When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold close, and what do you want to share? [...]
These 50 albums helped define 2014 for us. (They are presented alphabetically, because how do you begin to rank amazing work from a dozen different genres?) They are how we'll remember the year. They're the ones we love well enough to share.
I've heard, like, 12 of these. Don't know if that says more about me or NPR.