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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Meow The Jewels: From Kickstarter Project to Reality

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Breakthrough hip hop duo Run the Jewels (aka El-P and Killer Mike) released their highly anticipated remix album Meow the Jewels this weekend thanks to 2,828 backers on the popular funding platform Kickstarter.

Launched by fans in September 2014, the campaign pledged to raise $40,000 for Run the Jewels to create an album “with all cat sounds for the music.” The Kickstarter quickly surpassed its goal and received a whopping $65,783.

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RTJ fans take hip hop very seriously. (Image via Kickstarter)

Some of the absurdly silly track names include “Lie, Cheat, Meow” and “Paw Due Respect”.

“A lot of people are saying it might even go catinum,” El-P joked on Saturday.

Meow the Jewels is now available for free download, and the rap duo announced that all proceeds from vinyl sales will go to charity.

The album is a testament to the power of an online community dedicated to bringing inspired projects to life. Since Kickstarter launched in 2009, 9.5 million users have backed a project and almost $2 billion have been pledged online. Additional statistics about the startup can be found on its website.

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