Best of 2014: Who voted for what

BestOf2014

RULES OF PLAY: Each contributor’s top-five list was entered into an excel doc with their picks assigned a point value. For ranked lists, the number one album was issued five points, the number two album was issued four points, three was three, four was two, five was one. For lists submitted in no particular order (the “equally-ranked lists” you’ll see below), each album was issued three points. My picks were given the same weight as everybody else’s. This is the hard data, the math, and math tells us that Cayetana ruled 2014. – John Vettese, editor 

Dotun Akintoye, contributing writer (equally-ranked list)

EMA – The Future’s Void
Ratking – So It Goes
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
SZA – Z
Wussy – Attica

Rachel Barrish, contributing photographer

1. TV On the Radio – Seeds
2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
3. Banks – Goddess
4. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
5. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Kate Bracaglia, contributing writer

1. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
2. Spoon – They Want My Soul
3. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
4. Real Estate – Atlas
5. tUnE-yArDs – NikkiNack

Rachel Del Sordo, contributing photographer

1. Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
2. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
3. The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
4. Taylor Swift – 1989
5. Elvis Depressedly – Halo Pleasures

Joe Del Tufo, contributing photographer

1. Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
2. War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
3. Noah Gundersen – Ledges
4. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
5. Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy

Beth Ann Downey, contributing writer

1. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
2. Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
3. The Menzingers – Rented World
4. Restorations – LP3
5. Chumped – Teenage Retirement

Maura Filoromo, contributing writer

1. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
2. Oh! Pears – Wild Part of the World
3. Angel Olsen – Burn your Fire for No Witness
4. Crabapple – Is It You?
5. Phantogram – Voices

Rob Huff, contributing writer

1. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
2. FKA Twigs – LP1
3. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
4. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
5. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Skye Leppo, contributing writer (equally-ranked list)

Bleachers – Strange Desire
Broken Bells – After the Disco
Future Islands – Singles
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Jessie Ware – Tough Love

Julie Miller, editorial assistant (equally-ranked list)

Alex G – DSU
Marco Benevento – Swift
Clique – Clique
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Roof Doctor – Mobile Freedom Home

Michelle Montgomery, contributing photographer (equally-ranked list)
Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
Hozier – Hozier
Strand of Oaks – HEAL
TV On the Radio – Seeds
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Cameron Pollack, contributing photographer

1. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
2. Taylor Swift – 1989
3. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss it All
4. Porter Robinson – Worlds
5. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Sameer Rao, contributing writer

1. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
2. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
3. Restorations – LP3
4. Banks – Goddess
5. SZA – Z

Matthew Shaver, contributing photographer

1. Phantogram – Voices
2. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
3. Braid – No Coast
4. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Pinata
5. Afghan Whigs – Do To the Beast

Chris Sikich, contributing photographer

1. Tweedy – Sukierae
2. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing…
3. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
4. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
5. Mirah – Changing Light

Marc Snitzer, contributing writer (equally-ranked list)
Alvvays – Alvvays
Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
Restorations – LP3
The Hotelier – Home, Like No Place Is There
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

John Vettese, editor

1. Cayetana – Nervous Like Me
2. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
4. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
5. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All

Maureen Walsh, contributing writer

1. Eno / Hyde – Maybe World
2. Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once
3. Strand of Oaks – HEAL
4. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust
5. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

Brian Wilensky, contributing writer (equally-ranked list)

Kevin Morby – Still Live
Quilt – Held In Splendor
Sheer Mag – Sheer Mag
The People’s Temple – Musical Garden
Tomorrow’s Tulips – When

Bryne Yancey, contributing writer

1. Hard Girls – A Thousand Surfaces
2. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
3. Floor – Oblation
4. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
5. Restorations – LP3

Jeremy Zimmerman, contributing photographer

1. Foxing – The Albatross
2. Sun Club – Dad Claps at the Mom Prom
3. Alvvays – Alvvays
4. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss it All
5. The Menzingers – Rented World