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.

Diffuser: 50 Best Albums of 2015

02 January 2016

Diffuser: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2017]

  1. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  7. DestroyerPoison Season
  8. Ryan Adams1989
  9. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  10. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  11. BlurThe Magic Whip
  12. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  13. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  14. BjörkVulnicura
  15. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  16. Joanna NewsomDivers
  17. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  18. Jamie xxIn Colour
  19. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  20. WilcoStar Wars
  21. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  23. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  24. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  25. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  26. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues
  27. Lower DensEscape From Evil
  28. Faith No MoreSol Invictus
  29. Mount EerieSauna
  30. TORRESSprinter
  31. Mew+ –
  32. BaronessPurple
  33. FIDLARToo
  34. The Mountain GoatsBeat the Champ
  35. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  36. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  37. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  38. WavvesV
  39. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  40. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  41. RatatatMagnifique
  42. MuseDrones
  43. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  44. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  45. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  46. Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars
  47. The DecemberistsWhat a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
  48. METZII
  49. Mumford & SonsWilder Mind
  50. The ArcsYours, Dreamily