Album Of The Year 2015Rolling Stone: Albums of the Year

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The table shows the closest 5 matches from the end of year lists in our database. Results go from left to right in decreasing order of how similar a list is to this published list.

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Overall RankVarianceEntertainment WeeklyHit The FloorComplexMashable
1Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly121111
2Adele - 2519836410
3Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late1812165923
4D'Angelo And The Vanguard - Black Messiah26 - - - - -
5The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness5541 - 72329
6Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit315692616
7Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free482136 - - -
8Various Artists - Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack250+ - - - - -
9The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily,250+4431 - - -
10Blur - The Magic Whip22 - - - - -
11Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love113214 - - 21
12Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon2933 - - - 30
13Tame Impala - Currents61181620 -
14Wilco - Star Wars59239 - - -
15Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear4198 - 8 -
16Jack Ü - Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü95 - - - 17 -
17Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart250+ - - - - -
18Boz Scaggs - A Fool To Care250+ - - - - -
19Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down...40 - - - - -
20Don Henley - Cass County250+ - - - - -
21Chris Stapleton - Traveller36107 - - -
22Florence + The Machine* - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful104311515 - -
23Mark Knopfler - Tracker250+ - - - - -
24Donnie Trumpet & Social Experiment, The - Surf382821 - 13 -
25Darlene Love - Introducing Darlene Love250+ - - - - -
26Future - DS220 - - - 28
27Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood250+ - 22 - - -
28Miguel - Wildheart153012 - - 5
29Joanna Newsom - Divers13 - 33 - - 6
30Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style250+ - - - - -
31Leon Bridges - Coming Home456 - - - -
32Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show140 - - - 164
33Beach House - Depression Cherry2435 - - 42 -
34Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor250+ - - - - -
35Vince Staples - Summertime '0612920 - 3127
36Hop Along - Painted Shut85 - 35 - - -
37Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color231113 - 29 -
38Ashley Monroe - The Blade105 - - - - -
39Muse - Drones250+ - - - - -
40Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile79 - - - - -
41Kamasi Washington - The Epic17 - - - - 22
42Björk - Vulnicura9 - 39 - 3720
43Selena Gomez - Revival250+ - 32 - - -
44Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife88 - 23 - 328
45Madonna - Rebel Heart250+ - - - - -
46Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn250+ - - - - -
47James Taylor - Before This World250+ - - - - -
48Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION10323412
49Bob Dylan - Shadows In The Night250+ - - - - -
50Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer250+ - - - - -

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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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