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November 17, 2015

Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music Lists

The Largehearted Boy List of Essential and Interesting 2015 Year-End Music Lists

I will aggregate essential and most interesting "best of 2015" year-end music lists as I have in past years, and update this post regularly.

Revisit the lists for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2000-2009 (best of the decade lists), 2010, 2011, and 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The 405 (best albums)
The A.V. Club (best albums)
The A.V. Club (least essential albums)
The A.V. Club (year in band names)
Abysmal Hymns (top black metal albums)
AdHoc (favorite albums)
All the Young Punks (favorite albums)
Alt.Latino (favorite musicians)
American Songwriter (top albums)
American Songwriter (top songs)
Amoeba Music (best albums)
Anti-Gravity Bunny (top collaborative drone records)
Anti-Gravity Bunny (top solo drone records)
Aquarium Drunkard (music)
The Atlantic (favorite songs)
Austin Town Hall (top Austin albums)
Baeble (top albums)
BBC News (top albums)
Billboard (best songs)
Bleep (albums)
Blog on the Tracks (best albums)
Blog to Bollywood (top Bollywood songs)
Boomkat (favourite albums
Boomkat (favourite singles and EPs)
Boston Globe (best classical albums)
Boston Globe (best hip-hop albums)
Chicago Tribune (best albums)
Chicago Tribune (best Chicago music)
Complex (best albums)
Complex (best songs)
Consequence of Sound (top metal albums)
Consequence of Sound (top songs)
Cover Me (best cover songs)
Crack (albums of the year)
Crave (best albums)
CVLT (top avant garde albums)
CVLT (top post-punk albums)
The Daily Beast (best albums)
Dallas Observer (best Dallas rap and hip-hop acts)
Dan DeLuca (best albums)
Dan DeLuca (best songs)
Dazed (artists to listen to in 2016)
Dazed (top albums)
Dazed (top tracks)
Deceptive Cadence (favorite classical albums)
Decibel (top albums)
Denver Post (best albums)
Design Week (best record sleeves)
Diffuser (best albums)
Digital Spy (best albums)
DJ Magazine (best albums)
Drowned in Sound (favourite UK albums)
Dummy (best tracks)
EDM Sauce (best EDM songs)
Exclaim (best EPs)
FACT (best album artwork)
FACT (best record labels)
FACT (best reissues)
Fader (best songs)
Faster Louder (best albums)
Faster Louder (best songs)
The Fix (best drug songs)
Flavorwire (favorite albums)
Fluxblog (songs)
Folk Alley (favorite albums)
Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif (best albums)
Fuse (best albums)
Fuse (best songs)
Gimme Tinnitus (favorite albums)
Glide Magazine (best albums)
Gorilla Vs. Bear (albums)
Gorilla Vs. Bear (music videos)
Gorilla Vs. Bear (songs)
Guardian (best albums)
Harvard Crimson (top albums)
Heavy Blog (top albums)
Hey Reverb (best songs)
hhhhappy (best music videos)
Impose (best albums)
Impose (best music writing)
Inc. (best albums to play in the office)
inthemix (best dance albums)
The Irish Times (top albums)
Jazzwize (albums)
Kerrang (best albums)
KEXP DJs (best albums)
LA Music Blog (top albums)
Latitudes (global music albums)
The Last Mixed Tape (top albums)
The Line of Best Fit (best albums)
The Line of Best Fit (best songs)
Mashable (best albums)
Mixmag (top songs)
MOJO (best albums)
MOJO (favorite reissues)
MTV (best songs)
The Nation (best albums)
New York Times (best albums)
Nialler9 (best albums)
NME (best debut albums)
Noisey (best albums)
Noisey (best K-pop songs)
Noisey (best songs)
Nordic By Nature (most relevant Scandinavian newcomers)
Norman Records (top albums)
Nothing But Hope and Passion (almost overlooked albums)
NPR Music (best songs)
NPR Music (favorite albums)
NPR Music (favorite dance tracks)
NPR Music (favorite electronic music)
NPR Music - Ann Powers (favorite albums)
NPR Music - Bob Boilen (favorite albums)
NPR Music - Robin Hilton (favorite albums)
NPR Music - Stephen Thompson (favorite albums)
The Observer (top cover songs)
Pandora (top thumbed up songs)
The Pansentient League (best synthpop albums)
Passion of the Weiss (best rap songs)
Paste (best albums)
Paste (best and worst holiday albums)
Paste (best box sets)
Paste (best cover songs)
Paste (best heavy metal albums)
Paste (best music videos)
Paste (best musical moments in film)
Paste (best new bands)
Paste (best songs)
Paste (best videogame soundtracks)
Picadilly Records (top albums)
Picadilly Records (top compilations)
Pigeons and Planes (best independent record labels)
Pigeons and Planes (best songs)
Pitchfork (best albums)
Pitchfork (best metal albums)
Pitchfork (best music videos)
Pitchfork (best songs)
Popdust (best songs)
Popjustice (top singles)
PopMatters (best music)
Pretty Much Amazing (best albums)
Pretty Much Amazing (best EPs)
Progressive Music Planet (favorite songs)
The Quietus (best albums)
The Quietus (best punk and hardcore albums)
Reggaemani (top reggae songs)
Resident Music (albums of the year)
Reverb (best albums)
Reverb (best albums you probably missed)
Rob Sheffield (top albums)
Rolling Stone (best albums)
Rolling Stone (best country albums)
Rolling Stone (best songs)
The Root (favorite albums)
Rough Trade (albums)
Said the Gramophone (best songs)
Slant (best albums)
Slug Magazine (top hardcore post-punk albums)
Soulhead (finest albums)
Sounds Better with Reverb (shoegaze and dream pop albums)
Speakers in Code (best albums)
Speakers in Code (best sad bastard songs)
SPIN (best albums)
SPIN (best avant albums)
SPIN (best hip-hop albums)
SPIN (best metal albums)
SPIN (best pop albums)
SPIN (best songs)
Stereogum (best albums)
Stereogum (best music videos)
Stereogum (best new bands)
Stereogum (best pop songs)
Stereogum (best rap albums)
Stereogum (best Ryan Adams covers not of Taylor Swift songs)
Stereogum (drug songs)
Stereogum (favorite songs)
Stereogum (great EPs)
Stuff (best albums by New Zealand artists)
Taste of Country (top country songs)
Ted Gioia (best albums)
Telegraph (best classical albums)
Telegraph (best folk music albums)
Telegraph (best country albums)
Telegraph (best jazz albums)
Telegraph (best pop and rock albums)
Textura (top albums)
Thump (best albums)
Thump (best tracks)
TIME (best albums)
TIME (best songs)
TIME (worst songs)
TimeOut London (best songs)
Tiny Mix Tapes (favorite music releases)
Tiny Mix Tapes (favorite songs)
Tom Hull (best jazz albums)
Treble (overlooked albums)
Treble (top electronic albums)
Treble (top songs)
Twangville (best album lists)
Ultimate Classic Rock (top albums)
Uncut - John Mulvey (best albums)
Under the Radar (top albums)
Vogue (best albums)
Vulture (best albums)
Vulture (best songs)
The Week UK (top albums)
Wikipedia (albums)
World Cafe - David Dye (top albums)
XLR8TR (best tracks)
XXL (best album covers)
XXL (best songs)

also at Largehearted Boy:

2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Daily Downloads (free & legal mp3 downloads)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews