Hear the 50 Best New Artists of 2014

The year's biggest and brightest newcomers from rock, country, hip-hop, EDM and beyond

FKA Twigs, Nicki Lane, Maddie & Tae, Benjamin Booker, Kongos, Rae Sremmurd, Sturgill Simpson and Alex G.

Here are 50 splashes made in 2014, from SoundCloud-famous rappers, to Bandcamp-hustling indie rockers. They run the gamut from Billboard Top 20 hitmakers (DJ Snake, Bobby Shmurda, Echosmith) to critically acclaimed breakthroughs (FKA Twigs, Angel Olsen, Future Islands) to under-the-radar new voices that we just enjoyed. Hear them all in the Spotify playlist below, and click the links to read our coverage from the past year:

1. Alex G

2. Alvvays

3. Angel Olson

4. August Alsina

5. Banks

6. Benjamin Booker

7. Beverly

8. Bobby Shmurda

9. Clipping

10. Curtis Harding

11. Dej Loaf

12. Deorro

13. DJ Snake

14. Dorothy

15. Echosmith

16. Electric Youth

17. FKA Twigs

18. Future Death

19. Future Islands

20. ILoveMakonnen

21. Isaiah Rashad

22. Jungle

23. Kongos

24. Kuenta I Tambu

25. Lake Street Dive

26. Lee Gamble

27. Lil Herb

28. Lindsay Ell

29. Lydia Loveless

30. Maddie & Tae

31. Mapei

32. Milky Chance

33. Mr. Probz

34. Naomi Punk

35. Nikki Lane

36. OG Maco

37. Oliver Heldens

38. Ought

39. Priests

40. Rae Sremmurd

41. Richard Dawson

42. Sam Hunt

43. Sam Smith

44. Split/Red

45. Sturgill Simpson

46. Sylvan Esso

47. Tinashe

48. Tove Lo

49. Ty Dolla $ign

50. Young Thug