Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment 2015 Best Of 2015 Best Of List

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.

50. Marina and the Diamonds – Froot

Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

49. Torres – Sprinter

Torres - Sprinter

48. Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

47. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

Houndmouth - Little Neon Limelight

46. La Luz – Weirdo Shrine

LaLuz

45. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily,

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44. Eskimeaux – O.K.

Eskimeaux OK

43. Dilly Dally – Sore

Dilly Dally - Sore

42. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

41. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense

40. The Vaccines – English Graffiti

The Vaccines - English Graffiti

39. The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil

The Districts - A Flourish And A Spoil

38. Alex G – Beach Music

Alex G - Beach Music

37. Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude

King Push – Darkest Before Dawn- The Prelude

36. Mac Demarco – Another One

Mac Demarco - Another One

35. Port St. Willow – Syncope

Port St. Willow - Syncope

34. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

33. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil

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32. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last

Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated at Last

31. Jamie XX – In Colour

Jamie xx - In Color

30. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

29. FFS – FFS

FFS

28. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

27. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

26. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

25. Martin Courtney – Many Moons

Martin Courtney - Many Moons

24. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

23. Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Viet Cong

22. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr - The Agen Intellect

21. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home

20. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool

Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool

19. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall

18. Beach House – Depression Cherry

Beach House - Depression Cherry

17. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

16. Foals – What Went Down

Foals - What Went Down

15. Blur – The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip

14. Björk – Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura

13. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness

12. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

11. Wilco – Star Wars

Wilco - Star Wars

10. El Vy – Return To The Moon

El Vy - Return To The Moon

9. Hop Along – Painted Shut

Hop Along - Painted Shut

8. Joanna Newsom – Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers

7. Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

6. Grimes – Art Angels

5. Father John Misty – I Love You Honey Bear

Father John Misty - I Love You Honey Bear

4. Tame Impala – Currents

Tame Impala - Currents

3. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell





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