Best ofs by Year


  1. 1. Fontaines D.C., Dogrel
  2. 2. The Head and the Heart, Living Mirage
  3. 3. Lana del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell!
  4. 4. Taylor Swift, Lover
  5. 5. Michael Kiwanuka, Kiwanuka
  6. 6. Foals, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
  7. 7. Sault, 5
  8. 8. Flying Lotus, Flamagra
  9. 9. Yuna, Rouge
  10. 10. Andrew Bird, My Finest Work Yet
  11. 11. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride

Close Calls: Brittany Howard, Jamie; King PrincessCheap Queen; Tyler, the CreatorIGOR; WhitneyForever Turned Around; Billie EilishWhen We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; SolangeWhen I Get Home; Jenny LewisOn the Line; Sharon Van EatenRemind Me Tomorrow; MIKAMy Name is Michael Holbrook


  1. Christine & the Queens, Chris
  2. Jungle, For Ever
  3. Tracy Musgraves, Golden Hour
  4. Leon Bridges, Good Thing
  5. Khruangbin, Con Todo El Mundo
  6. Bob Moses, Battle Lines
  7. Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
  8. Bob Schneider, Blood and Bones
  9. Colin Self, Siblings
  10. The 1975, A Brief Inquiry

Close Calls: Matt MalteseBad Contestants; StantigoldI Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions; NonameRoom 25; Sarah Shook & The Disarmers; Wajatta, Casual High Technology


  1. Phoenix, Ti Amo
  2. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
  3. Dan Auerback, Waiting on a Song
  4. Curtis Harding, Face Your Fear
  5. Electric Guest, Plural
  6. Iron & Wine, Beast Epic
  7. The National, Sleep Well Beast
  8. Patrick Cowley, Afternooners 
  9. Midland, On the Rocks
  10.  Big Gigantic, Brighter Future (Deluxe Version) 

Close Calls: Jessie ReyezKiddo; Juana MolinaHalo; Washed OutMister Mellow; Moses SumneyAromanticism; OliverFull Circle; The xx, I See You


  1. Jim James, Eternally Even
  2. Rufus du Sol, Bloom
  3. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  4. Frank Ocean, Blonde
  5. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Glass Animals, How To Be A Human Being
  7. Alejandro Escovedo, Burn Something Beautiful
  8. Cubicolor, Brainsugar
  9. Kaytranada, 99.9%
  10. Bob Mould, Patch The Sky

CLOSE CALLS: David BowieBackstar; A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here; The LumineersCleopatra; Local NativesSunlit Youth; WilcoSchmilco; Anderson .PaakMalibu; Head and the HeartSigns of Light


  1. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
  2. Tame Impala, Currents
  3. Wilco, Star Wars
  4. St. Germain, St. Germain
  5. Boxed In, Boxed In
  6. Stick Figure, Set In Stone
  7. Freedy Johnston, Neon Repairman
  8. Daniele Baldeli, Cosmic Drag
  9. The Chemical Brothers, Born in the Echoes
  10. Disclosure, Caracal

CLOSE CALLS: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color; Deerhunter, Fading Frontier; Lianne La Havans, Blood; Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell; Bob Moses, Days Gone By; Andy Shauf, The Bearer of Bad News; Everything Everything, Get To Heaven; The Internet, Ego Death

REVIEWED BUT NOT RECOMMENDED:  Ruf Dug, Island; The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily; Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love; Beirut, No No No; Odesza, In Return; Thundercat, The Beyond; Leon Bridges, Coming Home; Korey Dane, Youngblood; Fabiano do Nasciemento, Danca Ds; The Decemberits, What A Terrible World;The Amazing, Picture You; John Tejada, Signs Under Test; Miguel, Wildheart; Melody Gardot, The Currency of Man; The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily; Peaches, Rub; Kamasi Washington, The Epic; Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly; Hiatus Kaiyote, Chose Your Weapon; Shamir, Ratchet; Mark Ronson, Uptown Special; Borns, Dopamine; Boxed In, Boxed; Alison Wonderland, Run; Natalia LaFourcade, Hasta La Raiz; Buscabulla, Kitsune; Jose Padilla, So Many Colours; John Tejada, Signs Under Test; RhiannonGiddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn; Hermitude, Dark Night Sweet; Public Service Broadcasting, The Race for Space; Kurt Vile, b’lieve; Christine and the Queens, Christine and the Queens; Jeff Lynne’s E Lo, Alone in the Universe;Martin Courtney, Many Moons; Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time;Beach House, Depression Cherry; Toro Y Moi, What For; The Wave Pictures, Great Big Flamingo; Kelley Stolz, In Triangle Times; D’Angelo, Black Messiah; Eska, ESKA; Joey Bada$$, B4.Da.$$; Mocky, Key Change; Jono McCleery, Pagodes; Rudimental, We the Generation; James Bay, Chaos;Liane La Havas, Blood; Kadhja Bonet, The Visitor; Dexter Story, Wondem; Chassol, Big Sun; Romare, Projections; Richard Thompson, Still; Grimes, Art Angel; Miguel, Wildheart; Joanna Newsom; Joanna Newsom; Blur, The Magic Whip; The Arcs, Your, Dreamily; Steven Wilson, Hand. Cannot. Erase.; Carly Rae Jepsen, E.Mo.tion; Julia Holter, Have You In My Wilderness;The Power That B, Death Grips; Viet Cong, Viet Cong; Everything Everything, Get To Heaven; Earl Sweatshirt, I Don’t Like Shit; Muse, Drones; Dave Rawlings Machine, Nashville Obsolete; Lindi Ortega, Faded Gloryville; Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free; The Weather Station, Loyalty


  1. TV on the Radio, Seeds
  2. Spoon, They Want My Soul
  3. Beck, Morning Phase
  4. Todd Terje, It’s Album Time
  5. Taylor Swift, 1989
  6. Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  7. Glass Animals, Zaba
  8. Ray LaMontagne, Supernova
  9. Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker
  10. Kelis, Food

HONORABLE MENTION: Disclosure, Settle


  1. Jagwar Ma, Howlin
  2. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
  3. Jose James, No Beginnings No End
  4. Jim James, Regions of Light and Sound of God
  5. Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go
  6. Lorde, Pure Heroine
  7. Goldfrapp, Tales of Us
  8. Rhys, Woman
  9. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  10. Phoenix, Bankrupt!

Close Calls: The National, Trouble Will Find Me; Karl Bartos, Off The Record, Atoms For Peace, Amok


1. Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
2. Poolside, Pacific Standard Time
3. Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
4. Dave Matthews Band, Away From The World
5. Benjamin Gibbard, Former Lives
6. Xxyyxx, XXYYXX
7. First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar
8. Heartless Bastards, Arrow
9. Hot Chip, In Our Heads
10. The Shins, Port Of Morrow

HONORABLE MENTION: The Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack RadioYunaYunafun.Some Nights; The CoupSorry for the InterruptionDeadmau5, album title goes here

REVIEWED BUT NOT RECOMMENDED: Gary Clark Jr, Blak and Blu; Jack White, Blunderbuss; Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls; Quantic & Alice Russell, Look Around the Corner; Grizzly Bear, Shields; Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan; Tame Impala, Lonerism; Beach House, Bloom;
Alt-J, An Awesome Wave; Ana Tijoux, La Bala; Hiatus Kaiyote, Tawk Tomahawk; Flying Lotus, Until The Quiet Comes; Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Pur Une Ame Souveraine; Rainy Milo, Limey; Sonnymoon, Sonnymoon; Los Miticos del Ritmo, Los Miticos del Ritmo; The Souljazz Orchestra, Solidarity; Rhye, The Fall; Cody Chesnutt, Landing On A Hundred; DJ Day, Land of 1000 Chances; Cate Le Bon, Cyrk; Lianne La Havas, Is Your Love Big Enough?; Jake Bugg,Jake Bugg; Peace!, Delicious; Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits; The xx, Coexist; Perfume Genius, Put Your Back; Lushlife, Plateau Vision;
THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE;The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Nature of Things; Kelly Hogan, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain; Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man; Melody’s Echo Chamber, Melody’s Echo Chamber; El-P, Cancer 4 Cure; Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory;  Neneh Cherry & the Thing, Cherry Thing; Miguel, All I Want Is You; The Money Store, Death Grips; Lana del Rey, Born to Die; Swans, The Seer


  1. 1. Destroyer, Kaputt
    2. Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire
    3. Wilco, The Whole Lov
  2. 4. Tom Waits, Bad As Me
    5. Bob Schneider, A Perfect Day
    6. Adel, 21
    7. M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    9. Cage The Elephant, Thank You Happy Birthday
    10. The Decembrists, The King Is Dead

HONORABLE MENTION: Tinariwen, TassiliSt. VincentStrange Mercy;Little DragonRitual UnionRaphael Saadiq,Stone Rollin’TV On The RadioNine Types of LightElbowBuild A Rocket BoysFoster The PeopleTorchesMy Morning Jacket,Circuital; Girls, Father Son Holy GhostRadioheadKing of Limbs

REVIEWED BUT NOT RECOMMENDED: Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues; Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2; Portugal. The Man, In The Mountain In the Cloud; PJ Harvey, Let England Shake; Metronomy, The English Riviera; Feist, Metals; Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix; Diego Garcia, Laura; Trentemoller, Reworked; Friendly Fires, Pala; The Horrors, Skying; Tune-Yards, Whokill; James Blake, James Blake; The Strokes, Angles; Washed Out, Within and Without; Hollie Cook, Hollie Cook; Rival Sons, Pressure & Time; Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, Mirror Traffic; Richard Buckner, Our Blood;Thao Nguyen & Mirah, Thao & Mirah; The Joy Formidable, The Joy Formidable; Anna Calvi, Anna Calvi; The Kills, Blood Pressures; Wild Flag, Wild Flag; Fucked Up, David Comes to Life; The Feelies, Here Before; Bewitched Hands, Birds and Drums; Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi, Rome; Le Butcherettes, Sin Sin Sin; The Decembrists, The King is Dead; Shabazz Palaces, Black Up; Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow; Florence and the Machine, Ceremonicals; Bon Iver; Bon Iver; Wu Lyf, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain; Fatima Al Qadiri, Genre-Specific Xperience; Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972; Panda Bear, Tomboy; Real Estate, Days; EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints


  1. 1. The Who, Who’s Next 
    2. Led Zeppelin, IV
    3. The Doors, LA Woman
    4. John Prine, John Prine
    5. The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers
    6. Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
    7. Sly & The Family Stone, There’s A Riot Goin’ On
    8. Santana, Santana III
    9. Pink Floyd, Meddle
    10. Yes, Fragile


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