50 Best Albums Of 2015: The Final Reckoning!

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IT’S THAT time of the year when MOJO’s experts gather for a musical conclave and are not allowed to emerge until they’ve settled on the 50 Best Albums Of The Year.

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The cover of MOJO 266, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Well, that process is over for another 12 months, and following vigorous head-scratching, hot debate and much umming and ahhing, the results are in.

Returning heroes, brand new discoveries and instant classics mix in a melange of magical music. You can take a quick sprint through our choices below, or get the new issue of MOJO magazine (January 2016 / #266) for an in-depth take, including interviews with some of the year’s iconic figures plus a free Best Of 2015 CD that features tracks from the albums in question, featuring New Order, Julia Holter, Sufjan Stevens, Father John Misty, Matthew E White and more.

And if you can’t spot your favourite among the list, then by all means berate the hell out of us via our Twitter or Facebook.

MOJO’s 50 Best Albums Of 2015

50. Kurt Vile – B'Lieve I'm Going Down...

50. Kurt Vile – B'Lieve I'm Going Down...

Start with: Pretty Pimpim

49. Ibeyi – Ibeyi

49. Ibeyi – Ibeyi

Start with: River

48. David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock

48. David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock

Start with: Rattle That Lock

47. Deerhunter – Faded Frontier

47. Deerhunter – Faded Frontier

Start with: Snakeskin

46. Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon

46. Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon

Standout track: How Could You Babe

45. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

45. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness

Start with: In The Night

44.Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

44.Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Start with: The High Road

43. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special

43. Mark Ronson – Uptown Special

Start with: Summer Breaking

42. Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care

42. Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care

Start with: I'm So Proud

41. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

41. Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Start with: Change Of The Guard

40. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

40. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Start with: Gimme All Your Love

39. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart

39. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart

Start with: Robbed Blind

38. Lonelady – Hinterland

38. Lonelady – Hinterland

Start with: Into The Cave

37. Promised Land Sound – For Use And Delight

37. Promised Land Sound – For Use And Delight

Start with: Through The Seasons

36. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

36. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Start with: Bored In The USA

35. The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth

35. The Libertines – Anthems For Doomed Youth

Start with: Fame & Fortune

34. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

34. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Start with: If It Takes A Lifetime

33. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

33. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

Start with: Lock All The Doors

32. Jamie xx – In Colour

32. Jamie xx – In Colour

Start with: I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)

31. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

31. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People

Start with: Restless Year

30. Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender?

30. Bill Fay – Who Is The Sender?

Start with: The Freedom To Read

29. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

29. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Start with: Huey

28. Matthew E White – Fresh Blood

28. Matthew E White – Fresh Blood

Start with: Rock'n'Roll Is Cold

27. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

27. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Start with: Smooth Sailin'

26. Wilco – Star Wars

26. Wilco – Star Wars

Start with: Random Name Generator

25. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

25. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

Start with: Pick It Up

24. Gaz Coombes – Matador

24. Gaz Coombes – Matador

Start with: 20/20

23. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

23. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Start with: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

22. Young Fathers – White Me Are Black Men Too

22. Young Fathers – White Me Are Black Men Too

Start with: Old Rock'n'Roll

21. Richard Thompson – Still

21. Richard Thompson – Still

Start with: All Buttoned Up

20. Dungen – Allas Sak

20. Dungen – Allas Sak

Start with: Åkt Dit

19. Joanna Newsom – Divers

19. Joanna Newsom – Divers

Start with: Leaving The City

18. Blur – The Magic Whip

18. Blur – The Magic Whip

Start with: Thought I Was A Spaceman

17. Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point In Town

17. Hooton Tennis Club – Highest Point In Town

Start with: Jasper

16. D'Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

16. D'Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah

Start with: 1,000 Deaths

15. Richard Dawson – Nothing Important

15. Richard Dawson – Nothing Important

Start with: The Vile Stuff

14. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

14. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Start with: Bury Our Friends

13. Low – Ones And Sixes

13. Low – Ones And Sixes

Start with: What Part Of Me

12. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

12. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Start with: Pedestrian At Best

11. Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night

11. Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night

Start with: Why Try To Change Me Now

10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Start with: Should Have Known Better

9. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

9. Sleaford Mods – Key Markets

Start with: Face To Faces

8. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa

8. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa

Start with: Suzanna

7. Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile

7. Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile

Start with: Soubour

6. Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary

6. Bill Ryder-Jones – West Kirby County Primary

Start with: Two To Birkenhead

5. Jim O'Rourke – Simple Songs

5. Jim O'Rourke – Simple Songs

Start with: Last Year

4. Tame Impala – Currents

4. Tame Impala – Currents

Start with: Let It Happen

3. New Order – Music Complete

3. New Order – Music Complete

Start with: Restless

2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Start with: The Blacker The Berry

1. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

1. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

Start with: Feel You

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