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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219 148
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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127 318
25 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
25 Adele - Metascore: 75

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104 288
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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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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Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Honeymoon Lana Del Rey

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25 63
Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
jaden-long added Rodeo

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42 141
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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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

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56 141
Currents is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Currents Tame Impala - Metascore: 84

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16 30
Compton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Compton

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45 130
Sound & Color is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes - Metascore: 80

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48 164
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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11 46
Dark Sky Paradise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Eldo Seitaj added Dark Sky Paradise

The Best Sophomore Albums of All Time

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1 1
Vulnicura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Vulnicura Björk

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1 1
Stories is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Stories Avicii

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37 124
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Shadows in the Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Shadows in the Night

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Book of Souls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Chris Laferte added Book of Souls Tyrant Eyes

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8 26
What a Time to Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added What a Time to Be Alive Drake & Future

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10 38
The Incredible True Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
The Incredible True Story

The Worst Bands of All Time

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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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39 95
B4.Da.$$ is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
B4.Da.$$ Joey Bada$$ - Metascore: 75

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0 1
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reap... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper Panda Bear

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No No No is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
No No No Beirut

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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

The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

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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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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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5 15
Bush is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Bush Bush

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5 15
Dodge & Burn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Dodge & Burn The Dead Weather

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Ranker Video
looksharp added California Nights Best Coast

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No Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
looksharp added No Pier Pressure Brian Wilson

These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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41 149
I Don't Like S***, I Don&#... is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool? is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Jonas Gaertner added Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?

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M3LL155X is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
M3LL155X FKA twigs - Metascore: 89

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence + The Machine - Metascore: 77

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Badlands is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Badlands Halsey

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Higher Truth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Higher Truth Chris Cornell

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5 22
Kintsugi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added Kintsugi Death Cab for Cutie

Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Coming Home Leon Bridges - Metascore: 78

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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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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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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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14 57
Meghan Trainor Title is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Alaina Hillman added Meghan Trainor Title

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17 66
Blue Neighborhood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
OscarBuzz added Blue Neighborhood Troye Sivan

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16 55
b'lieve i'm goin down is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
b'lieve i'm goin down Kurt Vile - Metascore: 83