14 Things We Can't Believe Happened in Music in 2014

Despite not putting out a decent album in over a decade, Rancid shockingly released one of 2014's finest punk records.
Despite not putting out a decent album in over a decade, Rancid shockingly released one of 2014's finest punk records.
Melissa Fossum

Every year, the music industry brings us a wide variety of shocking moments. Whether it's a surprising death (Whitney Houston in 2012, Lou Reed in 2013) or a publicly off-putting/humiliating debacle (the VMAs, from almost any year), there are always a handful of moments that stick out each year that make you question whether they actually happened or if you're just imagining it.

Here's our list of 14 things we can't believe happened (or didn't happen) in music over the course of 2014.

See also: 20 Best Concert Photos of 2014

14. Rancid finally released a new (surprisingly good) album When the classic NorCal punk rockers broke up in 2004, we thought we might've seen the last of Rancid. The highly produced Indestructible just felt like the album that an aging punk band would put out before calling it quits. A couple years later, Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, and company were back to touring and even put out 2009's very mediocre Let the Dominoes Fall. Though Rancid's performances continued to feature primarily fan favorites from their classic albums like ...And Out Came the Wolves and Let's Go, we doubted we'd see another solid album from the iconic quartet. On October 27, ...Honor is All We Know proved us wrong. Maybe it's the ellipses, maybe it's the fact that only two songs are longer than three minutes, but something about Rancid's 2014 release was surprisingly better than anything they'd put out in well over a decade.

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13. OutKast reunites (grudgingly) During a performance at Georgia State University's homecoming in October 2010, Big Boi implied that he was certain there would never be an OutKast reunion. It turns out, he was wrong. The reunion wasn't necessarily pretty, but the Atlanta-based duo took the stage for a festival-laden tour in 2014. We're pretty certain we won't see the two performing together anytime soon (Andre 3000 has already said he was unwilling to do the reunion in the first place), but it's nice that audiences got one last shot to hear a little Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik one last time. We didn't think it would happen in 2014, and if it wasn't for the live Coachella stream, we might not have believed it happened at all.

12. Neither Kanye West nor Kendrick Lamar released an album Remember in 2013 when Kanye West "changed the game" with the polarizing futuristic Yeezus album? What about when Kendrick Lamar dropped "good kid, m.A.A.d city" in 2012 and immediately put himself in the running for "Best Rapper Alive" awards? Well, both were allegedly supposed to drop albums in 2014 and (so far) neither did. Kendrick released a single ("i") to mixed reviews, but every other rumored release has just been proven false. Considering the speed at which mainstream rap superstars such as Drake and J. Cole have been releasing albums, we're all left wondering if there's a reason behind the delays or if both albums are just getting the "Detox" treatment.

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