D'Angelo and Run the Jewels bring it all back home.
In a year when many rappers were politically silent, Jeezy stepped up.
How Nicki, Taylor, Sia, and Lana transcended melancholy in 2014.
How nostalgia shaped music in 2014.
|Project Editor||Nick Lucchesi|
|Poll Tabulation||Glenn McDonald - http://furia.com/pjs/|
|Web Development||Mike Uchtman|
|Web Design||Rashmi Kumar|
|Contributing Editor||Katherine Turman|
|Art Director||Tom Carlson|
|Managing Editor||Jack Buehrer|
|Thanks to all 612 voters, commenters, and essayists|
Black Messiah, D'Angelo
RCA2,008 Points & 163 Mentions
Seasons (Waiting on You), Future Islands
This year, 612 Pazz + Jop voters submitted their top ten albums and singles. With albums, they have 100 points to divide among their top ten picks, with each entry receiving no more than 30 points or less than five. There's no point-ranking system for the singles category, which remains amorphous, comprising individual songs, remixes, downloads, viral sensations, etc. Literal release dates aren't binding, but a record or single's "impact" should have occurred primarily in 2014; in most cases, if it got votes in 2013 and 2014, we combined the two two totals. It's not as complicated as it sounds. Thanks especially to all voters, commenters, and essayists.