The Best Albums of 2015

These are the top releases of the year.

best albums of 2015


best albums of 2015

2015 destroyed 2014 musically. We said as much all the way back in March, and while we were talking specifically about rap in that instance, it became a cross-genre proclamation as the months unfolded. Whether you're into rock, rap, EDM, pop, R&B, or other, there were so many great new albums to choose from this year that we had serious trouble deciding what to cut or keep on this final list of 50. But we're not complaining. 

Making the midyear list presented enough of a challenge, and at that point, we had yet to hear many of the most anticipated projects of the year (and we are still waiting on a few). Some of these albums have been with us all year, while others have had less than a month to cook (though 3.38 million in sales shows some staying power, no?). There is still a full month left in the year, so who knows what else 2015 could bring us (ANTI?​). But barring any big surprises, here are the Best Albums of 2015.  


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51. Joey Bada$$, B4.DA.$$

50. Madeon, Adventure

49. Curren$y, Pilot Talk 3

48. Dom Kennedy, By Dom Kennedy

47. Kamasi Washington, The Epic

46. Jazz Cartier, Marauding in Paradise

45. Cousin Stizz, Suffolk County

44. Father, Who's Gonna Get Fked First?

43. Alina Baraz and Galimatias, Urban Flora EP

42. Snoop Dogg, Bush

41. T-Pain, The Iron Way

40. Toro Y Moi, What For?

39. JME, Integrity>

38. Blur, The Magic Whip

37. Maxo Kream, Maxo 187

36. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love

35. Tyler, the Creator, Cherry Bomb

34. The-Dream, Crown EP

33. Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer

32. Future, 56 Nights

31. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell

30. Chuuwee, The South Sac Mack

29. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

28. Bankroll Fresh, Life of a Hot Boy 2: Real Trapper

27. Wale, The Album About Nothing

26. Young Thug, Barter 6

25. Hudson Mohawke, Lantern

24. Emile Haynie, We Fall

23. Towkio, .Wav Theory

22. Fifth Harmony, Reflection

21. Action Bronson, Mr. Wonderful

20. Earl Sweatshirt, I Don't Like S t, I Don't Go Outside

19. Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

18. Boosie Badazz, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell

17. Brodinski, Brava

16. Bjork, Vulnicura

15. Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

14. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

13. Tinashe, Amethyst

12. Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo and Youth

11. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear

10. Kehlani, You Should Be Here

9. Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

8. Jamie xx, In Colour

7. Shamir, Ratchet

6. Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late

5. A$AP Rocky, At.Long.Last.A$AP

4. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, Surf

3. Rae Sremmurd, SremmLife

2. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

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