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

Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2015

28 November 2015

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2015

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

  1. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  4. Ryley WalkerPrimrose Green
  5. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  6. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  7. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  9. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  10. New OrderMusic Complete
  11. BjörkVulnicura
  12. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  13. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  14. Robert ForsterSongs To Play
  15. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  16. The Weather StationLoyalty
  17. BlurThe Magic Whip
  18. WilcoStar Wars
  19. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  20. Holly HerndonPlatform
  21. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  22. GwennoY Dydd Olaf
  23. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  24. Richard ThompsonStill
  25. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  26. Joanna NewsomDivers
  27. Jamie xxIn Colour
  28. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaBa Power
  29. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  30. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  31. Four TetMorning / Evening
  32. Sun Kil MoonUniversal Themes
  33. Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood
  34. FFSFFS
  35. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  36. DestroyerPoison Season
  37. LowOnes and Sixes
  38. Dave Rawlings MachineNashville Obsolete
  39. Paul WellerSaturns Pattern
  40. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  41. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  42. J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
  43. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  44. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  45. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  46. Olivia ChaneyThe Longest River
  47. MiguelWildheart
  48. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  49. Songhoy BluesMusic In Exile
  50. Yo La TengoStuff Like That There
  51. AlgiersAlgiers
  52. H. HawklineIn the Pink of Condition
  53. Róisín MurphyHairless Toys
  54. Israel NashIsrael Nash’s Silver Season
  55. Neil Young & Promise of the RealThe Monsanto Years
  56. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  57. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  58. FuzzFuzz II
  59. Stick in the WheelFrom Here
  60. Chip TaylorThe Little Prayers Trilogy
  61. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  62. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  63. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface KillahSour Soul
  64. Public Image Ltd.What the World Needs Now…
  65. Bop EnglishConstant Bop
  66. The ApartmentsNo Song, No Spell, No Madrigal
  67. Micachu & The ShapesGood Sad Happy Bad
  68. Dave Alvin & Phil AlvinLost Time
  69. Modest MouseStrangers to Ourselves
  70. PondMan It Feels Like Space Again
  71. DrinksHermits On Holiday
  72. Killing JokePylon
  73. Phil CookSouthland Mission
  74. Keith RichardsCrosseyed Heart
  75. Nick Cave & Warren EllisLoin Des Hommes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Q: Top 50 Albums Of 2015

27 November 2015

Q Magazine: Top 50 Albums Of 2015

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

  1. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  2. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  3. Jamie xxIn Colour
  4. BlurThe Magic Whip
  5. New OrderMusic Complete
  6. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  8. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  9. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  10. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  11. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  12. FoalsWhat Went Down
  13. Joanna NewsomDivers
  14. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  15. Django DjangoBorn Under Saturn
  16. MiguelWildheart
  17. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday
  18. Four TetMorning / Evening
  19. Dr. DreCompton
  20. Everything EverythingGet To Heaven
  21. The FallSub-Lingual Tablet
  22. Gaz CoombesMatador
  23. LoneLadyHinterland
  24. Sun Kil MoonUniversal Themes
  25. Paul WellerSaturns Pattern
  26. The Chemical BrothersBorn in the Echoes
  27. The MaccabeesMarks to Prove It
  28. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  29. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  30. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  31. WireWire
  32. MuseDrones
  33. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  34. FFSFFS
  35. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  36. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  37. Bill Ryder-JonesWest Kirby County Primary
  38. Leon BridgesComing Home
  39. Róisín MurphyHairless Toys
  40. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  41. WilcoStar Wars
  42. SlavesAre You Satisfied?
  43. Years & YearsCommunion
  44. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  45. The ProdigyThe Day Is My Enemy
  46. Palma VioletsDanger in the Club
  47. GwennoY Dydd Olaf
  48. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  49. Hooton Tennis ClubHighest Point in Cliff Town
  50. Mac DeMarcoAnother One

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2015

27 November 2015

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2015

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

  1. Chris StapletonTraveller
  2. TORRESSprinter
  3. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  4. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. James McMurtryComplicated Game
  6. John MorelandHigh on Tulsa Heat
  7. WilcoStar Wars
  8. Craig FinnFaith In the Future
  9. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  10. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  11. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  12. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  13. HoundmouthLittle Neon Limelight
  14. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  15. Rayland BaxterImaginary Man
  16. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  17. DawesAll Your Favorite Bands
  18. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  19. Patty GriffinServant of Love
  20. Josh RitterSermon on the Rocks
  21. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  22. Andrew CombsAll These Dreams
  23. Dave Rawlings MachineNashville Obsolete
  24. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  25. Steve Earle & The DukesTerraplane
  26. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  27. The DeslondesThe Deslondes
  28. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  29. LuceroAll a Man Should Do
  30. Leon BridgesComing Home
  31. Dwight YoakamSecond Hand Heart
  32. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  33. Built to SpillUntethered Moon
  34. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  35. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  36. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  37. Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellThe Traveling Kind
  38. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  39. Promised Land SoundFor Use and Delight
  40. BullyFeels Like
  41. Aaron Lee TasjanIn The Blazes
  42. Adele25
  43. GospelbeacHPacific Surf Line
  44. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  45. Nora Jane StruthersWake
  46. Punch BrothersThe Phosphorescent Blues
  47. Iris DeMentThe Trackless Woods
  48. Glen HansardDidn’t He Ramble
  49. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  50. Kristin DiableCreate Your Own Mythology

Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2015

27 November 2015

Mojo Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2015

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

  1. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. New OrderMusic Complete
  4. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  5. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  6. Bill Ryder-JonesWest Kirby County Primary
  7. Songhoy BluesMusic In Exile
  8. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  9. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  10. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  11. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  12. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  13. LowOnes and Sixes
  14. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  15. Richard DawsonNothing Important
  16. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  17. Hooton Tennis ClubHighest Point in Cliff Town
  18. BlurThe Magic Whip
  19. Joanna NewsomDivers
  20. DungenAllas sak
  21. Richard ThompsonStill
  22. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  23. John GrantGrey Tickles, Black Pressure
  24. Gaz CoombesMatador
  25. Paul WellerSaturns Pattern
  26. WilcoStar Wars
  27. Leon BridgesComing Home
  28. Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood
  29. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  30. Bill FayWho Is The Sender?
  31. Ezra FurmanPerpetual Motion People
  32. Jamie xxIn Colour
  33. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday
  34. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  35. The LibertinesAnthems For Doomed Youth
  36. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  37. Promised Land SoundFor Use and Delight
  38. LoneLadyHinterland
  39. Keith RichardsCrosseyed Heart
  40. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  41. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  42. Boz ScaggsA Fool To Care
  43. Mark RonsonUptown Special
  44. Ryley WalkerPrimrose Green
  45. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  46. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  47. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  48. David GilmourRattle That Lock
  49. IbeyiIbeyi
  50. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…