I didn't listen to a lot of new music this year (a bunch was new to me, but released before 2015). I did listen to these though.
  1. 10.
    Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    Brittany Howard truly is something else, what a powerhouse. Alabama Shakes really delivers with a revamped sound. Highlight: 'Don't Wanna Fight'
  2. 9.
    Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
    Very interesting project lead by Chance The Rapper. A very cheerful album with a lot of, you guessed it, trumpet sounds. Chance performed 'Sunday Candy' from it on SNL recently. Highlight: 'Sunday Candy'
  3. 8.
    Boy & Bear - Limit of Love
    Though they didn't exactly reinvent themselves for this album (which is not a bad thing in this case; Mumford & Sons, take note), they did produce a very enjoyable album that's easy on the ears. Highlight: 'Walk The Wire'
  4. 7.
    Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
    A beautiful, poetic album that really tells a story. It's something that hasn't been done this well in hiphop in a very long time (at least, I think so). Highlight: 'King Kunta'
  5. 6.
    Ryan Adams - 1989
    I did not think that I would enjoy this as much as I did. I'm not a huge fan of Taylor Swift, but Ryan Adams stripped down versions are truly spectacular. Highlight: 'Blank Space'
  6. 5.
    Leon Bridges - Coming Home
    Very smooth soul with a classic and pleasing sound. A truly great album. I can't wait to hear more from him. Highlight: 'Coming Home'
  7. 4.
    De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - Ja, Natúúrlijk
    De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig is a Dutch hiphop act with a very unique style. I went to their 10-year anniversary concert this Summer, which was a ton of fun. This is their 4th album, and my favorite. Highlight: 'De Formule'
  8. 3.
    Vince Staples - Summertime '06
    A highly remarkable hiphop album. Vince Staples' raps about life in Compton are clever, real, effortless, and merciless. Truly fantastic. Highlight: 'Norf Norf'
  9. 2.
    EL VY - Return to the Moon
    Felt like a more upbeat version of The National to me. Mostly thanks to the recognizable voice of Matt Berninger. This is an album full of highlights. One of those highlights: 'Return to the Moon'
  10. 1.
    Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
    If this wasn't my number one before I saw them live in Amsterdam with @kellyklaver, it sure is since then. Beautiful and powerful. Florence Welch gave a true tour de force live performance. If you ever have the opportunity to see them live, do not hesitate. Highlight: 'Queen of Peace'