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EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:31 pm
by Harold
Henrik, please make this a sticky post.

I realize it's a little early, but since there's now at least one EOY album list in each of the three geographical categories on the spreadsheet, including several of the major UK magazines, I figure I'll post the first update. There are already almost 200 discrete albums included.

USA: American Songwriter; Decibel
UK: Mojo; Uncut; Q
Rest of the World: Gaffa [Sweden]

Henrik, as always with the first update, can you please check to make sure I didn't screw up any of the formulas when I prepared the template?

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:34 am
by irreduciblekoan
Thank you so much (again) for taking on this task, Harold! My favorite time of the year (EOY lists!). Aside from when this site is updated, of course.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:58 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA: Spin; Stereogum
Rest of the World: Intro [Germany]; Magic RPM [France]; Mondosonoro-Intl [Spain]

Welcome, Grimes! We've been expecting you.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:04 pm
by Harold
Updated again - been a busy day!

USA: Rolling Stone; Paste
Rest of the World: Sonic [Sweden]

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:38 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Consequence of Sound; Complex; Exclaim! [Canada] - Rock/Pop top 20, Folk/Country top 10; Time Magazine
UK: NME; The Skinny; The Guardian (#11-40); The Quietus
Rest of the World: FasterLouder [Australia]; OOR [The Netherlands]

As I explained in the Exclaim! thread, all its genre lists will be entered into a single column with a list value of 21 (i.e., one number higher than the largest number of entries on any single list). These are the first two that have been posted; the rest will be entered as added.

The Skinny and OOR are top 10 lists, and have been valued as such; OOR definitely has a longer list forthcoming, and The Skinny may or may not as well, at which point I'll add the rest of the entries and change the list values accordingly.

Current top 50:

1 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
2 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
3 Tame Impala Currents
4 Jamie xx In Colour
5 Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
6 Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
7 Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
8 Julia Holter Have You in My Wilderness
9 Kurt Vile b'lieve i'm goin down
10 Grimes Art Angels
11 Vince Staples Summertime '06
12 Bjork Vulnicura
13 Blur The Magic Whip
14 Joanna Newsom Divers
15 New Order Music Complete
16 Alabama Shakes Sound & Color
17 Deerhunter Fading Frontier
18 Drake If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
19 Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
20 Jason Isbell Something More Than Free
21 CHVRCHES Every Open Eye
22 Sleaford Mods Key Markets
23 Carly Rae Jepsen E*MO*TION
24 Miguel Wildheart
25 Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
26 Holly Herndon Platform
27 Future DS2
28 Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
29 Wilco Star Wars
30 Mbongwana Star From Kinshasa
31 Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
32 Torres Sprinter
33 Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
34 Jim O'Rourke Simple Songs
35 D'Angelo and The Vanguard Black Messiah [2014]
36 Destroyer Poison Season
37 Kasami Washington The Epic
38 Deafheaven New Bermuda
39 Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf
40 Beach House Depression Cherry
41 Laura Marling Short Movie
42 Leon Bridges Coming Home
43 Kacey Musgraves Pageant Material
44 Young Fathers White Men Are Black Men Too
45 Oneohtrix Point Never Garden of Delete
46 Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon
47 Jessica Pratt On Your Own Love Again
48 Foals What Went Down
49 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness
50 Adele 25

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:13 am
by GucciLittlePiggy
Shocked and appalled at the low placement for Oneohtrix Point Never. I'm sure it will rise over the weeks but I'm expecting (hoping) for a top twenty finish.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:04 am
by Pierre
At last, Grimes climbs to the top 10. Now here's to hoping she will remain there.

Also, Carly Rae Jepsen's "EMOTION" confirmed as the "1989" of 2015. I'm switching careers to fortune teller now :D

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:00 am
by mowino
Hopefully D'Angelo continues to be mentioned in these lists. Quite possibly one of the finest albums this decade

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:01 pm
by TVFan365
It's a shame because I'm sure "Black Messiah" would have been number one on the 2014 list if it had come out a bit earlier in the year and it would have been #1 or #2 this year had it come out this year already.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:13 am
by Otisredding
TVFan365 wrote:It's a shame because I'm sure "Black Messiah" would have been number one on the 2014 list if it had come out a bit earlier in the year ...


Otisredding wrote:The best albums of 2014 (update December 31)

01 - D'Angelo And The Vanguard: Black Messiah - 89,3 (22)
Highlights: Sugah Daddy - 1000 Deaths - The Charade

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:50 am
by rohailashraf1
I fail to understand why critics don't wait till the end of the year to post their EOY lists. Film critics are equally guilty of that as well; recently the Sight and Sound poll (one of the most elitist and high-brow film polls) announced the best films of 2015 in November, despite the fact that a whole month in the year is still left.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:07 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Glide; A.V. Club; Popmatters; NPR; Grammy Awards; Exclaim! [Canada] - Hip-hop and Soul/R&B top tens
UK: The Skinny (#11-50); The Guardian (#9-10); The 405
Rest of the World: Double J [Australia]

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:49 pm
by Harold
With its #8 spot on The Guardian's list and a top ten rank from Italy's Blow Up, Kamasi Washington's The Epic is now in the top 20 on the spreadsheet. It's nothing short of astonishing that a triple-disc, three-hour jazz album (easily the most acclaimed jazz album by mainstream critics in years, if not decades) is doing this well. Obviously, Washington's associations with Kendrick Lamar and (to a lesser extent) Flying Lotus and Thundercat have helped immeasurably in getting his name out there and the album talked about, but in the end it has to come down to the music, and the aptly titled album delivers and then some. I hope everyone has the chance (and the time!) to listen to it, because it really is worth the investment.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:29 pm
by Setherex
rohailashraf1 wrote:I fail to understand why critics don't wait till the end of the year to post their EOY lists. Film critics are equally guilty of that as well; recently the Sight and Sound poll (one of the most elitist and high-brow film polls) announced the best films of 2015 in November, despite the fact that a whole month in the year is still left.

To be fair, film lists work a little differently, as there are never going to be any "surprise" film releases come December. With the exception of "Star Wars," every film that stands a reasonable chance of making anyone's favorite list has already screened somewhere in the world for press, so it isn't too much of a leap to present an early poll.

Music, on the other hand, is a much more chaotic, abrupt field. That, I wholesomely agree with waiting until the actual end of the year to present.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:30 pm
by Jeff
Setherex wrote:To be fair, film lists work a little differently, as there are never going to be any "surprise" film releases come December. With the exception of "Star Wars," every film that stands a reasonable chance of making anyone's favorite list has already screened somewhere in the world for press, so it isn't too much of a leap to present an early poll.

Music, on the other hand, is a much more chaotic, abrupt field. That, I wholesomely agree with waiting until the actual end of the year to present.


Of course, before digital media the music industry was the same as film in regard to there not being any surprise releases. Early December best-of lists are essentially a pre-digital relic. Traditionally, the best-of lists are published in the last issue to hit shelves of the year (paradoxically, the January issue) which are published in early December--meaning that the lists would have to be mostly finalized by mid-November. Print mags are still beholden to this schedule (online sources on the otherhand. . .). There's also the notion that these best-of lists are a form of buyer's guide, so best to have them out before people start buying gifts.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:28 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Exclaim! [Canada] - top 10 Electronic, top 10 Metal/Hardcore; Entertainment Weekly; Slant; AllMusic
UK: The Guardian [#7-8]; Fact; Dummy; Kerrang!; The Line of Best Fit
Rest of the World: Blow Up [Italy]; Soundi (Intl & Natl) [Finland]; Rockerilla [Italy]; Musikexpress [Germany]

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:17 am
by GucciLittlePiggy
GucciLittlePiggy wrote:Shocked and appalled at the low placement for Oneohtrix Point Never. I'm sure it will rise over the weeks but I'm expecting (hoping) for a top twenty finish.

Phew. All is right now! Garden of Delete is 16th.

And I think the biggest surprise of the spreadsheet is how well Alabama Shakes is doing. I know the album was pretty well received but I certainly didn't expect it to do so well here. I thought it would sit somewhere around 50.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:45 am
by Maschine_Man
I don't get why Adele is getting the cold shoulder while Carly Rae Jepsen gets in the top 20. I re-listened to Emotion a few times today and it's exactly as I remembered it, a completely mediocre album. I didn't find any aspect outstanding, the music, the lyrics or her singing. Is this what critics are doing now, choosing one mainstream pop album to include in their lists? Why this release? What am I missing?

Other than that, I think the top 20 is a really interesting mix. When was the last time we had two Australians in the top 10!! I'm happy for Alabama Shakes too and I'm glad Sleater Kinney wasn't forgotten, I was worried that their early release would impact their presence.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:55 am
by PlasticRam
Maschine_Man wrote:I don't get why Adele is getting the cold shoulder while Carly Rae Jepsen gets in the top 20. I re-listened to Emotion a few times today and it's exactly as I remembered it, a completely mediocre album. I didn't find any aspect outstanding, the music, the lyrics or her singing. Is this what critics are doing now, choosing one mainstream pop album to include in their lists? Why this release? What am I missing?

I think they're both quite mediocre.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:25 am
by irreduciblekoan
Metal albums tend to get short shrift anyway on EOY lists, but Baroness is one of the better metal bands out there that has gotten larger critical attention (enough to have two albums on AM). So it's too bad that their excellent new record Purple is being released so late in the year, on top of being in an underrepresented genre. Chalk up another deserving album which will be ignored on the EOY spreadsheet due to its release date....

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:34 am
by dr_Robert
Thanks Harold for taking this job on (again)! It is equally interesting each year to see THE list grow towards completion.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:58 am
by Pierre
Maschine_Man wrote:I don't get why Adele is getting the cold shoulder while Carly Rae Jepsen gets in the top 20. I re-listened to Emotion a few times today and it's exactly as I remembered it, a completely mediocre album. I didn't find any aspect outstanding, the music, the lyrics or her singing. Is this what critics are doing now, choosing one mainstream pop album to include in their lists? Why this release? What am I missing?


Going by the articles that I've read here and there and the rise of the term "poptimism", I believe we're entering an era since "1989" where critics are trying to reconcile their perception of the mainstream scene and the indie scene. I believe this trend is going to carry on for at least one or two years, but I have no idea where it will go from there. If it had not been Carly, I'm pretty certain The Weeknd or Selena Gomez would have been much higher (because Adele is coming on the heels of an acclaimed album and she suffers from the comparison, and Justin Bieber is still too unpopular) just because critics need to appoint a successful album to justify this trend. I guess their main criterion to judge is an imaginative enough production and commercial success, even if the songwriting itself is not mind-blowing, which Carly delivers in spots on "E•MO•TION" (I'm thinking about "Run Away with Me" and "All That").

I didn't follow the critical scene from English-speaking countries enough to know where this is coming from or to analyse it more thoroughly, but this is my perception on the matter by the little I know of it. Actually, I would gladly take any input, even if it contradicts me, to understand the "poptimistic" movement better.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:52 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

UK: The Guardian {#6]; God is in the TV
Rest of the World: Rumore [Italy]; Les Inrockuptibles [France]

I know I just updated yesterday, but two of these are top 100 lists, so I figured another update was worth it.

Fun fact: Thanks to today's newly added lists, there is now only one album from the most recent Mega-Critic top 100 that has yet to appear on the EOY spreadsheet: The Telescopes' Hidden Fields.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:18 am
by mowino
Summertime '06 may not make the top 10. Could it break the top 1000 in the update

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:02 pm
by Harold
mowino wrote:Summertime '06 may not make the top 10. Could it break the top 1000 in the update


Generally, in any given year the top 15-20 albums on the EOY spreadsheet tend to land in the all-time top 1000 in the next update. It's a little premature, though, to count Staples out of the top 10 - most of the USA sources have yet to be heard from, and he will likely do extremely well on those lists. I fully expect Grimes to climb into the top 5 when all is said and done, too.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:41 pm
by luney6
I was eagerly waiting for this thread, but didn't realize it had already started :D

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:51 pm
by Nassim
Utterly baffled that Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress only has one mention in the spreadsheet so far, thought it would be top 20 or 30 of the year...

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:56 am
by charliepanayi
Maschine_Man wrote:I don't get why Adele is getting the cold shoulder while Carly Rae Jepsen gets in the top 20. I re-listened to Emotion a few times today and it's exactly as I remembered it, a completely mediocre album. I didn't find any aspect outstanding, the music, the lyrics or her singing. Is this what critics are doing now, choosing one mainstream pop album to include in their lists? Why this release? What am I missing?


Adele's new one isn't a mainstream pop album (most of it isn't anyway), it's an MOR album for people to play at dinner parties. The music press doesn't much care for that. Carly Rae Jepsen is a mainstream pop album, and the music press fall over themselves in giving acclaim to those.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:17 pm
by Maschine_Man
charliepanayi wrote:Adele's new one isn't a mainstream pop album (most of it isn't anyway), it's an MOR album for people to play at dinner parties. The music press doesn't much care for that. Carly Rae Jepsen is a mainstream pop album, and the music press fall over themselves in giving acclaim to those.

I guess that makes some sense, but 21 (which I think is a bit over the place compared to 25) has been making leaps and bounds with music critics since its release, rising dramatically with each update. You would imagine Adele should be at the peak of her popularity with critics. I guess if she had released the album earlier or had more hit singles the critics would have responded better (which seems to be what happened with 21). I don't think the big sales helped in her favor.

It will be interesting to see at the end of the decade how it is remembered, along with other big popular releases like Emotion, 1989 and Pure Heroine. I don't have a problem with 'popular pop' albums entering the critical arena (songs are already allowed it seems), I guess it's then only paying attention to one or two of the most "popular pop" albums which seems kinda pointless and tokenistic to me. I guess the same could be said for many other genres as well.


Also the last (and only?) time we had two Australian acts in the Top 10 was 2008 - Nick Cave and Cut Copy.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:57 am
by peteski
charliepanayi wrote:
Maschine_Man wrote:I don't get why Adele is getting the cold shoulder while Carly Rae Jepsen gets in the top 20. I re-listened to Emotion a few times today and it's exactly as I remembered it, a completely mediocre album. I didn't find any aspect outstanding, the music, the lyrics or her singing. Is this what critics are doing now, choosing one mainstream pop album to include in their lists? Why this release? What am I missing?


Adele's new one isn't a mainstream pop album (most of it isn't anyway), it's an MOR album for people to play at dinner parties. The music press doesn't much care for that. Carly Rae Jepsen is a mainstream pop album, and the music press fall over themselves in giving acclaim to those.


How many mainstream pop albums a year would you say the music press falls over themselves to acclaim? Like one or two? Besides Carly Rae (who is only at 19 on the list), what albums would qualify this year? I guess I don't really see it.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:13 am
by Matski
Nassim wrote:Utterly baffled that Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress only has one mention in the spreadsheet so far, thought it would be top 20 or 30 of the year...

I'm not. The impression I get from many fans is that while it's by no means a bad record, it's their least liked record from GY!BE yet.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:00 pm
by rohailashraf1
Any chance if Kendrick Lamar could unseat Kanye from AM's most acclaimed artist of the 2010s?

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:09 pm
by Pierre
rohailashraf1 wrote:Any chance if Kendrick Lamar could unseat Kanye from AM's most acclaimed artist of the 2010s?


You mean on this very update? I think that's impossible; MBDTF is extremely high, Yeezus and Watch the Throne have a respectable rank, and Kanye also has loads of acclaimed songs from the 2010s, a few of them ahead of Kendrick's own highest-ranking songs.

In the long run, that's another story.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:43 pm
by rohailashraf1
Pierre wrote:
rohailashraf1 wrote:Any chance if Kendrick Lamar could unseat Kanye from AM's most acclaimed artist of the 2010s?


You mean on this very update? I think that's impossible; MBDTF is extremely high, Yeezus and Watch the Throne have a respectable rank, and Kanye also has loads of acclaimed songs from the 2010s, a few of them ahead of Kendrick's own highest-ranking songs.

In the long run, that's another story.



I see. Yes I did mean after this year's update.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:21 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Treble; Billboard; Pitchfork
UK: The Guardian [#3-5]; Resident Advisor; Wire; Clash [#21-50]
Rest of the World: Laut [Germany]; Kalporz [Italy]; Spex [Germany]; Hipersonica (Intl) [Spain]; Indiestyle [Belgium]; Muzikalia (Natl) [Spain]

Surprised and impressed that Kasami Washington and Holly Herndon are in the top 20. I wish that Torres was doing better, although #42 is still pretty good. Very happy that Algiers is doing so well - that album is the discovery of the year for me.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:57 pm
by Matski
Loving the new Algiers album too. It's comfortably snug in on my top ten for the year. Here's hoping that they'll improve on that with a top five with their next album.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:03 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Tiny Mix Tapes; Under the Radar
UK: The Guardian [#1-2]; Clash [#11-20]; Drowned in Sound
Rest of the World: Muzikalia (Intl) [Spain]; De Morgen [Belgium]; Recorder [Hungary]

So many new lists today - including a couple of top 100 lists - that I just have to post another update.

I'm jumping the gun on predicting #1 on the Guardian list, but I feel pretty secure about it ...

I corrected the Panda Bear album title - not sure if anyone noticed before now, but I somehow had it as "Vs. The Grim Reaper" rather than "Meets." Also corrected the artist name for Baio (I had it as Balo).

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:24 pm
by BleuPanda
Harold wrote:I corrected the Panda Bear album title - not sure if anyone noticed before now, but I somehow had it as "Vs. The Grim Reaper" rather than "Meets."



I always do that due to the album cover.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:05 pm
by Illiniq
Matski wrote:
Nassim wrote:Utterly baffled that Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress only has one mention in the spreadsheet so far, thought it would be top 20 or 30 of the year...

I'm not. The impression I get from many fans is that while it's by no means a bad record, it's their least liked record from GY!BE yet.


Agree with Matski on general sentiment - Asunder is just a decent album, not bad by any means but in no way exceptional, and with some absolute monster post-rock release in recent years, two from Swans and previous GY!BE release and Silver Mt. Zion's from last year, it just doesn't seem worthy of any year-end praise compared to what we've heard as of late in the genre.

If GY!BE were the Rolling Stones - Asunder is a Goatheads Soup/Tattoo You caliber release in their discography.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:07 pm
by Illiniq
Matski wrote:Loving the new Algiers album too. It's comfortably snug in on my top ten for the year. Here's hoping that they'll improve on that with a top five with their next album.


Without doubt, there's a lot of records out there this year with stronger songwriting, but the sound of this album is the freshest/coolest thing I've heard all year.

Seems to have only caught on east of the Atlantic however. America is completely oblivious to it even though so much of that sound is so specifically married to American History.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:49 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Sputnikmusic; Pretty Much Amazing
UK: The Guardian [complete]; Clash [complete]; No Ripcord; Music OMH

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:32 am
by cartoken
yaaaay ! the list i've been waiting for !
Depression Cherry only 23#... :?

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 3:04 pm
by rohailashraf1
Very happy to see Carrie & Lowell do so well with the international critics. Can anyone explain the album's astounding international reception?

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:07 pm
by GucciLittlePiggy
rohailashraf1 wrote:Very happy to see Carrie & Lowell do so well with the international critics. Can anyone explain the album's astounding international reception?

Well, I think the main thing that sets it apart from TPAB internationally is the fact hip-hop isn't quite as well received around the world as it is in the U.S. and the UK.

I can't believe CRJ is sitting pretty at number 20 without the benefit of any placements on international lists. Is that sustainable?

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:16 am
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Magnet; Flavorwire
UK: Mixmag; Gigwise
Rest of the World: Rip It Up [Australia]; Mowno [France]; Blitz (Intl) [Portugal]; Humo [Belgium]

The Mixmag list is missing #41. I will add the Blitz national albums list in the next update.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:17 am
by Harold
Addendum: Also added the complete list from:

Rest of the World: OOR [The Netherlands]

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:55 pm
by Harold
GucciLittlePiggy wrote:I can't believe CRJ is sitting pretty at number 20 without the benefit of any placements on international lists.


Even more amazing to me is that Ezra Furman, an American artist (born right here in my hometown of Chicago), has accumulated all his points from overseas sources - Perpetual Motion People hasn't appeared yet on a single U.S. list.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:37 pm
by Harold
Lots of new international lists today!

Updated with:

USA/Canada: Passion of the Weiss
UK: Time Out
Rest of the World: Blitz (Natl) [Portugal]; Gaffa [Denmark]; Gaffa [Norway]; Rolling Stone-France [France]; Hipersonica (Natl) [Spain]; Numerocero (Intl) [Spain]

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:32 pm
by Harold
Updated with:

USA/Canada: Revolver; CokeMachineGlow [Canada]
UK/Ireland: State [Ireland]
Rest of the World: Jenesaispop [Spain]; The Music [Australia]; Mondosonoro (Natl) [Spain]

Current top 100:
1 Kendrick Lamar / To Pimp a Butterfly
2 Sufjan Stevens / Carrie & Lowell
3 Father John Misty / I Love You, Honeybear
4 Jamie xx / In Colour
5 Courtney Barnett / Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
6 Tame Impala / Currents
7 Julia Holter / Have You in My Wilderness
8 Grimes / Art Angels
9 Bjork / Vulnicura
10 Sleater-Kinney / No Cities to Love
11 Joanna Newsom / Divers
12 Vince Staples / Summertime '06
13 Kurt Vile / b'lieve i'm goin down
14 Blur / The Magic Whip
15 Kasami Washington / The Epic
16 Oneohtrix Point Never / Garden of Delete
17 Deerhunter / Fading Frontier
18 Alabama Shakes / Sound & Color
19 Carly Rae Jepsen / E*MO*TION
20 Holly Herndon / Platform
21 Beach House / Depression Cherry
22 Florence + The Machine / How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
23 Deafheaven / New Bermuda
24 Natalie Prass / Natalie Prass
25 Viet Cong / Viet Cong
26 Drake / If You're Reading This It's Too Late
27 New Order / Music Complete
28 CHVRCHES / Every Open Eye
29 John Grant / Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
30 Miguel / Wildheart
31 Future / DS2
32 Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Multi-Love
33 D'Angelo and The Vanguard / Black Messiah [2014]
34 Destroyer / Poison Season
35 Foals / What Went Down
36 Jason Isbell / Something More Than Free
37 Wolf Alice / My Love is Cool
38 Sleaford Mods / Key Markets
39 Floating Points / Elaenia
40 Shamir / Ratchet
41 Wilco / Star Wars
42 Algiers / Algiers
43 Jim O'Rourke / Simple Songs
44 Laura Marling / Short Movie
45 Mbongwana Star / From Kinshasa
46 Torres / Sprinter
47 Tobias Jesso Jr. / Goon
48 Jenny Hval / Apocalypse, girl
49 Titus Andronicus / The Most Lamentable Tragedy
50 Ryley Walker / Primrose Green
51 Earl Sweatshirt / I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
52 Young Fathers / White Men Are Black Men Too
53 Jlin / Dark Energy
54 Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment / Surf
55 Dr. Dre / Compton
56 Girl Band / Holding Hands With Jamie
57 The Weeknd / Beauty Behind the Madness
58 Arca / Mutant
59 Ezra Furman / Perpetual Motion People
60 Lana Del Rey / Honeymoon
61 Low / Ones and Sixes
62 The Internet / Ego Death
63 Panda Bear / Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
64 Leon Bridges / Coming Home
65 FFS / FFS
66 Protomartyr / The Agent Intellect
67 Hop Along / Painted Shut
68 Adele / 25
69 Chris Stapleton / Traveller
70 The Libertines / Anthems for Doomed Youth
71 Majical Cloudz / Are You Alone?
72 Beach House / Thank Your Lucky Stars
73 Faith No More / Sol Invictus
74 Everything Everything / Get to Heaven
75 Young Thug / Barter 6
76 Ibeyi / Ibeyi
77 Gwenno / Y Dydd Olaf
78 C Duncan / Architect
79 Kacey Musgraves / Pageant Material
80 Susanne Sundfor / Ten Love Songs
81 Ghost / Meliora
82 Jessica Pratt / On Your Own Love Again
83 A$AP Rocky / At.Long.Last.A$AP
84 Benjamin Clementine / At Least for Now
85 U.S. Girls / Half Free
86 Waxahatchee / Ivy Tripp
87 FKA twigs / M3LL155X EP
88 East India Youth / Culture of Volume
89 Lonelady / Hinterland
90 Hot Chip / Why Make Sense?
91 Neon Indian / VEGA INTL. Night School
92 Roisin Murphy / Hairless Toys
93 Dawn Richard / Blackheart
94 Levon Vincent / Levon Vincent
95 Royal Headache / High
96 Bob Dylan / Shadows in the Night
97 HEALTH / Death Magic
98 Mac DeMarco / Another One
99 Empress Of / Me
100 Ashley Monroe / The Blade

I don't know if I've ever seen so much consensus as to what the two best albums of the year are. You can extrapolate that, really, to pretty much the entire top ten - the more lists appear, the more similar they're looking at the top. But Kendrick and Sufjan are so utterly dominant that it's almost breathtaking.

Stevens' surprising lead in the Rest of the World category isn't quite as pronounced as Lamar's in the other two columns, but it's close. With a lot of international lists yet to come, I'm wondering how close the margin between our top two albums might ultimately get. Still think TPaB will remain firmly ensconced at the top, but it might be a tighter finish than we thought it would be (although, of course, Kendrick has been at least near the top of most of the overseas lists as well). We may be looking at two albums debuting in the all-time top 200 in the next update.

Re: EOY 2015 Albums Spreadsheet Update

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:59 pm
by Henrik
Harold wrote:Stevens' surprising lead in the Rest of the World category isn't quite as pronounced as Lamar's in the other two columns, but it's close. With a lot of international lists yet to come, I'm wondering how close the margin between our top two albums might ultimately get. Still think TPaB will remain firmly ensconced at the top, but it might be a tighter finish than we thought it would be (although, of course, Kendrick has been at least near the top of most of the overseas lists as well). We may be looking at two albums debuting in the all-time top 200 in the next update.

Harold, who are "we"? From a non-US perspective, I don't think Sufjan's RoW lead, or the overall difference between the top two, is that surprising.

Anyhow, fantastic job as every year!!! AM lives on thanks to you!