Wondering Sound’s Best of 2014

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 12.08.14 in Features

Over the course of 2014, the Wondering Sound staff has listened to, analyzed and reveled in it all. We fell in love with warped four-track cassette-only bedroom-pop masterpieces and emotive dancehall works. We disappeared into suffocating black metal and found our way back to the light with euphoric hip-hop and dance. We got choked up to plaintive folk and roared along with raucous country. This is the music we loved the most.

(We’ll be adding to this page as we roll out more lists and essays. Check back often for the latest updates.)


Best of 2014
The 100 Best Albums of 2014

Best Songs of 2014
The 75 Best Songs of 2014

The 25 Best Country Albums of 2014

The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2014

Best of R&B
The 25 Best R&B Albums of 2014

Steve Lehman Octet
The 25 Best Jazz Albums of 2014

DJ Rashad
10 Mixes: Looking Back on 2014
Michaelangelo Matos picks the 10 DJ sets that defined 2014.



2014 in Music Film: Questioning the “Tortured Artist”
J. Edward Keyes on why the notion that pain is necessary to create great art is hogwash

Miranda Lambert Takes on the the Bros
Rob Harvilla on the Face of Country in 2014

Latin Roundtable
2014 in Latin Music: Romeo Santos, Regional Dance and Globalization
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.

Meghan Trainor
In 2014, Pop’s Social Gate-Crashers Were Already Inside
Marc Hogan examines the impact of Billboard’s new real-time charts and how the concept of a “one-hit wonder” has changed.

Steve Taylor
My 2014 Soundtrack: J. Edward Keyes
On reconnecting with a favorite artist from my teenage years, who returned at the perfect time

Allo Darlin'
My 2014 Soundtrack: Laura Leebove
On crying at shows, impossibly high expectations and making songs Mean Something

Jenny Lewis
My 2014 Soundtrack: Tess Duncan
On falling out of love with Jenny Lewis, but in love with those influenced by her work

St. Vincent
My 2014 Soundtrack: Lindsay Hood
“When I was faced with the true absurdity of just how little control I have over my own life, Clark’s new wacky persona started to make perfect sense.”

Lana Del Rey
My 2014 Soundtrack: Marc Hogan
On albums as events, changing listening habits and Lana Del Rey

Run the Jewels
My 2014 Soundtrack: Louis Pattison
On becoming a father and being allergic to sentimentality

My 2014 Soundtrack: Philip Sherburne
“If you want to know what song made me feel most alive this year, that’s easy.”