My Top 10 Albums of 2015

Here’s is a quick list of what are my personal top 10 albums of 2015.

Honorable Mentions

Theres are some albums that I haven’t got the chance to fully listen to and digest, but I think would probably deserve a spot in the top 10. Some are also just albums that didn’t quite make it to the top 10.

  • Fading Frontier by Deerhunter
  • Garden of Delete by Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Gliss Riffer by Dan Deacon
  • Peripheral Vision by Turnover
  • Poison Season by Destroyer
  • Hyperview by Title Fight
  • LIMBO by Pell
  • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + The Machine
  • Currents by Tame Impala
  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes

Top 10 List

10. M3LL155X by FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs progresses with every release. While it is short (five songs), this album is an awesome blend of weird and sexy vibes. The entire thing was also released as an interesting short video.

9. Currents by Tame Impala

I would describe this album as psychedelic disco rock/pop. It has a lot of really decent songs and a couple great ones.

8. 2014 Forrest Hills Drive by J. Cole

Even though it came out in 2014, it was in December, so I think I can include it in this list. J. Cole’s dropped a very solid rap record. Cole created a lot of the record himself. Most of the songs were self produced and there is not one feature in the entire record.

7. Born in the Echoes by The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers make really awesome dance music. I really enjoy the vocal features of this album from the likes of St Vincent and Beck. The beats are catch me and don’t let go. Overall, it is one of my favorite electronic albums of the year.

6. Black Messiah by D’Angelo

This is another album that was released in December 2014. This is a great R&B album that has so many good things going on sonically.

5. The Epic by Kamasi Washington

The name of this album is very fitting. This is an absolutely epic Jazz album made by the guy who did a bunch of the live instrumentation on To Pimp a Butterfly. If you’re even remotely interested in Jazz you will enjoy this album. There is a lot of nods to the Jazz “greats” such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis

4. Summertime ‘06 by Vince Staples

I was following Vince Staples way before this album came out but most of his stuff was just alright. This album has 20 songs, but pretty much each one is damn great. The production is flawless, the lyrics are dense, the execution is spot on. Vince Staples is well deserving of all the praise he is getting this year.

3. In Colour by Jamie xx

I’m a huge “The xx” so when I heard that their producer/percussionist was making an electronic album, I was interested. I don’t think anyone expected a collab with Young Thug, but “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” turned out to be my favorite song of the year.

“Loud Places” featuring Romy from Jamie xx is another one of my favorite songs this year. This song makes really clever use of a sample from “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” by Idris Muhammad. I will say that there are a couple songs on the album that are not very interesting and could have been cut. However, as a whole this album offers what I think are the best beats of the year.

2. Rodeo by Travi$ Scott

Sure, the lyrics aren’t the most dense lines of the year. However, there is something so damn catchy about this album. It’s impossible for me to not listen to it front-to-back in one sitting. The weakest song on the album — in my opinion — is Antidote, which is saying a lot because this song is still pretty good.

There are some huge names in rap who are featured on the album: Future, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Juicy J, Chief Keef, Young Thug, The Weeknd, and Schoolboy Q. 2 Chainz really surprised me with some hilarious lyrics and solid delivery. There’s even a Toro y Moi on this album. “Piss on Your Grave” was originally supposed to be on Kanye West’s long awaited follow up to Yeezus.

This album can be summed up by one emoji: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

1. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

This album really doesn’t need any introductions. Pretty much everything has already been said about this album. The first time I listened through it, I pretty much knew it was going to be the best album of 2015. It’s one of those albums that is an instant classic. It really does deserve all the praise and hype it is receiving. Even Obama said “How Much a Dollar Cost” was his favorite song of the year — keeping in mind Lamar literally insults Obama in the previous song “Hood Politics”:

Ain’t nothin’ new, but a flu of new Demo-Crips and Re-Blood-licans
Red state versus a blue state, which one you governin’?
They give us guns and drugs, call us thugs
Make it they promise to fuck with you
No condom, they fuck with you,Obama say, “What it do?”

There are so many talented artists that worked on this album: Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Pharrel Williams, Terrace Martin, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, and more. This makes the production — which has its roots in jazz, soul, and funk music — absolutely incredible. Kendrick’s lyrics deal with both very personal issues, as well as social issues facing the black community.