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10. Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification

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Holy shit. Hooooooooooooooooooly shit, you guys. Just picture me, sitting here, profound grin across my face as I read every single comment about Bring Me The Horizon coming in at #42…

Let’s just say I’m truly thankful to be able to join you today, all of us together again for another holiday season and the yearly Sputnikmusic Staff Top Ten. First up is… waiiiit. Album art with like, lots of overly-detailed small stuff happening inside a much, much larger frame? Do a double-take, if you want (search your feelings, you know it to be true…). What you’re looking at is unmistakably Dance Gavin Dance album artwork, and Instant Gratification, now a certified ‘Best of 2015’ record, is unmistakably a Dance Gavin Dance album (let the comments flow, guys… really, don’t hold back).

Over the past eight years, and despite all the (astounding) drama that has befallen the band, Dance Gavin Dance have managed to release an impressive six LPs: one that was okay, two that were great, one that was awesome (this one), and two that changed the game forever. Based on my recollection, the first five never even sniffed our Top 50, and yet, behold! In 2015, Instant Gratification lands right here, in our Top Ten. Hell, even its position (top of the page, first blurb to read, most overall views, etc.) is cause to celebrate. Consider this my bright, shiny ‘fuck you’ to Carrie and Lowell. Score one for high pitched clean vocals and their screamed counterparts. Score one for lyrics like “I came to show you my sack.” Score one for Jacob Royal Ocean.

What makes Dance Gavin Dance so special is the band’s intense commitment to its own irreverence. Over its (still reasonably short) timeline, and especially during this Tillian-era renaissance, we are all witnesses to a vision of a world without vision. There are those out there who would fault artists for this — for making music visceral first, meaningful second. Those people are the worst. Instant Gratification is, as its name would suggest, an effortless masterpiece. –theacademy

9. We Lost The Sea – Departure Songs

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We Lost the Sea couldn’t have written a better eulogy for Chris Torpy than Departure Songs. While none of the movements contained within explicitly pay homage to their former frontman, the collection of moving tributes feel every inch like a nod to their fallen friend. Continuing the band without replacing Torpy was a risky move on the surface, but there can be no question of whether it was the right move or not now. Departure Songs tips its hat to acts of great self-sacrifice and valour; acts committed by almost inconceivably brave men and women who did what they believed to be right in the face of catastrophe or the great unknown. The swirling delay on “A Gallant Gentlemen” provides the perfect backdrop to Captain Oates of the Arctic’s last moments; the Eastern European vibe which permeates “Bogatyri” pays homage to the three heroes of Chernobyl; and the crushing volleys and stirring samples of “Challenger” paint vivid pictures of fire, disaster and loss. Departure Songs is always about more than just the music. The stories spring into life, and along with the accompanying artwork for each song, a rich tapestry emerges, fully immersing you in the experience. Whether you imagine yourself to be in their shoes or simply watching from afar, it’s a genuinely moving experience, and it’s one of the finest post-rock albums of recent times. –Dan H.

8. Jamie XX – In Colour

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What allowed me to truly enjoy In Colour was when I eventually came to hear it not as a singular aesthetic statement, but rather as a diverse collection of pop-oriented dance tunes. Songs like “Girl” are based in such traditional melodic structures, but are packaged with such a glossy sheen and sidechained to the core in a way that brings to mind what Neon Indian’s been up to this year. Perception can change a whole lot, and it can even turn one of the otherwise cheesiest albums of 2015 into one of the slickest pop records, no problem. “Seesaw” is surely the best example of the kind of warmth Jamie XX is capable of sharing through song: brilliant, steady sunlight diffracted from a nearby windowpane. My favorite thing about this song is how its introduction steals the spotlight from “Sleep Sound” — snatches it, even.

And as any true color palette, In Colour offers hues of faded indigos and radiant oranges in tandem. “Good Times” makes phenomenal use of Young Thug’s charismatic fire behind the mic, and crosses the threshold of mainstream pop-rap with ease. And to this listener at least, “The Rest Is Noise” feels like the grandest song here – the kind of emotional journey that could take place on a long train ride, tranquil between steam engine huffs. It’s nice to hear possible influences here from the sonic dynamism of Jon Hopkins, who has an incredible grasp for flow and pacing within his own music. Jamie XX approaches pop here in the same way Hopkins and Coldplay do in “Viva La Vida” – waiting for the gift at hand to be boxed before wrapping it in brilliant, sequined gold ribbon. And this kind of “bigness” within pop music surely will be well-remembered throughout the years, which is why we’ll still be talking about Jamie XX in 2019 – his music gives off the impression that it’s just now beginning to undergo a change, subtle but worth paying attention to. In Colour suggests hints as to where his career will lead next, but the album never gifts us anything more than such ambiguities. –Jacob Royal

7. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

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The Olympia, Washington trio’s career arc has been a continuous ascent thus far, with every new album elaborating on the energy and intelligence of the previous one. No Cities To Love is no exception, the rare reunion record that captures the essence of the band, pointing at the possibility of vital future after an 8-year-long hiatus. Age has not made Sleater-Kinney’s sound any less ferocious. This is a 32-minute scorcher of an album that brims with fierce intensity. The album’s raging opener “Price Tag” condemns a culture dominated by consumerism amid a punchy noise rock arrangement, while “Surface Envy” is the trio’s statement of strength: “We win, we lose, only together do we break the rules.”

Every song boasts an irresistibly sweet melodic center that’s in stark contrast with sharp angular guitar riffs. The vocal interplay between Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein is in a class of its own, often recalling the trio’s riot grrrl beginnings. Drummer Janet Weiss blends into whatever style each song requires, which is not an easy feat considering how diverse the songwriting is. Whether it is the playful dance punk of “Fangless”, the summery pop of “A New Wave” or the blistering post-hardcore of “No Anthems”, the women sound rejuvenated exploring different styles with verve and brash rock swagger. No Cities To Love is a testament to their ongoing friendship, but also a reminder of how essential they are to the current rock scene. –Greg Fisher

6. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

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It’s the review format we all fear: a unique and well-loved artist “goes accessible” and the reader immediately jumps to the worst conclusion. Not only that, but we’re talking about Julia Holter – star of 2013 and long-time darling of the experimental pop sphere – and she’s singing love songs! You could even say she’s singing ballads! How could we ask for a greater set-up for catastrophe?

But this isn’t a disaster or a cynical attempt to translate critical adoration for more lucrative fame. Instead, Have You In My Wilderness marks another period of steady progression for an artist who has had every bohemian wrapped ’round her finger since 2012. Where Julia’s previous album, the typically erudite Loud City Song, toyed with a more dramatic pop sensibility, Have You In My Wilderness embraces it completely. What is lead-single “Feel You” but a stellar example of art pop done so deliciously right? Julia swoons over a chamber orchestra with well-known sensitivity and newly-revealed confidence – that anathematic cry of “Figures pass so quickly…” kicking off one of the most immediately affective choruses of 2015.

Julia approaches this expressionistic display with familiar eclecticism, so don’t expect an endless list of personal troubles because she has always been one to make full use of a storyteller’s license. From the saxophone solo in “Sea Calls Me Home” to “Everytime Boots”‘s jauntier strut, Have You In My Wilderness represents a bewildering array of characters individually crying out for another. By the time the title track rolls round to tie the album off, you can only be impressed by the sheer variation of Julia’s attempts to convey passion. “How Long?” is deep, yearning passion; “Night Song” is more contemplative passion; “Betsy On The Roof” is utterly unadulterated ballad passion. We might be completely passion-ed out were it not for the fantastic orchestral backing, tight production and new prominence of Julia’s voice all offering up a soundscape possible to drown in. With the heavy inclusion of strings, harpsichord and vocal/synthesiser washes, Have You In My Wilderness‘ charm is well earned.

This poppier sound has been a long time coming. Loud City Song was already a huge leap towards increased accessibility, and producer Cole M. Greif-Neil has continually helped to bring out the best of her want for “big-ness”. On paper it could have gone awfully, but what matters is what we’re left with: Have You In My Wilderness pays homage to her more experimental past while opening the gates even wider for more to join the cult of Julia Holter. –Jonny Hunter

5. Viet Cong – Viet Cong

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There have been two main narrative arcs in Viet Cong’s extremely eventful year, the first of which revolves around their desperately naïve choice of band name. As recently as the first week of December there were sizable sit-ins and protests outside venues where the four-piece were playing. This is completely understandable: the sight of white men appropriating and subsequently profiting off something which they have no visible physical or socio-political connection to seems like a relic of an era gone by. As their fellow Canadian Justin Trudeau might say: it’s 2015.

But the Calgarians’ perfect self-titled debut album – indeed, the real catalyst to all this controversy – is also worth spilling some ink over. The seven songs that make up Viet Cong were born on the road and subsequently recorded in a barn-turned-studio in rural Ontario. Some of the attendant claustrophobia from having to work in such close quarters has visibly rubbed off on the album, resulting in the mostly-happy development that the boys no longer sound like a Deerhunter formed north of the 45th parallel. “Pointless Experience” is a harried yet atonal slab of labyrinthine post-punk that invites all kinds of perplexed analysis: “If we’re lucky we’ll get old and die!” cries vocalist Matt Flegel from the song’s epicenter, proving that he can still be trusted to keep his central theses lean and digestible in his own acerbic way. Then there’s the phenomenal “March of Progress”, a courageous, fleet-footed number that continually shifts gears and sonics before laying down a midsection that The Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Pink Floyd would tip their hats to. Nothing beats “Continental Shelf”, though: “Ice on the horizon / The skyline folding in / Nothing is beginning / Edges falling off of themselves / And the water is draining / Off the continental shelf” wails Flegel amidst a storm consisting entirely of electrified melancholy, tortured drums, and nihilistic basslines. It’s a testament to the staying power of Viet Cong that it has managed to rank so highly despite having had a year and about fifty tons of hate mail to be buried and forgotten in. When it comes to the quality of their music, at least, Viet Cong have managed to remain non-controversial. –Irving Tan

4. The Dear Hunter – Act IV- Rebirth in Reprise

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Surprised to see The Dear Hunter ranked this highly? Don’t be. Frontman Casey Crescenzo is an absolute madman, which is of course meant as a compliment. Even when he wasn’t keeping himself busy by furthering the Act series, he up and decided to record a collection of nine EPs (36 tracks) centered around various shades of the color spectrum. The guy’s idiosyncrasies rival that of Colin Meloy [The Decemberists] or Claudio Sanchez [Coheed and Cambria], although his eccentric nature is channeled less towards convoluted storylines and more towards elaborately composed album structures. For as over-the-top as his ventures typically are, though, he possesses rare enough talent to make even the most wildly clashing concepts fit together in perfect, seamless harmony. In fact, a case could easily be made that his work with The Dear Hunter currently stands alone at the pinnacle of modern progressive rock – a notion that the brilliant Act IV does nothing to dispute.

As perhaps the final installment in The Dear Hunter’s Act series, IV brings everything to the table. Even throughout the full-blown orchestral movements, poignant strings, and grandiose hooks that border on pop, there isn’t a single track that feels contrived or obligatory. From the oceanic metaphors found on “Waves” all the way through the charmingly self-indulgent “King of Swords”, it’s just one effortless and cohesive progression through some of the best material that The Dear Hunter have ever written. Even less obvious cuts, like the serene “Is There Anybody Here?”, demand to be heard due simply to the strength of the melodies and the band’s commitment to make each song as engaging as possible. You can tell that this was a record written for the fans, and that makes it a worthy and fitting successor to the opening trifecta. Wholly original and endlessly entertaining, Act IV has become the calling card by which we may forever identify The Dear Hunter. Until Act V that is, should we be so fortunate. –SowingSeason

3. Grimes – Art Angels

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While Carly Rae Jepsen might have the year’s most classic “pop” record, Kacey Musgraves the most old-fashioned, and Adele the most, uh, popular, nobody came as close to the sound of pop in 2015 than Grimes. If someone said they saw this coming, they were lying. While a song like “Oblivion” showed Claire Boucher’s hand as a pop songwriter at her heart, nothing in Grimes’ past catalogue indicated that she could be capable of the sort of maximalist, neon-lit electro-pop that Art Angels deals in spades. One could even call it mainstream-baiting – that synth hook on “Realiti” is straight out of the Calvin Harris-lite playbook – if it weren’t for the very Grimes-ian idiosyncrasies bubbling up throughout. If pop music is about dressing up your wounds and poisonous feelings into something that makes them easier to bear, like pressing the pus out of an infected wound, then Art Angels is the best, most cathartic disinfectant I heard this year. Consider the two-stepping jaunt of “California”, its almost blinding production sweetening up some truly poisonous, self-defeated lyrics, or “Flesh Without Blood” mourning the loss of a great friend with one of the most jubilant melodies of the year. I’m partial to the self-destructive love of “Pin”, propelled forward by a drum machine flurry, a guitar riff like an angry hornet and maybe the universal lyric on the record: “I was only looking for a human to reciprocate.”

What separates Grimes from her contemporaries and elevates Art Angels above the rest of the Hot 100 it so strongly makes a case for is Grimes’ total control over her own art. Taylor Swift gets plenty of (well-deserved) accolades for developing a distinct sound, but she has never written and produced an entire album like Grimes does here, confidently twisting and molding it just so, the result of months of painful do-overs and trashed sessions. That sort of discipline and vision makes the breadth of Art Angels feel so natural, from the soaring bubblegum of “Butterfly” and its resolute thesis – “if you’re looking for a dream girl / I’ll never be your dream girl” – to the absolutely batshit “Kill V. Maim”. In the hands of a less confident artist, that latter song would come off as grasping at straws; instead, Grimes effortlessly jumps through genres and tonal shifts as if a song about a time-travelling, gender-shifting Al Pacino-inspired vampire was a totally normal subject of a pop song in 2015. It’s a happy irony that a former champion of what could charitably be called a niche scene can put out such a decisively singular statement, with an aesthetic that walks hand-in-glove with modern pop music while pushing it ever so subversively somewhere new. She cemented herself as her a unique artist years ago – Art Angels is just the latest, best blueprint of Ms. Boucher’s idea of where pop music can go, what it can be. –Rudy K.

2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

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Damn that Sufjan Stevens – he just always finds a way into our hearts, doesn’t he? Or maybe, more realistically, we’re always finding our way into his.

Carrie and Lowell follows a rich tradition of Sufjan ripping himself open and casting listeners into his hopes, doubts, fears, and joys. Though the pervasive electronic madness of The Age of Adz masked the pains of “articles of imminent death,” a maddened mantra of an unwell man’s unfulfilled desire “to be well,” and whatever beautiful psychosis “Impossible Soul” demanded as tribute for its generation, the album was about as personally intense a follow-up to Stevens’ brilliant footprints in Michigan and Illinois as could be made.

Yet Carrie and Lowell is as drastic as The Age of Adz, if not moreso, for shedding that mask (musically beautiful as it is) and tearing open the Sufjan of past and present at his most raw. Folk, the genre of choice for the multi-faceted Stevens, is the vehicle of this journey for the time-spanning experience, and the appropriate one, at that, for its naked, generational power. And, though Stevens allows rays of optimism to shine into the dilemmas surrounding his relationship with his mother, it is the correct vehicle for its power to accurately communicate and recall memory – most of it painful, or at least conflicted. And maybe even a little imperfect.

Perhaps the most powerful part of Sufjan’s storytelling on Carrie and Lowell – the dynamic that creates an empathetic link between listener and artist – is his way of pulling you into his own sense memories. So much that could be straightforward is instead conveyed through Faulknerian touch and taste and sound that “lemon yoghurt,” “Subaru,” “the video store,” et al. all become tangible experiences full of those conflicted emotions, ultimately culminating in the mourning of the loss of a should-be natural mother-son connection that was never truly forged.

But where a lesser man would deify or damn her, Sufjan presents Carrie as she was, or, at least, as she was to him. And instead we experience her as a person who has simply lived and acted, leaving the person we truly come to understand throughout the course of the album as none other than Sufjan Stevens – the genius musician, as human as any of us. –Thompson D. Gerhart

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

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Section 80 was full of glaringly obvious indications that Kendrick was a talented newcomer. The beats were sonically rich and Kendrick’s rapping was poignant, fluid, and deeply enthralling. It wasn’t his blockbuster hit, but it ingrained his name in the minds of indie hip-hop fans. Then, of course, good kid, m.A.A.d city came out, and not only did he rise in rank, but you can’t even partake in a conversation ’bout who’s the best MC without hearing at least one person sing praises for Kendrick. With the inclusion of Dr. Dre working his magic behind the mixboard, good kid, m.A.A.d city toned down the eclectic beats in favour of a smoother, subtly atmospheric West-Coast sound. Kendrick’s writing also sounded more refined and romantic, yet ripe with commercial appeal. To Pimp a Butterfly is a beast of a relatively different nature, though. It lacks the immediate, ear-hooking tunes that cemented good kid, m.A.A.d city as a favourite in the hip-hop community, but it proves Kendrick has reached creative nirvana. This is his masterpiece. The music is more progressive, with producers borrowing influence from various eras in urban music and shaping sounds into striking and virtuosic beats that wouldn’t sound too foreign in an album tailored by the likes of Madlib or Organized Noize. His lyricism still retains its cleverness, poignancy, and fluidity. His rapping also continues to display the versatile flow and unique accentuations he’s become revered for (the raspy, pissed-off spitting in “The Blacker the Berry”, the funky flow in “King Kunta”, the drunken higher-pitch in the second-half of “u”).

What I love about Kendrick’s lyrics, though, is the emotion. good kid, m.A.A.d city sounded so raw because Kendrick spared no gut-wrenching or soulfully confessional detail. It told the story of an adolescent struggling to maintain his sense of morality in the midst of the hedonism and crime-infested chaos that befouls his hometown. To Pimp a Butterfly follows a similar, “conceptual trajectory” by checking in on that same kid a few years later, and like a “behind-the-scenes” documentary, depicts him as an artist struggling to maintain his peace of mind. In good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick dreamt of escaping the moral corrosion that plagues Compton, but in To Pimp a Butterfly he comes to the realization that the outside world isn’t any cleaner and people just as readily choose “Halle Berry” over “Hallelujah”. Racism, shallow materialism, spiritual malaise, music executives who treat artists like hos, Kendrick purges all concerns that emotionally exhaust him in this album and it’s not only moving, but makes for an unforgettable listen. –Hernan M. Campbell

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to our staff writers who participated in the voting and writing process: 204409, Athom, AtomicWaste, Brostep, Crysis, DaveyBoy, Greg., hernan, insomniac15, Irving, klap, Omaha, plane, SowingSeason, StrangerOfSorts, theacademy, VheissuCrisis, Voivod, Willie, Xenophanes, and yours truly. This feature requires an extraordinary amount of patience, dedication, and passion, and you all consistently deliver in spades. Thanks for not making me have a psychotic break.

As you can also tell, we greatly missed some of our colleagues and their input this year. I hope they return to us soon in good health and in good spirit.

Special thanks to Willie for the gorgeous album art and organizing everything on top of his intense ‘real world’ commitments. It’s oftentimes a thankless job, but this feature would fall apart without your guidance, attention to detail, and desire to do something worth doing and publishing something that is meaningful and aesthetically pleasing. To the reader: no matter your opinion on our Top 50, this feature – and the site as a whole – would be a colossal dumpster fire without Willie.

Kudos as well to 204409 for returning for the umpteenth year in a row to challenge us to utilize a methodology that truly showcased staff consensus. I also appreciate you volunteering your time to tabulate our results.

Thank you to our owner, mx, for paying the server bill and finding the time (when you can) to make the site experience an intuitive and pleasant one. We look forward to more site features next year, and as always, if you the reader have suggestions, feel free to drop us a line in the Community Forums.

I’d also like to acknowledge our contingent of contributing reviewers, whose expertise, energy, and commitment to opening new doors for our readers to explore cannot be understated.

Lastly: thank you to you as well. Whether you’re a longtime active participant, lurker, or stumbling upon our site for the first time through Google, Metacritic, reddit, or via some other delightful Interneting, we wouldn’t exist without your enthusiasm and love of music.

Stay tuned for more features, including the Users’ Top 50 Albums of 2015, in the coming days.

On behalf of all of us here at Sputnikmusic, I hope you have a delightful holiday season with friends and family, a Happy New Year, and that 2016 treats you with good luck, good health, and good spirit. –Jom

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Jom
12.18.15
It's been fun!

Piripichotes
12.18.15
oooook.... who is Kendrik Lamar?

PappyMason
12.18.15
Yeah, on the Jamie xx feature it's 'Girl'.

But sweet write-ups.

Sniff
12.18.15
Cool to see We Lost the Sea on here at least

JWT155
12.18.15
Great list! That being said, Dance Gavin Dance is not a top 10 album for 2015 by a long shot.

Voivod
12.18.15
Great job everyone, let's the comments rollin'

SowingSeason
12.18.15
Still fuming that I couldn't single handedly wrest Titus Andronicus onto this list. Worse yet, that ear sore at #1 is an insult to Sufjan Stevens' greatest contribution to folk/indie music in hi entire career. Oh well. Overall though, I think that this list nailed the top 5 regardless of order, and as always, everyone's write-ups are top notch. Especially love Thompson's piece on C&L.

SgtPepper
12.18.15
i was a little disappointed that panda bear and miguel didnt get included too, but its all good.

great work everyone and a special thanks to the mods too who worked to arrange and orient this whole thing.

ShitsofRain
12.18.15
In Colour is ... fine, I guess.

JWT155
12.18.15
To Pimp a Butterfly was great but I think it has had a far less staying power than his last record, and I second the opinion on the influence of Carrie & Lowell, but the true folk singer star of 2015 is hands down Father John Misty. he's by far been the most polarizing, from his off the cuff remarks, random covers of Ryan Adams T Swift covers and such. FJM is the true star of 2015 in my eyes.

ciregno
12.18.15
That Grimes album is the most overrated piece of music this year.

Mystletainn
12.18.15
staff has betrayed us all

SgtPepper
12.18.15
betrayed us all!
betrayed us all!
betrayed us all!
betrayed us all!
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betrayed us all!
betrayed us all!

HepatitisK
12.18.15
weak af/not pimp at all

HepatitisK
12.18.15
y'all done fukt wit da shoulder lean tbh

BlackTaxi2d
12.18.15
maybe ill be in better alignment with the user list this year o_O
this is nothing like the trending list all year
also, we lost the sea was not that great. caspian was better

deathschool
12.18.15
I mean, I'm not gonna bitch forever, but this is a pretty disappointing top 10. Still, I commend you guys on the amount of effort that was clearly put into this.

AtomicWaste
12.18.15
Cheers to everyone involved for all of the hard work that went into this. The end of the year is always one of my favorite times of the year since I get to hear a lot of what I missed earlier on (and with such a busy year this year, I missed a lot early on) and though putting things together is hectic and challenging (no multiplier woes this year, though!), I always feel like we end up better for it on the other end.

So cheers to you, fellow staffers! Looking forward to another great year in 2016.

HepatitisK
12.18.15
u guys r fartknockers

EasterInTheBatcave
12.18.15
Awful list, but this was a, comparatively, pretty awful year for music anyway. Weakest of the decade so far.

AtomicWaste
12.18.15
@Sowing - thanks man, that means a lot.

@JWT - I will hear no heresy against DGD in 2015.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.18.15
"Awful list, but this was a, comparatively, pretty awful year for music anyway. Weakest of the decade so far."
if you're incapable of finding music you like, yeah

JWT155
12.18.15
Hey, to each their own. I like most of the albums that made the top 50 this year and a very reminiscent top 10 myself.

manosg
12.18.15
Great work guys and a big thanks to everyone.



zakalwe
12.18.15
lol. What a bunch of arse.

Mystletainn
12.18.15
"Awful list, but this was a, comparatively, pretty awful year for music anyway. Weakest of the decade so far."

I haven't seen a post this wrong in a long long time

JWT155
12.18.15
Objectively speaking, a lot of the records on the top 50 have either made the year end list on numerous other publications or have been critically acclaimed on some level.

Funeralopolis
12.18.15
list is shit lol butts

anarchistfish
12.18.15
so much music is released every year, you can't really have bad years in music if you can find the right albums

Jom
12.18.15
>> also, we lost the sea was not that great. caspian was better

Caspian was on the 'just missed' list (somewhere between 51-60, can't remember where exactly. I think it was #52).

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.18.15
"so much music is released every year, you can't really have bad years in music if you can find the right albums"
agreed. though listening to more than 6 albums helps too ; ]

Sniff
12.18.15
We Lost the Sea spices things up. I like the concept of Depature Songs being in the top 10. Hell I'll even jam it now in honor.

TheSupernatural
12.18.15
Dance Gavin Dance lololoolol




wait u serious?

Muppelope
12.18.15
Good job guys, I enjoyed the read all the way through! The year was relatively weak imo too, though not bad by any means. Hard to follow up a year like 2014.

DoofusWainwright
12.18.15
Well 1 and 2 are pretty much universal obvious choices but the rest of the top 10 selection range from underwhelming to garbage

JWT155
12.18.15
Yeah I still can't wrap my head around Dance Gavin Dance, even if it was a great album did it really make a mark on the landscape of music in 2015?

minty901
12.18.15
dear hunter are already working on act V. act IV was never going to be the final act.

JWT155
12.18.15
Apparently it's going to have 6 acts.

JS19
12.18.15
This is a bad list

JS19
12.18.15
Subjectively

klap
12.18.15
trolled hard

greg84
12.18.15
Thanks guys. This feature looks great as always. Fantastic write-ups too.

anarchistfish
12.18.15
good to see art angels generally getting the critical acclaim it deserves

McMegaMountain
12.18.15
Thank you so much for including Viet Cong, especially in your top 5. After being heavily lauded at the start of the year, that album fell off so many radars when it came to year end lists. Its a great album and deserves better than what most lists have been putting it at (or leaving it off entirely).

ComeToDaddy
12.18.15
Seconding McMega, stoked to see that everyone didn't forget about Viet Cong as the year went on! Excellent writeups from everyone involved, it takes a whole lot of work to get these features together and y'all killed it

alienobserver
12.19.15
art angels at num 3 on pitchfork and sputnik everybody suck my dick right now

Irving
12.19.15
Agree that Viet Cong suffered a lot from being a Jan 2015 release. It didn't even make the Pitchfork top 50, if I recall correctly, and justtt squeaked into Stereogum's.

Anyway I'm glad that we could champion it here.

someguest
12.19.15
I'd say this is the best top 50 from staff so far on this site. Fantastic list guys.

Evenoss
12.19.15
Biggest Facepalms of this list :

3- We Lost The Sea (album was just 'ok')
2- Bring me The Horizon
1- Dance Gavin Dance

Ryus
12.19.15
3/10 here i enjoy.

Artuma
12.19.15
well damn, this list was a huge bummer

gryndstone
12.19.15
art angels wasn't even that good smh

RogueNine
12.19.15
Knew immediately that acad wrote #10.

SparkToBelieve
12.19.15
complete shit. Fuck Kendrick Lamar

1. The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven

NewBallistics
12.19.15
I'm a huge fan of Dance Gavin Dance, but that album was above average at best.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
smae to the former
roflcopter to the latter

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
(@sparks)

wacknizzle
12.19.15
No This Gift Is A Curse, fail

sblevins95
12.19.15
Was really hoping TWIABP's album Harmlessness would make it on here. My favorite rock album this year.

ScuroFantasma
12.19.15
Great list guys, got a couple new albums to check out now

Tyler.
12.19.15
Good list

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
tfw Lil Ugly Mane just dropped Oblivion Access on y'all

deathschool
12.19.15
And what feel would that be?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
tfw would be close the friggin polls right now

deathschool
12.19.15
Well, I do plan to check, so I'll let you know if the feel is synonymous.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
u don't deserve it

deathschool
12.19.15
I mean, if you wanna be a dick about it.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
just j0kes

Gyromania
12.19.15
kendrick at #1. damn what a surprise

on a more serious note, i am genuinely shocked that #9 made it on this list at all, let alone the top 10

klap
12.19.15
someguest
12.19.15
I'd say this is the best top 50 from staff so far on this site. Fantastic list guys.

framed for my personal use and memory

shauno5166
12.19.15
Lmao at dgd in the top 10.

Electric City
12.19.15
love too read theacademy trolling after all this time

FearThyEvil
12.19.15
Great write-ups and such but I gotta say this has been my least favorite top 50 staff selection probably that I've seen since I've been on this site. Honestly, could also be that this year just really sucked musically compared to years past.

ConcubinaryCode
12.19.15
Pssh nuh uh

MassiveAttack
12.19.15
Severely lacks some top end electronic releases that could substitute for some of the back end of the list at least .Not many surprises though in the top 10.

someguest
12.19.15
"Severely lacks some top end electronic releases that could substitute for some of the back end of the list at least."

Eh. It was a boring year for semi-popular electronic albums, which are usually the ones that make it onto the lists like this one.

brainmelter
12.19.15
wooow, did not expect 10 to make it so damn high. nioce

Thealwaysopenedmind
12.19.15
Hahaha. I love when people hate on Dance Gavin Dance for being great.

Thealwaysopenedmind
12.19.15
I also love when artists like Kendrick Lamar get the places at #1 they deserve.

EasterInTheBatcave
12.19.15
I didn't mean to come off as a dick. I appreciate the work that went into this list. I just don't think this was as strong a year for music as any other this decade, and some of the choices on the list are baffling.

brainmelter
12.19.15
not hating, I love that it made it so high

Artuma
12.19.15
would've thought a well-received, incredibly ambitious major release like the most lamentable tragedy would make the list but NO

smaugman
12.19.15
hand. cannot. erase should be here

Tunaboy45
12.19.15
Can't believe Hand Cannot Erase got snubbed but BMTH didn't.

Archelirion
12.19.15
I can't really comment on this top 10 as I've only heard one off of it, but 2015 in general's been a pretty good year and I'm happy to have spent much of it on here.

I should check 4, if only for that beautiful artwork.

Sinternet
12.19.15
hand cannot erase wa shit so makes sense

top 2 were predictable, would have put sufjan over kendrick but at least carrie is 2

really nice to see 7 and 6 here though so good job

Pangea
12.19.15
Glad viet cong made the top 5. 4 and 2 are amazing too.

smaugman
12.19.15
no, HCE is top notch stuff

Artuma
12.19.15
if there is one thing i appreciate about this list it's the fact that hce isn't here

Tunaboy45
12.19.15
Surprised Frank Turner's album is on the list too, it was solid but a pretty big step down from Tape Deck Heart.

Pangea
12.19.15
I agree that it's not as good as tape deck heart but it's still fun as shit

altertide0
12.19.15
hand cannot erasewould definitely make my top10 of the year but that's only because i've heard only 10 albums

ApplaudBlue
12.19.15
Νauseous

ApplaudBlue
12.19.15
Νauseous

someguest
12.19.15
Frank Turner took his entire career from this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8OipmKFDeM

Sinternet
12.19.15
both Frank Turner and that song are shit so figures

someguest
12.19.15
Try and tell me that doesn't sounds like everything he has ever written. He just says fuck here and there along with it. Oh, and he has attitude! So original.

Ryus
12.19.15
o b l i v i o n a c c e s s ~

hikingmetalpunk
12.19.15
needs marduk

Irving
12.19.15
BUT IF I EVER STRAY FROM THE PATH I FOLLOW

TAKE ME DOWN TO THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

Alias
12.19.15
we lost the sea was real good tf you all talking about

Jom
12.19.15
>> Severely lacks some top end electronic releases

This was understandable. Without getting into too many details (because I don't want to speculate if they're just taking a break or something worse happened with them), you could look at the staff roster and immediately identify three guys who are our electronic experts and note that they weren't able to participate this year. If we had everybody, the list would most certainly have a different look to it.

brainmelter
12.19.15
oblivion access [2]

AmericanFlagAsh
12.19.15
Pretty good list
Good job, staff

scottpilgrim10
12.19.15
I hope oblivion access makes the user list.

Irving
12.19.15
Also props to Rudy - absolutely loved that write-up on Grimes.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.19.15
a long shot. the contribs are doing a sort of special list thing tho - it might make that

iGuter
12.19.15
Great list id rank Tame Impala much higher.

TalonsOfFire
12.19.15
Surprised with how similar this is to Pitchfork's

SimpleM
12.19.15
this is the worst list you guys have made in a while

Jom
12.19.15
Perhaps, but I'm sure you'd find worse lists:

http://www.metacritic.com/feature/critics-pick-top-10-best-albums-of-2015

DoofusWainwright
12.19.15
The metacritic top 10 is pretty much identical to this one which is dull

MO
12.19.15
King Kendrick reigns supreme daaaaaamn

Jom
12.19.15
Well, to date, they have 107 different sources and giving them the 3-2-1 point system. They don't have a team picking their own Top 10.

I'm not sure what to make of it other than it's good to see reliability and validity. The only suggestion I have is that we continue to add more writers in 2016 to potentially diversify future lists (as well as hope that people who missed out this year will be able to return).

Saberzauls
12.19.15
Not a bad top 50, however you forgot Leprous' The Congregation. It isn't even possible that you considered it if it isn't in the top 50. The only way it could not be included is if it was forgotten.

beefshoes
12.19.15
No Panopticion?


Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.19.15
yeah. okay staff.

guitarded_chuck
12.19.15
acknowledging that now two people are gonna agree to this i think they did good

Mister Twister
12.19.15
thank fuckin christ i was wrong about dormant fart making the list

Futures
12.19.15
fuck grimes

OwMySnauze
12.19.15
@jom

Even though it didn't make the top 50, Hope you voted for Transmission Alpha Delta!

OwMySnauze
12.19.15
Btw, really surprised to see DGD get some recognition on the top 10, congrats to them. (Even if I don't think that album is that great).

EntropyStarstand
12.20.15
Why is the Lupe Fiasco album ignored by everybody? Good list though, props for Grimes at #3

Sinternet
12.20.15
because it wasn't that great?

LoLifant
12.20.15
Many good albums missing

LoLifant
12.20.15
Also I think 2 is overrated...haven't rated it yet but after my first look it seems like every song's the same.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
"Why is the Lupe Fiasco album ignored by everybody?"

because it was one of the worst hip hop albums of the year and even a site with as terrible taste in hip hop as sputnik can see that

mortifierftw
12.20.15
lol @ 10

ProjectFreak
12.20.15
Wonder Years and Decemberists didn't crack the top 50? Dang. Harsh.

ProjectFreak
12.20.15
Also, Lupe deserved better, but I am STUNNED that someone liked 10 as much as I did

Archael
12.20.15
still can't believe kanye didn't make #1 of the staff 2010 list :/

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
yes i also am surprised that an artist that didnt release an album year didnt make a spot on the staff list


Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
(u retard)

LotusFlower
12.20.15
well i cant speak about the decemberists record but the new wonder years was not good at all.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
can we all take a minute to admire how retarded cyg is

Archael
12.20.15
"Wonder Years and Decemberists didn't crack the top 50? Dang. Harsh."
good.

Archael
12.20.15
pots i'm talkin bout the staff list from 2010, altho i probs shoulda posted that on that blog post and not this one, on second thought ._.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
cyg ur dumb bro

Ryus
12.20.15
tbf he said 2010

miketunneyiscool123
12.20.15
Gotta catch up with the times eh?

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.20.15
yeah i know i just didnt read that part

theacademy
12.20.15
it follows ost Carpenter lost themes imo but not by thaaaaat much

RogueNine
12.20.15
Via process of elimination, this list isn't that surprising.

BrushedRed
12.20.15
Wow.. Didn't expect DGD. That's pretty awesome though. I've thought Instant Gratification was pretty underrated. Definitely their 2nd best just behind DBM1

someguest
12.20.15
"because it was one of the worst hip hop albums of the year and even a site with as terrible taste in hip hop as sputnik can see that"

yeah you're wrong sorry dude

WilhelmBlack
12.20.15
You got the number one right and the only complaints are how Book of Souls was not on the list but That's The Spirit was. Also, I would of at least had New Bermuda maybe a little higher like 9th -12th within reason but ce la vie.

WilhelmBlack
12.20.15
Also, Prurient should of made the list.

Voivod
12.20.15
Every list is subject to failure, nevertheless we should continue drafting them.

manosg
12.20.15
Agreed. In addition, every list is shaped by the preferences of those who compile it, thus the glaring omission of The Book of Souls.

StrangerofSorts
12.20.15
:D

Sinternet
12.20.15
Book of Souls is just as bad as any of Maiden's output since the late 80's though

BrushedRed
12.20.15
"I would of at least had New Bermuda maybe a little higher like 9th -12th within reason but ce la vie."

Ehh, I was just glad to see it as high as it was, tbh. I loved the album as well and it was one of my favorites, but it seemed like no one on here did, or at least like it that much.

manosg
12.20.15
"Book of Souls is just as bad as any of Maiden's output since the late 80's though"

I'd say it's different than their late '80s stuff, less straightforward and more adventurous, for sure. In terms of quality, it's also very good with some typical Maiden moments such as The Red and the Black but well done.

Itwasthatwas
12.20.15
This is probably the worst staff list I've seen - individual or collective that I've seen since the inception of this site. I'm probably forgetting some 2006 era fail but looking at this god awful list it certainly feels that way. 11-50 had many quality albums but 1-10...

adr
12.20.15
eww

rabidfish
12.20.15
list is poopy butts

RadicalEd
12.20.15
Not a fan at all. but you know, thx for the writeups. Enjoyable read for sure.

Artuma
12.20.15
yeah like dgd is lol at best but i just love acad's writing so much

JS19
12.20.15
'and it’s one of the finest post-rock albums of recent times'

oh LORD no

SweeneyTodd
12.20.15
DGD, BMTH and Grimes yo

treeqt.
12.20.15
holy lollers

someguest
12.20.15
damn we're out of touch with the 15 year olds at Sputnikmusic now

oh well, fuck 'em

theacademy
12.20.15
sup guest

someguest
12.20.15
hey academy what's popping around town these days

Satellite
12.20.15
top 50 is kinda dogshit but good job i guess

hi guest & cad!

someguest
12.20.15
hello satellite!

RogueNine
12.21.15
There aren't too many staffers anyways, so missing three of them does count quite a bit.

JWT155
12.21.15
The band is getting back together.

TalonsOfFire
12.21.15
There are a lot of staff writers listed but it seems like only a third at the most are actually active and still writing on here. mods probably not wanting that emeritus list to overwhelm the current writing staff list, it wouldn't look great that so many people retired with only like 5-10 regular writers still active..

klap
12.21.15
so you guys liked the list?

ZippaThaRippa
12.21.15
I wonder how much the average population of this site has declined over the last couple of years.

Ending
12.21.15
By the time I got to 1 I knew it had to be Kendrick since he wasn't featured yet, but even still I find that album to be the most overrated of the entire year. Regardless though I enjoyed reading all of the write-ups for each entry.

SowingSeason
12.21.15
Still can't believe that Coldplay didn't make the cut. I was under the impression that they'd be top 25, top 15 even? Jom, what happened there?

GreyShadow
12.21.15
I haven't even listened to it all yet, but no Death Grips? This is Sputnik, right?

andromxda
12.21.15
I'm pleasantly surprised that I found We Lost The Sea's "Departure Songs" at no. 9, but if there are still people who don't think that the genre's not cool anymore, why wasn't Caspian's "Dust and Disquiet" included? I can't believe how underrated the album is. Other than that, it's an pretty okay list.

Impervious
12.21.15
No one noticed that Act IV got fourth spot? lol

Impervious
12.21.15
Illuminati Confirmed

Jom
12.21.15
>> why wasn't Caspian's "Dust and Disquiet" included?

Caspian was on the 'just missed' list (somewhere between 51-60, can't remember where exactly. I think it was #52).

Giansk
12.21.15
list is shit lol butts

someguest
12.21.15
internet rap sucks dude

MisguidedYouth
12.21.15
turnover at 32? grimes at 3? BMTH actually on the list? what in the actual hell. surprised you guys didn't put cudi on your top 10.

ANJ45
12.22.15
Great list, but it's severely missing "Lore" by Elder and "Purple" by Baroness. :\

Agreed on Panda Bear as well, albeit to a lesser extent.

Art Angels is the shit.

UnstableConnection1
12.22.15
I'm glad Fightstar cracked the top 50. Thought Beach Slang might've been a smoky in the list somewhere. Bring Me The Horizon though?

deadinholywood
12.22.15
Great list, but it's severely missing "Lore" by Elder.

Completely agree on this it's, currently sitting at number 12 on the charts for the year with close to 250 votes. It's an awesome album.

furyroad97
12.22.15
Damn good picks here, except the Beach House one. To me, that one was one of the most disappointing records of the year. I'd put Thank Your Lucky Stars on here instead, but that's just me.

ApplaudBlue
12.22.15
This list sucks even more than i thought

eliminatorjunior
12.22.15
Man no one seems to give a shit about Jenny Death ;-;

RadicalEd
12.22.15
"And it’s one of the finest post-rock albums of recent times."

Nope.

Archael
12.22.15
agreed. it's terrible.

jmh886
12.22.15
most overrated number 1 i can remember.

Next
12.22.15
what a list lel

micpattern
12.22.15
I just can't see what's so great about #1, which has surely taken the "most over-rated album on Sputnik" crown from Megadeth - Rust In Peace. The hype and gushing praise for the album is mindblowing. It just feels too premature to call it a hip-hop masterpiece. It was a similar scenario with 2014's list which had Flying Lotus at #1 but clearly the best album of that year was Trophy Scars.

micpattern
12.22.15
Great list, but it's severely missing "Lore" by Elder. [3]

micpattern
12.22.15
hand. cannot. erase should be here [2]

grandfather
12.22.15
havent been on a computer in a minute but I thought i'd congratulate you guys on the best satirical feature of 2015 nice nice

silenteye
12.22.15
Would have expected Coma Ecliptic by BTBAM somewhere in the top 50.

klap
12.22.15
trophy scars lawl

Irving
12.22.15
clearly

FearThyEvil
12.22.15
I just can't see what's so great about #1, which has surely taken the "most over-rated album on "Sputnik" crown from Megadeth - Rust In Peace. The hype and gushing praise for the album is mindblowing. It just feels too premature to call it a hip-hop masterpiece. It was a similar scenario with 2014's list which had Flying Lotus at #1 but clearly the best album of that year was Trophy Scars."

I find it funny how you talk about overrated but then bring up Trophy Scars who are one of sputniks most overrated bands every time something gets released by them.

Sinternet
12.22.15
i find it funny that people get butthurt a hip-hop album got 1

Nrap
12.23.15
Palehorses above Honeybear is shameful. SHAMEFUL

Sauce
12.23.15
new dgd is good, everyone get the fuck over it.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.23.15
new dgd sucks, user sauce get the fuck over it.

Satellite
12.23.15
let's all get bent out of shape over the aggregate opinion of a bunch of 17 year olds

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.23.15
dey wanna see me on satelllittee

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.23.15
ON MY SATELLLIIITEEE

Snake.
12.23.15
"Would have expected Coma Ecliptic by BTBAM somewhere in the top 50."

lol why

that album was arguably worse than parallax 2 and p2 didn't even make the top 50 in 2012

jimmykidd
12.23.15
one of the worst top 50's ive seen. wowsers

tcat84
12.23.15
hey guys/gals... just cause your favourite albums didn't make this list doesn't mean shit. its a list of stuff other people like and think is great


jayz0ned
12.23.15
At least #1 is right. It's odd that Bring Me The Horizon is on this list, might actually have to check out that album to see if it's any better than their previous records...

Flugmorph
12.23.15
very nice last words jom

theacademy
12.23.15
users need to take responsibility for this list... the users choose the staff democratically - - with pos's and negs - - thats how our little republic works

so u guys can feel free to blame silentpotato for bmth making the list

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
rofl

SputnikSweetheart
12.25.15
yep, was a slow year...

AugustAir
12.25.15
Previous Wonder Year records should have found themselves in the high single-digits, low teens. Their new one deservedly belongs around the low 20's mark.

Jeff Rosenstock should've cracked the top 20, let alone being completely snubbed.

But hey, opinions.

stranger
12.25.15
opinions are like assholes...




and i want yours.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
opinions are like assholes...

mine is better than yours.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.25.15
more receptive, that's fa sha

stranger
12.25.15
prove it

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
my services are not within your feeble price range stranger

stranger
12.25.15
suppose i'll start saving

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.25.15
had to sell my TV and I told my wife it was for crack

stranger
12.25.15
in a way, it is.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.25.15
HEYOOOOO

JohnnyOnTheSpot
12.25.15
guess i wasn't lying after all

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
nailed it stranger

and i aint talkin bout my booty

brainmelter
12.25.15
its our booty, not your beauty

brainmelter
12.25.15
its your booty, not your beauty

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
my booty, your weapon

SmileNerd
12.25.15
DGD is 10 here, 3 on NeedleDrop's worst list

gg

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.25.15
yeah you say that like needledrops best list isnt fucking shit too but it is

Archael
12.26.15
"Previous Wonder Year records should have found themselves in the high single-digits, low teens. Their new one deservedly belongs around the low 20's mark. Jeff Rosenstock should've cracked the top 20, let alone being completely snubbed. But hey, opinions."

no.

Fort23
12.26.15
where is finally rolling 2

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.26.15
on the objective worst of the year list with all your other favourite hip hop albums this year

AlphaBetaFoxface
12.26.15
Don't understand 'We Lost The Sea' and the hype surrounding their record. They are literally late 2000s Hillsong without lyrics. And people hate Hillsong.

Also, no Alustrium, Wilderun, Panopticon, Enshine, Imperial Triumphant, Lorna Shore, (insert multitude of brilliant metal releases from this year) but BMTH is on the list. Eh. Notoriety always trumps quality, doesn't it? Guess I can't complain if my expectations were fulfilled

brainmelter
12.26.15
Lorna Shore? LOL

Cryptkeeper
12.26.15
Tfw no regular metal band can ever get into the top 10

someguest
12.26.15
It was not a good year for metal.

Sinternet
12.26.15
It was not a good year for metal. [2]

Nomos
12.27.15
Pretty OK with how this one played out. Except #1. Just could not get into that album. Pretty happy about Instant Gratification being up there too. There's the usual Sputnik circlejerk artists near the top, but not as many as before.

Get down from there, Sufjan.

Satellite
12.27.15
get down from jonny craig's dick

Sinternet
12.27.15
'There's the usual Sputnik circlejerk artists near the top'

yeah idk why DGD are there Instant Gratification was shit

Irving
12.27.15
The Sufjan ranking surprised me too haha - didn't expect everyone else to think so highly of it. Great evening listen though.

brainmelter
12.27.15
... Satellite, Johnny isn't in the band anymore

BrushedRed
12.27.15
I prepared for number 1 a long way back, but am I the only one who thinks its massively overrated. Its a 3.5 at best.

FearThyEvil
12.27.15
"It was not a good year for metal."

if you only heard maybe ten obvious records. plenty of good metal this year

meTaLhEadDRummR
12.27.15
Another year, another joke of a list.

theacademy
12.27.15
smae

TheSpirit
12.27.15
DGD should be higher tbh

someguest
12.27.15
Gross.

dimsim3478
12.27.15
lol if DGD is lower on the user list than on the staff list

someguest
12.27.15
It will be.

brainmelter
12.27.15
yeah I wasn't that great a year for metal but Ad Nauseam's new one should at least be in the 40s
and yeah the new dgd will probably barely if anything make it on the user list

BrickIsRed
12.27.15
Bitch bitch bitchin'

FearThyEvil
12.27.15
"Another year, another joke of a list. "

Think your username is the biggest joke here.

voltairesangryglove
12.28.15
@feathyevil did you enjoy star wars?

Oceandrowned
12.28.15
I cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSIC.

Oceandrowned
12.28.15
lol lots of good metal this year... New Leviathan, Akhlys, Intronaut...

Snowdog808
12.28.15
It was nice to see Condition Human and the Epic make the list. My other three favorites from this year were Enslaved's In Times, Joey Alexander's My Favorite Things, and Blind Guardian's Beyond the Red Mirror.

voltairesangryglove
12.28.15
@ocean how the fuck is 1 "not a music?" take a fucking english class and try listening to it again.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.28.15
"not a music," -some dumbfuck 2015

adr
12.28.15
what a moron

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.28.15
agree



LoLifant
12.28.15
tried to listen to 1, heard the intro some dude shouting "every nigga wants to be a star" or something, stopped listening.

voltairesangryglove
12.28.15
yea but you have deplorable taste in music so

theacademy
12.28.15
the staff nailed this one, especially academy... that guys got great taste!

Oceandrowned
12.28.15
tried to listen to 1, heard the intro some dude shouting "every nigga wants to be a star" or something, stopped listening.
[1]
Im back listening to Ayreon.

plane
12.28.15
"This album I didn't even listen to is not a music" - oceandrowned

Ryus
12.28.15
not a music [∞]

Ryus
12.28.15
thats an infinity btw

voltairesangryglove
12.28.15
well i know what it ain't: a music

voltairesangryglove
12.28.15
"You just got destroyed by a plane lmao"

jet fuel can't melt a music

Lord(e)Po)))ts
12.28.15
lmao

Sinternet
12.28.15
i wish i could be a music

stranger
12.28.15
my grandfather was a music until the war

Apollo
12.30.15
As usual I'm left scratching my head saying 'who are all these artists and why is everything I've read so pretentious and bloated?'

LotusFlower
12.30.15
almost every artist on this list are praised all over the internet. what rock do you sleep under?

Crocodile
12.30.15
Terribad list. Can't believe Death Grips didn't make it yet Dance Gavin Dance made it in top 10....

Snake.
12.30.15
I cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSICI cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSICI cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSICI cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSICI cant even see how something, which is not a music, get top 1 in site called sputnikMUSIC.

voltairesangryglove
12.30.15
"As usual I'm left scratching my head saying 'who are all these artists...?'"

pretty sure they're artists who released albums in 2015. my grandfather struggles with the internet as well. don't get discouraged.

Slimezooka
12.31.15
no death grips, lil ugly mane, or kamasi washington in top 10, but it has dance gavin dance and viet cong? is this list a joke?

Chewie
12.31.15
Man thank god for this website. Pitchfork weew lad. Conde Nast keeps getting worse and worse and worse, but Sputnik! You hold strong!

Faraudo
12.31.15
Probably the most controversial top 50 in Sputnik's history,

Ebola
01.01.16
42 lmfaooooo
waoty for sure

DoctorGreen
01.02.16
Top 50 albums...
Fuck topsies.
Reeee

SgtAenema
01.03.16
i honestly think iron maiden's new record needs to be here somewhere

Irving
01.03.16
We made five iterations of our 2015 Top 100 list (we chose our favourite of the five lists and pared its contents down to 50) and Iron Maiden wasn't on any of them, unfortunately.

Waior
01.03.16
This is really a lot of work, I remember counting votes for the 2009 year (I think). This looks great, and was a lot of fun to rifle through. Thanks for putting this together.

SharkTooth
01.03.16
"oooook.... who is Kendrik Lamar?"

Irving
01.03.16
WAIOR SIGHTINGGGG

ApplaudBlue
01.04.16
Pure smell of decomposition.

thebreadlord
01.04.16
Stephen Wilson's masterpiece not on this list? I simply can't respect this list as a result. Surprising

voltairesangryglove
01.05.16
yeah agreed i feel like my individual opinion is not being represented in this staff list and it's not fair

Faraudo
01.06.16
Shit, I just noticed that Steven Wilson's album is not here. I gave this list the benefit of the doubt, but I just noticed that and nope, not anymore.

Sinternet
01.06.16
seven wilson is awful and overrated like shit

Sinternet
01.06.16
*steven whatever

demigod!
01.06.16
ya but so is most of this

MrGarland
01.06.16
Was so happy to see Turnover's "Peripheral Vision" on here. My album of the year, an instant classic for sure.

jerryvelaz
01.29.16
How is it possible that Steven Wilson's Hand. Cannot. Erase isn't even on the list?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
01.29.16
thebreadlord alt confirmed

Satellite
01.29.16
http://moaropeth.tumblr.com/image/894995541

JohnnyOnTheSpot
01.29.16
nice blast from the past

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