Rolling Stone, Spin select their best albums of 2015



topimpabutterflyTwo of music media’s most well-known publications have selected their top 50 best albums of 2015, with each of them making the same choice for the album of the year.

Rolling Stone and Spin unveiled their top 50 lists on Tuesday, with Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly taking the top spot.

“Musically, lyrically and emotionally, Kendrick Lamar’s third album is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece – a sprawling epic that’s both the year’s most bumptious party music and its most gripping therapy session,” writes Rolling Stone. “A rap superstar at last, after years on the underground grind, Lamar wrestles with the depression and survivor’s guilt that followed his fame and success by turning to heroes from Ralph Ellison and Richard Pryor to Smokey Robinson and Kris Kross to Nelson Mandela and Tupac. He lives large. He contains multitudes.”

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Here’s a look at each publication’s top 10 lists.

Rolling Stone

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Adele – 25
3. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
4. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
5. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
7. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
8. Various Artists – Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack
9. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily
10. Blur – The Magic Whip

Click here for the full list.

Spin

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3. Jamie xx – In Colour
4. Tame Impala – Currents
5. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
6. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
7. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
8. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
9. Shamir – Ratchet
10. Alex G – Beach Music

Click here for the full list.

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