The December 15 release of D'Angelo's Black Messiah—which arrived long after most of the more impatient periodicals had already committed to their year-end lists—helped it pick up almost three times as many voters as Beyoncé's similarly late-breaking album last year, which ended up at No. 4 on our albums list back then. Black Messiah wins the 2014 album poll on points despite tying Run the Jewels 2 on raw vote-count.

Meanwhile, the song list shows the least consensus at the top in several years. Future Islands' "Seasons (Waiting on You)" wins with votes from less than 16 percent of the voters, and only the top five songs received votes from at least 10 percent, both of which are new lows. Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" split her voters almost evenly, giving her both the No. 3 and 4 positions on the list. But if the song poll were aggregated by artist, she would have won handily (and she is No. 3 in overall artist ballot percentage).

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PAZZ & JOP GALLERIES

COMMENTS

Project EditorNick Lucchesi
Poll TabulationGlenn McDonald - http://furia.com/pjs/
Web DevelopmentMike Uchtman
Web DesignRashmi Kumar
Contributing EditorKatherine Turman
Art DirectorTom Carlson
Managing EditorJack Buehrer
Editor-in-ChiefTom Finkel
Thanks to all 612 voters, commenters, and essayists
Black Messiah

ALBUMS WINNER

Black Messiah, D'Angelo

RCA

2,008 Points & 163 Mentions
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Seasons (Waiting on You)

SINGLES WINNER

Seasons (Waiting on You), Future Islands

4AD

75 Votes
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HOW WE

DETERMINE THE WINNERS
Pazz N Jop issue

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.

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