Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014

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20. Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear

Sia - 1000 Forms of Fear
July 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
24 reviews

Her knack for heart-swelling choruses shines through on a set of tracks you might play while winning a marathon

19. Shakira - Shakira

Shakira - Shakira
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

18. One Direction - Four

One Direction - Four
November 17, 2014
Critic Score
62
12 reviews

17. Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas
November 10, 2014
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

16. Kitten - Kitten

Kitten - Kitten
June 24, 2014
Critic Score
57
3 reviews

15. Calvin Harris - Motion

Calvin Harris - Motion
November 4, 2014
Critic Score
58
7 reviews

14. Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
May 26, 2014
Critic Score
61
21 reviews

13. La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

La Roux - Trouble in Paradise
July 21, 2014
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

On La Roux's second LP, her vintage synth-pop magnificence (see 2009's hit "Bulletproof") has warmed into the sort of electro-disco drama you imagine the Daft Punk robots blasting as they cruise down Highway 1.

12. Pharrell - G I R L

Pharrell - G I R L
March 3, 2014
Critic Score
64
30 reviews

11. Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun
July 15, 2014
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

10. Ed Sheeran - X

Ed Sheeran - X
June 23, 2014
Critic Score
63
16 reviews

9. Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Kimbra - The Golden Echo
August 19, 2014
Critic Score
69
14 reviews

8. Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
November 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

Mockingjay, unsurprisingly, sounds a lot like Lorde: effortlessly eclectic, dreamily hard-hitting, owing as much to goth and indie as to dance music and hip-hop.

7. Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Lykke Li - I Never Learn
May 5, 2014
Critic Score
73
26 reviews

6. 2NE1 - Crush

2NE1 - Crush
February 26, 2014
Critic Score
73
1 review

5. Ariana Grande - My Everything

Ariana Grande - My Everything
August 25, 2014
Critic Score
66
16 reviews

4. Maroon 5 - V

Maroon 5 - V
September 2, 2014
Critic Score
60
8 reviews

It's hard to care about any shortcomings when the tunes are as masterfully crisp as they are on much of V.

3. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

Ultraviolence is a melancholy crawl through doomed romance, incorrigible addictions, blown American dreams.

2. Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift - 1989
October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she's ever tried before.

1. Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX - Sucker
December 16, 2014
Critic Score
78
31 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/20-best-pop-albums-of-2014-20141219
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