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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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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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Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
jaden-long added Rodeo
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Summertime '06 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Summertime '06 Vince Staples
Metascore: 87
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Honeymoon is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World The Decemberists
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Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Compton
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Sound & Color is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Sound & Color Alabama Shakes
Metascore: 80
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Currents is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Currents Tame Impala
Metascore: 84
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B4.Da.$$ is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
B4.Da.$$ Joey Bada$$
Metascore: 75
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What a Time to Be Alive is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added What a Time to Be Alive Drake & Future
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Sometimes I Sit And Think, And... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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No No No is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
No No No Beirut
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Dark Sky Paradise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Eldo Seitaj added Dark Sky Paradise
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Book of Souls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Chris Laferte added Tyrant Eyes
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Into The Wild Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
liplip added Into The Wild Life
Halestorm
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Carrie & Lowell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens
Metascore: 90
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A Head Full of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Cody Hendry added A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay
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Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reap... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper Panda Bear
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Shadows in the Night is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
looksharp added Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan
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Badlands is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Badlands Halsey
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Drones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Albums of 2015
Drones Muse