Last night, after countless weeks of putting it off, I finally sat down and watched The Babadook with my brother. Both of us were itching for a good horror film, and of the last two we watched, Rosemary’s Baby turned out to be more of a drama with some horror elements, and 13/13/13 was just flat-out hilarious (we sort of expected that with the latter). Generally, the modern horror movies that I enjoy the most are the ones that are darkly comedic, like You’re Next or the Final Destination films, which are more fun than outright scary. The ones that go the more straightforward route are often ugly, cheap, and lazily thrown together. Such is not the case with The Babadook. Within the first ten to fifteen minutes, my brother and I were simultaneously captivated and anxiety-ridden.
These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs of 2014. They’re my favorite singles. There’s a difference; you can look it up. Don’t argue with me.
I’m not going to claim to be someone who deeply understands music at its roots. I don’t play an instrument, and I know nothing of theory, but I love all different genres of music and I know how to talk about things I love, so this is just a natural progression of that. I managed to listen to eighty-five new albums from 2014, and now that the year is over, I want to reflect on the twenty that stuck out to me the most. Here are my twenty favorite albums of 2014.