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Overall RankUnder The RadarDiffuserThe GuardianLA Music BlogTreble
1Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear414327
2Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly1112111
3Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit3612778
4Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love111766446
5Hop Along - Painted Shut85 - - - - -
6Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell2512311
7Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass39132128 - 42
8Tame Impala - Currents625151118
9Leon Bridges - Coming Home45 - - - 14 -
10Deerhunter - Fading Frontier31725123833
11The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ250+ - 34 - - -
12Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect250+75 - - - 22
13Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down...401545 - 2835
14Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style250+3536 - - -
15Torres - Sprinter465030 - - 40
16Chvrches - Every Open Eye25943312025
17Kamasi Washington - The Epic1776 - 8416
18Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free48 - 10 - - -
19Beach House - Depression Cherry2489 - 16 -
20Jamie xx - In Colour523181789
21Holly Herndon - Platform49 - - 24 - 48
22Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon7383 - - - -
23Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again250+ - - 33 - 37
24Grimes - Art Angels712320 - 15
25The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning250+ - - - - -
26Vince Staples - Summertime '061258 - 3654
27Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material100 - - - - -
28Guantanamo Baywatch - Darling... It's Too Late250+ - - - - -
29Florence + The Machine* - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful1043635 - - -
30Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats250+ - - - - -
31Wilco - Star Wars592720 - - -
32Royal Headache - High142 - - - - -
33Twerps* - Range Anxiety250+ - - - - -
34JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll250+ - - - - -
35Palehound - Dry Food250+ - - - - -
36Battles - La Di Da Di250+ - - - - 38
37Ashley Monroe - The Blade105 - - - - -
38Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color23 - 24 - 6 -
39The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World250+ - 47 - - -
40Ryan Adams - 198989 - 8 - - -
41Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us122 - - - - 45
42My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall250+4023 - - -
43Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?6071 - - 25 -
44Purity Ring - another eternity250+87 - - 19 -
45Desaparecidos - Payola250+ - - - - -
46Beirut - No, No, No250+52 - - - -
47Pops Staples - Don't Lose This250+ - - - - -
48Dilly Dally - Sore250+ - - - - -
49Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle250+ - - - - -
50Calexico - Edge Of The Sun250+ - - - - -

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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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