2015: Top Albums

The Internet has been threatening to kill the album for over a decade now. First digital downloads and now streaming services have shifted the industry’s center to its original nucleus: the single.

But some musicians still cling to the post-Beatles belief that the album is still the ultimate artistic expression and holds the most value. I am here to praise those people.

There were many good albums this year. So many that I almost expanded this list to a top 20.

Everything outside of the top 3 is in no particular order. I tried so hard to be contrarian with a number 1 pick but I kept coming back to the same one throughout every iteration of this list.

*Honorable mention.

Depression Cherry (Beach House), What a Time to Be Alive (Drake and Future), Every Open Eye (CHVRCHES), Mr. Wonderful (Action Bronson), Late Nights (Jeremih), I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Earl Sweatshirt), Currents (Tame Impala), GO:OD AM (Mac Miller). Free TC (Ty Dolla $ign), Ratchet (Shamir), Beauty Behind the Madness (The Weeknd), The Documentary 2 (The Game), Compton (Dr. Dre)

10.  Emotion / Carly Rae Jepsen

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9. Art Angels / Grimes

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8. Wildheart / Miguel

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7. Sremmlife / Rae Sremmurd

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6.  Summertime ‘06 / Vince Staples

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5. 25 / Adele

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4. Dirty Sprite 2 / Future

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3. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late / Drake

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2. Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit / Courtney Barnett

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1. To Pimp a Butterfly / Kendrick Lamar

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