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

Cokemachineglow: 10 Favorite Albums of 2015

23 December 2015

Cokemachineglow has assembled a variety of ways to find some of the music their staff loved most this year. Below are the albums labeled “Unison” — representing the staff as a whole — but browse also their “Harmony” of individual voices.

[see also 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

Dummy: 30 Best Albums of 2015

22 December 2015

Dummy: 30 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2011]

  1. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  4. Gwilym GoldA Paradise
  5. JlinDark Energy
  6. FutureDS2
  7. Holly HerndonPlatform
  8. Jamie xxIn Colour
  9. Floating PointsElaenia
  10. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  11. Kode9Nothing
  12. Amateur BestThe Gleaners
  13. FKA twigsM3LL155X
  14. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  15. LettaTestimony
  16. DarkstarFoam Island
  17. Clarence ClarityNo Now
  18. Faze MiyakeFaze Miyake
  19. SiliconPersonal Computer
  20. GrimesArt Angels
  21. LVAncient Mechanisms
  22. BjörkVulnicura
  23. LA PriestInji
  24. Project PabloI Want To Believe
  25. various artists — Sound Pellegrino Presents SND.PE, Vol. 4: Melodic Mechanisms
  26. Tom MischBeat Tape 2
  27. RustieEVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
  28. Hudson MohawkeLantern
  29. Garth BEHipnotony
  30. SamoyedSaturday

Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2015

20 December 2015

Fact Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2015

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

  1. Dawn RichardBlackheart
  2. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  3. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  4. ArcaMutant
  5. GrimesArt Angels
  6. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  7. FutureDS2
  8. JlinDark Energy
  9. KelelaHallucinogen
  10. DJ RichardGrind
  11. EartheaterRIP Chrysalis
  12. RustieEVENIFUDONTBELIEVE
  13. M.E.S.H.Piteous Gate
  14. AcreBetter Strangers
  15. Jefre Cantu-LedesmaA Year With 13 Moons
  16. death’s dynamic shroudI’ll Try Living Like This
  17. KuedoAssertion of a Surrounding Presence
  18. AbraRose
  19. HelmOlympic Mess
  20. Jam CityDream a Garden
  21. BoogieThe Reach
  22. Levon VincentLevon Vincent
  23. Holly HerndonPlatform
  24. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  25. Julio BashmoreKnockin’ Boots
  26. J.G. BiberkopfEcologies
  27. FatherWho’s Gonna Get Fucked First?
  28. MurloOdyssey
  29. various artists — Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban Vol.1
  30. FISThe Blue Quicksand Is Going Now
  31. Kode9Nothing
  32. JunglepussyPregnant with Success
  33. Nidia MinajDanger
  34. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  35. Fifth HarmonyReflection
  36. Jóhann JóhannssonSicario (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  37. Johnny May CashMy Last Days
  38. Katie Deyasdfasdf
  39. Hieroglyphic BeingWe Are Not the First
  40. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  41. William BasinskiCascade
  42. JT The GoonKing Triton
  43. HelenThe Original Faces
  44. Ash KooshaGuud
  45. SmurphyA Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness
  46. ANAMAISallows
  47. Theo BurtGloss
  48. Leila Abdul-RaufInsomnia
  49. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  50. DisasterpeaceIt Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  51. Jeff BridgesSleeping Tapes

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2015

18 December 2015

Sputnikmusic: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2017]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. The Dear HunterAct IV: Rebirth in Reprise
  5. Viet CongViet Cong
  6. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  7. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  8. Jamie xxIn Colour
  9. We Lost the SeaDeparture Songs
  10. Dance Gavin DanceInstant Gratification
  11. mewithoutYouPale Horses
  12. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  13. KauanSorni Nai
  14. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  15. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  16. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  17. Ghost B.C.Meliora
  18. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  19. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  20. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  21. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  22. ArcturusArcturian
  23. Blanck MassDumb Flesh
  24. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  25. Joanna NewsomDivers
  26. IntronautThe Direction of Last Things
  27. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. AmorphisUnder the Red Cloud
  29. Paradise LostThe Plague Within
  30. Cult LeaderLightless Walk
  31. BjörkVulnicura
  32. TurnoverPeripheral Vision
  33. QueensrÿcheCondition Hüman
  34. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  35. FoalsWhat Went Down
  36. Bosse-de-NageAll Fours
  37. Frank TurnerPositive Songs for Negative People
  38. LeviathanScar Sighted
  39. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  40. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  41. ExgenesisAphotic Veil
  42. Bring Me the HorizonThat’s the Spirit
  43. HorrendousAnareta
  44. SoilworkThe Ride Majestic
  45. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  46. BlurThe Magic Whip
  47. Cairo Knife FightThe Colossus
  48. Marina and the DiamondsFroot
  49. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  50. FightstarBehind the Devil’s Back

Pretty Much Amazing: 50 Best Albums of 2015

18 December 2015

Pretty Much Amazing: 50 Best Albums of 2015

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

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  5. Jamie xxIn Colour
  6. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  7. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  9. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  10. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  11. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  12. BjörkVulnicura
  13. MiguelWildheart
  14. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  15. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  16. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  17. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  18. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  19. Viet CongViet Cong
  20. Empress OfMe
  21. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  22. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  23. DestroyerPoison Season
  24. Joanna NewsomDivers
  25. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  26. ShamirRatchet
  27. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. TORRESSprinter
  29. Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars
  30. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  31. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  32. various artists — Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  33. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  34. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  35. Dr. DreCompton
  36. Erykah BaduBut You Caint Use My Phone
  37. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  38. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  39. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  40. Young ThugBarter 6
  41. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  42. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  43. Thee Oh SeesMutilator Defeated At Last
  44. Holly HerndonPlatform
  45. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  46. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  47. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  48. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  49. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  50. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again