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. 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

Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

18 December 2015

The Guardian: 40 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2019, 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 2010s, 2019, 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