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Napster's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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Napster's Top 50 Albums of 2014

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If you thought 2014 was all booty anthems, beer salutes and Iggy Azalea, this list proves otherwise -- thankfully. Per usual, the Napster editorial team -- made up of over a dozen music experts and fanatics -- compiled one of the most diverse "best of" lists you'll come across, one that traverses myriad countries, territories, genres and sounds. It's hard to detect one running theme here, when big stars like Miranda Lambert, Jack White and Lana Del Rey rub shoulders with vibrant newcomers (FKA twigs, Angel Olsen), longstanding veterans (Beck, Aphex Twin, Leonard Cohen, Roscoe Mitchell), a Pulitzer Prize winner (John Luther Adams), and global stars from Haiti, Mali, Uruguay and beyond. Without further ado, here's Napster's Top 50 Albums of 2014; click on the album titles to listen while reading a handy review of each pick. And be sure to click play on the playlist to get a taste of every album mentioned here. Enjoy!

1) Miranda Lambert, Platinum
2) Flying Lotus, You're Dead!
3) St. Vincent, St. Vincent
4) FKA twigs, LP1
5) Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
6) Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2
7) tUnE-yArDs, Nikki Nack
8) Azealia Banks, Broke with Expensive Taste
9) Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
10) The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
11) Angaleena Presley, American Middle Class
12) Beck, Morning Phase
13) Various Artists, Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978
14) Pharmakon, Bestial Burden
15) Sleaford Mods, [Chubbed Up+]
16) Neneh Cherry, Blank Project
17) Charlie Haden, Charlie Haden / Jim Hall
18) Aphex Twin, Syro
19) Parquet Courts, [Sunbathing Animal]
20) Spoon, They Want My Soul
21) Eric Church, The Outsiders
22) Caribou, Our Love
23) YG, My Krazy Life
24) The Lions, This Generation in Dub
25) Grouper, Ruins
26) Jack White, Lazaretto
27) No Te Va Gustar, El Tiempo Otra Vez Avanza
28) Black Space Riders, D:REI
29) The Pretty Reckless, Going to Hell
30) Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems
31) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Piñata
32) Tinariwen, Emmaar
33) Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness
34) Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring
35) August Alsina, Testimony
36) Moodymann, Moodymann
37) Jenny Lewis, The Voyager
38) Serengeti, Kenny Dennis III
39) Sunny Sweeney, Provoked
40) Popcaan, Where We Come From
41) Ray LaMontagne, Supernova
42) Seattle Symphony Orchestra, John Luther Adams: Beyond Ocean
43) Calle 13, MultiViral
44) Electric Wizard, Time to Die
45) Roscoe Mitchell, Conversations II
46) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want
47) Wadada Leo Smith, Red Hill
48) Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty
49) La Roux, Trouble in Paradise
50) Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband

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