This is something I’ve done annually since I had an active MySpace account. I make this list for myself every year but I thought I’d share my humble opinion on my likes and dislikes, favorites and annoyances, embarrassments and judgement-free jams.

This is what I thought of the music that consumed my ears for all of 2014. Enjoy!

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Favorite ALBUMS of the year [in no particular order]:
-The Black Keys “Turn Blue”
-Run the Jewels “Run the Jewels 2”
-Kelis “Food”
-Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour”
-Lana Del Rey “Ultraviolence”
-FKA TWIGS “LP1”
-BANKS “Goddess”
-TV on the Radio “Seeds”
-Toro y Moi “Michael”
-Big Krit “Cadillactica”
-Alt J “This is All Yours”
-Flying Lotus “You’re Dead!”
-Beck “Morning Phase”
-J Cole “2014 Forest Hill Drive” (still listening to this one but already in love)
-D’Angelo “Black Messiah (still listening to this one but already in love)

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ALBUMS that deserve honorable mention:
-Karen O “Crush Songs”
-Foster the People “Supermodel”
-Jenny Lewis “The Voyager”
-Childish Gambino “STN MNT”
-SBTRKT “Transitions EP”
-Eminem “Shady XV”
-Azelia Banks “Broke with Expensive Taste”
-SZA “Z”
-School Boy Q “Oxymoron”
-Young Thug/Bloody Jay “Black Portland”
-Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint”

ALBUMS I need to devote more time to, but I’m enjoying:
-Ariel Pink “pom pom”
-St. Vincent “St. Vincent”
-Spoon “They Want My Soul”
-Future Islands “Singles”

Favorite SONGS of the year:
-Alcset ft. Neil Halstead Slowdive “Away”
-Asher Roth “Tangerine Girl”
-Sylvan Esso “Hey Mami”
-DWNTWN “Skins”
-Zhu “Paradise Awaits”
-De Lux “Better at Making Time”
-Phantogram “Fall in Love”
-ODESZA “Without You”
-ODESZA “My Friends Never Say Die”
-Vince Staples “Hands Up”
-Future ft. Pharrell, Pusha T “Move That Dope”
-Cathedrals “In the Dark”
-Rustie ft. Danny Brown”Attak”

-Honne “Warm on a Cold Night”
-Grimes “Go”
-Galimatias “Ocean Floor Kisses”
-TI “If it Ain’t About the Money”
-Drake “How About Now”
-SZA ft. Kendrick Lamar “Babylon”
-The Kooks “Sweet Emotions”
-Schoolboy Q “Studio”
-School Boy Q “Hell of a Night”
-Young Jeezy ft. Jay-Z “Seen It All”
-Slow Magic “Hold Still”
-Slow Magic “Girls”
-Beyonce “Partition” “Drunk in Love” “Blow” “Flawless” (2013/2014)
-RL Grime “Core”
-Rick Ross ft.Big Sean, Kanye West “Sanctified”
-Mr. Twin Sister “In the House of Yes”
-Mr. Twin Sister “Blush”
-K. Flay “Can’t Sleep”
-Niia “Body”
-The Drums “I Can’t Pretend”
-Oh Land “Head Up High”
-Nicki Minaj ft. Lil’ Wayne and Drake “Only”
-Nicki Minaj “Lookin’ Ass”
-Propain ft. Rich Homie Quan “Two Rounds”

Favorite GUILTY PLEASURES of the year:
-Riff Raff “Neon Icon”
-Seven Streeter “It Won’t Stop” and remix featuring Chris Brown
-Nick Jonas “Jealous”
-Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”

-Clean Bandit “Rather Be”
-David Guetta “Bad”
-ILOVEMAKONNEN ft. Drake “Tuesday”
-OG Maco “U Guessed It”
-Bobby Shmurda “Hot Nigga”
-Mario ft. Nicki Minaj “Somebody Else”
-Que “OG Bobby Johnson”
-Chuck Inglish “Legs”
-Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg “Wiggle”
-Mariah Carey “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse”
-Jeremih “Don’t Tell Em”
-Trey Songz “Foreign”
-Skrillex ft. Chance the Rapper “Coast is Clear”
-Jason Derulo “Talk Dirty to Me”
-Usher “Good Kisser”
-Lady Gaga “Applause”
-Ty$ “Paranoid”
-Ed Sheeran “Sing”

-50 Cent ft. Trey Songz “Smoke”
-Rae Sremmurd “No Flex Zone”
-Rae Sremmurd “No Type”
-Justin Beiber “Confident”
-Taylor Swift “1989”
-Tove Lo “High All the Time”
-Charlie XCX “Boom Clap”
-Kendrick Lamar “i”
-Jhene Aiko “To Love & Die”
-The Shmoney Dance
-Drake “Trophies”
-Magic! “Be So Rude”
-DeJ Loaf “Try Me”
-Calvin Harris “Blame”
-Kylie Minogue “Kiss me Once”
-Big Sean “IDFWU”
-Nicki Minaj “Anaconda”
-Iggy Azelia “Fancy”
-Milky Chance “Stolen Dance”
-All things DJ Mustard ie “Turn Down for What”

Favorite SOUNDTRACKS of the year:
-The Fault in Our Stars OST
-The Hunger Games Mocking Jay part 1 OST

Favorite LIVE ACTS of the year:
-Lauryn Hill @ Free Press Summer Fest KOL X 4 (1)
-Vampire Weekend @ Free Press Summer Fest
-Die Antwoord @ Free Press Summer Fest
-Local Natives @ Cynthia Woods Pavilion
-Kings of Leon @ Cynthia Woods Pavilion
-Elliphant @ Fitzgerald’s
-The Ahalla-Las @Fitzgerald’s
-Against Me! @ Warehouse Live
-Common and Jay Electronica @ Warehouse Live

Favorite MUSIC VIDEOS of the year:
Sia “Chandelier”

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar “Never Catch Me”

Fyfe “For You”

Pharrell “Gust of Wind”

Beyonce “7/11”

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Shamir “On the Regular”

Kiesza “Hideaway”

OVER IT:
-Kim-Ye as a couple
-Azelia Banks steady acting like a jack ass on Twitter especially her ignorant comments on race – TAKE 1,000 SEATS AND JUST MAKE MUSIC
-Azelia v TI Beef; Iggy v Snoop Dogg Beef
-Vogue naming Iggy Azelia “Queen of Rap” over Nicki Minaj or anyone else in general
-Iggy Azelia
-Macklemore winning any Grammys at all
-Annie Lennox calling out Beyonce as not a feminist
-The constant debate whether or not Beyonce is a feminist or not (SHE IS, DROP IT)
-Solange-Jay-Z-Bey elevator-gate and the swirl of divorce rumors spun from said event
-Pharrell and his “new Black” comments; Pharrell justifying the lack of dark Black girls on his album cover for “Girl”
-Katy Perry and multiple offenses of cultural appropriation
-Ariana Grande and her Barbie-hair, horse-like ponytail
-Gwen Paltrow forever being salty and shading ex-husband Coldplay’s Chris Martin
-Courtney Love using her late husband Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain to harass Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and everyone else in the industry while trying to stay relevant
-Big Sean ending his engagement to Naya Rivera only to be with Ariana Grande
-Idiots attacking FKA Twigs on social medias for dating Robert Pattinson
-Leighton Meester and Scarlett Johansson and Zoey Deschanel continually trying to convince the public that they’re talented singers
-Jack White continually being a judgmental, pompous ass (though he makes excellent music)
-Ciara and Future naming their son Future…
-Justin Beiber continually to be a jackass in every part of his existence ie being part of Mayweather’s “Money Team” *eye roll*
-Chris Brown’s sensitivity- He damn near killed a woman, regardless of the circumstances (which none of us will ever know fully) people will have opinions of you as a human being from now until the end of time. This is your own fault.
-Chris vs Drake vs Keruchae (or however you spell her name) social media break up fiasco

KUDOS TO:
-Gwen Stefani for posting the most flawless pro-breastfeeding photo on Instagram
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-Taylor Swift being in on her own jokes and embracing the fact that she was never a country singer- just a pop star in cowboy boots singing with a twang
-Countless women in music standing up for other women in music and otherwise and feminism as a whole including Yonce, Nicki Minaj, Sky Ferria, Lorde etc
-Rihanna for returning to instagram #freethenipple
-Kelly Rowland becoming a mother
-Beyonce surpassing Dolly Parton becoming the most nominated female artist of all time in Grammy history

GREAT MOMENTS of 2014:
-Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons Grammy mash-up
-92.1 The Boom Classic Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B Station
-Bruno Mars Superbowl Halftime performance
-Jimmy Fallon for having The Roots as his house band and making all of his celeb friends sing/dance/rap with him every night
-Drake hosting and performing on SNL
-The Cybergoth vine sensations and black people taking it to the next level LOL

-Solange and fam truly “breaking the internet” with the most fashion forward, stunning wedding photos of all time
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CAN’T WAIT FOR in 2015:
-Jay-Z, Beyonce collaboration album
-Adele’s new album
-J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar collaboration album
-Houston Appreciation Weekend’s 2nd installment
-New Frank Ocean
-New Modest Mouse album
-The aftermath of the Lil’ Wayne anti Baby twitter fallout
-Free Press Summer Fest, ACL, SXSW, Bonnaroo, FFF, Voodoo Festivals
-Katy Perry’s Superbowl Halftime performance
-New music from Drake

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R.I.P.
-Those effected by the drunk driver that crashed into SXSW in ATX
-Houston legend, Little Joe Washington
-NOLA Bounce artist, Nicky Da B
-Sugar Hill Gang’s Big Bank Hank
-Ian McLagan of Mod
-Devo’s Bob Casale
-Tommy Ramone of the Ramones
-Bobby Womack
-Cream’s Jack Bruce
-Iconic DJ Casey Kasem
-Joe Cocker
-Mariah Carey’s voice

Tell me, bees- what were YOUR favorites of the year?

Websites and Magazines I like: Pitchfork, Spin Magazine, Hood Internet, Paste Magazine, GQ, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Daff Piff, kick ass torrents, beemp3, youtube-to-mp3 converter, numerous tumblr music blogs