Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2014: Dean's List


  1. Wussy: Attica! (Shake It) 17
  2. Miranda Lambert: Platinum (RCA) 15
  3. Withered Hand: New Gods (Slumberland) 14
  4. Young Thug & Bloody Jay: Black Portland (free download) 12
  5. Drive-By Truckers: English Oceans (ATO) 11
  6. Jason Derulo: Talk Dirty (Warner Bros.) 8
  7. Beyoncé: Beyoncé (Platinum Edition) [More] (Columbia)
  8. Jerry Lee Lewis: The Knox Phillips Sessions: The Unreleased Recordings (Ace) 6
  9. Burial: Rival Dealer (Hyperdub '13)
  10. Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park) 7
  11. Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie: December Day (Legacy)
  12. Kool A.D.: Word O.K (Bandcamp mixtape) 5
  13. Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class (Slate Creek) 5
  14. The Old 97's: Most Messed Up (ATO)
  15. Kate Tempest: Everybody Down (Big Dada)
  16. Bring It On Home: Black America Sings Sam Cooke (Ace)
  17. D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah (RCA)
  18. Hassan Hakmoun: Unity (Healing)
  19. The Coathangers: Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)
  20. Billy Joe Shaver: Long in the Tooth (Lightning Rod)
  21. The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (Matador)
  22. Ex Hex: Rips (Merge)
  23. Golem: Tanz (Corason Digital)
  24. Lee Ranaldo and the Dust: Last Night on Earth (Matador '13)
  25. Hamell on Trial: The Happiest Man in the World (New West)
  26. Jenny Lewis: The Voyager (Warner Bros.)
  27. Aretha Franklin: Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (RCA)
  28. Chromeo: White Women (Atlantic/Big Beat)
  29. Iggy Azalea: The New Classic (Def Jam)
  30. tUnE-yArDs: Nikki Nack (4AD)
  31. Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow (Warner Bros.)
  32. Lily Allen: Sheezus (Warner Bros.)
  33. Sunny Sweeney: Provoked (Thirty Tigers)
  34. The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help From My Fwends (Warner Bros.)
  35. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Always With Us (Uyohlale Unathi) (CDBaby)
  36. Taylor Swift: 1989 (Big Machine)
  37. The Roots: . . . And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
  38. Toni Braxton & Babyface: Love, Marriage & Divorce (Motown)
  39. Atmosphere: Southsiders (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  40. Kool A.D.: 63 (Bandcamp mixtape '13)
  41. Allo Darlin': We Come From the Same Place (Slumberland)
  42. Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary (Archer)
  43. Chumped: Teenage Retirement (Anchorless)
  44. Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
  45. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard: Here Be Monsters (In De Goot)
  46. The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara (World Music Network)
  47. Company Freak: Le Disco Social (OpusLabel/Superlatude)
  48. Bushwick Gospel Singers: Songs of Worship Vol. 2 (self-released)
  49. Shakira: Shakira (RCA)
  50. Wormburner: Pleasant Living in Planned Communities (Dive)
  51. Kool & Kass: Peaceful Solutions (Bandcamp mixtape)
  52. Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions (Capitol)
  53. Aby Ngana Diop: Liital (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  54. Bette Midler: It's the Girls! (Warner Bros.)
  55. Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint (Deluxe Edition) (Cash Money/Republic)
  56. Homeboy Sandman: Hallways (Stones Throw)
  57. Laura Cantrell: No Way There From There (Thrift Shop)
  58. TV on the Radio: Seeds (Harvest)
  59. Boozoo Bajou: 4 (Apollo)
  60. Bob Dylan in the 80's: Volume One (ATO)
  61. Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (Signature Sounds)
  62. Loudon Wainwright III: Haven't Got the Blues (Yet) (429)
  63. The Baseball Project: 3rd (Yep Roc)
  64. Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce: Complicated Day (Enja/Yellowbird)


  • Beyoncé (ft. Jay-Z): "Drunk in Love"
  • Coathangers: "Follow Me"
  • Drive-By Truckers: "Shit Shots Count"
  • Old 97's: "Longer Than You've Been Alive"
  • Angaleena Presley: "Drunk"
  • Billy Joe Shaver: "Hard to Be an Outlaw"
  • Pharrell Williams: "Happy"
  • Withered Hand: "Horseshoe"
  • Wussy: "Teenage Wasteland"
  • Young Thug & Bloody Jay: "Florida Water"

Barnes & Noble Review, Mar. 10, 2015

Postscript Notes:

P&J points are slightly out of sync with the final Dean's List, published three months after P&J deadline. The singles are from the P&J ballot, but have been resorted by artist name -- neither the Voice nor Furia websites preserve the original pecking order.

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