The Best of 2015: Rolling Stone, Spin & NME Weigh In

Three more sites/magazines, and they are major ones, have released their lists of the Best Albums of 2015, starting to give the race some very clear front runners.

Billboard is the second source to put D'Angelo's Black Messiah on its list, in this case, as their highest ranked album by a veteran artist at number 4; however, a number of sites and magazines had that album on their 2014 list as it was a surprise release the second week of December. The magazine also mentions numerous albums that weren't previously named including Madonna's Rebel Heart, Don Henley's Cass County, Mark Knopfler's Tracker and Madonna's Rebel Heart.

Blur's The Magic Whip takes a slim lead in our year-end compilation of all of the charts 9 points ahead of Sleater-Kinney's No Cities to Lose even though the latter is the only album by a veteran artist to be named on all eight lists compiled so far. Bjork is in third followed by the previous leader, New Order, who didn't fare well on any of today's three lists, and Wilco.  See the running top ten in the right column of the site through the end of the year.

Billboard (U.S., Top 50)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. 25 - Adele
  • 03. If You're Reading This, It's Too Late - Drake
  • 04. Black Messiah - D'Angelo
  • 05. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  • 06. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
  • 07. Something More Than Free - Jason Isbell
  • 08. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Album - Various Artists
  • 09. Yours, Dreamily - The Arcs
  • 10. The Magic Whip - Blur
  • 11. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 14. Star Wars - Wilco
  • 17. Crosseyed Heart - Keith Richards
  • 18. A Fool to Care - Boz Scaggs
  • 20. Cass County - Don Henley
  • 23. Tracker - Mark Knopfler
  • 25. Introducing Darlene Love - Darlene Love
  • 34. The Pale Emperor - Marilyn Manson
  • 42. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 45. Rebel Heart - Madonna
  • 47. Before This World - James Taylor
  • 49. Shadows in the Night - Bob Dylan
Spin (U.S., Top 50)
  • 01. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 02. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
  • 03. In Colour - Jamie XX
  • 04. Currents - Tame Impalla
  • 05. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples
  • 06. Ivy Tripp - Waxahatchee
  • 07. Fading Frontier - Deerhunter
  • 08. Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves
  • 09. Ratchet - Shamir
  • 10. Beach Music - Alex G
  • 11. No Cities to Love - Slater-Kinney
  • 28. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 37. The Magic Whip - Blur
  • 50. Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
NME (U.K., Top 50)
  • 01. Art Angels - Grimes
  • 02. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  • 03. In Colour - Jamie xx
  • 04. My Love is Cool - Wolf Alice
  • 05. Currents - Tame Impala
  • 06. Every Open Eye - Chvrches
  • 07. Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
  • 08. What Went Down - Foals
  • 09. Marks Prove It - Maccabees
  • 10. Multi-Love - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • 13. No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney
  • 15. The Magic Whip - Blur
  • 25. Vulnicura - Bjork
  • 48. Music Complete - New Order
  • 50. 1989 - Ryan Adams

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