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.
2015 Albums

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

16 December 2015

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Jamie xxIn Colour
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  7. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  8. MiguelWildheart
  9. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  11. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  12. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  13. Joanna NewsomDivers
  14. Young ThugBarter 6
  15. BjörkVulnicura
  16. FKA twigsM3LL155X
  17. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  18. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  19. FutureDirty Sprite 2
  20. Floating PointsElaenia
  21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  22. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  24. ThundercatThe Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  25. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  26. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  27. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  28. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  29. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  30. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  31. KelelaHallucinogen
  32. Dr. DreCompton
  33. Archy MarshallA New Place 2 Drown
  34. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  35. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  36. Janet JacksonUnbreakable
  37. Empress OfMe
  38. ArcaMutant
  39. Holly HerndonPlatform
  40. JlinDark Energy
  41. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  42. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  43. DestroyerPoison Season
  44. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  45. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  47. DJ KozeDJ-Kicks
  48. ShamirRatchet
  49. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  50. Dawn RichardBlackheart