Year-End Lists

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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 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