These are great lists, you guys. I can't wait to check out what I don't know.
I know mine falls under the same ol' same ol' category but I've got to just stay true to what I like the most with these lists. I feel like if I ever try to put a record where I know it 'should' be, I almost feel guilty for going against my gut. In the end my list is just the records that moved me the most this year.
Man this was hard. A lot of shuffling and adding and removing. I'm not sure if the fact that there are 10-12 here that I haven't seen on other lists means I have crappy taste in music, but in the end it was fun to put together.
1 Alt-J - An Awesome Wave 2 Father John Misty - Fear Fun 3 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 4 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city 5 Django Django - Django Django 6 Tame Impala - Lonerism 7 Jessie Ware - Devotion 8 Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing 9 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan 10 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again 11 Chromatics - Kill For Love 12 Lumineers - Lumineers 13 METZ - METZ 14 Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar 15 Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man 16 El-P - Cancer 4 Cure 17 Baroness - Yellow and Green 18 Jack White - Blunderbuss 19 Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America 20 DIIV - Oshin 21 Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music 22 Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now? 23 XX - Coexist 24 Kishi Bashi - 151a 25 Dead Can Dance - Anastasis 26 Twin Shadow - Confess 27 Woods - Bend Beyond 28 Stars - The North 29 Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist 30 First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar 31 Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls 32 Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon 33 Joey Bada$$ - 1999 34 Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes 35 Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit 36 Exitmusic - Passage 37 Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard 38 Grizzly Bear - Shields 39 Lee Fields and the Expressions - Faithful Man 40 The Men - Open Your Heart 41 Grimes - Visions 42 Julia Holter - Ekstasis 43 Matthew E. White - Big Inner 44 Andy Stott - Luxury Problems 45 Japandroids - Celebration Rock 46 Ben Howard - Every Kingdom 47 Purity Ring - Shrines 48 Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind 49 Death Grips - The Money Store 50 Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
Honorable Mentions - all of these were tentatively on the list at some point, but had to get cut in the final analysis:
Daphni - Jiaolong Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal Cat Power - Sun Walkmen - Heaven King Tuff - King Tuff Sigur Ros - Valtari Gary Clark Jr - Blak and Blu Beach House - Bloom Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill Angel Olsen - Half Way Home
"The problem with GnR is that they suck. The songs suck. Even when they were in their prime they sucked. Remnants of an era of misogynistic sunset strip garbage. Bros who dressed like girls but still acted like high school jocks.