Favorite Music of 2015

It seems that every year there is more and more good music; perhaps even too much good music. Maybe it’s because the economics of music-making these days require a greater-than-ever focus on cut-through-the-clutter quality. Or maybe it’s because Spotify and other streaming sites allow us to sample a huge amount more than we did back in the days of having to pay for music. I don’t know the reason for it, but I’m not complaining. Well, one complaint: Narrowing down favorites is harder than ever! The following is my somewhat arbitrary (likely to change) ranking of my favorite 25 albums and favorite 25 songs of 2015. What were your favorites? Share them in the comments below as I'm sure I've missed all sorts of great albums and songs this year. I nearly missed this gem and late addition to my "best of the year" lists. 

25 Favorite Albums

  1. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
  2. Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, Beauty Will Save the World
  3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love
  4. Sandra McCracken, Psalms
  5. Beach House, Depression Cherry
  6. Jamie xx, In Colour
  7. Belle & Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
  8. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
  9. The Brilliance, Brother
  10. Carly Rae Jepson, Emotion
  11. Lower Dens, Escape From Evil
  12. Lord Huron, Strange Trails
  13. Josh Garrels, Home
  14. Adele, 25
  15. Sara Groves, Floodplain
  16. The Tallest Man on Earth, Dark Bird is Home
  17. Joanna Newsom, Divers
  18. Joy Williams, Venus
  19. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
  20. Low, Ones and Sixes
  21. Chvrches, Every Open Eye
  22. MisterWives, Our Own House
  23. The Innocence Mission, Hello I Feel the Same
  24. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier
  25. Tame Impala, Currents

25 Favorite Songs

  1. “Multi-Love,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  2. “Nobody’s Empire,” Belle & Sebastian
  3. “Eugene,” Sufjan Stevens
  4. “Repentance/Sama,” Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus
  5. “Hello,” Adele
  6. “WTF (Where They From),” Missy Elliott, Pharell
  7. “Every Age,” Jose Gonzalez
  8. “Gosh,” Jamie xx
  9. “How Much a Dollar Cost,” Kendrick Lamar
  10. “What a Good Woman Does,” Joy Williams
  11. “To Die in L.A.” Lower Dens
  12. “Anna,” Will Butler
  13. “FloriDada,” Animal Collective
  14. “Beyond Love,” Beach House
  15. “Heaven’s Knife,” Josh Garrels
  16. “All That,” Carly Rae Jepson
  17. “Seeds,” Moses Sumney
  18. “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  19. “California Nights,” Best Coast
  20. “Little Nowhere Towns,” The Tallest Man on Earth
  21. “Our Own House,” MisterWives
  22. “Pedestrian at Best,” Courtney Barnett
  23. “Disciples,” Tame Impala
  24. “Hotline Bling,” Drake
  25. “Boys Latin,” Panda Bear

Listen to my unfinished Spotify playlist of these and 110+ more of the year’s best songs here.