100 Greatest Albums of 2015

Criteria: These music albums from the year 2015 were chosen for their initial and lasting popularity and their influence and impact on rock music in general. Also considered is critical acclaim. The list includes rock and roll and related genres that were influential on rock music.

Note: Yearly album lists go by earliest 'release date'. Not necessarily the year an album peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar
2. 25
3. Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens
4. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast
5. Art Angels
6. Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weeknd
7. Sound and Color
Alabama Shakes
8. Emotion
Carly Rae Jepsen
9. Traveller
Chris Stapleton
10. Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett
11. Currents
Tame Impala
12. B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Kurt Vile
13. Summertime '06
Vince Staples
14. Wildheart
15. In Color
Jamie XX
16. Vulnicura
17. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
18. I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Earl Sweatshirt
19. Something More Than Free
Jason Isbell
20. No Cities to Love
21. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
22. I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty
23. If You're Reading This It's Too Late
24. Have You In My Wilderness
Julia Holter
25. The Magic Whip
26. Surf
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
27. Star Wars
28. Every Open Eye
29. Divers
Joanna Newsom
30. That's the Spirit
Bring Me the Horizon
31. A Head Full of Dreams
32. At.Long.Last.A$AP
A$AP Rocky
33. Painted Shut
Hop Along
34. Reality Show
Jazmine Sullivan
35. Depression Cherry
Beach House
36. DS2
37. Tomorrow is My Turn
Rhiannon Giddens
38. Uptown Special
Mark Ronson
39. The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Titus Andronicus
40. Pentatonix
41. Compton
Dr. Dre
42. FFS
43. What a Time to Be Alive
Drake & Future
44. Unbreakable
Janet Jackson
45. Honeymoon
Lana Del Rey
46. Ego Death
The Internet
47. Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Belle and Sebastian
48. Purpose
Justin Bieber
49. Rose Mountain
Screaming Females
50. Blackheart
Dawn Richard

51. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Florence + The Machine
52. Jack U
Skrillex & Diplo
53. Kintsugi
Death Cab for Cutie
54. Eat Pray Thug
55. Before This World
James Taylor
56. Cherry Bomb
Tyler the Creator
57. Short Movie
Laura Marling
58. The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
Beach Slang
59. La Di Da Di
60. Wilder Mind
Mumford & Sons
61. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear
62. Foil Deer
Speedy Ortiz
63. Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass
64. American Beauty/American Psycho
Fall Out Boy
65. New Bermuda
66. A Fool to Care
Boz Scaggs
67. The Waterfall
My Morning Jacket
68. Ivy Tripp
69. Ten Love Songs
Susanne Sundfor
70. What Went Down
71. Ratchet
72. On Your Own Love Again
Jessica Pratt
73. Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap
74. Drones
75. Tetsuo & Youth
Lupe Fiasco
76. Fading Frontier
77. Smoke & Mirrors
Imagine Dragons
78. Born Under Saturn
Django Django
79. Sprinter
80. Mutilator Defeated at Last
Thee Oh Sees
81. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
82. Get to Heaven
Everything Everything
83. Zipper Down
Eagles of Death Metal
84. Pale Horses
85. Made in the A.M.
One Direction
86. Beat the Champ
The Mountain Goats
87. Better Nature
Silversun Pickups
88. Multi-Love
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
89. Chasing Yesterday
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
90. Yours. Dreamily
The Arcs
91. Full Communisim
Downtown Boys
92. Another Eternity
Purity Ring
93. Silver Bullets
The Chills
94. Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Napalm Death
95. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The Decemberists
96. Still
Richard Thompson
97. Sounds Good Feels Good
5 Seconds of Summer
98. Thank Your Lucky Stars
Beach House
99. The Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson
100. Music Complete
New Order
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2015
Ryan's choice - An unheralded great album from 2015
Split Figure
Line & Circle

Lew's choice:
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
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