1989, Taylor Swift. Taylor ditched her country roots and went all pop with her latest record, yet this ends up as her best album to date.
Standout tracks: "Blank Space," "Style," and "New Romantics"
Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey. Channeling a different type of pop, Lana's sound remained as imaginative, haunting, and mysterious as her first effort—only now with much inspired confidence.
Standout tracks: "West Coast," "Brooklyn Baby," and "Cruel World"
Music from the Original Motion Picture: Begin Again. John Carney's latest film perfectly incorporated music in its storytelling with Keira Knightley, HaileeSteinfeld, and Adam Levine lending voices to the album.
Standout tracks: "Lost Stars," "Like a Fool," and "A Step You Can't Take Back"
X, Ed Sheeran. There's a reason why X is nominated for the Grammy Album of the Year category. The songs from his sophomore album are the life lullabies that hits home.
Standout tracks: "Photograph," "Thinking Out Loud," and "One"
Music from the Original Motion Picture: Diary ng Panget. If we are to look back at OPM pop in 2014, only two names matter: Thyro and YumiLacsamana. This pair has been churning out hit after hit after hit and is responsible for the greatness that is the soundtrack of Diary ng Panget, sung by James Reid and Nadine Lustre among others.
Standout tracks: "No Erase," "Kakaibabe," and "Labing Isang Numero"
My Everything, Ariana Grande. In a pop world filled with autotune and club remixes, Ariana remains the representative of powerful voices among her contemporaries. There's a reason why she's dubbed as this generation's Mariah Carey and My Everything is more than enough support for that.
Standout tracks: "Love Me Harder," "One Last Time," and "Best Mistake"
Himig Handog Love Songs 2014. The batch of Himig Handog love songs this year tackled love without solely relating it to romance. And as profound as love, it was spread all throughout themes of family, inspiration, self-help, with our favorite teen stars like Daniel Padilla and Janella Salvador contributing in it.
Standout tracks: "Mahal Kita Pero," "Simpleng Tulad Mo," and "Everything Takes Time"
Chapter One, Ella Henderson. She might not have won The X-Factor during her stay, but the Brit singer's debut album proves how much she sounds like a pro. Her vocals soared throughout the whole record.
Standout tracks: "Ghost," "Glow," and "Rockets"
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith. From one British to another, Sam has been labeled the male Adele for a reason. In his freshman album, he highlights vulnerability in his emotions but clarity in his vocals. What a rare treat!
Standout tracks: "Stay with Me," "I'm Not the Only One," and "La LaLa"
Tough Love, Jessie Ware. Jessie makes soul sound effortless in her debut album showing off her soaring vocals while still hitting all emotional points.
Standout tracks: "Say You love Me," "Tough Love," and "Pieces"
Which albums released this year were your favorites, Candy Girls? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @candymagdotcom to share your choices. :)