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The Guardian’s Top 40 Albums of 2015


Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year’s Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in the UK). This year’s Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine also just makes the list, coming in at #40. There’s veteran representation from New Order, Dr. Dre, Janet Jackson, Iron Maiden, and Sparks if you count FFS. And there’s interesting outliers like Fantasma, the South African band featuring the Sub Pop-signed Spoek Mathambo.

Stream that one and check out the full Top 40 below…

The Guardian’s Top 40 Albums of 2015
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
4. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
5. Bjork – Vulnicura
6. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
7. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Kamasi Washington – Epic
9. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
10. Joanna Newsom – Divers
11. Miguel – Wildheart
12. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
13. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
14. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
15. Tame Impala – Currents
16. Floating Points – Elaenia
17. Jamie xx – In Colour
18. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
19. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
20. Grimes – Art Angels
21. Susanne Sundfor – Love Songs
22. New Order – Music Complete
23. Girl Band – Holding Hands with Jamie
24. Holly Herndon – Platform
25. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
26. Laura Marling – Short Movie
27. Mac DeMarco – Another One
28. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
29. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets
30. Fantasma – Free Love
31. Chvrches – Every Open Eye
32. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl
33. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
34. FFS – FFS
35. Dr. Dre – Comtpon
36. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
37. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
38. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
49. Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls
40. Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now

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