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AV Club

AV Club have published their list of The 15 Best Albums of 2015. Besides two forward-thinking California rappers (guess which ones?) and Grimes, this list leans the most heavily on guitar rock of all the ones we've seen this year, whether it's the hushed sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker or the harder-edged Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. You can check out the full list below, and see the writers' individual ballots here.

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AV Club's 15 Best Albums of 2015
1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
4. Grimes - Art Angels
5. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
6. Vince Staples - Summertime '06
7. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
8. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
9. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
10. Torres - Sprinter
11. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
12. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
13. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
14. Wilco - Star Wars
15. Hop Along - Painted Shut