dannymoney

Top 50 Albums of 2015

2015 was defined by the size of an artist’s vision.  Whether it was the size of Young Thug’s titanic output of quality material, or the ambition of the songwriting on The Most Lamentable Tragedy or Divers, or the raw power of Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan’s gorgeous vocals, or the precision and autonomy of Grimes’s execution of her singular vision, it was go big or go home in 2015.  Even the weary wisdom of Craig Finn’s Faith in the Future seemed large in its dedication to modesty and humility.

But in the end, Young Thug had 2015 on lock.  So much so that I had to cheat and include three of his mixtapes in my number one slot.  They’re all of a piece, so I don’t feel too bad about it.  

Thug’s progression as an artist has been fun and, at times, baffling to watch: a mad scientist mixing potions to the tune of his own drummer.  Of all the records on my list, the elasticity of Young Thug’s approach to music defined the cutting-edge sensibility of 2015 best: create, release, and repeat, and let the listeners catch up to the music, not the other way around.

Happy listening,
DannyMoney

The Top 50 Albums of 2015:

 1. Barter 6 // Slime Season 1 // Slime Season 2 - Young Thug
 2. Faith in the Future - Craig Finn
 3. Painted Shut - Hop Along
 4. The Most Lamentable Tragedy - Titus Andronicus
 5. Simple Songs - Jim O'Rourke
 6. Divers - Joanna Newsom
 7. Art Angels - Grimes
 8. Predatory Headlights - Tenement
 9. Summertime ‘06 - Vince Staples
 10. Have You Seen My Wilderness? - Julia Holter
 11. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late - Drake
 12. Garden of Delete - Oneohtrix Point Never
 13. DS2 - Future
 14. Star Wars - Wilco
 15. Stuff Like That There - Yo La Tengo
 16. Are You Alone? - Majical Cloudz
 17. In Colour - Jaime xx
 18. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
 19. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
 20. The Agent Intellect - Protomartyr
 21. High - Royal Headache
 22. Poison Season - Destroyer
 23. Four Phantoms - Bell Witch
 24. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
 25. E*MO*TION - Carly Rae Jepsen
 26. The Epic - Kamasi Washington
 27. Alone in the Universe - Jeff Lynne’s ELO
 28. Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves
 29. Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan
 30. Vertigo - The Necks
 31. Beach Music - Alex G
 32. The Magic Whip - blur
 33. Wildheart - Miguel
 34. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside - Earl Sweatshirt
 35. Second Hand Heart - Dwight Yoakam
 36. Vulnicura - Bjork
 37. Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell
 38. Bottom of the Morning - Pinkish Black
 39. Universal Themes - Sun Kil Moon
 40. John Howard & the Night Mail - John Howard & the Night Mail
 41. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper - Panda Bear
 42. Apocalypse, girl - Jenny Hval
 43. New Bermuda - Deafheaven
 44. AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP - A$AP Rocky
 45. I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces - Wolf Eyes
 46. Dumb Flesh - Blanck Mass
 47. Free TC - Ty Dolla $ign
 48. Sun Coming Down - Ought
 49. A New Place 2 Drown - Archy Marshall
 50. What a Time to Be Alive - Drake & Future