We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:





50 PALMBOMEN | PALMBOMEN II







49 DANNY L HARLE | Broken Flowers





48 RAE SREMMURD | SremmLife





47 JESSICA PRATT | On Your Own Love Again







46 STEALING SHEEP | Not Real





45 TEI SHI | Verde





44 CAROLINE NO | No Language





43 JLIN | Dark Energy





42 BICEP | Just





41 PURE BATHING CULTURE | Pray For Rain





40 VALET | Nature





39 YUMI ZOUMA | EP II





38 BEACH HOUSE | Depression Cherry





37 KNXWLEDGE | Hud Dreems





36 MOLLY NILSSON | Zenith





35 NEON INDIAN | VEGA INTL Night School





34 DILLY DALLY | Sore





33 ANTHONY NAPLES | Body Pill





32 CINDY LEE | Malenkost

CINDY LEE // Always Lovers







31 AIRBIRD & NAPOLIAN | Mr. Foolish





30 EMPRESS OF | Me





29 JOANNA NEWSOM | Divers







28 ABRA | Rose





27 SUSANNE SUNDFØR | Ten Love Songs





26 ERYKAH BADU | BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE







25 EARTHEATER | RIP Chrysalis





24 LANA DEL REY | Honeymoon





23 DISASTERPEACE | It Follows OST





22 DOMENIQUE DUMONT | Comme Ça





21 TORO y MOI | Samantha

TORO y MOI // The Usual







20 THE GALLERIA | Calling Card / Mezzanine

THE GALLERIA // Mezzanine







19 AUTRE NE VEUT | Age of Transparency





18 COUSIN STIZZ | Suffolk County





17 BOP ENGLISH | Constant Bop





16 JULIA HOLTER | Have You In My Wilderness





15 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6





14 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | Garden Of Delete





13 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell





12 SOPHIE | PRODUCT





11 U.S. GIRLS | Half Free





10 GEORGE CLANTON | 100% Electronica





09 BEACH HOUSE | Thank Your Lucky Stars





08 LOWER DENS | Escape From Evil





07 HELEN | The Original Faces





06 VINCE STAPLES | Summertime '06





05 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness

CINDY LEE // Power and Possession







04 LEON BRIDGES | Coming Home




03 JAMIE XX | In Colour





02 PANDA BEAR | Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper





01 GRIMES | Art Angels





01 GRIMES | Art Angels
02 PANDA BEAR | Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
03 JAMIE XX | In Colour
04 LEON BRIDGES | Coming Home
05 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness
06 VINCE STAPLES | Summertime '06
07 HELEN | The Original Faces
08 LOWER DENS | Escape From Evil
09 BEACH HOUSE | Thank Your Lucky Stars
10 GEORGE CLANTON | 100% Electronica

11 U.S. GIRLS | Half Free
12 SOPHIE | Product
13 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell
14 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | Garden Of Delete
15 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6
16 JULIA HOLTER | Have You In My Wilderness
17 BOP ENGLISH | Constant Bop
18 COUSIN STIZZ | Suffolk County
19 AUTRE NE VEUT | Age of Transparency
20 THE GALLERIA | Calling Card / Mezzanine

21 TORO y MOI | Samantha
22 DOMENIQUE DUMONT | Comme Ça
23 DISASTERPEACE | It Follows OST
24 LANA DEL REY | Honeymoon
25 EARTHEATER | RIP Chrysalis
26 ERYKAH BADU | BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE
27 SUSANNE SUNDFØR | Ten Love Songs
28 ABRA | Rose
29 JOANNA NEWSOM | Divers
30 EMPRESS OF | Me

31 AIRBIRD & NAPOLIAN | Mr. Foolish
32 CINDY LEE | Malenkost
33 ANTHONY NAPLES | Body Pill
34 DILLY DALLY | Sore
35 NEON INDIAN - VEGA INTL Night School
36 MOLLY NILSSON - Zenith
37 KNXWLEDGE - Hud Dreems
38 BEACH HOUSE - Depression Cherry
39 YUMI ZOUMA - EP II
40 VALET - Nature

41 PURE BATHING CULTURE - Pray for Rain
42 BICEP - Just
43 JLIN - Dark Energy
44 CAROLINE NO - No Language
45 TEI SHI - Verde
46 STEALING SHEEP - Not Real
47 JESSICA PRATT - On Your Own Love Again
48 RAE SREMMURD - SremmLife
49 DANNY L HARLE - Broken Flowers
50 PALMBOMEN - PALMBOMEN II