No Country’s Best National Albums of 2014


Just like last year, we have compiled all of our favorite records of 2014 from both a National and Nashville perspective.  A bunch of the No Country staff nominated their top ten favorite records, and then we ranked the results.  In total, we had 80 records nominated for the Best National Record of the year, which shows the awesomely diverse musical tastes amongst the No Country team, and it was a lot of fun to see how it all shook out and where our tastes overlap.  Have a look at our top 10 (well, 11 because of a tie) National albums of 2014 below, and you can link to the albums in Spotify by clicking on the title.  Stay tuned for our top Nashville albums and our favorite live shows of 2014 coming this week.

10 (tie).  Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso [5.12.14, Partisan]

Sylvan Esso

10 (tie). Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap – [2.4.14, Okrahoma Records]

Parker Millsap

9. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There – [5.27.14, Jagjaguwar]

Sharon Van Etten

8. Royal Blood – Royal Blood – [8.24.14, Warner Brothers]

Royal Blood

6 (tie). Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues[1.21.14, Total Treble]

Against Me

6 (tie). Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence – [6.17.14, Interscope Records] 

Lana Del Rey

5. Hozier – Hozier[10.7.14, Columbia]


4. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City[2.18.14, Single Lock Records]

St Paul

3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams – [9.9.14, Blue Note / Universal] 

Ryan Adams

2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent – [2.25.14, Loma Vista / Republic]

St. Vincent

1. Jack White – Lazaretto – [6.10.14, Third Man / Columbia]



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