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According to 600 music critics, these were the best albums and songs of 2014

on January 13, 2015, 3:05pm

Pazz and Jop (not to be confused with Philzz Jop) is an annual survey conducted by The Village Voice which polls 600-plus music critics on their favorite music of the year. The results for 2014 went live today. (Full disclosure: several CoS staff members and contributors participated in the poll.)

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, which was released just weeks before the ballot’s deadline, was crowned Pazz and Jop’s No. 1 album of 2014. The R&B crooner’s first album in 14 years received a total score of 2,008 points. In second place was Run the Jewels’ RTJ2, followed by The War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream, St. Vincent’s St. Vincent, and FKA twigs’ LP1.

On the songs front, Future Islands’ “Seasons (Waiting on You)” earned the No. 1 spot (just as it did here at Consequence of Sound). FKA twigs’ “Two Weeks” was No. 2, Taylor Swift claimed both No. 3 and No. 4 with “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off”, respectively, and Kendrick Lamar’s new single “i” came in at No. 5.

Check out the top 20 albums and songs below and see the full list at Village Voice’s website.

Pazz and Jop’s Top Albums of 2014:
01. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
02. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
03. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
04. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
05. FKA twigs – LP1
06. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
07. Taylor Swift – 1989
08. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
09. Spoon – They Want My Soul
10. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
11. Ex Hex – Rips
12. Miranda Lambert – Platinum
13. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
14. Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Tastes
15.  Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
16. Beck – Morning Phase
17. Aphex Twin – Syro
18. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
19. Swans – To Be Kind
20. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Pazz and Jop’s Top Songs of 2014:
01. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
02. FKA twigs – “Two Weeks”
03. Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
04. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”
05. Kendrick Lamar – “i”
06. ILoveMakonnen feat. Drake – “Tuesday”
07. Sia – “Chandelier”
08. Charli XCX – “Boom Clap
09. Beyonce – “***Flawless”
09. DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
11. Perfume Genius – “Queen”
11. Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me”
13. Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
14. St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”
15. Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
16. Future feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino – “Move That Dope”
17. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
17. Run the Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha – “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)”
17. tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”
17. The War on Drugs – “Red Eyes”