Year-End Lists

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

Billboard: 25 Best Albums of 2015

15 December 2015

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

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. various artists — Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  5. Adele25
  6. Jamie xxIn Colour
  7. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  8. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  9. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  10. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  11. FutureDS2
  12. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  13. Chris StapletonTraveller
  14. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  15. Big SeanDark Sky Paradise
  16. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  17. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  18. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  19. Bomba EstéreoAmanecer
  20. Bob MosesDays Gone By
  21. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  23. Skrillex & DiploSkrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
  24. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  25. Natalia LafourcadeHasta la Raíz