The Kuhronic Top 50 Albums of 2015

Originally “published” December 31, 2015

Another year has gone by and for the first time ever I finished this list early, but held off releasing it just in case there were any year end surprises. A few highly anticipated albums never arrived, some surprising (Frank Ocean, Kanye), some not so surprising (Tool, Radiohead) but overall it was another strong year for music, if you knew where to look for it. The big story for me was the grudge match between two former champions; Tame Impala, who’s last album ‘Lonerism’ topped my list in 2012, and Foals, who secured the number one spot the following year with ‘Holy Fire’, would both be releasing follow up albums over the summer. Who will reclaim the title? Or will they both be defeated by a three hour jazz odyssey? Or perhaps some brit pop behemoths returning from the dead? Find out the answers to all these burning questions and more, below!

50. Luke VibertBizarster

49. Yukon BlondeOn Blonde

48. Talib KweliFuck the Money

47. Joss StoneWater for the Soul

46. Deerhunter Fading Frontier

45. CzarfaceEvery Hero Needs a Villain

44. Floating Points Elaenia

43. Royal Headache High

42. The Chemical Brothers Born in the Echoes

41. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday

40. Titus AndronicusThe Most Lamentable Tragedy

39. Intervals The Shape of Colour

38. Joanna NewsomDivers

37. !!!As If

36. Dr. Dre Compton

35. Baroness Purple

34. Vince StaplesSummertime ‘06

33. The Cribs For All My Sisters

32. Beach HouseDepression Cherry

31. The ProdigyThe Day is My Enemy

30. Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer

29. Ought Sun Coming Down

28. Roots Manuva Bleeds

27. Protomartyr — The Agent Intellect

26. Refused Freedom

25. Alabama ShakesSound and Color

24. Björk Vulnicura

23. Miguel Wildheart

22. Hot ChipWhy Make Sense?

21. Silversun Pickups Better Nature

20. Destroyer Poison Season

19. The WeeekndBeauty Behind the Madness

18. BattlesLa Di Da Di

17. Viet Cong Viet Cong

16. Jamie XXIn Colour

15. Iron Maiden The Book of Souls

14. BlackaliciousImani Vol.1

13. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

11. City and Colour If I Should Go Before You

10. Metz Metz II

09. Kamasi WashingtonThe Epic

08. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love

07. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly

06. Faith No More Sol Invictus

05. GrimesArt Angels

04. Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

03. FoalsWhat Went Down

02. BlurThe Magic Whip

01. Tame Impala Currents

As usual I couldn’t keep it to 50 so here are another 20 records that ‘almost made it’

ArcaMutant

Action BronsonMr. Wonderful

Badbadnotgood w/ GhostfaceSour Soul

Baio The Names

The CharlatansModern Nature

Chon Grow

Gaz Coombes Matador

Disappears Irreal

DJ Vadim & Sena Grow Slow

Django DjangoBorn Under Saturn

Holly Herndon Platform

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Freedom Tower— No Wave Dance Party 2015

K-Os Can’t Fly Without Gravity

Made in HeightsWithout My Enemy What Would I Do?

Mikal CroninMCIII

Mini MansionsThe Great Pretenders

Muse Drones

Squarepusher Damogen Furies

Twin ShadowEclipse

Wolf AliceMy Love is Cool

And for the first time, I am adding a best live album category! Ideally I would prefer it to be a somewhat contemporary performance (as this year’s winner is) and not a reissued gig by a legendary act, stay tuned.

Best Live Album:

Johnny Marr Adrenalin Baby

There were several releases that were disqualified for various reasons but there is one in particular that I would like to highlight

New Order — Music Complete: this album has a few good songs and a few terrible songs and a bunch of mediocre ones. But one thing it does not have is Peter Hook, and for that reason I do not consider it a proper New Order album and have eliminated it from contention.

See you in 2016, love,

Dave E. Kuhronic

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Husband / Father / Bass Player — Music Fanatic, Armchair Philosopher / Physicist

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Husband / Father / Bass Player — Music Fanatic, Armchair Philosopher / Physicist

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