My 2015 Year in Review

While we are all looking forward to what the year 2016 will bring, I wanted to take some time to look back and reflect on 2015.  So much music.  Some good and some bad.  But for this article’s sake, we will only focus on what I feel is the Top 10 Best of 2015. These are some of my personal favorite selections from all across the musical horizon.  A few new artists/bands will grace my top lists, but mostly some great established acts that I have admired for some time.  I will broadly cover five sub-categorized genres: Hip-Hop, Metal, Rock, Pop/R&B, Folk & Country, and Electronic.  Also, I want to note that I did not place these artists/bands in any particular order of importance.  It goes against my principles to try and rank one artist/band’s album over another based on some preferred formula.  Like Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first you’re last.”  Why should I make nine albums last?

Hip Hop

  1. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Dre- Compton
  3. Big Grams- Big Grams
  4. Tyler, The Creator- Cherry Bomb
  5. Lupe Fiasco-Tetsuo & Youth
  6. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah- Sour Soul
  7. Earl Sweatshirt- I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
  8. Action Bronson- Mr. Wonderful
  9. A$AP Rocky- At. Long. Last. A$AP
  10. Hopsin- Pound Syndrome

Honorable Mention:

  1. Ghostface Killah- Twelve Reasons to Die II
  2. Blackalicious- Imani Vol. 1
  3. Joey Bada$$- B4.Da.$$



  1. Lamb of God- VII- Sturm und Drang
  2. High on Fire- Luminiferous
  3. Sunn O))) – Kannon
  4. With The Dead- With The Dead
  5. Slayer- Repentless
  6. Ufomammut- Ecate
  7. Clutch- Psychic Warfare
  8. Iron Maiden- The Book of Souls
  9. Kylesa- Exhausting Fire
  10. Baroness- Purple

Honorable Mention:

  1. Goatsnake- Balck Age Blues
  2. Teenage Time Killers- Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
  3. Motörhead- Bad Magic



  1. Modest Mouse- Strangers to Ourselves.
  2. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
  3. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
  4. Eagles of Death Metal- Zipper Down
  5. My Morning Jacket- The Waterfall
  6. Faith No More- Sol Invictus
  7. Failure- The Heart is a Monster
  8. The Sword- High Country
  9. The Dead Weather- Dodge and Burn
  10. Graveyard- Innocence & Decadence

Honorable Mention:

  1. Blur- The Magic Whip
  2. Kurt Vile- b’lieve I’m goin down
  3. Kadavar- Berlin


Pop & R&B

  1. 21 Pilots- Blurryface
  2. Tame Impala- Currents
  3. Foals- What Went Down
  4. CHRVCHES- Every Open Eye
  5. Beach House- Depression Cherry
  6. Best Coast- California Nights
  7. Miley Cyrus- Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  8. Erykah Badu- But You Can’t Use My Phone
  9. Elle Goulding- Delirium
  10. Mac Demarco- Another One

Honorable Mention:

  1. Halsey- Badlands
  2. Jill Scott- Woman
  3. Smallpools- LOVETAP!


Folk & Country

  1. Father John Misty- I Love You, Honeybear.
  2. The Mountain Goats- Beat the Champ
  3. Of Monsters and Men- Beneath the Skin
  4. Iron & Wine & Ben Bridwell- Sing Into My Mouth
  5. Chris Stapleton- Traveller
  6. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
  7. Kacey Musgraves- Pageant Material
  8. The Tallest Man on Earth- Dark Bird Is Home
  9. Patrick Watson- Love Songs for Robots
  10. Dwight Yokam- Second Hand Heart

Honorable Mention:

  1. Beirut- No No No
  2. Punch Brothers- The Phosphorescent Blues
  3. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell



  1. Panda Bear- Panda Bear meets the Grim Reaper
  2. Big Data- 2.0
  3. Passion Pit- Kindred
  4. Hot Chip- Why Make Sense?
  5. Zedd- True Colors
  6. Jaime xx- True Colours
  7. Major Lazer- Peace is the Mission
  8. Ratatat- Manifique
  9. Disclosure- Caracal
  10. Grimes- Art Angels

Honorable Mention:

  1. Rudimental- We the Generation
  2. Robert DeLong- In the Cards
  3. The Chemical Brothers- Born in the Echoes

Thank you again for a great 2015!  We look forward to a very exciting and momentous 2016 full of music, festivals, and more interviews at Concerthopper.  Do not forget to follow us on (@concerthopper) Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook.  And you can follow my personal concert hopping on Instagram.

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  1. Although, I am mostly versed in your folk/country genre, I’m right there with you on most the other lists. Thanks for sharing Brotha! Your insight is always appreciated!


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