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50 Best Albums of 2015

Kendrick fought the power, Adele soared higher, D’Angelo shocked the world and more

As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any albums released this year besides Adele's record-breaking, generation-uniting, triple-platinum-and-counting 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. Over on the pop charts, Halsey celebrated the 'New Americana' (rhymes with 'Biggie and Nirvana'), and some of 2015's best albums upended the old one: Upstart Chris Stapleton sang country songs like Sam Cooke, 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. This year 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 rappers like Drake, Future and Rae Sremmrurd brought cohesive, immediate statements for the Internet's insatiable now. Here are the 50 records that defined our year.

1 Download Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly [Explicit] (2015) [MP3] Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly [Explicit] (2015) [MP3]
2 Download Adele – 25 (Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3] Adele – 25 (Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3]
3 Download Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015) [MP3] Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015) [MP3]
4 Download D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014) [MP3] D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014) [MP3]
5 Download The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) [MP3] The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (2015) [MP3]
6 Download Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015) [MP3] Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015) [MP3]
7 Download Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (2015) [MP3] Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (2015) [MP3]
8 Download VA – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (Explicit) (2015) [MP3] VA – Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (Explicit) (2015) [MP3]
9 Download The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily, (2015) [MP3] The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily, (2015) [MP3]
10 Download Blur – The Magic Whip (2015) [MP3] Blur – The Magic Whip (2015) [MP3]
11 Download Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love (2015) [MP3] Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love (2015) [MP3]
12 Download Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (2015) [MP3] Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon (2015) [MP3]
13 Download Tame Impala – Currents (2015) [MP3] Tame Impala – Currents (2015) [MP3]
14 Download Wilco – Star Wars (2015) [MP3] Wilco – Star Wars (2015) [MP3]
15 Download Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015) [MP3] Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015) [MP3]
16 Download Skrillex & Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü (2015) [MP3] Skrillex & Diplo – Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü (2015) [MP3]
17 Download Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart (2015) [MP3] Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart (2015) [MP3]
18 Download Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3] Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3]
20 Download Don Henley (EAGLES) – Cass County [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3] Don Henley (EAGLES) – Cass County [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3]
21 Download Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015) [MP3] Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015) [MP3]
22 Download Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015) [MP3] Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015) [MP3]
23 Download Mark Knopfler – Tracker [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3] Mark Knopfler – Tracker [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3]
24 Download Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf (2015) [AAC] Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf (2015) [AAC]
25 Download Darlene Love – Introducing Darlene Love (2015) [MP3] Darlene Love – Introducing Darlene Love (2015) [MP3]
26 Download Future – DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3] Future – DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) [Deluxe Edition] (2015) [MP3]
27 Download Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood (2015) [MP3] Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood (2015) [MP3]
28 Download Miguel – Wildheart (2015) [MP3] Miguel – Wildheart (2015) [MP3]
29 Download Joanna Newsom – Divers (2015) [MP3] Joanna Newsom – Divers (2015) [MP3]
30 Download Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style (2015) [MP3] Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style (2015) [MP3]
31 Download Leon Bridges – Coming Home (2015) [MP3] Leon Bridges – Coming Home (2015) [MP3]
32 Download Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show (2015) [MP3] Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show (2015) [MP3]
33 Download Beach House – Depression Cherry (2015) [MP3] Beach House – Depression Cherry (2015) [MP3]
34 Download Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3] Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3]
35 Download Vince Staples – Summertime ‘06 (2015) [MP3] Vince Staples – Summertime ‘06 (2015) [MP3]
36 Download Hop Along – Painted Shut (2015) [MP3] Hop Along – Painted Shut (2015) [MP3]
37 Download Alabama Shakes – Sound And Color (2015) [MP3] Alabama Shakes – Sound And Color (2015) [MP3]
38 Download Ashley Monroe – The Blade (2015) [MP3] Ashley Monroe – The Blade (2015) [MP3]
39 Download Muse – Drones (2015) [MP3] Muse – Drones (2015) [MP3]
40 Download Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile (2015) [MP3] Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile (2015) [MP3]
41 Download Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015) [MP3] Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015) [MP3]
42 Download Björk – Vulnicura (2015) [MP3] Björk – Vulnicura (2015) [MP3]
43 Download Selena Gomez – Revival (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3] Selena Gomez – Revival (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3]
44 Download Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife (2015) [MP3] Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife (2015) [MP3]
45 Download Madonna – Rebel Heart (2015) [MP3] Madonna – Rebel Heart (2015) [MP3]
46 Download Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) [MP3] Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) [MP3]
47 Download James Taylor – Before This World (2015) [MP3] James Taylor – Before This World (2015) [MP3]
48 Download Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (E•MO•TION) (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3] Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (E•MO•TION) (Deluxe Edition) (2015) [MP3]
49 Download Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night (2015) [MP3] Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night (2015) [MP3]
50 Download Bomba Estereo – Amanecer (2015) [FLAC] Bomba Estereo – Amanecer (2015) [FLAC]
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