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Artists’ Favorite 2014 Albums, Part 2: Sylvan Esso, Twin Shadow and More

Before we blast off into the sounds of 2015, we’ve still got time to check out a few dozen more of the most epic albums of this year! Check out these Top 10 Albums of 2014 as decided by some of our favorite young artists:

Electropop duo Sylvan Esso had a huge year that was soundtracked by the beats of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Run The Jewels and Caribou.

Dntel - Human Voice
Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
Caribou - Our Love
Wye Oak - Shriek
Mr. Twin Sister - Mr. Twin Sister
Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
Clark - Clark
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
John Lurie National Orchestra - Invention of Animals

Singer Twin Shadow dug the raw funk of artists such as D’Angelo And The Vanguard, Future, and The War on Drugs.

Clark - Clark
Fka Twigs- LP1
Arca - Xen
D’Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah
The War on Drugs - Lost In A Dream
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Future - Honest

Jack Dolan of Chicago lo-fi act Twin Peaks got turned on to sounds from groups like Black Lips, Parquet Courts and Foxygen.

Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
Eagulls - Eagulls
Mac Demarco - Salad Days
Foxygen - And Star Power…
Fat White Family - Champagne Holocaust
Natural Child - Dancin' With Wolves
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
Real Estate - Atlas
Tweens - Tweens
Together Pangea - Badillac

Country newcomer Mickey Guyton found inspiration in albums by Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert.

Dierks Bentley - RISER
Little Big Town - Pain Killer
Eric Paslay - Eric Paslay
Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Lady Antebellum - 747
Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town
Sam Hunt - Montevallo
Lee Ann Womack - The Way I'm Livin
Eric Church - Outsiders

Roc Nation’s rising star Sam Romans kicked back to music from Mary J Blige, alt-J and Coldplay.

Beyoncé - Beyonce
Royal Blood - Royal Blood
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
Jungle - Jungle
Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
alt-J - This Is All Yours
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

See also: Part 1 with year-end Top 10 charts by Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes and more! Happy New Year!

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East India Youth, Fifth Harmony and More Stars Choose Their Favorite Albums of 2014

We continue our look back on the year in music with some personal favorites from artists we loved in 2014. Below you’ll find an incredible portrait of how vibrant the sounds have been over the last 12 months thanks to our first set of artist Top 10 charts:

LA rockers Echosmith praises buzzworthy albums from the likes of St. Vincent, Interpol and Little Dragon.

Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Interpol- El Pintor
Little Dragon - Nabuna Rubberband
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
London Grammar - If You Wait
St. Vincent - St. Vincent
Bleachers - Strange Desire
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

X-Factor stars Fifth Harmony serves up a girl power-packed playlist featuring Ariana Grande, Jhene Aiko and Lana Del Rey.

Lana del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ed Sheeran- X
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Adele - 19
Jhene Aiko - Souled Out
Alt J - This is All Yours
The 1975 - The 1975
Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away

Electropop darling Little Boots features body movers by Todd Terje, Royksopp & Robyn and Metronomy.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Kindness - Otherness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Honeyblood - Honeyblood
Ariana Grande - My Everything
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Tomas Barfod - Love Me
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Metronomy - Love Letters

Her fellow British electronic producer East India Youth contributes an esoteric set thanks to contributions from FKA Twigs, Caribou and Eno/Hyde.

FKA Twigs - LP1
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Grouper - Ruins
Caribou - Our Love
The Bug - Angels & Devils
Eno/Hyde - High Life
St Vincent - St Vincent
Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Perc -The Power and The Glory
Mica Levi - Under The Skin (Original Soundtrack)

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes reveals that he couldn’t stop playing albums by Foo Fighters, Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas.

Ed Sheeran - X
Hozier - Hozier
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Various Artists - Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Maroon 5 - V
Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer

And Aussie synth wizard Luke Million gives it up for international colleagues including La Roux, Tensnake and Chromeo.

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
Justin Faust - Spellbound
Tensnake - Glow
La Roux - Trouble In Paradise
Royksopp - The Inevitable End
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
Chromeo - White Women
Caribou - Our Love
The Juan MacLean - In A Dream

Stay tuned for more top 10s from artists like Sylvan Esso, Mickey Guyton and Sam Romans in Part 2!


Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favorites Lists

As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the U.S. and global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with singer/songwriter Bea Miller, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. She leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favorites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
6. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
7. Trey Songz, Trigga
8. YG, My Krazy Life
9. August Alsina, Testimony
10. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet

1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, Happy (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Lorde, “Team”
8. Magic!, “Rude”
9. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at


New Music Weekly - December 2, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist celebrates the past as well as the present with the inclusion of a rare selection from alt rock heroes Pixies and highlights from the latest Soul Jazz history of disco and boogie from 1978-82 alongside brand new tunes from Australian neo-soul outfit Hiatus Kaiyote, British DJ/producer Bonobo, Jersey indie rock vets Yo La Tengo and more heavy hitters that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a brand new set every seven days and don’t forget to check out full albums and more in New Releases.


  • She & Him - Classics
    This cover album by Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward enlisted an orchestra for their tribute to icons like Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield.

  • Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions
    The queen of hip-hop soul went to England to collaborate with artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith on her 13th album.

  • The Flaming Lips - Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
    A “secret” 2007 album of exotically-reworked Christmas standards is reissued, this time the band claiming credit.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow
    The hip-hop supergroup’s first album in seven years features interludes and refrains by the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

  • Owen - Other People’s Songs
    This solo album from Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan of Arc) covers songs by bands such as Depeche Mode, Promise Ring and Blake Babies.

  • Kristin Chenoweth - Coming Home
    The first live album by the Tony-winning singer and actress features songs from blockbuster musicals like My Fair Lady, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera.

  • Erasure - Snow Globe (Deluxe Nutcracker Edition)
    A new version of last year’s holiday-themed album by the synthpop duo features 16 bonus tracks.


New Music Weekly - November 25, 2014

The latest edition of our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist (have you subscribed yet?) is a great way to familiarize yourself with the latest hot releases from some of the biggest names in the business as well as the artists who are creating a buzz right now, like New Zealand psychedelic pop artist Connan Mockasin, Omaha emo act Cursive and Flake Music (James Mercer’s pre-Shins band). Hit up the Rdio New Releases pages for more music from these artists and much more.


  • Beyoncé - Beyoncé
    An updated edition of last year’s surprise album brings six new tracks, including the insatiable "7-11," along with remixes of “Flawless” and “Drunk In Love.”

  • David Guetta - Listen (Deluxe)
    The French DJ/producer’s sixth album features guest stars like Sia, John Legend and Afrojack.

  • Rick Ross - Hood Billionaire
    Miami’s reigning rap king collaborates with Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg on his seventh album.

  • Selena Gomez - For You
    The first collection of the Disney star’s greatest hits includes remixes and two new songs she co-wrote.

  • Pitbull - Globalization
    The Miami rapper’s dancefloor-ready eighth album features stars like Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Chris Brown.

  • Cole Swindell - Down Home Sessions
    The country hitmaker drops a new EP featuring songs originally recorded for his debut album.

  • Various Artists - SHADY XV (Explicit)
    Eminem produced the majority of songs on this compilation album from his Shady label.


#MonoMonday: Celebrating 45 Years of The Velvet Underground

Today we're celebrating the 45th anniversary of the self-titled third album by The Velvet Underground. Check out the brand new deluxe reissue of The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary/Deluxe Edition), featuring the original 10 songs (all penned by the late Lou Reed) and the addition of a dozen songs recorded live at The Matrix in San Francisco in 1969. At the time, the album was considered a stylistic departure for the influential band, showcasing a previously unheard range from ballads to rock.


New Music Weekly - November 18, 2014

Soundtracks get some peak screen time in this week’s New Music Weekly playlist with highlights from Annie (featuring Sia) and the new concert film by Depeche Mode. There’s also a spotlight on veteran stars such as Bryan Ferry and international electronic acts like France’s Gotan Project and Canada’s Loscil, but you’ll hear much more once you press play. Subscribe to get the new playlist each week and hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection.


  • TV On The Radio - Seeds
    The Brooklyn indie rock act known for conscious chaos adopts a more melodic approach to love songs on the fifth album.

  • One Direction - Four (Deluxe)
    The fourth album from the English-Irish boy band titans topped pre-sale charts around the world before release.

  • Clean Bandit - New Eyes
    The debut album from the fusion-minded classical/electronic group hit number 3 in their native UK.

  • Ariel Pink - pom pom
    The provocative LA artist who is known for ruffling feathers returns with a new album of smart retro pop.

  • Thalia - Amore Mio (Deluxe Edition)
    The 12th studio album (and 17th overall) from the Latin pop siren features a more acoustic feel.

  • Willow - 3
    14-year-old actress and singer Willow Smith (daughter of Will and Jada) drops a sophisticated and soulful EP.

  • Nickelback - No Fixed Address (Explicit)
    The eighth album from the Canadian rockers tries on some stylistic departures, such as a collaboration with rapper Flo Rida.


#MonoMonday: The Smiths - "Hatful of Hollow"

Less than a year after The Smiths released their self-titled debut album in 1984, the band emerged with Hatful of Hollow, a compilation album of singles, B-Sides and songs recorded at BBC Radio 1 that has come to be just as seminal. Though three decades have passed, this collection remains a timeless reminder of the potency of this legendary British act.


#MonoMonday: Kraftwerk's "Autobahn"

Kraftwerk, the pioneering German act that has put its indelible stamp on hip-hop and electronic music for nearly half a century, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its fourth album Autobahn. The cruising 22-minute title track about the infamously fast motorway was an international hit and broke the group from experimental circles to mainstream exposure.

Listen to Autobahn (2009 Remastered Version) to hear how the “robots” were architects of sounds that are still relevant today with the benefit of modern engineering.


#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favorite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”