10 Best Albums of 2015

Ahh, 2015. What a time to be alive. It was a record-breaking year for larger-than-life stars like Adele, whose album 25 sold 4.49 million copies in just two weeks, and Justin Bieber, who shattered Billboard records with his Purpose. Neither of those albums made my list of 2015 favorites (Sorry) (no pun intended), but I thought they deserved a quick shoutout for achieving total world domination.

Below are my 10 favorite albums of the year–listed in alphabetical order because ranking artists is hard. *sigh*

Alabama Shakes Sound and Color

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Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

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Jamie xx In Colour

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Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly

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Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down…

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Leon BridgesComing Home

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Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

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Tame Impala Currents

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Vince Staples Summertime ’06

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Honorable mentions:

Grimes Art Angels

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Various Artists Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack

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(I’m not exactly a Broadway musical junkie, but anyone who can successfully write smart, catchy hip-hop songs about Alexander Hamilton deserves mad respect. I adored listening to this podcast featuring the mastermind behind Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda.)

Listen to my Spotify playlist including all of my top albums of the year:

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Fingers crossed 2016 will be filled with glorious new music from Yeezy, Radiohead, and Frank freaking Ocean (still bitter). Stay tuned.

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New York Fashion Week Generates Major Social Media Buzz

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From falling models to new sneakers from Kanye West, the internet had plenty of material to tweet, Instagram, and Periscope during New York Fashion Week 2015.

Twitter emojis or it didn’t happen

According to Fashion Week Online, New York Fashion Week has an estimated economic impact of a cool $900 million. Thus, #NYFW earned some Twitter emojis this year. Whenever Twitter users added the hashtag #NYFW during the week, one of the seven featured emojis would appear in their tweet. Adorable.

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Black Swan meets Punk’d

Opening Ceremony teamed up with the New York City Ballet to create a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired runway show, which featured some pretty unconventional choreography. Dance moves included staged stumbles by the models, and naturally Instagram users posted videos all over the internet.

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Yeezy Season 2 is out of this world

Kanye West debuted his highly anticipated Yeezy Season 2 ready-to-wear collection (and brand new song) with a star-studded front row including Anna Wintour, Drake, and Seth Meyers. Speaking of stars, many internet users compared Ye’s pieces to the wardrobes of various Star Wars characters. All criticisms aside, Mr. West did an excellent job creating hype online by broadcasting live streams of the collection in select theaters worldwide.

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