In an effort to quantify the internet’s opinion of music released in 2015 I compiled a sort of meta-analysis of 20 different “Best Albums of 2015” lists. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds of albums the year-end lists suggest you listen to, browse the lists below and consider starting with the internet’s favorite albums of 2015.

The Rules:

In order for a list to be included, it had to be at least 25 albums long and it needed to be ordered.

If a list was greater than 50 albums, only the top 50 albums were included in the data.

An album ranked #1 on a list received 50 points, an album ranks #2 received 49 points, and an album ranked #50 received 1 point.

In order for an album to be included in the breakdowns below, the album had to be mentioned on at least 3 different lists.

The Data:

The information below were constructed using “Best of 2015” lists from NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, Complex, Billboard, Paste, MOJO, The Guardian, Stereogum, Pretty Much Amazing, Slant Magazine, Consequence of Sound, Uncut, Quietus, KEXP, Pigeons and Planes, Entertainment Weekly, PopMatters, Noisey.

 

By Points

1 – Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly – 938 Points

2 – Jamie xxIn Colour – 683 Points

3 – Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit – 668 Points

4 – Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear – 652 Points

5 – Tame ImpalaCurrents – 637 Points

6 – GrimesArt Angels – 615 Points

7 – Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell – 554 Points

8 – Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love – 531 Points

9 – Vince StaplesSummertime ’06 – 528 Points

10 – Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION – 425 Points

11 – DrakeIf You’re Reading This Its Too Late – 408 Points

12 – BjörkVulnicura – 375 Points

13 – Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf – 373 Points

14 – Joanna NewsomDivers – 355 Points

15 – MiguelWildheart – 352 Points

16 – FutureDS2 – 331 Points

17 – Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic – 307 Points

18 – DeerhunterFading Frontier – 299 Points

19 – Alabama ShakesSound & Color – 297 Points

20 – Kurt Vileb’lieve i’m goin’ down – 269 Points

21 – D’AngeloBlack Messiah – 262 Points

22 – Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete – 249 Points

23 – Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness – 248 Points

24 – CHVRCHESEvery Eye Open – 225 Points

24 – Adele25 – 225 Points

25 – Jason IsbellSomething More Than Free – 219 Points

 

By # of Appearances

1 – Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly – 19 Appearances

2 – Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think… – 18 Appearances

3 – Jamie xxIn Colour – 17 Appearances

4 – Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear – 16 Appearances

4 – Tame ImpalaCurrents – 16 Appearances

4 – Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell – 16 Appearances

4 – BjörkVulnicura – 16 Appearances

5 – GrimesArt Angels – 15 Appearances

5 – Vince StapesSummertime ’06 – 15 Appearances

6 – Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love – 14 Appearances

6 – Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION – 14 Appearances

7 – DrakeIf You’re Reading This Its Too Late – 12 Appearances

7 – Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf – 12 Appearances

7 – Joanna NewsomDivers – 12 Appearances

8 – Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic – 11 Appearances

8 – DeerhunterFading Frontier – 11 Appearances

8 – Alabama ShakesSound & Color – 11 Appearances

8 – Kurt Vileb’lieve i’m goin’ down – 11 Appearances

9 – MiguelWildheart – 10 Appearances

9 – FutureDS2 – 10 Appearances

9 – CHVRCHESEvery Eye Open – 10 Appearances

9 – Holly HerndonPlatform – 10 Appearances

10 – Julia HolterHave You In My Wilderness – 9 Appearances

10 – Beach HouseDepression Cherry – 9 Appearances

10 – Florence + The MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – 9 Appearances

 

BY POINTS PER APPEARANCE

1 – Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly – 49.37 Pts/App

2 – Adele25 – 45 Pts/App

3 – D’AngeloBlack Messiah – 43.67 Pts/App

4 – Wolf AliceMy Love Is Cool – 41.33 Pts/App

5 – GrimesArt Angels – 41 Pts/App

6 – Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear – 40.75 Pts/App

7 – Jamie xxIn Colour – 40.18 Pts/App

8 – Tame ImpalaCurrents – 39.81 Pts/App

9 – Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love – 37.93 Pts/App

10 – Lana Del ReyHoneymoon – 37.40 Pts/App

11 – Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit – 37.11 Pts/App

12 – Various ArtistsHamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack – 37 Pts/App

13 – Vince StaplesSummertime ’06 – 35.3 Pts/App

14 – MiguelWildheart – 35.2 Pts/App

15 – Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell – 34.63 Pts/App

16 – Chris StapletonTraveller – 34.33 Pts/App

17 – DrakeIf You’re Reading This Its Too Late – 34 Pts/App

17 – Mbongwana StarFrom Kinshasa – 34 Pts/App

18 – A$AP RockyAt. Long. Last. A$AP. – 33.5 Pts/App

19 – Floating PointsElaenia – 33.33 Pts/App

20 – FutureDS2 – 33.1 Pts/App

21 – Jack ÜSkrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü – 32.33 Pts/App

22 – Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs – 32.25 Pts/App

23 – ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect – 31.8 Pts/App

24 – Oneohtrix Point NeverGarden of Delete – 31.13 Pts/App

25 – Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf – 31.08 Pts/App

 

LIST DIVERSITY

345 albums mentioned

149 (43.2%) albums mentioned at least 2 times

91 (26.4%) albums mentioned at least 3 times

65 (18.8%) albums mentioned at least 4 times

53 (15.4%) albums mentioned at least 5 times

43 (12.5%) albums mentioned at least 6 times

33 (9.6%) albums mentioned at least 7 times

29 (8.4%) albums mentioned at least 8 times

25 (7.2%) albums mentioned at least 9 times

22 (6.4%) albums mentioned at least 10 times

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