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.

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2015

24 December 2015

Under the Radar: Top 100 Albums of 2015

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  2. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  3. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  4. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  5. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  6. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  8. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  9. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  10. EL VYReturn to the Moon
  11. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  12. GrimesArt Angels
  13. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  14. Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars
  15. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  16. Joanna NewsomDivers
  17. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  18. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  19. Mew+ –
  20. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  21. FoalsWhat Went Down
  22. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Jamie xxIn Colour
  24. LowOnes and Sixes
  25. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  26. GwennoY Dydd Olaf
  27. WilcoStar Wars
  28. TamarynCranekiss
  29. DucktailsSt. Catherine
  30. FFSFFS
  31. Everything EverythingGet To Heaven
  32. SexwitchSexwitch
  33. New OrderMusic Complete
  34. BjörkVulnicura
  35. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  36. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  37. AmasonSky City
  38. LA PriestInji
  39. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  40. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  41. Dan DeaconGliss Riffer
  42. East India YouthCulture of Volume
  43. Django DjangoBorn Under Saturn
  44. Mac DeMarcoAnother One
  45. YounghusbandDissolver
  46. Martin CourtneyMany Moons
  47. Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  48. SOAKBefore We Forgot How To Dream
  49. The DearsTimes Infinity, Vol. One
  50. TORRESSprinter
  51. San FerminJackrabbit
  52. BeirutNo No No
  53. BlurThe Magic Whip
  54. ShamirRatchet
  55. Lower DensEscape From Evil
  56. Viet CongViet Cong
  57. Hot ChipWhy Make Sense?
  58. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  59. Jaakko Eino KaleviJaakko Eino Kalevi
  60. Nicolas GodinContrepoint
  61. Mercury RevThe Light in You
  62. Dutch UnclesO Shudder
  63. Mark RonsonUptown Special
  64. TelekinesisAd Infinitum
  65. DestroyerPoison Season
  66. Jacco GardnerHypnophobia
  67. Girls NamesArms Around a Vision
  68. Petite NoirLa Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
  69. Will ButlerPolicy
  70. Patrick WatsonLove Songs for Robots
  71. Majical CloudzAre You Alone?
  72. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  73. CheatahsMythologies
  74. Empress OfMe
  75. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  76. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  77. Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood
  78. U.S. GirlsHalf Free
  79. Here We Go MagicBe Small
  80. AlgiersAlgiers
  81. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  82. Youth LagoonSavage Hills Ballroom
  83. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  84. Small BlackBest Blues
  85. Boxed InBoxed In
  86. BraidsDeep In the Iris
  87. Purity RingAnother Eternity
  88. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  89. Talk In TonguesAlone With a Friend
  90. Richard HawleyHollow Meadows
  91. BaioThe Names
  92. The Black RyderThe Door Behind the Door
  93. Briana MarelaAll Around Us
  94. Chelsea WolfeAbyss
  95. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  96. J FernandezMany Levels of Laughter
  97. Blanck MassDumb Flesh
  98. OutfitSlowness
  99. Salad BoysMetalmania
  100. Ryley WalkerPrimrose Green