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.

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. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Original Broadway CastHamilton (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