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.

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.”

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.

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.

The 10 Best New York Punk Releases of 2014
New York has long been the epicenter of punk, and in 2014, critic/singer/radio host Reed Dunlea searched the city for the grittiest underground goodness and the best-kept aural secrets.

The 60 Best Songs Ever Written About New York City
Face it, there aren’t many songs written about Lost Springs, Wyoming, or Monowi, Nebraska. There are, however, as many songs about New York City as there are rats in the subway. Well, maybe not THAT many, but we explore and explain the Top 60 city songs in this comprehensive list. That said, your favorite may not be on here…so, let the controversy begin!

The 10 Best Britpop Albums of All Time (Or At Least Since 1993 or So)
The Voice‘s own Mike Laws did some shoe- and soul-gazing to come up with a list spotlighting the best from Pulp, the Verve, Blur, and other over-the-pond faves.