Year-End Lists

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American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2015

27 November 2015

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Chris StapletonTraveller
  2. TORRESSprinter
  3. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  4. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. James McMurtryComplicated Game
  6. John MorelandHigh on Tulsa Heat
  7. WilcoStar Wars
  8. Craig FinnFaith In the Future
  9. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  10. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  11. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  12. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  13. HoundmouthLittle Neon Limelight
  14. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  15. Rayland BaxterImaginary Man
  16. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  17. DawesAll Your Favorite Bands
  18. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  19. Patty GriffinServant of Love
  20. Josh RitterSermon on the Rocks
  21. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  22. Andrew CombsAll These Dreams
  23. Dave Rawlings MachineNashville Obsolete
  24. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  25. Steve Earle & The DukesTerraplane
  26. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  27. The DeslondesThe Deslondes
  28. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  29. LuceroAll a Man Should Do
  30. Leon BridgesComing Home
  31. Dwight YoakamSecond Hand Heart
  32. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  33. Built to SpillUntethered Moon
  34. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  35. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  36. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  37. Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellThe Traveling Kind
  38. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  39. Promised Land SoundFor Use and Delight
  40. BullyFeels Like
  41. Aaron Lee TasjanIn The Blazes
  42. Adele25
  43. GospelbeacHPacific Surf Line
  44. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  45. Nora Jane StruthersWake
  46. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues
  47. Iris DeMentThe Trackless Woods
  48. Glen HansardDidn’t He Ramble
  49. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  50. Kristin DiableCreate Your Own Mythology