25 dead good albums from the year 2015

I haven’t done any words for this because I’m right lazy nowadays but I will explain the notable absences:

No Demi, no Selena, no Miley. The triumvirate of new-gen Disney girls have never missed out on spots on my EOY list but I don’t know… they didn’t bring the fire for me in 2015, I guess. No Lana. Y’all know I don’t really get Lana Del Rey and I didn’t even bother listening to Honeymoon because I thought the lead single was dull and done. No Hilary Duff. I still can’t figure out if the love for her is an elaborate and ironic joke no one clued me in on. ‘Sparks’ was a cute enough song but I didn’t revisit the album after the first listen. No Troye Sivan. I did listen, eventually, but I can’t judge it fairly until everyone calms the fuck down and stops doing the most regarding this kid.

Also no Shamir. But I do wanna give him an honorable mention because his album Ratchet was criminally slept on.

And now, on with the programme!

1. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – E•MO•TION

carly rae jepsen emotion

Obviously.

2. TOVE LO – QUEEN OF THE CLOUDS

tove lo queen of the clouds

Queen of MY LIFE.

3. FALL OUT BOY – AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO

fall out boy american beauty american psycho

No, wait come back! I swear it’s amazing.

4. FLEUR EAST – LOVE, SAX AND FLASHBACKS

fleur east love sax and flashbacks

Birth of a superstar.

5. TYLER, THE CREATOR – CHERRY BOMB

tyler the creator cherry bomb

Best mainstream hip hop release of the year.

6. KENDRICK LEMAR – TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

ToPimpAButterfly.0

The other best mainstream hip hop release of the year, but it doesn’t have a Kanye feature.

7. THE WEEKND – BEAUTY BEHIND THE MADNESS

the weeknd beauty behind the madness

The male popstar we deserve.

8. ONE DIRECTION – MADE IN THE A.M.

one direction made in the a.m.

Love You Goodbye.

9. BRANDON FLOWERS – THE DESIRED EFFECT

brandon flowers the desired effect

The real new Americana.

10. DR. DRE – COMPTON

dr dre compton

So worth the wait.

11. JANET JACKSON – UNBREAKABLE

janet jackson unbreakable

(al)So worth the wait.

12. ADELE – 25

adele 25

Lots of sad anthems.

13. JUSTIN BIEBER – PURPOSE

justin bieber purpose

The musical equivalent of a fedora. Great production, tho.

14. SMALLPOOLS – LOVETAP!

smallpools lovetap!

Splashy, colourful pop rock.

15. MADONNA – REBEL HEART

rebel heart madonna

Bloated with cholesterol, but if you trim the fat it’s a damn good record.

16. TOVE STYRKE – KIDDO

tove styrke kiddo

Femme pop feminism.

17. YEARS & YEARS – COMMUNION

years and years communion

‘Worship’ is the best track, don’t @ me.

18. KACEY MUSGRAVES – PAGEANT MATERIAL

kacey musgraves pageant material

Country’s new reigning queen proves she’s not just a cog in the Big Machine.

19. ANGEL HAZE – BACK TO THE WOODS

back to the woods angel haze

One of the most talented female artists across any genre pours out a lot of feelings.

20. DONNIE TRUMPET & THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT – SURF

donnie trumpet surf

Collaborative music projects don’t get much better than this.

21. RAE SREMMURD – SREMMLIFE

rae sremmurd sremmlife

This coulda been #1 but I’m playin’.

22. GALANTIS – PHARMACY

galantis pharmacy

Out of this world space pop.

23. CIARA – JACKIE

ciara jackie

A really great album and a really great interview subject.

24. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – WIPED OUT!

the neighbourhood wiped out

Warped and moody and drowsy.

25. SUMMER CAMP – BAD LOVE

summer camp bad love

Glittery and sweet but a little fraught.

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