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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015

12 January 2016

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2015 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  4. GrimesArt Angels
  5. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  6. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  7. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  8. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  9. Jamie xxIn Colour
  10. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  11. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  12. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  13. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  14. MiguelWildheart
  15. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  16. Joanna NewsomDivers
  17. FutureDS2
  18. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  19. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  20. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  21. various artists — Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  22. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  23. BjörkVulnicura
  24. Chris StapletonTraveller
  25. Leon BridgesComing Home
  26. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  27. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  28. TORRESSprinter
  29. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  30. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  31. ShamirRatchet
  32. Young ThugBarter 6
  33. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  34. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  35. Adele25
  36. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  37. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  38. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  39. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  40. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  41. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  42. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  43. WilcoStar Wars
  44. Royal HeadacheHigh
  45. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  46. LowOnes and Sixes
  47. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  48. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  49. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  50. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  51. James McMurtryComplicated Game
  52. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn
  53. BlurThe Magic Whip
  54. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  55. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  56. Dr. DreCompton
  57. DestroyerPoison Season
  58. [tie] The InternetEgo Death
  59. Viet CongViet Cong
  60. Colleen GreenI Want to Grow Up
  61. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  62. BullyFeels Like
  63. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  64. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  65. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  66. ArcaMutant
  67. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  68. AlgiersAlgiers
  69. Yo La TengoStuff Like That There
  70. Julien BakerSprained Ankle
  71. Downtown BoysFull Communism
  72. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  73. The SonicsThis Is the Sonics
  74. HeemsEat Pray Thug
  75. [tie] New OrderMusic Complete
  76. Floating PointsElaenia
  77. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  78. Holly HerndonPlatform
  79. FFSFFS
  80. Joan ShelleyOver and Even
  81. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  82. HEALTHDeath Magic
  83. Eric ChurchMr. Misunderstood
  84. [tie] Laurie AndersonHeart of a Dog
  85. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  86. Bob DylanThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966
  87. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  88. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  89. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  90. Jeffrey LewisManhattan
  91. Ryan Adams1989
  92. Janet JacksonUnbreakable
  93. [tie] The Mountain GoatsBeat the Champ
  94. J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
  95. Erykah BaduBut You Caint Use My Phone
  96. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  97. Beauty PillDescribes Things As They Are
  98. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  99. Screaming FemalesRose Mountain
  100. TenementPredatory Headlights

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

Dennis Cooper: 31 Favorite Albums of 2015

01 January 2016

Dennis Cooper: 31 Favorite Albums of 2015 (“in no order”)

[see also 2013, 2012, 2011]

Magnet: Top 25 Albums of 2015

29 December 2015

Magnet Magazine: Top 25 Albums of 2015

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

  1. WilcoStar Wars
  2. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  3. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  4. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. Royal HeadacheHigh
  6. Joanna NewsomDivers
  7. The LibertinesAnthems For Doomed Youth
  8. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  9. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  10. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  11. LowOnes and Sixes
  12. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  13. Ricked WickySwimmer to a Liquid Armchair
  14. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  15. BlurThe Magic Whip
  16. Richard HawleyHollow Meadows
  17. Screaming FemalesRose Mountain
  18. DestroyerPoison Season
  19. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  20. Meg BairdDon’t Weigh Down the Light
  21. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  22. BjörkVulnicura
  23. Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  24. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  25. Chastity BeltTime to Go Home

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

29 December 2015

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

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

  1. ArcaMutant
  2. Young ThugBarter 6
  3. James FerraroSkid Row
  4. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  5. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  6. Elysia CramptonAmerican Drift
  7. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  8. FutureDS2
  9. BjörkVulnicura
  10. SophieProduct
  11. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  12. Beat DetectivesBoogie Chillen/The Hills of Cypress
  13. Sicko MobbSuper Saiyan Vol. 2
  14. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  15. Joanna NewsomDivers
  16. ContainerLP [2015]
  17. AhnnuPerception
  18. Lil Ugly ManeThird Side of Tape
  19. SmurphyA Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
  20. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  21. D/P/IAd Hocc
  22. HelenThe Original Faces
  23. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  24. Cloud RatQliphoth
  25. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
  26. various artists — Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2 – Pinhead In Fantasia
  27. M.E.S.H.Piteous Gate
  28. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  29. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  30. U.S. GirlsHalf Free
  31. GrimesArt Angels
  32. Giant ClawDeep Thoughts
  33. Rabit & Chino AmobiThe Great Game: Freedom From Mental Poisoning
  34. EartheaterRIP Chrysalis
  35. Holly HerndonPlatform
  36. LolinaRELAXIN’ with Lolina
  37. Autre Ne VeutAge Of Transparency
  38. Amnesia ScannerAS Angels Rig Hook
  39. ZSXe
  40. ChickletteUnfaithful
  41. DJ Nigga FoxNoite e Dia
  42. Ben ZimmermanThe Baltika Years
  43. Food CourtFood Court
  44. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  45. JlinDark Energy
  46. Dr. Yen LoDays With Dr. Yen Lo
  47. Seth GrahamNo.00 in Clean Life
  48. LiturgyThe Ark Work
  49. Jefre Cantu-LedesmaA Year With 13 Moons
  50. LoticAgitations