|What a year, that 2014! For me personally it was a banner twelve months - taking over the SubModern charts at FMQB, attending my very first SXSW, and just generally being surrounded by a ton of great music all year long! Speaking of all year long, this week's final report of 2014 will be all about the entire year, rather than just this week. Read on to find out about the top spun singles and albums of 2014.
After coming back with their first new music in over two decades at the tail end of 2013, early 2014 belonged to the Pixies, with their three EPs culminating in the release of LP Indie Cindy, which unsurprisingly is the #1 SubModern album of the year. Not many albums were released this year that got spins on every track at specialty, but Frank Black and co. can put a checkmark in that column. The record also spawned multiple singles, of which "Greens and Blues" charted the highest at #15 and "Blue Eyed Hexe" also appeared in the top 100.
The rest of the top 10 albums of 2014 also came from mostly seasoned veterans. Spoon had the #2 album with They Want My Soul, Black Lips' Underneath The Rainbow was #3, Interpol‘s anagram-tastic El Pintor was #4, and there were entries from TV On The Radio, and Jack White as well. But it was also great to see previously lesser known artists, St. Vincent and The War On Drugs, who finally had their well-deserved breakthroughs this year, make the top 10 albums. And every year must have a lone wolf newcomer. This year it was Chicago's The Orwells, who cracked the top 10 with Disgraceland after cracking up David Letterman with an absolutely mind-blowing performance of their raucous single "Who Needs You."
While some of those same names appear on this year's top singles list, it was TV On The Radio who emerged with the #1 most played SubModern single of 2014 with "Happy Idiot." The singles chart this year was also filled with a lot of up and coming talent such as Cloud Nothings, Royal Blood, Panama Wedding, and Jungle. And who could forget the rawness of Future Islands breakout hit "Seasons (Waiting On You)," which I'm sure many folks would have pegged as the song of the year.
You can see the top 10 albums and singles of 2014 listed on the charts below, but if you'd like a more detailed look, we've posted the top 25 albums and top 50 singles at FMQB.com/SubModern. And if you're a SubModern E-Tracking subscriber, you can log in to see the top 200 of each! If you're not a subscriber, but interested in signing up, please get in touch with me at JLandow@fmqb.com.
As well as tallying the year's album and singles spins, we've also broken it down by record label and it's "as recently featured in Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways documentary," Sub Pop Records that comes in first place for the fourth year running. Bouyed by strong releases from Afghan Whigs, King Tuff, Dum Dum Girls, J. Mascis, Avi Buffalo, Thumpers, and of course the late in the year announcement of a new Sleater-Kinney record, Sup Pop's dominance in the SubModern world shows no signs of slowing down. That said, congratulations are also in order for 2014's other top labels: Domino at #2, ATO at #3, Columbia at #4, and Matador at #5.
And that, my friends, is going to wrap things up for 2014 here at the SubModern Report. But as we look back, let's also look ahead with a whole slew of add dates for upcoming 2015 releases in the Available For Airplay section below. I'll be back in just a few short weeks with the first report of the new year on January 7th, so that means you specialty hosts have gotta get back at it on the 2nd. Until then, I will leave you with my top 10 albums and songs of 2014, as well as my best wishes for you all to have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
~ Josh Landow