Best Albums of 2015

I know people are gonna say "It isn't 2015 yet". But I'm just making this list to get ready.

The Top Ten

1 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

On this project Kendrick comes up with a masterpiece which is both so obviously hip hop and a completely new sound at the same time. So many things could have gone wrong with this album considering how much experimentation there was but they didn't. This is by far the best album of 2015 and most lists I have seen agree and in my opinion this is easily top 5 rap albums of all time as well. Amazing work of art.

Obvious winner, no debate. Old School organic Hip-Hop that is politically brilliant along with musically.

Probably the best rap album in years. - Caleb9000

Was this even a challenge to pick? - B0S5J4M3S

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2 Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

Please No. Twenty One Pilots Was Good For Like 5 Minutes Then I Realized That I Wanted My Music To Be Enjoyable - SamThePenguin

SamThePenguin doesn't know what he's talking about- this album is not just great music but a story of Tyler battling his insecurities and doubts. - iLuc

Every song on here blows my mind. They are going to be awesome in concert.

If you do like this album, you in fact lied on your sign up to this account for you are like 11, not older than 12. also I bet you hate stressed out cause that songs actually not that bad but you're a special little snowflake. - SamThePenguin

Their worst album, but that is still really good for Twenty One Pilot's standards. Easily my favorite album of 2015.
-Someone who hasn't had the time to listen to "To Pimp a Butterfly" yet

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3 The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden

Most definitely the best! I got it yesterday on my birthday at Best Buy! The only place in the city that had it. P.S. I am LostDream258, I lost my password for my account. - OliveBranch222

Glad to see it number 1. Finally a list that's not flooded with mainstream garbage.

I am very happy with the top five of this list! (Currently consists of Book of Souls, Hand. Cannot. Erase, Beyond the Red Mirror, Meliora, and In Times). - IronSabbathPriest

This album is really good! Although Slayer is my favourite metal band, I do prefer this album over Repentless. Iron Maiden have made another great album! - Oliwally

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4 Emotion - Carly Rae Jepsen

This deserves to be so much higher! Such an amazing album from an amazing singer!

Definitely the best album honestly of the century!

What sort of piece of crap is this? Why is she still making "music"? I hope she retires soon! - SelfDestruct

I'm tired of seeing this girl on the charts.she is overrated and only does covers. Covers albums shouldn't be top ten material - JESUSISKING

5 Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

One of the most evocative albums of 2015, Carrie & Lowell is absolutely astounding. Echoed by grief, sorrow, and despair, Stevens' latest album is a must-listen to anyone who enjoys electronica, or soul music, expressed through cynical moments.

9/10 - Superb - Sxerks

Without doubt it's the best album of 2015 - peyman_eun

One of the best albums of all time. - DCfnaf

Real music.

6 In Colour - Jamie XX
7 Every Open Eye - Chvrches

Best album of 2015 - tri060397

8 American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy

Centuries, Jet Pack Blues, The Kids Aren't Alright - growlbunny

9 Art Angels - Grimes
10 Currents - Tame Impala

The whole list is metal and Coldplay.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Astoria - Marianas Trench

As somebody who was introduced to Marianas Trench this year (thanks Mark from Spectrum Pulse), I was compelled to buy this album and wow...I was impressed and isn't Marianas Trench a bigger band worldwide? - crowdiegal

Easily my favorite album of the year, and one of my favorite albums of the decade. - WonkeyDude98

12 Meliora - Ghost

This is my favorite for sure. The atmosphere and the overall organic sound work splendedly. - Caleb9000

13 25 - Adele

It's a shame that people vote before the year is over. Adele's new album is absolutely amazing, and the fact that it's a worldwide record breaker vouches for that. It's clearly one of the best albums of 2015!

Too overrated - BeaM456

This album is beautiful.

This is a fair rank for it.its no where near as good as 21 or even 19. Actually... It has some of adele's worst songs ever but their still better than any of iron maiden's songs

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14 Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson

An easy choice for me and one of the best albums of the last few years also. This is progressive rock at the more accessible end of the spectrum, being both extremely melodic and devoid of the technical 'wankery' that many critics seem to think all prog albums exhibit. For this reason you wont find this album on many end of year lists, but I cannot think of another more deserving.

Impressive as hell. My favourite of this year. Please give it a listen. - IronSabbathPriest

Best album in last 30 years.

Genius album.

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15 The Powers That B - Death Grips
16 Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd

Though this is The Weeknd's weakest it's still brilliantly made. Wow The Weeknd is phenomenal. 8/10 for this album. - AlphaQ


Favorite songs: The Hills, Can't Feel My Face, Often - Mcgillacuddy

17 Drones - Muse

Top-5 without a doubt. Muse released a pure masterpiece of an album here and as a huge Muse fan I am more than happy with the result. - DavidBondra

Why the hell is this 46, reapers and the handler are up there with their best songs ever

Great from what I've heard. Top ten is a given

This is the best album of the decade

18 I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
19 Have You In My Wilderness - Julia Holter
20 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian

Epic, impressive, perfect. The album of the year for me. - Metal_Treasure

21 Dark Before Dawn - Breaking Benjamin
22 Quiet World - Native Construct
23 Coma Ecliptic - Between the Buried and Me

Deserves at least the top 10. - ReltihFloda

24 Cry Baby - Melanie Martinez


This soundtrack should be on one of the top tens this cd is so amazing, it tells you a story about a girl named Cry Baby. It also includes the storybook in the cd case. #MelanieMartinez #CryBaby - jaaaa

25 Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
26 True Colors - Zedd

Why did this take a huge hit? - ProPanda

27 Alone in the Universe - Jeff Lynne's Elo (Electric Light Orchestra)
28 Repentless - Slayer

I did not vote for this album but it should be way, way, way higher! - Oliwally

This is a POS compared to Drake's albums. Too much yelling, horrible beats, horrible instrumentals, not catchy, and is super-lame.

29 The Pale Emperor - Marilyn Manson

Marilyn's best album since holy wood

30 No Now - Clarence Clarity
31 Garden of Delete - Oneohtrix Point Never
32 Compton - Dr. Dre

Finally found this. Dr Dre is always awesome. - AlphaQ

33 A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay

This album sucked. :/ - SammySpore


Since 2011 Coldplay was terrible. there's only a few good songs

Great album

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34 Immortalized - Disturbed

This should be higher - christangrant

35 Threat to Survival - Shinedown
36 Blue Neighbourhood - Troye Sivan

This is one of the best albums I have ever listened to yet and you know its sometimes impossible to like a whole album, but this one changed that. Every song has its own little thing to love. The lyrics have improved a lot since his last EP (TRXYE) I'm so happy to be able to be on this journey with him and seeing his album at n.1 at some places.

37 Vulnicura - Bjork

The highest-placed good album on this list is only #19... Smh

What is up with this site's obsession with manufactured, overproduced pop rock/metalcore?

Bjork is truly magnificent. Her instrumentals aren't what are always perfect but her powerful and beautiful vocals add tremendous amount of color and tell stories.

Should be no. 2 after Carrie & Lowell.

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38 Terms of Surrender - Black Fast
39 Money Shot - Puscifer
40 Vega Intl. Night School - Neon Indian
41 My Love Is Cool - Wolf Alice
42 No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney

You guys kidding me? When I first looked at this list I thought the title was "worst albums of 2015" Smoke+Mirrors? Good? No way, that sucks. This album though, is the best Sleater-Kinney album ever. The sounds just merge together so well, and it just sounds amazing. Although some songs sound a bit odd, the rest of the album is an absolute 11/10

Overall, this is just a 10/10 album

43 Fear Beyond Lunacy - Hatchet
44 Aesthesis
45 What Should Not Be Unearthed - Nile
46 Singles - Maroon 5
47 Venom - Bullet for My Valentine
48 Untouchable Glory - Gama Bomb
49 Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes
50 I Worship Chaos
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1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
2. Quiet World - Native Construct
3. Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson
1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
2. Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots
3. Astoria - Marianas Trench
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