Favorite Albums of 2015

For the past 8 years or so I've made it a habit to take part in the annual tradition of list-making. It's this odd, therapeutic activity that for some reason helps me find my place in life and orients me in the new year.

This year I attempted to limit my list to 25 albums. I failed.

What follows is my Top 30 albums of 2015, as well as a bunch of other albums that may have made it onto that list had I woke up on the other side of the bed or possibly if the moon at a different point in its cycle when I made the list.

Stay tuned for another similar post later this week by a special guest!

Top 30 Albums of 2015


1. Tame Impala - Currents

2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

3. Jamie XX - In Colour

4. Father John Misty - I Love You Honey Bear

5. Will Butler - Policy

6. Ryan Adams - 1989

7. Wilco - Star Wars

8. Grimes - Art Angels

9. Patrick Watson - Love songs for Robots

10. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

11. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

12. Lord Huron - Strange Trails

13. EL VY - EL VY

14. Baio - The Names

15. Punch Brothers - Phosphorescent Blues


17. Alabama Shakes - Color & Sound

18. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

19. JD McPherson - Let the Good Times Roll

20. Beach House - Depression Cherry

21. Kurt Vile - believe i’m going down

22. Night Beds - Ivywild

23. On An On - And the Wave Has Two Sides

24. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

25. Bob Moses - Days Gone By

26. Of Monsters and Men - Beneath the Skin

27. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams

28. Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands

29. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

30. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall

Other Amazing 2015 Albums (including a handful of albums my friends made, of which I am a bit too biased about to put onto the other list but impacted me JUST AS MUCH, if not more that the previous 30)

Beirut - No No No
Ben Folds - So There
Best Coast - California Nights
CHURCHES - Every Open Eye
Camp Dogzz - Riders in the Hills of Dying Heaven
Courtney Bartnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi
Deer hunter - Fading Frontier
Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Four Tet - Morning / Evening
Ghastly Menace - Songs of Ghastly Menace
Glen Hansard - Didn’t He Ramble
Great Lake Swimmers - A Forest of Arms
Gungor - One Wild Life: Soul
Jon Foreman - The Wonderlands EPs
Jose Gonzalez - Vestiges & Claws
Josh Garrels - Home
Joy Williams - Venus
Laura Marling - Short Movie
Lauryn Peacock - Euphonia
Leanne Las Havas - Blood
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning
Low - Ones and Sixes
Lower Dens - Escape from Evil
Lowland Hum - Lowland Hum
Mandy Hughes - The Whole Earth Moves
Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
Milk Carton Kids - Monterey
Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
Nate Ruess - Grand Romantic
Noah Gundersen - Carry the Ghost
Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Passion Pit - Kindred
Patty Griffin - Servant of Love
S. Carey - Supermoon
Sleeping At Last: Life - EP
Son Lux - Bones
Tanlines - Highlights
The Brilliance - Brother
The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The Helio Sequence - The Helio Sequence
The Oh Hellos - Dear Wormwood
The Weekend - Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weepies - Sirens
Torres - Sprinter
Wild Ones - Heatwave - EP
William Fitzsimmons - Pittsburgh (EP) 

Previous Years
f you're interested, check out my posts from the past few years...

2014 // 2013  //  2012  //  2011