The 20 Best Albums of 2015

We’ve seen some incredible records hit the deck in the last dozen months, and the smells of pumpkin cheesecake in the air & family members transforming into maniacally rabid Christmas shoppers can only mean one thing: it’s time for our annual Best Albums of The Year list. 

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The stylistic variety couldn’t possibly be wider in this year’s selections, but the sonic potency is at an all-time high in the genre kaleidoscope, from high-concept jazz-rap excellence to stomp-rock propheteering, all the way through hepcat ragtime ripped right out of the twenties and sexual-chocolate R&B eroticism. Rock may not have had a dominant showing this year, but what it lacked in volume it certainly made up for in potency. For the full breakdown, dig into the 20 Best Albums of 2015:

An honorable hat-tip to Deafheaven and JD McPherson as well, whose new albums you should definitely check out.