U2, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters Make “Rolling Stone’s” Best Albums of 2014 List

Image Courtesy of Glen Luchford/Interscope RecordsRolling Stone has released its annual Best Albums of 2014 list, and the top spot might come as a surprise to some 800 million iTunes users. The magazine has named U2's Songs of Innocence as the best album of the year, in spite of -- or perhaps, because of -- the controversial way the album was released automatically into the account of every iTunes user.

"There was no bigger album of 2014 -- in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy," Rolling Stone writes of its number one choice.

"This is a record full of the band's stories and triumph, memory and confession detonated with adventure and poise," the magazine continues. "In its range of sounds, there may be no more complete U2 album."

The top 10 of the list also features The Black Keys' Turn Blue at number three, plus St. Vincent's self-titled album and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence at numbers four and seven, respectively.

The entire list is dotted with rockers including Foo Fighters at number 12, Weezer at 14, Lenny Kravitz at 35 and Jack White at 40. Coldplay, Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Alt-J, Interpol and Spoon also make the list.

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