Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

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25. Natalia Lafourcade - Hasta La Raíz

Natalia Lafourcade - Hasta La Raíz
March 17, 2015
Latin Pop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
26 reviews

24. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
79
310 reviews

23. Jack Ü - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Jack Ü - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
February 27, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
User Score
61
50 reviews

22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
77
243 reviews
Much of the album is frenetic -- full of bodies and larger-than-life. But the muted and downcast moments end up being memorable, tender and affecting.
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21. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
User Score
72
280 reviews

Honeymoon erases most of Del Rey’s modern influences ... to better display her sepulchral voice and highly-stylized phrasing, in which the melisma is so arbitrary, it almost seems determined by throws of the I Ching.

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20. Bob Moses - Days Gone By

Bob Moses - Days Gone By
September 18, 2015
Deep House
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
77
11 reviews

19. Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer

Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer
June 2, 2015
Critic Score
68
1 review
User Score
74
11 reviews

18. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
August 28, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
72
20 reviews
User Score
72
282 reviews

17. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
June 2, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
77
276 reviews

It's not a radical reformation of Welch's style; she hasn't stripped all the ornamentation from her cathedral of sound and become a folky confessional songwriter. But she is resorting less to abstract, lofty imagery and speaking with a more frank immediacy.

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16. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
March 24, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
81
610 reviews

15. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
February 24, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
User Score
64
122 reviews

With sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.

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14. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
User Score
78
476 reviews

13. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
May 5, 2015
Country
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
77
36 reviews
For all the grief and regret it contains, it's a triumphant debut, encapsulating the grit of life, ­turning it into a hell of a journey.
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12. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
76
334 reviews

11. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
70
179 reviews

DS2 is a heavy dose of medication as entertainment, and it's not for those with a low tolerance.

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10. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
75
60 reviews
This is country music that knows its country music.
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9. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
84
724 reviews

Lyrically, Tillman has a penchant for enjambment that leaves punchlines and revelations momentarily suspended, so songs unfold with continual surprises.

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8. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

D'Angelo - Black Messiah
December 15, 2014
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
93
23 reviews
User Score
85
371 reviews

7. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
78
297 reviews

Among rock music of its kind, it's one of the most ­muscular collections in some time, yet it accomplishes this by hardly even flexing.

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6. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
728 reviews

For as erudite as it is, though, In Colour doesn't require footnotes to enjoy -- it's first and ­foremost a dance record.

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5. Adele - 25

Adele - 25
November 20, 2015
Soul
Critic Score
71
29 reviews
User Score
73
226 reviews

On 25, the material is occasionally inspired, sometimes dull, but always serviceable -- and with Adele, that’s enough.

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4. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
83
404 reviews

There's a lot, sometimes too much, to take in, but Staples has tons to say, in a delivery that finds middle ground between Nas' wizened rasp and Too Short's melodic Cali lilt.

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3. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
81
597 reviews

Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.

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2. Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
October 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
94
32 reviews
User Score
89
1194 reviews

Despite the bold declarations, beautiful beats and brash imagery, To Pimp a Butterfly is not an announcement, it's a conversation.

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