Album Of The Year 2015Drowned in Sound: Albums of the Year

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Overall RankThe GuardianUnder The RadarGod Is In The TVRough TradeAmazon
1Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear431425
2Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly111113163
3Björk - Vulnicura95342115
4Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool1613311646
5Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell2257129
6Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION1019 - - - -
7Joanna Newsom - Divers131016285712
8Braids - Deep In The Iris96 - 86 - - 49
9Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love1161716608
10Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl4432 - 2484 -
11Viet Cong - Viet Cong42 - 56 - 4053
12Charli XCX - Sucker250+ - - - - -
13Blur - The Magic Whip22 - 533 - 1
14Kathryn Joseph - Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I've Spilled131 - - - - -
15Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon29 - - - 78 -
16Low - Ones And Sixes58 - 24 - 93 -
17Nils Frahm - Solo250+ - - - 89 -
18The Lucid Dream - The Lucid Dream250+ - - - - -
19Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too839 - - - 43
20Laura Marling - Short Movie902639449655
21Pinkshinyultrablast - Everything Else Matters250+ - - - - 71
22Susanne Sundfør - Ten Love Songs7021 - 20 - 7
23Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie3323 - 1549 -
24Max Richter - From Sleep250+ - - - 5 -
25Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap250+ - - - - -
26Foals - What Went Down30 - 21 - 3850
27Kamasi Washington - The Epic17876 - 7 -
28Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf76 - 2626 - -
29Petrels - Flailing Tomb250+ - - - - -
30Haiku Salut - Etch & Etch Deep250+ - - - - -
31Du Blonde - Welcome Back To Milk250+ - - - - -
32BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul123 - - - - -
33Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor250+ - - 30 - -
34Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa63 - - - 70 -
35Idlewild - Everything Ever Written250+ - - - - 54
36Godspeed You! Black Emperor* - Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress250+ - - - 5264
37Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People3225 - 54 -
38Algiers - Algiers64 - 80 - - -
39Hop Along - Painted Shut85 - - - - -
40Trust Fund - Seems Unfair250+ - - - - -
41Everything Everything - Get To Heaven127 - 3121 - 87
42Mew - + -250+ - 19 - - -
43Grimes - Art Angels720122782 -
44The Icarus Line - All Things Under Heaven250+ - - - - -
45Destroyer - Poison Season78 - 65 - 79 -
46The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It98 - - - - -
47Then Thickens - Colic250+ - - - - -
48Lower Dens - Escape From Evil250+ - 55 - - -
49Heather Woods Broderick - Glider250+ - - - - -
50Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh81 - 9717 - -
51Girlpool - Before The World Was Big93 - - - 95 -
52HEALTH - Death Magic250+ - - - - -
53Deerhunter - Fading Frontier31127 - 50 -
54Lanterns On The Lake - Beings250+ - - - - -
55Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness844830 -
56Ryley Walker - Primrose Green71 - 100 - 27 -
57Gnod - Infinity Machines250+ - - - - -
58Killing Joke - Pylon75 - - - - -
59Blank Realm - Illegals In Heaven250+ - - - - -
60Title Fight - Hyperview250+ - - - - -
61Belle And Sebastian* - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance250+ - 47 - - -
62Desaparecidos - Payola250+ - - - - -
63Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile79 - - - 3529
64Errors - Lease Of Life250+ - - - - -
65Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter250+ - - - 33 -
66Cheatahs - Mythologies120 - 73 - - -
67Mercury Rev - The Light In You250+ - 61 - 55 -
68Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin250+ - - - - -
69Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color23 - - - 316
70Beach House - Depression Cherry24 - 84528 -
71Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again250+33 - - 98 -
72Colder - Many Colours250+ - - - - -
73Ghost Culture - Ghost Culture250+ - - - 5813
74Jamie xx - In Colour5172343104
75Dr. Dre - Compton7435 - - - 47
76Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous69 - - - - -
77The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth250+ - - - - -
78Battles - La Di Da Di250+ - - - - -
79John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure50382561118
80LoneLady - Hinterland56 - - 12 - 10
81Jme - Integrity>111 - - - - 57
82The Cribs - For All My Sisters250+ - - 49 - -
83Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit3761345
84Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late1814 - - - -
85Tame Impala - Currents6152 - 1331
86Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down...40 - 15 - 68 -
87EL VY - Return To The Moon250+ - 10 - - -
88Ought - Sun Coming Down52 - - - 87 -
89Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon73 - 83 - 1828
90Holly Herndon - Platform4924 - - 73 -
91Villagers - Darling Arithmetic250+ - - - - -
92Deafheaven - New Bermuda37 - 72 - - -
93Floating Points - Elaenia2716 - - 25 -
94Gaz Coombes - Matador118 - - 46 - 27
95Fairhorns - Fuckup Rush250+ - - - - -
96Nadine Shah - Fast Food250+ - - - 1491
97Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys250+ - - - - -
98SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream250+ - 48 - - -
99The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ250+ - - - - -
100Drinks - Hermits On Holiday250+ - - - - -

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How the overall rank is calculated

Our scoring system for the overall ranking is designed to provide just the right combination of big rewards for appearing high up in any list, with a little something thrown in for the consistent performers. Points are awarded as follows:

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