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

Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2015

28 December 2015

The Quietus: Top 100 Albums of 2015

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

  1. JlinDark Energy
  2. Stara RzekaZamknęły się oczy ziemi
  3. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  4. Carter Tutti VoidF (X)
  5. Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
  6. East India YouthCulture of Volume
  7. Eek!Kahraba
  8. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  9. New OrderMusic Complete
  10. Holly HerndonPlatform
  11. Circuit Des YeuxIn Plain Speech
  12. Elysia CramptonAmerican Drift
  13. The Inward CirclesBelated Movements for an Unsanctioned Exhumation August 1st 1984
  14. HelmOlympic Mess
  15. Jam CityDream a Garden
  16. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  17. Teeth of the SeaHighly Deadly Black Tarantula
  18. King Midas Sound & FenneszEdition 1
  19. Sunn O)))Kannon
  20. Laura CannellBeneath Swooping Talons
  21. HawthonnHawthonn
  22. GnodInfinity Machines
  23. WIDTPOINT#03
  24. Jerusalem in My HeartIf He Dies, If If If If If If
  25. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  26. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaBa Power
  27. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  28. Hey ColossusRadio Static High
  29. RP BooFingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints
  30. My DiscoSevere
  31. EnyaDark Sky Island
  32. One More GrainGrain Fever
  33. ChrononautzNoments
  34. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  35. DJ RichardGrind
  36. Karin ParkApocalypse Pop
  37. KsiężycRabbit Eclipse
  38. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  39. MembranesDark Matter / Dark Energy
  40. Mika Vainio & franck vigrouxPeau froide, léger soleil
  41. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel KalmaFRKWYS, Vol. 12 – We Know Each Other Somehow
  42. The Eccentronic Research CouncilJohnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine…I’m Your Biggest Fan
  43. ArcaMutant
  44. KerridgeAlways Offended Never Ashamed
  45. LoneLadyHinterland
  46. Owiny Sigoma BandNyanza
  47. M.E.S.H.Piteous Gate
  48. Jaakko Eino KaleviJaakko Eino Kalevi
  49. Russell HaswellAs Sure As Night Follows Day
  50. BjörkVulnicura
  51. RabitCommunion
  52. The Soft MoonDeeper
  53. FutureDS2
  54. Eric ChenauxSkullsplitter
  55. Gnaw Their TonguesAbyss of Longing Throats
  56. Imaginary ForcesLow Key Movements
  57. ColleenCaptain of None
  58. WireWire
  59. Levon VincentLevon Vincent
  60. FISThe Blue Quicksand Is Going Now
  61. MeatraffleHi Fi Classics
  62. Anthony ChildElectronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 1
  63. AlgiersAlgiers
  64. ShapednoiseDifferent Selves
  65. Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’RourkeBehold
  66. LeifTaraxacum
  67. MelecheshEnki
  68. Pearson SoundPearson Sound
  69. TORRESSprinter
  70. Consumer ElectronicsDollhouse Songs
  71. JmeIntegrity
  72. Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice DillonStudies I-XVII for Samplers and Percussion
  73. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  74. Ian William CraigCradle for the Wanting
  75. ContainerLP
  76. Bad GuysBad Guynaecology
  77. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  78. Broken English ClubSuburban Hunting
  79. Joey AndersonInvisible Switch
  80. Shit & Shine54 Synth-Brass, 38 Metal Guitar, 65 Cathedral
  81. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  82. Cornered Yet Climbing Featuring Kelly Jayne JonesFevered Realities
  83. Master Musicians of BukkakeFurther West Quad Cult
  84. The CharlatansModern Nature
  85. TerakaftAlone (Ténéré)
  86. MiloSo the Flies Don’t Come
  87. Paper DollhouseAeonflower
  88. Claude SpeeedSun Czar Temple
  89. Real LiesReal Life
  90. Jute GyteShip of Theseus
  91. John FoxxLondon Overgrown
  92. Lightning BoltFantasy Empire
  93. The NecksVertigo
  94. Roots ManuvaBleeds
  95. Rizan SaidKing of Keyboard
  96. GuapoObscure Knowledge
  97. Checkpoint 303The Iqrit files
  98. Eugene The OceanographerThe Tigers Of Mount Paektu
  99. RSS BoysHddn
  100. PissgraveSuicide Euphoria

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2015

26 December 2015

Pigeons & Planes: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2017, 2016]

  1. GrimesArt Angels
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Jamie xxIn Colour
  4. Autre Ne VeutAge Of Transparency
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  7. FutureDS2
  8. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  9. Cousin StizzSuffolk County
  10. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  11. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  12. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  13. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  14. The InternetEgo Death
  15. Young ThugBarter 6
  16. Adele25
  17. The NeighbourhoodWiped Out!
  18. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  19. Pusha TKing Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
  20. Lianne La HavasBlood
  21. Drake & FutureWhat a Time to Be Alive
  22. Empress OfMe
  23. Travis ScottRodeo
  24. Leon BridgesComing Home
  25. Mac MillerGO:OD AM
  26. MiguelWildheart
  27. BrodinskiBrava
  28. JmeIntegrity
  29. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  30. Action BronsonMr. Wonderful
  31. Tove StyrkeKiddo
  32. Section BoyzDon’t Panic
  33. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  34. Blank BodyExplicit Deluxe
  35. GeorgiaGeorgia
  36. GoldLinkAnd After That, We Didn’t Talk
  37. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  38. Hudson MohawkeLantern
  39. Ty Dolla $ignFree TC
  40. DPDesigner Casket
  41. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  42. Tyler, The CreatorCherry Bomb
  43. HEALTHDeath Magic
  44. RP BooFingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints
  45. Freddie GibbsShadow of a Doubt
  46. London O’ConnorO∆
  47. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  48. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  49. Jazz CartierMarauding in Paradise
  50. Lupe FiascoTetsuo & Youth

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

Time Out London: 50 Best Albums of 2015

24 December 2015

Time Out London: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2014]

  1. The InternetEgo Death
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  4. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  5. Julio BashmoreKnockin’ Boots
  6. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  7. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  8. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  9. GrimesArt Angels
  10. ShamirRatchet
  11. All We AreAll We Are
  12. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  13. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  14. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  15. Nadine ShahFast Food
  16. Jamie xxIn Colour
  17. Floating PointsElaenia
  18. BlurThe Magic Whip
  19. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  20. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  21. IbeyiIbeyi
  22. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  23. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  24. LoneLadyHinterland
  25. Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  26. Drake & FutureWhat a Time to Be Alive
  27. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  28. Jaga JazzistStarfire
  29. Jaakko Eino KaleviJaakko Eino Kalevi
  30. HuneeHunch Music
  31. C DuncanArchitect
  32. Killing JokePylon
  33. Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood
  34. MarriagesSalome
  35. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  36. various artists — PC Music, Vol. 1
  37. Charli XCXSUCKER
  38. Little SimzA Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
  39. BattlesLa Di Da Di
  40. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  41. Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  42. BjörkVulnicura
  43. Róisín MurphyHairless Toys
  44. SexwitchSexwitch
  45. ShoppingWhy Choose
  46. FIDLARToo
  47. LandshapesHeyoon
  48. New OrderMusic Complete
  49. Royce Wood JuniorAshen Tang
  50. SlavesAre You Satisfied?

FasterLouder: 50 Best Albums of 2015

24 December 2015

FasterLouder: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  4. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  5. Jamie xxIn Colour
  6. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  7. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  8. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  9. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  10. GrimesArt Angels
  11. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  12. BlurThe Magic Whip
  13. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  14. Royal HeadacheHigh
  15. Hiatus KaiyoteChoose Your Weapon
  16. Dick DiverMelbourne, Florida
  17. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  18. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  19. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  20. The InternetEgo Death
  21. BjörkVulnicura
  22. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  23. Majical CloudzAre You Alone?
  24. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  25. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  26. Joanna NewsomDivers
  27. Viet CongViet Cong
  28. MiguelWildheart
  29. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  30. DrengeUndertow
  31. Faith No MoreSol Invictus
  32. BilalIn Another Life
  33. TwerpsRange Anxiety
  34. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  35. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  36. Gold ClassIt’s You
  37. FoalsWhat Went Down
  38. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  39. Hot ChipWhy Make Sense?
  40. HermitudeDark Night Sweet Light
  41. Mark RonsonUptown Special
  42. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  43. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  44. Methyl EthelOh Inhuman Spectacle
  45. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface KillahSour Soul
  46. BullyFeels Like
  47. Dr. DreCompton
  48. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  49. Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams
  50. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late