The Biggest of 2014: The Billboard Year-End Charts

Billboard has released their year-end charts for 2014 and we have our look at the winners from the perspective of veteran artists.

Albums

Everyone has focused on the brand new Garth Brooks album, Man Against Machine, and have totally forgotten that he actually put out two albums with new material this year.

That first album, Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, is the biggest by a veteran artist in 2014 according to the newly released Billboard Year-End charts. Blame It On My Roots, which included four CDs of new material, a greatest hits collection and two DVD's of live material, comes in at number 9 for 2014, exceeding the chart performance of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which is number 19, and Barbra Streisand's Partners at number 20.

While, by the end of the year, Taylor Swift may very well have the biggest selling album of the year, Billboard cuts off their year-end charts earlier to make publication deadlines, so for the chart year of 2014, the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen tops the chart followed by Beyonce's self-titled surprise album originally released in late 2013 and the Swift album, 1989, in third.

Here is the top five and the rest of the veteran albums in the Top 100 for 2014.
  • 01. Frozen - Soundtrack
  • 02. Beyonce - Beyonce
  • 03. 1989 - Taylor Swift
  • 04. Midnight Memories - One Direction
  • 05. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem
  • 09. Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences - Garth Brooks
  • 19. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awsome Mix Vol. 1 - Various Artists
  • 20. Partners - Barbra Streisand
  • 36. Xscape - Michael Jackson
  • 41. Black Panties - R. Kelly
  • 50. Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • 59. A Very Mary Christmas - Mary J. Blige
  • 60. Morning Phase - Beck
  • 70. Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • 72. The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney
  • 77. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 80. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
  • 89. Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic
  • 90. Love, Marriage & Divorce - Toni Braxton & Babyface
  • 99. Sonic Highway - Foo Fighters
Singles

On the Hot 100 side, Pharrell Williams has the biggest single of the year with Happy followed by Dark Horse by Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J and All of Me by John Legend. For once, veteran artists place songs in the top 100 for the year with Snoop Dogg getting the highest spot on Jason Derulo's Wiggle (#40).  Kenny Chesney, Usher, Michael Jackson and R.Kelly also manage to make the top 100.
  • 01. Happy - Pharrell Williams
  • 02. Dark Horse - Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J
  • 03. All of Me - John Legend
  • 04. Fancy - Iggy Azalea Featuring Charlie XCX
  • 05. Counting Stars - OneRepublic
  • 40. Wiggle - Jason Derulo Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • 73. American Kids - Kenny Chesney
  • 77. New Flame - Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross
  • 78. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
  • 84. Do What U Want - Lady Gaga Featuring R. Kelly
Artists

When all of Billboard's charts are taken into account, One Direction was the biggest artist of the year followed by Katy Perry and Beyonce. 

The biggest overall veteran artist was the Rolling Stones who are at 39 followed by the Eagles at 40. Their positions can be attributed almost exclusively to their tours as they played out on the Billboard Boxscore Chart. 
  • 01. One Direction
  • 02. Katy Perry
  • 03. Beyonce
  • 04. Taylor Swift
  • 05. Justin Timberlake
  • 39. Rolling Stones
  • 40. Eagles
  • 53. Paul McCartney
  • 55. Michael Jackson
  • 60. Garth Brooks
  • 61. Keith Urban
  • 68. George Strait
  • 74. Bruce Springsteen
  • 75. Snoop Dog
  • 79. Billy Joel
  • 87. Kenny Chesney
  • 91. Cher
  • 93. Elton John
  • 94. Bob Marley & the Wailers
Catalog Albums
Catalog Albums are always a strong category for veteran artists although, this year, Michael Buble tops the chart with his Christmas album. Much of the rest of the chart, though, is filled with older artists, especially with the advent of budget-price albums at such retailers as Wal-Mart and the large number of deluxe reissues for artists like Led Zeppelin.
  • 01. Christmas - Michael Buble
  • 02. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers - Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • 03. The Legend of Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash
  • 04. 21 - Adele
  • 05. Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
  • 06. Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey
  • 14. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson
  • 15. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • 17. 1 - Beatles
  • 18. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
  • 19. God's Not Dead - newsboys
  • 20. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
  • 22. Back in Black - AC/DC
  • 23. Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin
  • 24. Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica
  • 25. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • 26. Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 29. Super Hits - Willie Nelson
  • 33. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley
  • 36. Number Ones - Michael Jackson
  • 39. Juke Box Heroes - Foreigner
  • 46. Merry Christmas, Baby - Rod Stewart
  • 47. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
  • 48. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey
  • 49. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
  • 50. Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses
R&B/Hip-Hop

Beyonce surprised the world late last year with the release of her self-titled album. That set has gone on to be the biggest selling R&B/Hip-Hop album of 2014.  Even a bigger surprise is that the biggest album by a veteran artist goes to the late Michael Jackson whose collection of vault tracks, Xscape, finishes the year at 7.
  • 01. Beyonce - Beyonce
  • 02. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 - Eminem
  • 03. Nothing Was the Same - Drake
  • 04. GIRL - Pharrell Williams
  • 05. The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) - Justin Timberlake
  • 07. Xscape - Michael Jackson
  • 08. Black Panties - R. Kelly
  • 14. A Very Mary Christmas - Mary J. Blige
  • 20. Love, Marriage and Divorce - Toni Braxton & Babyface
  • 39. Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse - Mariah Carey
  • 41. Art Official Age - Prince
Pharrell William's Happy was both the top Pop and R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the year but it took a featuring role to get a veteran artist in the top ten. This year, it's Snoop Dogg who assisted Jason Derulo on his track Wiggle
  • 01. Happy - Pharrell Williams
  • 02. All of Me - John Legend
  • 03. Fancy - Iggy Azalea Featuring Charlie XCX
  • 04. Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo Featuring 2 Chainz
  • 05. The Monster - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
  • 08. Wiggle - Jason Derulo Featuring Snoop Dogg
  • 20. New Flame - Chris Brown Featuring Usher & Rick Ross
  • 22. Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Country

After Garth Brooks fine showing on the overall Album chart, it's no surprise that he does well on the Country side. His Blame It On My Roots comes in second for the year right behind Luke Bryan's Crash My Party
  • 01. Crash My Party - Luke Bryan
  • 02. Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences - Garth Brooks
  • 03. Here's to the Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
  • 04. The Outsiders - Eric Church
  • 05. Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert
  • 13. The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney
  • 16. Fuse - Keith Urban
  • 25. Out Among the Stars - Johnny Cash
  • 26. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium - George Strait
  • 28. Sundown Heaven Town - Tim McGraw
  • 29. True Believers - Darius Rucker
  • 34. Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks
  • 37. Love is Everything - George Strait
  • 50. Band of Brothers - Willie Nelson
  • 58. The River and the Thread - Rosanne Cash
  • 59. Drinks After Work - Toby Keith
  • 60. Blue Smoke - Dolly Parton
  • 65. Angles Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites - Alabama
  • 73. Everlasting - Martina McBride
  • 75. Two Lanes of Freedom - Tim McGraw
Like in 2013, Florida Georgia Line have the biggest country song, this time with This is How We Roll. Kenny Chesney has the top song by a veteran artist at number 6 with American Kids.
  • 01. This is How We Roll - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan
  • 02. Burnin' It Down - Jason Aldean
  • 03. Dirt - Florida Georgia Line
  • 04. Bottoms Up - Brantley Gilbert
  • 05. Play It Again - Luke Bryan
  • 06. American Kids - Kenny Chesney
  • 20. Meanwhile Back at Mama's - Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill
  • 27. Cop Car - Keith Urban
  • 46. Somewhere in My Car - Keith Urban
Rock
Lorde's huge year is highlighted by her having the number 1 Rock Album of the year with Pure Heroine. Amazingly, the top Rock Album featuring veteran artists was the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, filled with rock and soul recordings from the 60's and 70's. 
  • 01. Pure Heroine - Lorde
  • 02. Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
  • 03. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
  • 04. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 - Various Artists
  • 05. AM - Arctic Monkeys
  • 10. Morning Phase - Beck
  • 13. Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • 20. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters
  • 21. High Hopes - Bruce Springsteen
  • 23. The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale - Eric Clapton and Friends
  • 24. The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  • 37. Foreverly - Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones
  • 38. Ride Out - Bob Seger
  • 44. Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam
  • 56. On Air: Live at the BBC, Volume 2 - Beatles
  • 60. Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest
  • 61. Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar - Robert Plant
  • 65. Corazon - Santana
  • 66. New - Paul McCartney
  • 67. 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault - Stevie Nicks
  • 70. World on Fire - Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
  • 72. Everybody Will Be Alright in the End - Weezer
  • 75. Live at the Cellar Door - Neil Young
The Hard Rock Albums were ruled by Five Finger Death Punch with the Foo Fighters bringing in the top album by a veteran artist.
  • 01. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 - Five Finger Death Punch
  • 02. The Hunting Party - Linkin Park
  • 03. Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
  • 04. .5: The Gray Chapter - Slipknot
  • 05. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters
  • 09. Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam
  • 19. Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest
  • 22. World on Fire - Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
  • 27. The Paradigm Shift - Korn
  • 36. Metallica: Through the Never (Soundtrack) - Metallica
  • 41. Space Invader - Ace Frehley
  • 43. Modern Vintage - Sixx: A.M.
  • 46. 13 - Black Sabbath
  • 50. Simplicity - Tesla
Blues

The amazing Joe Bonamassa is at number 1 on the Blues Albums with Different Shades of Blue along with numbers 14 (An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House) and 15 (Live in Amsterdam with Beth Hart). Another modern artist, Guy Clark, Jr., also has multiple high entries at 2 (Blak and Blue) and 3 (Live). As for veteran artists, Keb' Mo' has the highest at 5 followed by Johnny Winter (#6), Robert Cray (#9), John Hiatt (#10), Paul Rodgers (#11), George Thorogood (#12) and Dave & Phil Alvin (#13).

  • 01. Different Shade of Blue - Joe Bonamassa
  • 02. Blak and Blue - Gary Clark, Jr.
  • 03. Live - Gary Clark, Jr. 
  • 04. Made Up Mind - Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • 05. Bluesamericana - Keb' Mo'
  • 06. Step Back - Johnny Winter
  • 08. All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman - Various Artists
  • 09. In My Soul - Robert Cray Band
  • 10. Terms of My Surrender - John Hiatt
  • 11. The Royal Sessions - Paul Rodgers
  • 12. 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - George Thorogood
  • 13. Common Ground - Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Folk
British folk band Passenger top the Folk Albums chart with All the Little Lights. With the resurgence of folk over the last few years, it isn't a slam dunk that veteran artists will chart well as these new artists are finding popularity among young listeners. That's why you have to go down to number 13 before you find new music from one of those established, older artists with Rosanne Cash's The River & the Thread but it was surrounded by two archive releases, The Lost Recordings by Jim Croce (#11) and Live at the Cellar Door by Neil Young (#14). 
  • 01. All the Little Lights - Passenger
  • 02. Hozier - Hozier
  • 03. Inside Llewyn Davis - Soundtrack
  • 04. Babel - Mumford & Sons
  • 05. From Here to Now to You - Jack Johnson
  • 11. The Lost Recordings - Jim Croce
  • 13. The River & the Thread - Rosanne Cash
  • 14. Live at the Cellar Door - Neil Young
  • 18. Standing in the Breach - Jackson Browne
  • 22. Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen
  • 23. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone - Lucinda Williams
  • 25. Mutineers - David Gray
  • 26. Plain Spoken - John Mellencamp
  • 27. A Letter Home - Neil Young
  • 29. Natalie Merchant - Natalie Merchant
  • 30. CSNY 1974 (Deluxe) - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 31. Sukierae - Tweedy
  • 33. Cros - David Crosby
  • 34. CSNY 1974 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 36. Bluesamericana - Keb' Mo'
  • 40. Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne - Various Artists
  • 44. Terms of My Surrender - John Hiatt
  • 47. CSNY 1974 (Selections) - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Bluegrass

Nickel Creek have the top Bluegrass Album of the year with A Dotted Line while Alan Jackson has number 2 for the year with The Bluegrass Album and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell come in at 3 with Love Has Come For You (the duo also have number 5 for the year).
  • 01. A Dotted Line - Nickel Creek
  • 02. The Bluegrass Album - Alan Jackson
  • 03. Love Has Come For You - Steve Martin Edie Brickel
  • 04. I'm a Stranger Here - The Devil Makes Three
  • 05. Live Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickel
  • 09. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • 10. Only Me - Rhonda Vincent
  • 14. Deep Roots - Stephen Curtis Chapman
  • 15. The Earls of Leicester - Earls of Leicester
  • 17. Bass & Mandolin - Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
  • 19. Three Bells - Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes
  • 20. Memories and Moments - Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott
  • 23. Cluck Ol' Hen: Live - Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby
  • 25. Red River Drifter - Michael Martin Murphey
Other year-end charts with veteran artists at number 1:
  • Independent Albums - Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences - Garth Brooks
  • Independent Artists - Garth Brooks
  • Catalog Artists - Led Zeppelin
  • Dance Club Songs - Never Say Never - Basement Jaxx
  • Tropical Airplay Songs - Marc Anthony
  • Comedy Albums - Mandatory Fun - Weird Al Yankovic
  • Comedy Albums Artist - Weird Al Yankovic
  • Jazz Albums - Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
  • Jazz Albums Artists - Tony Bennett
  • Smooth Jazz Songs - African Breeze - Jonathan Butler
  • Smooth Jazz Songs Artists - Boney James

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