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

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2015

18 December 2015

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2017]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. The Dear HunterAct IV: Rebirth in Reprise
  5. Viet CongViet Cong
  6. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  7. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  8. Jamie xxIn Colour
  9. We Lost the SeaDeparture Songs
  10. Dance Gavin DanceInstant Gratification
  11. mewithoutYouPale Horses
  12. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  13. KauanSorni Nai
  14. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  15. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  16. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  17. Ghost B.C.Meliora
  18. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  19. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  20. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  21. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  22. ArcturusArcturian
  23. Blanck MassDumb Flesh
  24. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  25. Joanna NewsomDivers
  26. IntronautThe Direction of Last Things
  27. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. AmorphisUnder the Red Cloud
  29. Paradise LostThe Plague Within
  30. Cult LeaderLightless Walk
  31. BjörkVulnicura
  32. TurnoverPeripheral Vision
  33. QueensrÿcheCondition Hüman
  34. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  35. FoalsWhat Went Down
  36. Bosse-de-NageAll Fours
  37. Frank TurnerPositive Songs for Negative People
  38. LeviathanScar Sighted
  39. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  40. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  41. ExgenesisAphotic Veil
  42. Bring Me the HorizonThat’s the Spirit
  43. HorrendousAnareta
  44. SoilworkThe Ride Majestic
  45. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  46. BlurThe Magic Whip
  47. Cairo Knife FightThe Colossus
  48. Marina and the DiamondsFroot
  49. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  50. FightstarBehind the Devil’s Back