Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Sasha Frere-Jones: 89 Favorite Albums of 2015

Garden of Delete - Oneohtrix Point Never

Sasha Frere-Jones: 89 Favorite Albums of 2015 (listed chronologically within three tiers)

holy cats / is best

  • Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
  • ZS – Xe
  • Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  • NHK – Program
  • Nicolas Jaar – Pomegranates
  • Oren Ambarchi – Live Knots
  • Trupa Trupa – Headache
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  • Jlin – Dark Energy
  • Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
  • William Basinski – Cascade
  • METZ – II
  • Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus – The Bad Plus Joshua Redman
  • Raphael Rogiński – Plays John Coltrane And Langston Hughes African Mystic Music
  • Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  • M.E.S.H. – Piteous Gate
  • Mac Demarco – Another One
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  • Abul Mogard – Circular Forms
  • Den Sorte Skole – Indians & Cowboys
  • The Necks – Vertigo
  • Autechre – AE_LIVE
  • Kode9 – Nothing
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete [pictured]
  • Wiki – Lil Me
  • Jim O’Rourke – Steamroom 20

oh man / is excellent

  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Chinx – CR5
  • Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
  • OG Maco – 15
  • BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
  • Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke – Behold
  • Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  • Heems – Eat Pray Thug
  • 12z – The Free Fall Inspirations
  • Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • The-Dream – Crown
  • Also – Also
  • Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – Ex Machina (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
  • Wire – Wire
  • Triac – Days
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  • Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  • Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  • Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  • Holly Herndon – Platform
  • Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  • Miguel – Wildheart
  • Quelle Chris – Innocent Country
  • Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015
  • Brood Ma – DAZE
  • FKA twigs – M3LL155X
  • L.A. Takedown – L.A. Takedown
  • Beach House – Depression Cherry
  • Destroyer – Poison Season
  • Battles – La Di Da Di
  • Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  • King Midas Sound & Fennesz – Edition 1
  • Asmus Tietchens – Ornamente (zwischen Null und Eins)
  • Swindle – Peace, Love & Music
  • Autre Ne Veut – Age Of Transparency
  • Mirt – Vanishing Land
  • Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
  • Young Thug – Slime Season 2
  • Grimes – Art Angels
  • DJ Paypal – Sold Out
  • Norman Westberg – Thirteen
  • Mette Henriette – Mette Henriette
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun
  • Jaala – Hard Hold
  • Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
  • Deantoni Parks – Technoself
  • Miss Red – Murder
  • Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  • Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

wow / so good

  • D.R.A.M. – #1Epic EP
  • Tinashe – Amethyst
  • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – FRKWYS, Vol. 12 – We Know Each Other Somehow
  • Ekoplekz – Reflekzionz
  • Helm – Olympic Mess
  • Migos – Yung Rich Nation
  • Low – Ones and Sixes
  • Pole – Wald
  • Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
  • Cuz Lightyear – Cuz
  • Arca – Mutant

John Powers: Top 11 Films of 2015

John Powers: Top 11 Films of 2015 (as published by Vogue)

  1. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  3. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  4. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  5. The Martian – Ridley Scott
  6. The Big Short – Adam McKay
  7. The Walk – Robert Zemeckis
  8. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  9. [tie] The End of the Tour – James Ponsoldt
  10. Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  11. Tangerine – Sean Baker

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2015

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2015 [see also: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016]

  1. Jlin – Dark Energy
  2. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
  3. Joshua Abrams – Magnetoception
  4. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  5. Heather Leigh – I Abused Animal
  6. Holly Herndon – Platform
  7. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  8. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  9. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  10. The Necks – Vertigo
  11. Hieroglyphic Being – We Are Not the First
  12. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  13. Björk – Vulnicura
  14. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  15. Graham Lambkin / Michael Pisaro – Schwarze Riesenfalter
  16. Raphael Rogiński – Plays John Coltrane And Langston Hughes African Mystic Music
  17. Laura Cannell – Beneath Swooping Talons
  18. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  19. Future – DS2
  20. Helm – Olympic Mess
  21. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
  22. Hour House – Chiltern
  23. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  24. Golden Teacher – Sauchiehall Enthrall
  25. Richard Thompson – Still
  26. Domenique Dumont – Comme ça
  27. Visionist – Safe
  28. Six Organs of Admittance – Hexadic
  29. Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
  30. Nidia Minaj – Danger
  31. King Midas Sound & Fennesz – Edition 1
  32. Philip Jeck – Cardinal
  33. DJ Esco & Future – 56 Nights
  34. Gnod – Infinity Machines
  35. Seymour Wright – Seymour Writes Back
  36. LNRDCROY – Much Less Normal
  37. Jürg Frey – Grizzana and other pieces 2009-2014
  38. Guttersnipe – Demo
  39. Jerusalem in My Heart – If He Dies, If If If If If If
  40. Contact – Allison Cameron: A Gossamer Bit
  41. Carter Tutti Void – F (X)
  42. Radu Malfatti – One man and a fly
  43. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  44. Uwe Oberg – Work
  45. Micachu & The Shapes – Good Sad Happy Bad
  46. Floating Points – Elaenia
  47. Keith Rowe / John Tilbury – Enough still not to know
  48. Jam City – Dream a Garden
  49. Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015
  50. William Basinski – The Deluge

Billboard: 25 Best Albums of 2015

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Billboard: 25 Best Albums of 2015 (as voted by Billboard staff)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. various artists – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  5. Adele – 25
  6. Jamie xx – In Colour
  7. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  8. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  9. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  10. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  11. Future – DS2
  12. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  13. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
  14. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  15. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
  16. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  17. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  18. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  19. Bomba Estéreo – Amanecer
  20. Bob Moses – Days Gone By
  21. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  23. Skrillex & Diplo – Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
  24. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  25. Natalia Lafourcade – Hasta la Raíz

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2015

Carol - Todd Haynes

Film Comment: 20 Best Films of 2015 (as voted by “over 100 North American colleagues”)

  1. Carol – Todd Haynes
  2. The Assassin – Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller
  4. Clouds of Sils Maria – Olivier Assayas
  5. Arabian Nights – Miguel Gomes
  6. Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako
  7. Spotlight – Tom McCarthy
  8. Phoenix – Christian Petzold
  9. Inside Out – Pete Docter
  10. The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
  11. Hard to Be a God – Aleksey German
  12. Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson
  13. In Jackson Heights – Frederick Wiseman
  14. Son of Saul – László Nemes
  15. Horse Money – Pedro Costa
  16. Jauja – Lisandro Alonso
  17. Tangerine – Sean Baker
  18. Brooklyn – John Crowley
  19. The Diary of a Teenage Girl – Marielle Heller
  20. Bridge of Spies – Steven Spielberg