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

A.V. Club: 15 Best Albums of 2015

07 December 2015

The A.V. Club: 15 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  3. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  4. GrimesArt Angels
  5. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  6. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  7. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  8. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  9. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. TORRESSprinter
  11. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  12. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  13. Julien BakerSprained Ankle
  14. WilcoStar Wars
  15. Hop AlongPainted Shut

Time: Top 10 Best Albums of 2015

04 December 2015

Time Magazine: Top 10 Best Albums of 2015, as selected by Nolan Feeney and Maura Johnston

[see also 2010s, 2019]

  1. MiguelWildheart
  2. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  3. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  5. Girl BandHolding Hands with Jamie
  6. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  7. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Vijay Iyer TrioBreak Stuff
  9. Jamie xxIn Colour
  10. Ashley MonroeThe Blade

NME: Top 50 Albums of 2015

02 December 2015

NME: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011]

  1. GrimesArt Angels
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Jamie xxIn Colour
  4. Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  7. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  8. FoalsWhat Went Down
  9. The MaccabeesMarks to Prove It
  10. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  11. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  12. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  13. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  14. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  15. BlurThe Magic Whip
  16. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  17. Joanna NewsomDivers
  18. Swim DeepMothers
  19. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  20. U.S. GirlsHalf Free
  21. ShamirRatchet
  22. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  23. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  24. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  25. BjörkVulnicura
  26. Holly HerndonPlatform
  27. Mac DeMarcoAnother One
  28. Laura MarlingShort Movie
  29. The LibertinesAnthems For Doomed Youth
  30. Fetty WapFetty Wap
  31. SlavesAre You Satisfied?
  32. Charli XCXSUCKER
  33. LA PriestInji
  34. PondMan It Feels Like Space Again
  35. ColdplayA Head Full of Dreams
  36. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  37. FutureDS2
  38. DrengeUndertow
  39. Young FathersWhite Men Are Black Men Too
  40. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  41. MuseDrones
  42. Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  43. Sleaford ModsKey Markets
  44. Young ThugBarter 6
  45. The CribsFor All My Sisters
  46. Viet CongViet Cong
  47. Bill Ryder-JonesWest Kirby County Primary
  48. New OrderMusic Complete
  49. Bring Me the HorizonThat’s the Spirit
  50. Ryan Adams1989

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2015

02 December 2015

Consequence of Sound: Top 50 Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  3. GrimesArt Angels
  4. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  5. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  6. Jamie xxIn Colour
  7. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  8. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  9. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  10. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  11. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  12. TORRESSprinter
  13. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  14. Circuit Des YeuxIn Plain Speech
  15. Dan DeaconGliss Riffer
  16. BjörkVulnicura
  17. WindhandGrief’s Infernal Flower
  18. The DistrictsA Flourish and a Spoil
  19. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  20. Lady LambAfter
  21. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  22. DisasterpeaceIt Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  23. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  24. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  25. New OrderMusic Complete
  26. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  27. BraidsDeep In the Iris
  28. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  29. Holly HerndonPlatform
  30. WilcoStar Wars
  31. Bell WitchFour Phantoms
  32. Unknown Mortal OrchestraMulti-Love
  33. Sun Kil MoonUniversal Themes
  34. ArcaMutant
  35. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  36. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  37. RatatatMagnifique
  38. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  39. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  40. FutureDirty Sprite 2
  41. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  42. BullyFeels Like
  43. PrurientFrozen Niagara Falls
  44. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  45. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  46. FIDLARToo
  47. Majical CloudzAre You Alone?
  48. Angel HazeBack to the Woods
  49. White ReaperWhite Reaper Does It Again
  50. Joanna NewsomDivers

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. FutureDS2
  3. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  4. Adele25
  5. Justin BieberPurpose
  6. Big SeanDark Sky Paradise
  7. A$AP RockyAT.LONG.LAST.A$AP
  8. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  9. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  10. The InternetEgo Death
  11. Lupe FiascoTetsuo & Youth
  12. KehlaniYou Should Be Here
  13. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  14. The GameThe Documentary 2
  15. Jamie xxIn Colour
  16. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  17. Skrillex & DiploSkrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
  18. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  19. Hudson MohawkeLantern
  20. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  21. Mac MillerGO:OD AM
  22. ShamirRatchet
  23. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  24. TinasheAmethyst
  25. Ty Dolla $ignFree TC
  26. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  27. Towkio.Wav Theory
  28. GrimesArt Angels
  29. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  30. FKA twigsM3LL155X
  31. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  32. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  33. DJ Esco & Future56 Nights
  34. JmeIntegrity
  35. DiddyMMM
  36. Travis ScottRodeo
  37. BjörkVulnicura
  38. KelelaHallucinogen
  39. Fifth HarmonyReflection
  40. Fetty WapFetty Wap
  41. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  42. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  43. Bryson TillerT R A P S O U L
  44. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  45. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  46. WaleThe Album About Nothing
  47. Dr. DreCompton
  48. BrodinskiBrava
  49. Meek MillDreams Worth More Than Money
  50. Drake & FutureWhat a Time to Be Alive

Gorilla vs. Bear: 50 Favorite Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Gorilla vs. Bear: 50 Favorite Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. GrimesArt Angels
  2. Panda BearPanda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  3. Jamie xxIn Colour
  4. Leon BridgesComing Home
  5. Cindy LeeAct of Tenderness
  6. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  7. HelenThe Original Faces
  8. Lower DensEscape From Evil
  9. Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars
  10. George Clanton100% Electronica
  11. U.S. GirlsHalf Free
  12. SophieProduct
  13. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  14. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  15. Young ThugBarter 6
  16. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness
  17. Bop EnglishConstant Bop
  18. Cousin StizzSuffolk County
  19. Autre Ne VeutAge Of Transparency
  20. The GalleriaCalling Card / Mezzanine
  21. Toro y MoiSamantha
  22. Domenique DumontComme ça
  23. DisasterpeaceIt Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  24. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  25. EartheaterRIP Chrysalis
  26. Erykah BaduBut You Caint Use My Phone
  27. Susanne SundførTen Love Songs
  28. AbraRose
  29. Joanna NewsomDivers
  30. Empress OfMe
  31. Airbird & NapolianMr. Foolish
  32. Cindy LeeMalenkost
  33. Anthony NaplesBody Pill
  34. Dilly DallySore
  35. Neon IndianVEGA INTL. Night School
  36. Molly NilssonZenith
  37. KnxwledgeHud Dreems
  38. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  39. Yumi ZoumaEP II
  40. ValetNature
  41. Pure Bathing CulturePray For Rain
  42. BicepJust
  43. JlinDark Energy
  44. Caroline NoNo Language
  45. Tei ShiVerde
  46. Stealing SheepNot Real
  47. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  48. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  49. Danny L HarleBroken Flowers
  50. Palmbomen IIPalmbomen II

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Rolling Stone: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Adele25
  3. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  4. D’Angelo and The VanguardBlack Messiah
  5. The WeekndBeauty Behind the Madness
  6. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  8. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Original Broadway CastHamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  9. The ArcsYours, Dreamily
  10. BlurThe Magic Whip
  11. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  12. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  13. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  14. WilcoStar Wars
  15. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  16. Skrillex & DiploSkrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
  17. Keith RichardsCrosseyed Heart
  18. Boz ScaggsA Fool To Care
  19. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  20. Don HenleyCass County
  21. Chris StapletonTraveller
  22. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  23. Mark KnopflerTracker
  24. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  25. Darlene LoveIntroducing Darlene Love
  26. FutureDS2
  27. Eric ChurchMr. Misunderstood
  28. MiguelWildheart
  29. Joanna NewsomDivers
  30. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  31. Leon BridgesComing Home
  32. Jazmine SullivanReality Show
  33. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  34. Marilyn MansonThe Pale Emperor
  35. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  36. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  37. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  38. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  39. MuseDrones
  40. Songhoy BluesMusic In Exile
  41. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  42. BjörkVulnicura
  43. Selena GomezRevival
  44. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  45. MadonnaRebel Heart
  46. Rhiannon GiddensTomorrow Is My Turn
  47. James TaylorBefore This World
  48. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  49. Bob DylanShadows In The Night
  50. Bomba EstéreoAmanecer

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

  1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  2. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  3. Jamie xxIn Colour
  4. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  5. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  6. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  7. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  8. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  9. ShamirRatchet
  10. (Sandy) Alex GBeach Music
  11. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  12. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  13. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  14. MiguelWildheart
  15. Royal HeadacheHigh
  16. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  17. FutureDS2
  18. Lana Del ReyHoneymoon
  19. SophieProduct
  20. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  21. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  22. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  23. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  24. DestroyerPoison Season
  25. KelelaHallucinogen
  26. GrimesArt Angels
  27. Earl SweatshirtI Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album
  28. BjörkVulnicura
  29. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  30. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  31. Colleen GreenI Want to Grow Up
  32. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  33. Jason DeruloEverything Is 4
  34. Chastity BeltTime to Go Home
  35. Years & YearsCommunion
  36. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  37. BlurThe Magic Whip
  38. FKA twigsM3LL155X
  39. BullyFeels Like
  40. Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa
  41. Fetty WapFetty Wap
  42. Best CoastCalifornia Nights
  43. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  44. KralliceYgg Huur
  45. Seinabo SeyPretend
  46. Mount EerieSauna
  47. RP BooFingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints
  48. Majical CloudzAre You Alone?
  49. girlpoolBefore the World Was Big
  50. Janet JacksonUnbreakable

Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  4. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  5. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  6. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  7. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  8. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  9. Leon BridgesComing Home
  10. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  11. The Mountain GoatsBeat the Champ
  12. ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect
  13. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  14. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  15. TORRESSprinter
  16. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  17. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  18. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  19. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  20. Jamie xxIn Colour
  21. Holly HerndonPlatform
  22. Tobias Jesso Jr.Goon
  23. Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again
  24. GrimesArt Angels
  25. The Lone BellowThen Came the Morning
  26. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  27. Kacey MusgravesPageant Material
  28. Guantanamo BaywatchDarling… It’s Too Late
  29. Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  30. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night SweatsNathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  31. WilcoStar Wars
  32. Royal HeadacheHigh
  33. TwerpsRange Anxiety
  34. J.D. McPhersonLet the Good Times Roll
  35. PalehoundDry Food
  36. BattlesLa Di Da Di
  37. Ashley MonroeThe Blade
  38. Alabama ShakesSound & Color
  39. The DecemberistsWhat a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
  40. Ryan Adams1989
  41. Beach SlangThe Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  42. My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
  43. Majical CloudzAre You Alone?
  44. Purity RingAnother Eternity
  45. DesaparecidosPayola
  46. BeirutNo No No
  47. Pops StaplesDon’t Lose This
  48. Dilly DallySore
  49. Julien BakerSprained Ankle
  50. CalexicoEdge of the Sun

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2015

01 December 2015

Stereogum: 50 Best Albums of 2015

[see also 2010s, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. GrimesArt Angels
  2. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION
  4. Vince StaplesSummertime ’06
  5. Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell
  6. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  7. Hop AlongPainted Shut
  8. Colleen GreenI Want to Grow Up
  9. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs
  10. DeafheavenNew Bermuda
  11. Jamie xxIn Colour
  12. Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear
  13. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To DieHarmlessness
  14. Jenny HvalApocalypse, Girl
  15. Tame ImpalaCurrents
  16. Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
  17. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy
  18. FutureDS2
  19. WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp
  20. Screaming FemalesRose Mountain
  21. ShamirRatchet
  22. Joanna NewsomDivers
  23. BlurThe Magic Whip
  24. TribulationThe Children of the Night
  25. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  26. Natalie PrassNatalie Prass
  27. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  28. EskimeauxO.K.
  29. OughtSun Coming Down
  30. The StavesIf I Was
  31. Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free
  32. YowlerThe Offer
  33. ChvrchesEvery Open Eye
  34. HorrendousAnareta
  35. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic
  36. Rae SremmurdSremmLife
  37. Fred ThomasAll Are Saved
  38. BjörkVulnicura
  39. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Style
  40. Julien BakerSprained Ankle
  41. girlpoolBefore the World Was Big
  42. DeerhunterFading Frontier
  43. Chris StapletonTraveller
  44. Speedy OrtizFoil Deer
  45. Viet CongViet Cong
  46. Sorority NoiseJoy, Departed
  47. Beach HouseDepression Cherry
  48. Kurt VileB’lieve I’m Goin Down…
  49. Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete
  50. Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness