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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

December 16th, 2015
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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

All right, guys. This is the big one: the top records list, a.k.a the 50 albums that we will publicly endorse more than our recent presidential nominees. All things considered, 2015 was an impressive 365 days of Sleater-Kinney reunions, Drake memes, Beach House double teams and Justin Bieber comebacks, but the biggest story was undoubtedly the sheer quantity of great music artists unleashed onto the world.

But still, some where more epic than others. These are the records we enjoyed the most; the ones we had to tell our friends about, the ones we binge-listened to in our cars and played so many times our laptops have PTSD. So comb though, see if your favorite record made the cut,  and let us know what you think we missed. FYI the Pope’s indie rock album was in it’s own league so we couldn’t possibly put it in here …

(Go check out our Best Music Videos and Singles/Remixes of 2015 too!)

In alphabetical order …

1. Alabama Shakes – “Sound and Color”

alabama shakes sound and color 50 best albums

2. Alison Wonderland – “Run”

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3. Arca – “Mutant”

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4. Beach House – “Depression Cherry”

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5. Bicep – “Just”

50 best albums 2015 biecp jus

6. Bjork – “Vulnicura”

50 best albums 2015 bjork vulnicura

7. Boxed In – “Boxed In”

50 best albums 2015 boxed in

8. Braids – “Deep in the Iris”

50 best albums 2015 braids deep in the iris

9. The Chemical Brothers – “Born in the Echoes”

best albums 2015 chemical brothers born in the echoes

10. Colleen Green – “I Want to Grow Up”

50 best albums 2015 colleen green i want to grow up

11. Dan Deacon – “Gliss Riffer”

50 best albums 2015 dan deacon gliss riffer

12. Destroyer – “Poison Season”

50 best albums 2015 destroyer poison season

13. Dilly Dally – “Sore”

50 best albums 2015 dilly dally sore

14. Disclosure – “Caracal”

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15. Drake – “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

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16. Dr. Dre – “Compton”

50 best albums 2015 dr. dre compton

17. Empress Of – “Me”

50 best albums 2015 empress of me

18. Erykah Badu – “But You Caint Use My Phone”

50 best albums 2015 erykah badu but you can't use my phone

19. Fetty Wap – “Fetty Wap”

50 best albums 2015 fetty wap

20. FIDLAR – “Too”

50 best albums 2015 fidlar too

21. FKA Twigs – “M3ll155x EP”

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22. Four Tet – “Morning/Evening”

50 best albums 2015 four tet morning evening

23. Grimes – “Art Angels”

50 best albums 2015 grimes art angels

24. HEALTH – “Death Magic”

50 best albums 2015 heath death magic

25. Holly Herndon – “Platform”

50 best albums 2015 holly herndon platform

26. Hudson Mohawke – “Lantern”

50 best albums 2015 hudson mohawke lantern

27. Jamie xx – “In Colour”

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28. Jeremih – “Late Nights”

50 best albums 2015 jeremih late nights

29. Julia Holter – “Have You in My Wilderness”

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30. Kamasi Washington – “The Epic”

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31. Kelela – “Hallucinogen”

50 best albums of 2015 kelela hallucinogen

32. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly”

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33. Kurt Vile – “B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down”

50 best albums 2015 kurt vile b'lieve i'm goin down

34. Nadastrom – “Nadastrom”

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35. Neon Indian – “Vega School International”

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36. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Garden of Delete”

50 best albums of 2015 oneohtrix point never garden of delet

37. Palmbomen – “Palmbomen II”

50 best albums 2015 palmbomen ii

38. Panda Bear – “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper”

50 best albums 2015 panda bear meets the grim reaper

39. Petite Noir – “Life is Beautiful”

50 best albums of 2015 petite noir life is beautiful

40. Rae Sremmurd – “Sremm Life”

50 best albums 2015 ray sremmurd sremm life

41. Shamir – “Ratchet”

50 best albums 2015 shamir ratchet

42. SOPHIE – “Product”

50 best albums 2015 sophie product

43. Stealing Sheep – “Not Real”

50 best albums 2015 stealing sheep not real

44. Sufjan Stevens – “Carrie & Lowell”

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45. Tame Impala – Currents”

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46. Thundercat – “The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam”

50 best albums 2015 thundercat beyond

47. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love”

50 best albums 2015 unknown mortal orchestra multi-love

48. Vince Staples – “Summertime ’06”

50 best albums 2015 vince staples summertime '06

49. The Weeknd – “Beauty Behind the Madness”

50 best albums 2015 the weeknd beauty behind the madness

50.  Young Thug – “Barter 6”

50 best albums 2015 young thug barter 6