2015 Music The Best Albums of 2015  

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List Rules New, full-length studio albums only - no reissues or live recordings. Vote up the albums that were released in 2015 that you most enjoyed listening to.

2015 was a big year for music and you'll find all the top tunes on this list of the best albums released in 2015. Thanks to the Internet and music streaming platforms, the proliferation of readily accessible music has increased ten-fold. On this list of the top albums of 2015 there are major label stars like Adele sitting next to bedroom electronic geniuses like KRTS and despite their sonic differences, their albums are some of the greatest records released in 2015. Give everything a listen and vote up the albums that you think were the best of the year.

Whether you’re into hip-hop, rock, country, or electronic music, there’s something on this list for you. So much good 2015 music was released over the year that it’s almost impossible to narrow down the best of the best. If you haven’t heard all of the albums on this list of the best music of 2015, go give them a listen and then vote up your favorite albums of the year. Don't see the 2015 record you sang along to the most below? Feel free to add it - as long as it was released in 2015.
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To Pimp A Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar - Metascore: 96

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219 154
Madonna Rebel Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
jsnungaray added Madonna Rebel Heart

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129 321
25 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
25 Adele - Metascore: 75

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106 290
Beauty Behind the Madness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd - Metascore: 74

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83 304
If You're Reading This It&... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
If You're Reading This It's Too Late Drake - Metascore: 78

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3 4
Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Honeymoon Lana Del Rey

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27 64
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
jaden-long added Rodeo

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44 142
Summertime '06 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Summertime '06 Vince Staples - Metascore: 87

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2 4
What a Terrible World, What a ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World The Decemberists

10
57 143
Currents is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Currents Tame Impala - Metascore: 84

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17 31
Compton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Compton

12
46 131
Sound & Color is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes - Metascore: 80

13
49 165
Carrie & Lowell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens - Metascore: 90

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12 47
Dark Sky Paradise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Eldo Seitaj added Dark Sky Paradise

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2 1
Stories is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Stories Avicii

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11 39
The Incredible True Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
The Incredible True Story

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1 2
Vulnicura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Vulnicura Björk

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9 27
What a Time to Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added What a Time to Be Alive Drake & Future

19
38 125
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Courtney Barnett - Metascore: 88

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1 1
No No No is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
No No No Beirut

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40 95
B4.Da.$$ is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
B4.Da.$$ Joey Bada$$ - Metascore: 75

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2 3
Into The Wild Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
liplip added Into The Wild Life Halestorm

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0 1
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reap... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper Panda Bear

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0 2
Shadows in the Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Shadows in the Night

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2 4
Book of Souls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Chris Laferte added Tyrant Eyes

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9 21
Drones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Drones Muse

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2 7
Tetsuo & Youth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco

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11 25
A Head Full of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay

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1 5
Get to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Get to Heaven Everything Everything

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8 20
Dreams Worth More Than Money is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Albums of 2015

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sdc224 added Resurrection: Ascension New Found Glory

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7 18
Badlands is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Badlands Halsey

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5 15
Bush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Bush

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5 15
Dodge & Burn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Dodge & Burn The Dead Weather

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4 13
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looksharp added California Nights Best Coast

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3 11
No Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
looksharp added No Pier Pressure Brian Wilson

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12 31
Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Coming Home Leon Bridges - Metascore: 78

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2 7
Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool? is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Jonas Gaertner added Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?

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41 149
I Don't Like S***, I Don&#... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
I Don't Like S***, I Don't Go Outside Earl Sweatshirt - Metascore: 81

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22 89
M3LL155X is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
M3LL155X FKA twigs - Metascore: 89

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61 211
How Big, How Blue, How Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence + The Machine - Metascore: 77

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3 12
Higher Truth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Higher Truth Chris Cornell

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5 22
Kintsugi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added Kintsugi Death Cab for Cutie

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23 109
Every Open Eye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Every Open Eye Chrvches - Metascore: 77

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3 11
Enya - Dark Sky Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
pyriel2 added Enya - Dark Sky Island

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29 102
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Star Wars Wilco - Metascore: 83

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13 54
Depression Cherry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Depression Cherry Beach House - Metascore: 76

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16 55
b'lieve i'm goin down is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
b'lieve i'm goin down Kurt Vile - Metascore: 83

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14 58
Meghan Trainor Title is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Alaina Hillman added Meghan Trainor Title

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17 67
Blue Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
OscarBuzz added Blue Neighborhood Troye Sivan