For this, I calculated the yearly average temperature since 1979 for UAH, GISS, NCDC, and coverage-corrected HadCRUT4. I tested each data set for autocorrelation, then calculated the 1979-2013 trend for each data set and predicted the average 2014 temperature from those trends. Using that prediction, I ranked each year by average yearly temperature. Here are the top five years according to those data sets.
There you have it. If the 1979-2013 trend prevails, 2014 will go down as the hottest year in the GISS and NCDC temperature records, the second hottest year in the coverage-corrected HadCRUT4 record, and the fourth hottest year in the UAH record. Year-to-date, it's already the hottest year for NCDC, the second hottest year for GISS and coverage-corrected HadCRUT4, and the third-hottest year for UAH. Not too bad for an ENSO neutral year. What should be clear to everyone is that global warming didn't somehow magically stop in 1998.