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Top 10 of 2015

A short list of my favorite albums this year.
11Modern Baseball
The Perfect Cast

HONORABLE MENTION: I really enjoyed this little EP, and it makes me incredibly excited for what Mobo is gonna release this year. The only reason it's not officially on the list is because it isn't a full length record.

Recommended tracks: The Thrash Particle, ...and Beyond
10John Williams
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A last minute addition that hit this list, I found this soundtrack to be a great accompaniment to the new movie. It's a little more laid back than its predecessors, but I liked it nevertheless.

Recommended Tracks: The Scavenger, Torn Apart, The Jedi Steps/Finale
9Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Get Lost, Find Yourself

I'm surprised to find this here too.

If anything, I like this album a lot because it was a solid pop punk record that was created by a band that used to be (and sometimes...still is) mocked constantly in the scene for a corny as hell song about friends. I blasted this a lot over the summer, and so it stuck with me as a soundtrack for my commute to work.

Recommended Tracks: Playing Dead, The Other Line, Set It Straight
8The Story So Far
The Story So Far

While I didn't find this album to be as impressive upon first listen as I did with their last two records, I still enjoyed TSSF's third studio album. This was another record I played a lot in the car over the summer, so the songs quickly stuck with me and got in my head. Although If this band could make another song like "High Regard", that'd be great.

Recommended Tracks: Nerve, Mock, Smile
Every Open Eye

I found this to be a very solid follow up to their debut album. The production sounds crisp and clean, and I can't get enough of Lauren's voice.

Recommended Tracks: Clearest Blue, Empty Threat, Leave A Trace
6Carly Rae Jepsen

If you told me a year ago that Carly Rae Jepsen would make my top albums lists, I wouldn't have believed you. I wasn't keeping up with her at all, and thought that "I really like you" was just going to be a single; I didn't even expect a full length, let alone a full length as strong as this. I still don't know what makes this album as fun and infectious as it is, but I'm not complaining; it's a great pop album through and through.

Recommended Tracks: Run Away With Me, Making the Most of the Night, Your Type
5Sorority Noise
Joy, Departed

I found this band closer to the end of the year, but I instantly enjoyed what I heard when "Corrigan" popped up on a spotify playlist. The album has its fair share of both fun and emotional songs, and features some features from the boys in Modern Baseball, which I greatly enjoyed.

Recommended Tracks: Corrigan, Art School Wannabe, Nolsey
4Twenty One Pilots

Having this album so high on the list is a bit of an oddity. It wasn't anything groundbreaking, and many people were disappointed by it, but this release was on constant repeat for me throughout the spring and summer. I found a lot of the songs captivating and catchy, and while I still find the lyrical worship of 21pilots by my friends to be a little heavy handed, I can admit that this record has some solid songwriting on it. I still return to this album every now and then, but not as much as I did when it first came out.

Recommended Tracks: The Judge, Tear in my Heart, We Don't Believe What's on TV
3Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

I had never heard much about Sufjan Stevens before this year. I wasn't a huge fan of Illinois, so when I decided to check this release out, I wasn't anticipating much. This album was certainly a grower, but I found myself listening to it more and more as I was looking for music to fall asleep to. This album was perfect for easy listening, and the stories Sufjan tells were still able to strike a chord with me as I listened. As the year closed out, this album quickly became a favorite of mine.

Recommended Tracks: Death With Dignity, Blue Bucket of Gold, Should Have Known Better
2The Wonder Years
No Closer to Heaven

The top played album of the year for me according to Many people found themselves disappointed by this release, but I found this to be the first Wonder Years release that I could listen to all the way through without any skips. A lot of these songs carry a great deal of emotional weight and Dan Campbell still excels in his songwriting abilities. I do wish they closed the album out with a bang like they have in previous releases, but overall I quite enjoyed this album.

Recommended Tracks: Cigarettes and Saints, I Didn't Like Who I Was Then, A Song for Earnest Hemingway
1Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

As if this was any surprise. I did not listen to this as much as I did other albums, but this was the first album I instantly gave a 5 upon first listen. Really solid all the way through, and features some great social and political commentary. As many others have said, It wouldn't surprise me if this is an album people are still talking about years down the road.

Recommended Tracks: These Walls, The Blacker The Berry, King Kunta
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