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5. Bleachers – Strange Desire

Does the name Jack Antonoff mean anything to you? Probably not, but he is the lead singer of the new indie pop group Bleachers. He is also part of the group that made it big the last few years, Fun. Bleachers became a side project for Antonoff and I think he did a great job with the sound and quality of the music. As a matter of fact, I would say that I prefer the band Bleachers to Fun. I honestly hadn’t heard of Bleachers until the end of 2014, but after downloading the album it played on repeat for weeks. This album is ranked at five because not every song on the album is amazing, but the ones that are definitely make this album special.

4. Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Possibly the only group to make it in the top five that I’ve been listening to for more than a decade. Actually they are the only band on this list that have been together more than a few years. Coldplay has become one of the biggest groups around the world and did not disappoint with this last album. Ghost Stories, is full of amazing vocals and relaxing music. I know Coldplay is hated by many as well due to the success and the fact they became so mainstream, but they still deliver on each album they release. If nothing else listen to the song called, Magic. It will not disappoint.

3. Milky Chance – Sadnecessary

I can’t get enough! Milky Chance has such an amazing, unique, and simple sound. I had never heard of this folk duo from Germany before, but they became one of my favorite new groups to listen to. The catchy rhythm keeps your feet tapping and head nodding throughout the entire album. Their first single, Stolen Dance, gained popularity around the world and got the group the audience they needed to take their music to the next level. They are now touring around the world after not even being under the radar a year ago. If you have not heard of this group you definitely need to check them out.

2. Walk The Moon – Talking Is Hard        


Walk the Moon decided to join the race for the best alternative album of 2014 when they released their sophomore project, Talking Is Hard, in late November. I may be a bit bias but I saw this band in downtown Seattle in September of this year and they blew the roof off. This band decided to bless the crowd with about half of the tracks from this album and it was stellar. Frontman, Nicholas Petricca, brings great stage presence while still bringing his pure vocals to life. This album from the first song, Different Colors, to the last song, Aquaman, doesn’t have a song that will disappoint.

1. Capital Cities – In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery

Capital Cities freshman album has caught the attention of the alternative music world. The first song on the album, Safe and Sound, became an instant radio hit with it’s groovy sound and catchy beat. Kangaroo Court became my favorite song from the album due to the feel good rhythm and trumpet solo. Altogether I can say that I had this album on repeat throughout 2014 and it will continue to spin through 2015.

Honorable Mentions:

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

Foster The People – Supermodel

Alt-j – This Is All Yours