Update: 4pm CST. Dr. Gavin Schmidt of NASA released a table showing that 2014 is likely NOT the "hottest year ever" (ever = since 1850) after all of the publicity of the last two days.
Here is a composite of the temperature readings of the four traditional, long-term metrics of the earth's temperature.
here. It only goes back to 1979 because that is when earth's temperatures began to be measured from space.
The "warmest ever" story is based on a NOAA metric that was invented when the traditional metrics did not conform to the hypothesis. Climate 'science' is different than other sciences. When the data does not conform to the hypothesis, the goalposts are moved.
Addition: If you want to see how the above compares to an IPCC model prediction, see the graphic below.