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

Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2015

15 December 2015

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2015

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

  1. JlinDark Energy
  2. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
  3. Joshua AbramsMagnetoception
  4. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  5. Heather LeighI Abused Animal
  6. Holly HerndonPlatform
  7. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  8. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  9. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  10. The NecksVertigo
  11. Hieroglyphic BeingWe Are Not the First
  12. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  13. BjörkVulnicura
  14. Joanna NewsomDivers
  15. Graham Lambkin / Michael PisaroSchwarze Riesenfalter
  16. Raphael RogińskiPlays John Coltrane And Langston Hughes African Mystic Music
  17. Laura CannellBeneath Swooping Talons
  18. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  19. FutureDS2
  20. HelmOlympic Mess
  21. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  22. Hour HouseChiltern
  23. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  24. Golden TeacherSauchiehall Enthrall
  25. Richard ThompsonStill
  26. Domenique DumontComme ça
  27. VisionistSafe
  28. Six Organs of AdmittanceHexadic
  29. Aphex TwinComputer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2
  30. Nidia MinajDanger
  31. King Midas Sound & FenneszEdition 1
  32. Philip JeckCardinal
  33. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  34. GnodInfinity Machines
  35. Seymour WrightSeymour Writes Back
  36. LNRDCROYMuch Less Normal
  37. Jürg FreyGrizzana and other pieces 2009-2014
  38. GuttersnipeDemo
  39. Jerusalem in My HeartIf He Dies, If If If If If If
  40. ContactAllison Cameron: A Gossamer Bit
  41. Carter Tutti VoidF (X)
  42. Radu MalfattiOne man and a fly
  43. ThundercatThe Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  44. Uwe ObergWork
  45. Micachu & The ShapesGood Sad Happy Bad
  46. Floating PointsElaenia
  47. Keith Rowe / John TilburyEnough still not to know
  48. Jam CityDream a Garden
  49. Flying Saucer AttackInstrumentals 2015
  50. William BasinskiThe Deluge