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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Albums of 2014

Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, U2 and more: see how our readers’ ranked the year’s greatest music

Weekend Rock

As D'Angelo just taught us with the surprise release of his astoundingly great LP Black Messiah, the year in music ain't over until it's over. For all we know, Madonna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Adele are going to drop surprise albums sometime before the ball drops. (They probably won't.) But back in those pre-Black Messiah days of last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite albums of the year. Here are the results. 


Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’

About a year after creating a documentary about legendary Los Angeles studio Sound City, Dave Grohl decided to broaden the project considerably. Picking eight studios in cities across America, Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters traveled the country and cut one song in each place. Along the way, he interviewed rock stars from each city and shot the acclaimed HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways.

It was an extremely ambitious project, featuring guest appearances from Joe Walsh, Zac Brown, Ben Gibbard and many others, but it all flowed together quite nicely. It was also a very clever cross-promotional effort since the album fueled interest in the TV series, and vice versa. The Foo Fighters promoted each episode with a club show, but this summer they're hitting the road for a massive stadium tour. Back in 1993, who would have guessed the drummer in Nirvana would be in this position?

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