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50 Best Albums of 2015

50 Best Albums of 2015

As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any albums released during the year besides Adele's record-breaking 25. But there was so much more to hear. Kendrick Lamar's Molotov-cocktail-tossing hip-hop, D'Angelo's razor-sharp R&B and Kamasi Washington's restorative jazz all made major statements, feeling like three crucial dispatches from the #BlackLivesMatter protests under three black-and-white covers. Jason Isbell made roots-rock that shouts out Sylvia Plath, and both Rhiannon Giddens and Bob Dylan took turns running the American songbook through their unique prisms. 2015 saw some fantastic releases from Rock & Roll Hall of Famers (Keith Richards, Don Henley, Darlene Love), along with a few strong returns from the alt-rock heroes of the Nineties (Blur, Sleater-Kinney, Wilco). R&B innovators like the Weeknd and Miguel walked a reverb-saturated lane into the future and past, while locally there was a mix of newcomers (Gang of Youths, Bad//Dreems) and old hands (Sarah Blasko, Oh Mercy, Shane Nicholson) that knocked it out of the park.

Here are the 50 records that defined our year.

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