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

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

18 December 2015

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

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

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  3. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  4. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  5. BjörkVulnicura
  6. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  7. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  9. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  10. Joanna NewsomDivers
  11. MiguelWildheart
  12. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  13. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  14. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  15. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  16. Floating PointsElaenia
  17. Jamie xxIn Colour
  18. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  19. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  20. GrimesArt Angels
  21. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  22. New OrderMusic Complete
  23. Girl BandHolding Hands with Jamie
  24. Holly HerndonPlatform
  25. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  26. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  27. Mac DeMarcoAnother One
  28. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  29. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  30. FantasmaFree Love
  31. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  32. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  33. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  34. FFSFFS
  35. Dr. DreCompton
  36. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  37. Janet JacksonUnbreakable
  38. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  39. Iron MaidenThe Book of Souls
  40. Benjamin ClementineAt Least For Now

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2015

17 December 2015

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2015

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

  1. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. BjörkVulnicura
  4. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  5. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  6. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  7. Joanna NewsomDivers
  8. BraidsDeep In the Iris
  9. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  10. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  11. Viet CongViet Cong
  12. Charli XCXSUCKER
  13. BlurThe Magic Whip
  14. Kathryn JosephBones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled
  15. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  16. LowOnes and Sixes
  17. Nils FrahmSolo
  18. The Lucid DreamThe Lucid Dream
  19. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  20. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  21. PinkshinyultrablastEverything Else Matters
  22. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  23. Girl BandHolding Hands with Jamie
  24. Max RichterSleep
  25. Fetty WapFetty Wap
  26. FoalsWhat Went Down
  27. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  28. GwennoY Dydd Olaf
  29. PetrelsFlailing Tomb
  30. Haiku SalutEtch and Etch Deep
  31. Du BlondeWelcome Back To Milk
  32. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface KillahSour Soul
  33. Marilyn MansonThe Pale Emperor
  34. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  35. IdlewildEverything Ever Written
  36. Godspeed You! Black EmperorAsunder, Sweet and Other Distress
  37. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  38. AlgiersAlgiers
  39. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  40. Trust FundSeems Unfair
  41. Everything EverythingGet To Heaven
  42. Mew+ –
  43. GrimesArt Angels
  44. The Icarus LineAll Things Under Heaven
  45. DestroyerPoison Season
  46. The MaccabeesMarks to Prove It
  47. Then ThickensColic
  48. Lower DensEscape From Evil
  49. Heather Woods BroderickGlider
  50. Blanck MassDumb Flesh
  51. girlpoolBefore the World Was Big
  52. HEALTHDeath Magic
  53. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  54. Lanterns on the LakeBeings
  55. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  56. Ryley WalkerPrimrose Green
  57. GnodInfinity Machines
  58. Killing JokePylon
  59. Blank RealmIllegals in Heaven
  60. Title FightHyperview
  61. Belle and SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  62. DesaparecidosPayola
  63. Songhoy BluesMusic In Exile
  64. ErrorsLease of Life
  65. Joanna GruesomePeanut Butter
  66. CheatahsMythologies
  67. Mercury RevThe Light in You
  68. GhostpoetShedding Skin
  69. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  70. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  71. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  72. ColderMany Colours
  73. Ghost CultureGhost Culture
  74. Jamie xxIn Colour
  75. Dr. DreCompton
  76. Anna von HausswolffThe Miraculous
  77. The LibertinesAnthems For Doomed Youth
  78. BattlesLa Di Da Di
  79. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  80. LoneLadyHinterland
  81. JmeIntegrity
  82. The CribsFor All My Sisters
  83. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  84. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  85. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  86. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  87. EL VYReturn to the Moon
  88. OughtSun Coming Down
  89. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  90. Holly HerndonPlatform
  91. VillagersDarling Arithmetic
  92. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  93. Floating PointsElaenia
  94. Gaz CoombesMatador
  95. FairhornsFuckup Rush
  96. Nadine ShahFast Food
  97. Róisín MurphyHairless Toys
  98. SOAKBefore We Forgot How To Dream
  99. The Mountain GoatsBeat the Champ
  100. DrinksHermits On Holiday

Flavorwire: 20 Favorite Albums of 2015

17 December 2015

Flavorwire: 20 Favorite Albums of 2015

[see also 2014]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. GrimesArt Angels
  3. Downtown BoysFull Communism
  4. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  5. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2015

17 December 2015

Resident Advisor: Top 20 Albums of 2015

[see also 2018, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Floating PointsElaenia
  2. Levon VincentLevon Vincent
  3. JlinDark Energy
  4. LNRDCROYMuch Less Normal
  5. BjörkVulnicura
  6. Suzanne KraftTalk from Home
  7. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  8. BoofThe Hydrangeas Whisper
  9. DJ Sotofett & Jaakko Eino KaleviDrippin’ For A Tripp
  10. HuneeHunch Music
  11. MariahUtakata No Hibi
  12. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  13. Domenique DumontComme ça
  14. Anthony NaplesBody Pill
  15. Gaussian CurveClouds
  16. LinkwoodExpressions
  17. Zenker BrothersImmersion
  18. MatrixxmanHomesick
  19. VisionistSafe
  20. VilodSafe In Harbour

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

16 December 2015

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2015

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

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Jamie xxIn Colour
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  7. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  8. MiguelWildheart
  9. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  11. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  12. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  13. Joanna NewsomDivers
  14. Young ThugBarter 6
  15. BjörkVulnicura
  16. FKA twigsM3LL155X
  17. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  18. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  19. FutureDirty Sprite 2
  20. Floating PointsElaenia
  21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  22. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  23. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  24. ThundercatThe Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
  25. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  26. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  27. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  28. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  29. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  30. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  31. KelelaHallucinogen
  32. Dr. DreCompton
  33. Archy MarshallA New Place 2 Drown
  34. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  35. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  36. Janet JacksonUnbreakable
  37. Empress OfMe
  38. ArcaMutant
  39. Holly HerndonPlatform
  40. JlinDark Energy
  41. JeremihLate Nights: The Album
  42. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  43. DestroyerPoison Season
  44. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  45. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  47. DJ KozeDJ-Kicks
  48. ShamirRatchet
  49. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  50. Dawn RichardBlackheart