Best of 2015: Who voted for what

The albums that moved us in 2015
The albums that moved us in 2015

RULES OF PLAY: Each contributor’s top-five list was entered into an excel doc with their picks assigned a point value. For ranked lists, the number one album was issued five points, the number two album was issued four points, three was three, four was two, five was one. For lists submitted in no particular order (the “equally-ranked lists” you’ll see below), each album was issued three points. My picks were given the same weight as everybody else’s. This is the hard data, the math, and math tells us that Hop Along ruled 2015. – John Vettese, editor

Tom Beck, contributing writer

1. Hop Along – Painted Shut
2. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
3. Wilco – Star Wars
4. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil
5. The Sonics – This Is The Sonics

Kate Bracaglia, contributing writer

1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Tame Impala – Currents
3. Deerhunter – Fadine Frontier
4. Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Just Want to Dance
5. Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage

Jay Breslin, contributing writer

1. Battles – The Yabba
2. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin’ down…
3. Hop Along – Painted Shut
4. Loose Tooth – Easy Easy East
5. Mutoid Man – Bleeder

Shaun Brady, contributing writer

1. Charles Lloyd – Wild Man Dance
2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
3. Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance – Synoviall Joints
4. Matt Mitchell – Vista Acumulation
5. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Bill Chenevert, contributing writer

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Jamie xx – In Colour
3. Hop Along – Painted Shut
4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
5. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Rachel Del Sordo, contributing photographer

1. Hop Along – Painted Shut
2. The Front Bottoms – Back On Top
3. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
4. All Dogs – Kicking Everyday
5. Saintseneca – Such Things

Joe Del Tufo, contributing photographer

1. Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase
2. Noah Gundersen – Carry the Ghost
3. San Fermin – Jackrabbit
4. Zella Day – Kicker
5. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Maura Filoromo, contributing writer

1. Beirut – No No No
2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
3. La Luz – Weirdo Shrine
4. Jonagold – We Threw Our Applecore
5. Harsh Crowd – Don’t Ask Me

Lauren Gruber, contributing writer

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Joanna Newsom – Divers
3. Jamie xx – In Colour
4. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
5. FKA Twigs – M3LL155x

K. Ross Hoffman, contributing writer

1. Carly Rae Jepsen – E.mo.tion
2. Joanna Newsom – Divers
3. Shamir – Ratchet
4. Miguel – Wildheart
5. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

Skye Leppo, contributing writer

1. Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
2. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil
3. Grimes – Art Angels
4. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colour
5. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Hope Helmith, contributing photographer

1. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily
2. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
3. Lord Huron – Strange Trails
4. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
5. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Sarah Hughes, contributing writer

1. Grimes – Art Angels
2. CRUISR – CRUISR
3. Tame Impala – Currents
4. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
5. Lord Huron – Strange Trails

Wendy McCardle, contributing photographer

1. Mutemath – Vitals
2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
3. Foals – What Went Down
4. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colour
5. Miguel – Wildheart

Julie Miller, editorial assistant (equally-ranked list)

1. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
2. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
3. Vulfpeck – Thrill of the Arts
4. Alex G – Beach Music
5. Friendship – You’re Going to Have to Trust Me

Michelle Montgomery, contributing photographer
1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
2. Tame Impala – Currents
3. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
5. Torres – Sprinter

Josh Pelta-Heller, contributing photographer

1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
3. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Surf
4. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
5. Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1

Cameron Pollack, contributing photographer

1. Hop Along – Painted Shut
2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
3. Carly Rae Jepsen – E.mo.tion
4. Jamie xx – In Colour
5. The Districts – A Flourish and a Spoil

Sameer Rao, contributing writer

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Boots – AQUARIA
3. Lianne La Havas – Blood
4. Miguel – Wildheart
5. Hop Along – Painted Shut

Matthew Shaver, contributing photographer

1. Grimes – Art Angels
2. A$AP Rocky – At Long Last A$AP
3. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
4. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
5. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmless

Chris Sikich, contributing photographer

1. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
2. Screaming Females – Rose Mountain
3. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
4. Low – Ones and Sixes
5. Hop Along – Painted Shut

Noah Silvestry, contributing photographer (equally-ranked list)

Braids – Deep In The Iris
El Vy – Return to the Moon
Hop Along – Painted Shut
Christian Scott – Stretch Music
Wilco – Star Wars

Elliott Sharp, contributing writer

1. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
2. Horrendous – Arareta
3. Daniel Bachman – River
4. Big Brave – Au De La
5. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit

John Vettese, editor

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
2. Hop Along – Painted Shut
3. Grimes – Art Angels
4. Friendship – You’re Going to Have to Trust Me
5. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Maureen Walsh, contributing writer

1. Hop Along – Painted Shut
2. Best Coast – California Nights
3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
4. Blur – The Magic Whip
5. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Brian Wilensky, contributing writer (equally-ranked list)

Fuzz – II
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Baloon
Tenement – Predatory Headlights
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp