Best of 2015: With 32 Year-End Surveys In, Sleater Kinney & Bjork Are Far Outpacing All Other Veteran Artists

There is little doubt now what the best albums of the year are by veteran artists, at least according to the 32 year-end charts we have surveyed so far.

Sleater Kinney's No Cities to Love and Bjork's Vulnicura have been named on 22 of the 32 lists. The closest to that number is Blur's The Magic Whip which has been named on nine.

Between the two leaders, Sleater Kinney has a commanding lead based on our point system, scoring 609.5 to Bjork's 488. Blur is in third with 278.

There are a few surprises in the top ten, so far. Janet Jackson's Unbreakable, a bit of a disappointment from a sales standpoint, continues to rack up year-end accolades, being named on eight of the lists. Equally surprising is how well the FFS album by Franz Ferdinand and Sparks has done along with the rather strange Bob Dylan standards album Strangers in the Night. The latest top ten for the year can be seen in the right column.

Here are the latest ten year-end surveys with the overall top ten for each along with all mentions of veteran artists lower on the lists.

Pitchfork (U.S., Top 50)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. In Colour - Jamie xx
  • 03. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 04. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples
  • 05. Currents - Tame Impala
  • 06. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  • 07. Black Messiah - D'Angelo & the Vanguard
  • 08. Wildheart - Miguel
  • 09. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
  • 10. The Epic - Kamasi Washington
  • 15. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 27. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 32. Compton - Dr. Dre
  • 36. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
The Guardian (U.K., Top 40)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  • 03. I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
  • 04. Have You In My Wilderness - Julia Holter
  • 05. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 06. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 07. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
  • 08. The Epic - Kamasi Washington
  • 09. White Men Are Black Men, Too - Young Fathers
  • 10. Divers - Joanna Newsom
  • 22. Music Complete - New Order
  • 34. FFS - FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)
  • 35. Compton - Dr. Dre
  • 37. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
  • 39. The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
Billboard (U.S., Top 25)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Hamilton - Original Broadway Cast
  • 03. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 04. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples
  • 05. 25 - Adele
  • 06. In Colour - Jamie xx
  • 07. Sound and Color - Alabama Shakes
  • 08. Black Messiah - D'Angelo and the Vanguard
  • 09. I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
  • 10. Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell
  • 14. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
StarPulse (U.S., Top 25)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. 25 - Adele
  • 03. Wildheart - Miguel
  • 04. I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
  • 05. Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes
  • 06. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  • 07. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  • 08. If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake
  • 09. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 10. Reality Show - Jazmine Sullivan
  • 24. Compton - Dr. Dre
Mashable (U.S., Top 30)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. E-Mo-Tion - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 03. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 04. Reality Show - Jazmine Sullivan
  • 05. Wildheart - Miguel
  • 06. Divers - Joanna Newson
  • 07. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  • 08. DS2 - Future
  • 09. Ten Love Songs - Suzanne Sundfor
  • 10. 25 - Adele
  • 19. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
  • 20. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 21. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
Slate (U.S., Top 25, No order)
  • Vulnicura - Bjork
  • The Trackless Woods - Iris Dement
  • The Other Side of Desire - Rickie Lee Jones
  • Power in the Blood - Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Daily Beast (U.S., Top 10)
  • 01. No City to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 02. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
  • 04. DS2 - Future
  • 05. Divers - Joanna Newsom
  • 06. New Bermuda - Deafhaven
  • 07. I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty
  • 08. Hamilton - Original Cast Recording
  • 09. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 10. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples
The Telegraph (U.K., Top 30, No order)
  • Modern Blues - Waterboys
  • Modern Nature - Charlatans
  • Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan
  • The Magic Whip - Blur
  • Compton - Dr. Dre
  • HitNRun - Prince
  • Dark Sky Island - Enya
Newsday (U.S., Top 25)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. 25 - Adele
  • 03. E-Mo-Tion - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 04. Wildheart - Miguel
  • 05. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 06. Before This World - James Taylor
  • 07. Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves
  • 08. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
  • 09. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
  • 10. American Beauty/American Psycho - Fall Out Boy
  • 11. Rebel Heart - Madonna
  • 12. Angels and Alcohol - Alan Jackson
  • 13. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 15. Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan
Cosmopolitan (U.S., Top 21)
  • 01. E-Mo-Tion - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 02. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 03. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
  • 05. Divers - Joanna Newsom
  • 06. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
  • 07. Feels Like - Bully
  • 08. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 09. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 10. Purpose - Justin Bieber


1 comment

Anonymous said...

Janet Jackson's "Unbreakable" is the best album of 2015.

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