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. We note, of course, that it's not even December, yet. People. People! Lists are crashing down upon us unusually early. But here we go…

Category: 2015 Albums

Cokemachineglow: 10 Favorite Albums of 2015

Art Angels - Grimes

Cokemachineglow has assembled a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

  • Grimes – Art Angels
  • Holly Herndon – Platform
  • Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  • Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  • Main Attrakionz – 808’s & Dark Grapes III
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  • Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  • Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Dummy: 30 Best Albums of 2015

Dummy: 30 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  4. Gwilym Gold – A Paradise
  5. Jlin – Dark Energy
  6. Future – DS2
  7. Holly Herndon – Platform
  8. Jamie xx – In Colour
  9. Floating Points – Elaenia
  10. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  11. Kode9 – Nothing
  12. Amateur Best – The Gleaners
  13. FKA twigs – M3LL155X
  14. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  15. Letta – Testimony
  16. Darkstar – Foam Island
  17. Clarence Clarity – No Now
  18. Faze Miyake – Faze Miyake
  19. Silicon – Personal Computer
  20. Grimes – Art Angels
  21. LV – Ancient Mechanisms
  22. Björk – Vulnicura
  23. LA Priest – Inji
  24. Project Pablo – I Want To Believe
  25. various artists – Sound Pellegrino Presents SND.PE, Vol. 4: Melodic Mechanisms
  26. Tom Misch – Beat Tape 2
  27. Rustie – EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
  28. Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
  29. Garth BE – Hipnotony
  30. Samoyed – Saturday

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2015

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Dawn Richard – Blackheart
  2. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Arca – Mutant
  5. Grimes – Art Angels
  6. DJ Esco & Future – 56 Nights
  7. [tie] Future – DS2
  8. Jlin – Dark Energy
  9. Kelela – Hallucinogen
  10. DJ Richard – Grind
  11. Eartheater – RIP Chrysalis
  12. Rustie – EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
  13. M.E.S.H. – Piteous Gate
  14. Acre – Better Strangers
  15. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – A Year With 13 Moons
  16. death’s dynamic shroud.wmv – I’ll Try Living Like This
  17. Kuedo – Assertion of a Surrounding Presence
  18. Abra – Rose
  19. Helm – Olympic Mess
  20. Jam City – Dream a Garden
  21. Boogie – The Reach
  22. Levon Vincent – Levon Vincent
  23. Holly Herndon – Platform
  24. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  25. Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots
  26. J.G. Biberkopf – Ecologies
  27. Father – Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First?
  28. Murlo – Odyssey
  29. various artists – Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1
  30. FIS – The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now
  31. Kode9 – Nothing
  32. Junglepussy – Pregnant with Success
  33. Nidia Minaj – Danger
  34. Prurient – Frozen Niagara Falls
  35. Fifth Harmony – Reflection
  36. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Sicario (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  37. Johnny May Cash – My Last Days
  38. Katie Dey – asdfasdf
  39. Hieroglyphic Being – We Are Not the First
  40. Tame Impala – Currents
  41. William Basinski – Cascade
  42. JT The Goon – King Triton
  43. Helen – The Original Faces
  44. Ash Koosha – Guud
  45. Smurphy – A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
  46. ANAMAI – Sallows
  47. Theo Burt – Gloss
  48. Leila Abdul-Rauf – Insomnia
  49. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  50. Disasterpeace – It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  51. Jeff Bridges – Sleeping Tapes

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Sputnikmusic : Top 50 Albums of 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. The Dear Hunter – Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
  5. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  6. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  7. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  8. Jamie xx – In Colour
  9. We Lost the Sea – Departure Songs
  10. Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification
  11. mewithoutYou – Pale Horses
  12. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  13. Kauan – Sorni Nai
  14. Hop Along – Painted Shut
  15. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  16. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  17. Ghost B.C. – Meliora
  18. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  19. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  20. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  21. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  22. Arcturus – Arcturian
  23. Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  24. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  25. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  26. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things
  27. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud
  29. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within
  30. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk
  31. Björk – Vulnicura
  32. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
  33. Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman
  34. Tame Impala – Currents
  35. Foals – What Went Down
  36. Bosse-de-Nage – All Fours
  37. Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People
  38. Leviathan – Scar Sighted
  39. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  40. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  41. Exgenesis – Aphotic Veil
  42. Bring Me the Horizon – That’s the Spirit
  43. Horrendous – Anareta
  44. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic
  45. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  46. Blur – The Magic Whip
  47. Cairo Knife Fight – The Colossus
  48. Marina and The Diamonds – Froot
  49. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  50. Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back

Pretty Much Amazing: 50 Best Albums of 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Pretty Much Amazing: 50 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  5. Jamie xx – In Colour
  6. Tame Impala – Currents
  7. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  9. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  11. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  12. Björk – Vulnicura
  13. Miguel – Wildheart
  14. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  15. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
  16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  17. Hop Along – Painted Shut
  18. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  19. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  20. Empress Of – Me
  21. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  22. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  23. Destroyer – Poison Season
  24. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  25. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  26. Shamir – Ratchet
  27. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. Torres – Sprinter
  29. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
  30. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  31. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  32. various artists – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  33. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  34. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
  35. Dr. Dre – Compton
  36. Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
  37. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  38. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  39. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  40. Young Thug – Barter 6
  41. Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  42. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  43. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last
  44. Holly Herndon – Platform
  45. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  46. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
  47. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  48. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  49. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  50. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  4. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  5. Björk – Vulnicura
  6. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  7. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  9. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  10. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  11. Miguel – Wildheart
  12. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  13. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  14. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  15. Tame Impala – Currents
  16. Floating Points – Elaenia
  17. Jamie xx – In Colour
  18. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  20. Grimes – Art Angels
  21. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  22. New Order – Music Complete
  23. Girl Band – Holding Hands with Jamie
  24. Holly Herndon – Platform
  25. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  26. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  27. Mac Demarco – Another One
  28. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  29. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
  30. Fantasma – Free Love
  31. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
  32. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  33. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  34. FFS – FFS
  35. Dr. Dre – Compton
  36. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  37. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
  38. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  39. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls
  40. Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2015

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2015

  1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Björk – Vulnicura
  4. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  5. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  6. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  7. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  8. Braids – Deep In the Iris
  9. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  10. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  11. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  12. Charli XCX – Sucker
  13. Blur – The Magic Whip
  14. Kathryn Joseph – Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled
  15. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
  16. Low – Ones and Sixes
  17. Nils Frahm – Solo
  18. The Lucid Dream – The Lucid Dream
  19. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  20. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  21. Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters
  22. Susanne Sundfør – Ten Love Songs
  23. Girl Band – Holding Hands with Jamie
  24. Max Richter – Sleep
  25. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
  26. Foals – What Went Down
  27. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  28. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf
  29. Petrels – Flailing Tomb
  30. Haiku Salut – Etch and Etch Deep
  31. Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk
  32. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
  33. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
  34. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
  35. Idlewild – Everything Ever Written
  36. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  37. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
  38. Algiers – Algiers
  39. Hop Along – Painted Shut
  40. Trust Fund – Seems Unfair
  41. Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
  42. Mew – + –
  43. Grimes – Art Angels
  44. The Icarus Line – All Things Under Heaven
  45. Destroyer – Poison Season
  46. The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It
  47. Then Thickens – Colic
  48. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
  49. Heather Woods Broderick – Glider
  50. Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh
  51. Girlpool – Before the World Was Big
  52. HEALTH – Death Magic
  53. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  54. Lanterns on the Lake – Beings
  55. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  56. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
  57. Gnod – Infinity Machines
  58. Killing Joke – Pylon
  59. Blank Realm – Illegals in Heaven
  60. Title Fight – Hyperview
  61. Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  62. Desaparecidos – Payola
  63. Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
  64. Errors – Lease of Life
  65. Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
  66. Cheatahs – Mythologies
  67. Mercury Rev – The Light in You
  68. Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
  69. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  70. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  71. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  72. Colder – Many Colours
  73. Ghost Culture – Ghost Culture
  74. Jamie xx – In Colour
  75. Dr. Dre – Compton
  76. Anna von Hausswolff – The Miraculous
  77. The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth
  78. Battles – La Di Da Di
  79. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  80. LoneLady – Hinterland
  81. Jme – Integrity
  82. The Cribs – For All My Sisters
  83. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  84. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  85. Tame Impala – Currents
  86. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  87. EL VY – Return to the Moon
  88. Ought – Sun Coming Down
  89. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  90. Holly Herndon – Platform
  91. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  92. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  93. Floating Points – Elaenia
  94. Gaz Coombes – Matador
  95. Fairhorns – Fuckup Rush
  96. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
  97. Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  98. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  99. The Mountain Goats – Beat the Champ
  100. Drinks – Hermits On Holiday

Flavorwire: 20 Favorite Albums of 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Flavorwire: 20 Favorite Albums of 2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Grimes – Art Angels
  3. Downtown Boys – Full Communism
  4. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  5. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

The rest alphabetical by artist

  • Algiers – Algiers
  • Björk – Vulnicura
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  • Desaparecidos – Payola
  • Dr. Dre – Compton
  • Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
  • FKA twigs – M3LL155X
  • Ibeyi – Ibeyi
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Joanna Newsom – Divers
  • Kelela – Hallucinogen
  • Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
  • Rick Ross – Black Dollar
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun
  • Sports – All of Something

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2015

Floating Points - Elaenia

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2015

  1. Floating Points – Elaenia
  2. Levon Vincent – Levon Vincent
  3. Jlin – Dark Energy
  4. LNRDCROY – Much Less Normal
  5. Björk – Vulnicura
  6. Suzanne Kraft – Talk from Home
  7. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  8. Boof – The Hydrangeas Whisper
  9. DJ Sotofett & Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Drippin’ For A Tripp
  10. Hunee – Hunch Music
  11. Mariah – Utakata No Hibi
  12. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  13. Domenique Dumont – Comme ça
  14. Anthony Naples – Body Pill
  15. Gaussian Curve – Clouds
  16. Linkwood – Expressions
  17. Zenker Brothers – Immersion
  18. Matrixxman – Homesick
  19. Visionist – Safe
  20. Vilod – Safe In Harbour

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015 (see also 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Jamie xx – In Colour
  3. Grimes – Art Angels
  4. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  5. Tame Impala – Currents
  6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  7. D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
  8. Miguel – Wildheart
  9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  11. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  12. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  13. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  14. Young Thug – Barter 6
  15. Björk – Vulnicura
  16. FKA twigs – M3LL155X
  17. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  18. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  19. Future – Dirty Sprite 2
  20. Floating Points – Elaenia
  21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  22. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  24. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  25. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  26. Deafheaven – New Bermuda
  27. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
  28. Beach House – Depression Cherry
  29. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
  30. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
  31. Kelela – Hallucinogen
  32. Dr. Dre – Compton
  33. Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown
  34. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  35. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
  36. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
  37. Empress Of – Me
  38. Arca – Mutant
  39. Holly Herndon – Platform
  40. Jlin – Dark Energy
  41. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album
  42. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
  43. Destroyer – Poison Season
  44. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
  45. Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  47. DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks
  48. Shamir – Ratchet
  49. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
  50. Dawn Richard – Blackheart