is right Strand of Oaks – ‘Heal’ was amazing this year

  • JimmyFrisco

    What about Bombay Bicycle Club?

  • Luis Ángel Muñoz Gutiérrez

    Where the hell is “Goddes” by BANKS?!

  • http://thesyn.com Jerry Rubino

    No Catfish And The Bottlemen? Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal? The Rifles? Tigers Jaw? (Real Estate, Spoon and Temples, NICE!)

  • bamusbatisbarns

    Fiture Islands.

  • Scott McLennan

    Thom Yorke earns a three-star review in Q341 but makes it to the top 50? The old duffer is surely just coasting on reputation to have cracked this list above the likes of Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li and Royksopp & Robyn…

  • Switzerland

    what happened with Ghost Stories? didn’t you get a promo and this is the result? but anyway, very nice list. love Lost in the Dream. i can get lost in that sound and listen to it again and again. it was as well the concert of the year.

  • raimac

    Timber Timbre?

  • tribent

    No Opeth. no Machine Head, no Devin Townsend… Q rocks ?

  • Blastcat

    not liking spotify at all. I don’t like facebook or spotify. I just want to hear the damn music.

  • nolanwinkler

    SINGLES…..x50!!!!

  • sheila

    I quite like the list. Although I think you put Alt-J way too high, and really underrated U2’s Songs of Innocence (like most of today’s media, unfortunately).

  • Natasha Johnson

    How to Save Your Relationship And Marriage from Divorce or broke up

    An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Natasha Johnson,i live in Florida,USA,and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn’t love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Brave for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {bravespellcaster@gmail.com}, Thanks….,,,

  • Gabriel Tiller

    When I saw who was Number 1, I punched the air in excitement. So happy to see such an incredible band recognised like this.

  • Maaaaanix

    What about those lamewads?

  • Maaaaanix

    Exactly.

  • Kate Markg

    hello

  • Kate Markg

    nice one

  • Kate Markg

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  • Joes Candra

    I am joes candra, I promise to share this testimony all over the world once my boyfriend return back to me, and today with all due respect i want to thank DR.OSAUYI for bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family. I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is real and genuine. I never believed in any of these things until i loosed my boyfriend, I required help until i found a grate spell caster, And he cast a love spell for me, and he assured me that I will get my boyfriend back in two days after the spell has been cast. Three days later, my phone rang, and so shockingly, it was my boyfriend who has not called me for past 6 years now, and made an apology for the heart break, and told me that he is ready to be my back bone till the rest of his life with me. DR.OSAUYI released him up to know how much i loved and wanted him. And opened his eyes to picture how much we have share together. As I`m writing this testimony right now I`m the most happiest girl on earth and me and my boyfriend is living a happy life and our love is now stronger than how it were even before our break up. So that`s why I promised to share my testimony all over the universe.All thanks goes to DR.OSAUYI for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is the email address in any situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too.OROSAUYILOVESPELL@OUTLOOK.COM that is his email address bye or you can call is hot line on+2347064294395http://osauyilovespelll.webs.com/…

  • Joes Candra

    I am joes candra, I promise to share this testimony all over the world once my boyfriend return back to me, and today with all due respect i want to thank DR.OSAUYI for bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family. I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is real and genuine. I never believed in any of these things until i loosed my boyfriend, I required help until i found a grate spell caster, And he cast a love spell for me, and he assured me that I will get my boyfriend back in two days after the spell has been cast. Three days later, my phone rang, and so shockingly, it was my boyfriend who has not called me for past 6 years now, and made an apology for the heart break, and told me that he is ready to be my back bone till the rest of his life with me. DR.OSAUYI released him up to know how much i loved and wanted him. And opened his eyes to picture how much we have share together. As I`m writing this testimony right now I`m the most happiest girl on earth and me and my boyfriend is living a happy life and our love is now stronger than how it were even before our break up. So that`s why I promised to share my testimony all over the universe.All thanks goes to DR.OSAUYI for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is the email address in any situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too.OROSAUYILOVESPELL@OUTLOOK.COM that is his email address bye or you can call is hot line on+2347064294395http://osauyilovespelll.webs.com/

  • Vivian Adam

    Vivian After being in marriage with Clem
    for 8 years,he broke up our marriage, I did everything possible to bring
    our marriage back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much
    because of the love I have for him and for our two kinds, just to make a
    better mom to our kinds, and to protect my family. I begged him with
    everything even with the name of our kinds, I made promises but he
    refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that
    I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell
    to bring our marriage back but I am the type that never believed in
    spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he
    told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before four
    days, that my husband will return to me before four days, he cast the
    spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My husband
    called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he says was
    that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he is very very
    sorry for the pains he has put me and with our kinds, that he wanted us
    to return to him, that he loves us so much. I was so happy and went to
    him with our kinds, that was how we started living together happily
    again as one family, Since then I have made promise that anybody I know
    that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by
    referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who
    helped me with my own marriage problems and who is different from all
    the other ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell
    caster, his email and his cell phone contact.
    dr.aromospelltemple@gmail.com 2348101571054 you can email him if you
    need his assistance in your relationship or any other problem

  • George Anderson

    I HAVE FOLLOWED MOST OF THESE CRAPS AND GOT SCAMMED. I EVEN SEE SOME OF THEM REWRITING WHAT I WROTE ON THE NET.
    MOST OF THESE PEOPLE TELLING YOU FAKE TESTIMONIES AND FOR YOU TO BEWARE OF THIS AND BEWARE OF THAT ARE BUNCH OF CRAPS AND SCAMS.
    THE ONLY MAN YOU CAN ACTUALLY TRUST ON SPELL IS DR MALAIKA HIS EMAIL IS odogwumalaika@gmail.com, I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT HIM RIGHT HERE IN THE STATES IF POSSIBLE.
    HE DID A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS WHICH I WON’T REALLY MENTION HERE BUT THE MOST OF WHAT HE DID FOR ME WAS HELP ME OUT OF CANCER
    AND ALSO HELPED ME GOT BACK MY JOB AND MY MARRIAGE. HE IS GREAT AND I MET HIM OVER THE INTERNET JUST AS EVERY OTHER PERSON HAS TESTIFIED
    BUT HE IS ACTUALLY REAL AND A VERY GOOD SPELL CASTER. I’M STILL VERY MUCH INDEBTED TO DR MALAIKA FOR SAVING MY LIFE
    AND MY MARRIAGE. I WANT TO LET YA ALL KNOW THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT THIS DUDE.
    HIS EMAIL CONTACT IS odogwumalaika@gmail.com THE MOBILE IS +2347065448120.

  • George Anderson

    I HAVE FOLLOWED MOST OF THESE CRAPS AND GOT SCAMMED. I EVEN SEE SOME OF THEM REWRITING WHAT I WROTE ON THE NET.
    MOST OF THESE PEOPLE TELLING YOU FAKE TESTIMONIES AND FOR YOU TO BEWARE OF THIS AND BEWARE OF THAT ARE BUNCH OF CRAPS AND SCAMS.
    THE ONLY MAN YOU CAN ACTUALLY TRUST ON SPELL IS DR MALAIKA HIS EMAIL IS odogwumalaika@gmail.com, I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT HIM RIGHT HERE IN THE STATES IF POSSIBLE.
    HE DID A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS WHICH I WON’T REALLY MENTION HERE BUT THE MOST OF WHAT HE DID FOR ME WAS HELP ME OUT OF CANCER
    AND ALSO HELPED ME GOT BACK MY JOB AND MY MARRIAGE. HE IS GREAT AND I MET HIM OVER THE INTERNET JUST AS EVERY OTHER PERSON HAS TESTIFIED
    BUT HE IS ACTUALLY REAL AND A VERY GOOD SPELL CASTER. I’M STILL VERY MUCH INDEBTED TO DR MALAIKA FOR SAVING MY LIFE
    AND MY MARRIAGE. I WANT TO LET YA ALL KNOW THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRY ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT THIS DUDE.
    HIS EMAIL CONTACT IS odogwumalaika@gmail.com THE MOBILE IS +2347065448120

  • Mr.Johnson Brown

    Good news to everyone out here,

    How to Fix a Broken Relationship 100% Powerful and Genuine Spell Caster” My name is Mr.Johnson Brown from France and I am a 59 years old. I was married to Mrs.Helen Baines Johnson and I’m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn’t love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{salvationlovetemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn’t call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to “bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Sam for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again. salvationlovetemple@gmail.com, Thanks..,,,