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Music December, 24 2013

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014, According to Stereogum

Following last year’s compilation, Stereogum presents “The 100 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014.” Although no list is perfect, some unlucky soul has to take on the daunting task of rummaging through all the “anticipated” projects and selecting a few noteworthy candidates — in this case 100.

We limited the list to albums we feel confident will come out in 2014, whether because we’ve heard confirmation (or close to it) from labels, managers, or the artists themselves, or because the timing seems extremely likely. For the educated guesses, we needed something resembling evidence to go on, which is why we didn’t include perennial wish list material like he Avalanches (who have been the subject of fruitless rumors for more than a decade) but did include Joanna Newsom (who has been debuting new material for well over a year) and Taylor Swift (who, like clockwork, has released a new LP every other autumn since 2006 and is “ahead of schedule” for LP5; speaking of which, how cool would it be if she made an album that resembled …Like Clockwork?).

Below you’ll find what the team at Stereogum is looking forward to listening to for the next 365 days. Let us know your picks in the comments below.

100. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (Columbia, 1/14)

99. The Rentals – TBD (Polyvinyl)

98. Broken Bells – After The Disco (Columbia, 1/14)

97. Empress Of – TBD (Terrible/XL)

96. tUnE-yArDs – TBD

95. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron (Interscope/TDE, 2/25)

94. Thee Oh Sees – TBD

93. MØ – No Mythologies To Follow (Chess Club/RCA Victor, 2/24)

92. You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing (Topshelf, 1/14)

91. Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt (Kanine, 2/25)

90. The New Pornographers – TBD (Matador, Late Spring)

89. Sisyphus – Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty, 3/18)

88. Wu-Tang Clan – TBD

87. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (ATO, 3/4)

86. Mastodon – TBD

85. Phantogram – Voices (Republic, 2/18)

84. Wolves In The Throne Room – TBD (Southern Lord, Winter)

83. Meek Mill – TBD (MMG)

82. Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Sub Pop, 1/21)

81. Pusha T – King Push (Def Jam)

80. Actress – Ghettoville (Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune, 1/28)

79. Rick Ross – Mastermind (MMG/Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, Early 2014)

78. The Horrors – TBD

77. ceo – Wonderland (Modular People, 2/4)

76. Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars (Columbia/Legacy, 3/25)

75. Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow (Vice, 3/18)

74. Da Mafia 6ix – TBD

73. Best Coast – TBD (Spring)

72. The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits (Sacred Bones, 3/4)

71. My Morning Jacket – TBD (ATO)

70. Belle And Sebastian – TBD (Matador, Late Spring)

69. Neneh Cherry – Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound, 2/25)

68. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

67. The Notwist – Close To The Glass (Sub Pop, 2/25)

66. FKA Twigs – TBD (Young Turks)

65. G-Side – Gz To Godz

64. Perfume Genius – TBD (Matador, Fall)

63. Death Cab For Cutie – TBD

62. DIIV – TBD

61. Lily Allen – TBD (Warner Bros.)

60. Liars – TBD (Mute, March)

59. Parquet Courts – TBD

58. Sampha – TBD (Young Turks)

57. Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Early 2014)

56. Pallbearer – TBD (Profound Lore, August)

55. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – TBD (April)

54. The Hold Steady – TBD (Vagrant, Winter)

53. Twin Shadow – TBD

52. Caribou – TBD

51. Wye Oak – TBD (Merge)

50. Tombs – Savage Gold (Relapse, Spring)

49. Dum Dum Girls – Too True (Sub Pop, 1/28)

48. Linda Perhacs – The Soul Of All Natural Things (Asthmatic Kitty, 3/4)

47. Flying Lotus – TBD

46. Pharrell – TBD (Columbia)

45. Amber Coffman – TBD

44. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Interscope)

43. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar, 2/18)

42. The Bug – Angels And Devils (Ninja Tune)

41. Warpaint – Warpaint (Rough Trade)

40. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags (Matador, 1/7)

39. Katy B – Little Red (Rinse/Columbia)

38. James Blake & Chance The Rapper – TBD

37. Damon Albarn – TBD (Warner Bros.)

36. U2 – TBD (April)

35. Hamilton Leithauser – TBD

34. Real Estate – TBD (Domino)

33. Julian Casablancas – TBD

32. Alcest – Shelter (Prophecy, 1/21)

31. Migos – Y.R.N. 2 (January)

30. White Lung – TBD

29. EMA – The Future’s Void (Matador/City Slang, Spring)

28. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (Columbia, 5/26)

27. Bat For Lashes – TBD (Warner Bros.)

26. Jessica Pratt – TBD

25. The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian, 3/18)

24. Modest Mouse – TBD

23. Wilco – TBD (dBpm)

22. Future – Honest (Epic)

21. Sun Kil Moon – Benji (Caldo Verde, 2/4)

20. St. Vincent – St. Vincent (Republic, 2/25)

19. Charli XCX – SuperLove (Atlantic, Spring)

18. Titus Andronicus – TBD (XL)

17. Grimes – TBD

16. Swans – TBD (Young God)

15. TV On The Radio – TBD

14. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Fool’s Gold)

13. Fleet Foxes – TBD

12. Fucked Up – TBD (Matador, Spring)

11. Robyn – TBD

10. Spoon – TBD

9. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble, 1/21)

8. Taylor Swift – TBD

7. Agalloch – TBD (Profound Lore, April)

6. The Wrens – TBD

5. Joanna Newsom – TBD

4. Cloud Nothings – TBD

3. Frank Ocean – TBD

2. Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol, 2/14)

1. Kanye West – TBD (Summer)

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