Happy New Year! Take a Look Back at Sound of the City's Year-End Top Tens

In a few short weeks we'll release the results of the 42nd edition of the Village Voice Pazz + Jop poll. This year we had more than 625 critics take part...and that's about all we're going to tell you for now. Check back on January 14.

Meantime, between slugs of Gatorade and trips to Duane Reade in your sweatpants, soak up this collection of year-end top tens from our various music critics.

Mesa Ritual: Tops in noise
Mesa Ritual: Tops in noise

The Best Noise Music in 2014: The Year's Top 36 Noise Cuts If you've read Raymond Cummings's monthly column on noise music, "Please Enjoy Responsibly," you might be caught up on the strangest, harshest, and most curious sounds of the year. Cummings advises, "Dig in, and better yet, jam all this noise concurrently — because, after all, you can."

Animals as Leaders: George Orwell would be proud.
Animals as Leaders: George Orwell would be proud.

The 10 Best New York City Rap Albums of 2014

Phillip Mlynar dug deep into the local rap scene to unearth "hometown offerings [that] never received the due they deserved." From Flatbush to Queens, he found 'em.

A winning compilation
A winning compilation

The Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2014 From duo to big band to everything in between, critic David R. Adler scoured the scene for the most staggering jazz talents of the year, finding many worthy contenders but narrowing matters down to the 10 best of the best.



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