A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2014

OK, I know it’s already weeks into 2015 and the last time I published, well, anything here was almost 2 years ago, I felt the urge to share my list of favorites from the past year, 2014. This is by no means definitive, but does represent the music I really enjoyed listening to over and over…

First, the 50 songs that spent a lot of time in my playlists:

# Song Artist
1 Inside Out Spoon
2 Blue Moon Beck
3 Left Hand Free Alt-J
4 Home (Leave The Lights On) Field Report
5 Talking Backwards Real Eastate
6 Mr. Tembo Damon Albarn
7 I Don’t Know You Anymore Bob Mould
8 Gimme Something Good Ryan Adams
9 Milwaukee The Both
10 Protection Lucinda Williams
11 Rise Up Singing Trigger Hippy
12 Longer Than You’ve Been Alive Old 97’s
13 Digital Witness St. Vincent
14 Seasons (Waiting for You Future Islands
15 Zig Zagging Toward the Light Conor Oberst
16 From Eden Hozier
17 Stolen Dance Milky Chance
18 Make You Better The Decemberists
19 Violent Shiver Benjamin Booker
20 Low Key Tweedy
21 Ben’s My Friend Sun Kil Moon
22 Under the Pressure War On Drugs
23 Green and Blues The Pixies
24 Algiers Afghan Wigs
25 Avant Gardiner Courtney Barnett
26 Forgiven/Forgotten Angel Olsen
27 She’s Not Me Jenny Lewis
28 The Worst is Yet to Come Keb Mo
29 Almost Like the Blues Leonard Cohem
30 Champions of Red Wine New Pornigraphers
31 Taking Chances Sharon Van Etten
32 Let Her Go Mac DeMarco
33 Shelter Songe Temples
34 Happy Idiot TV on the Radio
35 Make it Easy We Are Scientists
36 Lake Victorian Holocaust Marianne Faithful
37 I’m Not Part of Me Cloud Nothings
38 Puline Hawkins Drive By Truckers
39 The Long Way Around Jackson Browne
40 U Get Me High Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
41 Dark Sunglasses Chrissie Hynde
42 Nothing to Lose But Your Head Augustines
43 Lost Boys and Girls Club Dum Dum Girls
44 Waited My Whole Life Cracker
45 Supernova Ray LaMontagne
46 Another Story The Head and the Heart
47 Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the future Mike Doughty
48 All This Could Be Yours Cold War Kids
49 Hot Tonite Tokyo Police Club
50 I Miss Your Bones Hospitality

And, the 20 albums I enjoyed most:

# Album Artist
1 Morning Phase Beck
2 They Want My Soul Spoon
3 Lost in the Dream War On Drugs
4 Ryan Adams Ryan Adams
5 Most Messed Up Old 97’s
6 Hozier Hozier
7 Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone Lucinda Williams
8 Standing in the Breach Jackson Browne
9 Bluesamericana Keb Mo
10 Atlas Real Estate
11 Salad Days Mac Demarco
12 Trigger Hippy Trigger Hippy
13 Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
14 Upside Down Mountain Conor Oberst
15 Brill Bruisers New Pornographers
16 Seeds TV On The Radio
17 Are We There Sharon Van Etten
18 Burn Your Fire Angel Olsen
19 Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker
20 Everyday Robots Damon Albarn
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