Album Of The Year 2015Variance: 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.

Click on the name of a magazine or website in the table header to see their full Album of the Year chart. Click on an album's overall ranking to see which end of year lists it appears in.

Overall RankVultureSpinConsequence of SoundPitchforkBaeble
1Tame Impala - Currents644553
2Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly111111
3Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION1062224342
4Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell2821266
5Jamie xx - In Colour52362 -
6Leon Bridges - Coming Home45 - - - - -
7Grimes - Art Angels7526335
8Adele - 2519 - - - - -
9Vince Staples - Summertime '0612 - 5104 -
10Chris Stapleton - Traveller36 - - - - -
11Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color23 - - 36 - -
12Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late1810232817 -
13Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms250+ - - - - -
14Shamir - Ratchet61 - 9 - 48 -
15Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit3 - 2399 -
16Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too83 - - - - -
17Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School121 - - - 3510
18Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material100 - 8 - - -
19Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear4 - 1311127
20Chvrches - Every Open Eye25 - 43 - - 9
21Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free48 - - - - -
22Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise250+ - - - - -
23Wilco - Star Wars59 - - 30 - -
24Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams250+ - - - - -
25Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool16 - - - - -
26Halsey - Badlands250+ - - - - -
27Lianne La Havas - Blood250+ - - - - -
28Donnie Trumpet & Social Experiment, The - Surf38 - 362621 -
29Hudson Mohawke - Lantern113 - - - - -
30Miguel - Wildheart15 - 14 - 88
31Florence + The Machine* - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful104 - - 41 - -
32Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love11 - 11827 -
33Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon29 - 18 - - -
34Mark Ronson - Uptown Special250+ - - - - -
35Beach House - Depression Cherry24 - 16 - 28 -
36Troye Sivan* - Blue Neighbourhood91 - - - - -
37BOOTS - Aquaria250+ - - - - -
38Foals - What Went Down30 - - - - -
39Purity Ring - another eternity250+ - - - - -
40Best Coast - California Nights250+ - 42 - - -
41The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness55 - - - - -
42Seinabo Sey - Pretend250+ - 45 - - -
43Ryn Weaver - The Fool250+ - - - - -
44The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily,250+ - - - - -
45Young Thug - Barter 6250+ - - - - -
46Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile250+ - - - - -
47Years & Years - Communion97 - - - - -
48Staves, The - If I Was110 - - - - -
49Migos - Yung Rich Nation250+ - - - - -
50Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz250+ - - - - -

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End of year lists from the following blogs, websites, record stores and labels are included in the charts. Click on the name to see their list.

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:

1st: 50pts2nd: 42pts3rd: 36pts4th: 30pts5th: 25pts6th: 22pts7th: 20pts8th: 18pts9th: 16pts10th: 15pts11th: 14pts12th: 13pts13th: 12pts14th: 11pts15th: 10pts16th: 9pts17th: 8pts18th: 7pts19th: 6pts20th: 5pts21-30: 4pts 31-40: 3pts 41-50: 2pts 51+: 1pt
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