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

The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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

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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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What a Terrible World, What a ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World The Decemberists

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Currents is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Currents Tame Impala - Metascore: 84

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Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Compton

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Summertime '06 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Summertime '06 Vince Staples - Metascore: 87

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Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
jaden-long added Rodeo

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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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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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Shadows in the Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Shadows in the Night

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

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Sometimes I Sit And Think, And... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reap... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
No No No Beirut

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Stories is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Stories Avicii

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Tetsuo & Youth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Tetsuo & Youth Lupe Fiasco

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

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Book of Souls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Chris Laferte added Book of Souls Tyrant Eyes

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Into The Wild Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
liplip added Into The Wild Life Halestorm

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The Incredible True Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
The Incredible True Story

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Dark Sky Paradise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Eldo Seitaj added Dark Sky Paradise

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B4.Da.$$ is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
B4.Da.$$ Joey Bada$$ - Metascore: 75

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A Head Full of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay

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sdc224 added Resurrection: Ascension New Found Glory

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Badlands is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Badlands Halsey

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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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Bush is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Bush Bush

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Dodge & Burn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Dodge & Burn The Dead Weather

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looksharp added California Nights Best Coast

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No Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
looksharp added No Pier Pressure Brian Wilson

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How Big, How Blue, How Beautif... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Florence + The Machine - Metascore: 77

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M3LL155X is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
M3LL155X FKA twigs - Metascore: 89

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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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Higher Truth is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Higher Truth Chris Cornell

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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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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Coming Home Leon Bridges - Metascore: 78

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Kintsugi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added Kintsugi Death Cab for Cutie

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What a Time to Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added What a Time to Be Alive Drake & Future

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Every Open Eye is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
pyriel2 added Enya - Dark Sky Island

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Star Wars Wilco - Metascore: 83

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Depression Cherry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Depression Cherry Beach House - Metascore: 76

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b'lieve i'm goin down is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
b'lieve i'm goin down Kurt Vile - Metascore: 83

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In Colour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
In Colour Jamie XX - Metascore: 87

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Mr. Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Mr. Wonderful Action Bronson - Metascore: 76

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Midnight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Midnight Grace Potter