It’s Christmas Eve and so it seems the right time to get my Albums of the Year list out in case anyone is looking for a last minute gift to give, or a soundtrack to their festivities.

2014 has been a great year for music and it’s been a pleasure to continue working for Louder Than War. Yes, we might be shambolic in our spelling and grammar but no-one can doubt the passion or far-reaching tastes of our amazing writers. So thanks John, Guy and the Louder Than War writers for bringing so many new sounds to my ears in the last 12 months (and watch out for a new website early in 2015)! (The Louder Than War top 200 Albums of the Year 2014 is here).

In no particular order at all (but Simone Felice was my favourite album of the year if you’re going to twist my arm) here’s my top 100 albums of 2014:

  1. Simone Felice – Strangers
  2. Let’s Wrestle – Let’s Wrestle
  3. Acollective – Pangaea
  4. Lakefield – Swan Songs
  5. BIRD – My Fear and Me
  6. Taylor Swift – 1989
  7. The Mistys – Redemption Forest
  8. Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
  9. Keel Her – Keel Her
  10. Egg Hell – Once Part of a Whole Ship
  11. Ghost Twins – Never Fear Total Failure
  12. Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
  13. The Cosmic Dead – Easterfaust
  14. The Hobbes Fanclub – Up at Lagrange
  15. Gruff Rhys – American Interior
  16. Gold Codes – Gold Codes
  17. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
  18. Allo Darlin’ – We Come From the Same Place
  19. The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville
  20. Martin Duffy – Assorted Promenades
  21. McBusted – McBusted
  22. Flamingods – Hyperborea
  23. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
  24. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  25. My Psychoanalyst – Choreomania
  26. Inspiral Carpets – Inspiral Carpets
  27. Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust
  28. Hospitality  – Trouble
  29. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  30. Temples – Sun Structures
  31. Hatcham Social – Cutting Up the Present Leaks Out the Past
  32. Charli XCX – Sucker
  33. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  34. You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
  35. Luke Saxton – Sunny Sadness
  36. Martin Carr – The Breaks
  37. Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap
  38. Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence
  39. Women’s Hour – Conversations
  40. Biscuit Mouth – Doing It Right and Doing It Well
  41. Matt Watson – Grounded
  42. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
  43. Alvvays – Alvvays
  44. Gulp – Season Sun
  45. La Roux – Trouble in Paradise
  46. J. Mascis – Tied to a Star
  47. Joseph Coward – The World Famous Joseph Coward
  48. LostAlone – Shape of Screams
  49. The Vacant Lots – Departure
  50. Patterns – Waking Lines
  51. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation
  52. Pixies – Indie Cindy
  53. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
  54. Chloe Howl – Chloe Howl
  55. Minus the Bear – Lost Loves
  56. Thurston Moore – The Best Day
  57. Real Estate – Atlas
  58. Like Swimming – Structures
  59. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Chambers
  60. Peggy Sue – Choir of Echoes
  61. Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham
  62. Tom the Lion – Sleep
  63. Blank Realm – Grassed Inn
  64. Colorama – Temari
  65. The Third Round – The Third Round
  66. Tim Wheeler – Lost Domains
  67. Mark Chadwick – Moment
  68. Wunder Wunder – Everything Infinite
  69. Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
  70. Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
  71. Warpaint – Warpaint
  72. Martha – Courting Strong
  73. Vulkano – Live Wild Die Free
  74. TV on the Radio – Seeds
  75. The Horrors – Luminous
  76. St Vincent – St Vincent
  77. Flowers – Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do
  78. Candy Says – Not Kings
  79. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
  80. Ava Luna – Electric Ballroom
  81. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
  82. Withered Hand – New Gods
  83. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End
  84. St Paul and the Broken Bones – Half the City
  85. The Antlers – Familiars
  86. Pauline Andres – All Them Ghosts
  87. Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  88. Jimi Goodwin – Odludek
  89. Latimer House – All the Rage
  90. Lapland – Lapland
  91. Secret Colours – Positive Distractions 1 & 2
  92. Beck – Morning Phase
  93. Nat Johnson – Neighbour of the Year
  94. Take That – III
  95. Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
  96. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste
  97. Erica Nockalls – EN2
  98. Sheepy – Sheepy
  99. Mica Levi – Under the Skin
  100. Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley – The Possibilities Are Endless.

At some point I might get round to linking these to reviews or places to buy them  but for now just take a lucky dip and you won’t go far wrong.

The bands to watch in 2015 and albums we’re already looking forward to will be on Louder Than War soon.