These are the albums that we liked the most this year.


Democracy – it doesn’t seem like such a hot idea when the results are Donald Trump… you know… doing Donald Trump. It has given us the Loud And Quiet Top 40 Albums of 2015 list, though, at the end of our tenth year spent doing what we do.

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt since 2005, it’s that you’re really best off not overthinking these things, and so we came to our final 40 albums by asking our writing team simply to submit their own personal highlights, for us to tally up and publish.

Relatively speaking, there aren’t many of us, so there was every chance that the winning record might have won by having 2 votes to everyone else’s 1. That that wasn’t the case – and that the same records kept coming up time and again – proved what great minds we’re lucky enough to work with here… or how equally wrong we all are, together.

If you’re a regular reader of ours there’s every chance you’ll be able to guess which names appear on this page, and perhaps where some of them rank. We kind of hope that’s the case, at least – it’ll mean we’ve done a good job of promoting the music we like all year long. It’d be a bit weird if we’d spent 2015 going on about the pummel of Girl Band and the ambition of Julia Holter only to pretend that we’ve really been listening to nothing but jazz and single-note drone rock since January.

Hopefully there’ll be something new for you to discover, too – the following 40 albums are all excellent, and are only marginally separated by their ordering. To be on the safe side you really should listen to them all.

40. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass (Spacebomb)
39. Bad Guys – Bad Guynaecology (Riot Season)
38. Novella – Land (Sinderlyn)
37. Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey)
36. Stealing Sheep – Not Real (Heavenly)
35. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (Polydor)
34. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse Girl (Sacred Bones)
33. The Eccentronic Research Council – Johnny Rocket, Narcissist and Music Machine…I’m Your Biggest Fan
(Without Consent)
32. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat – The Most Important Place In The World (Chemikal Underground)
31. Romare – Projections (Ninja Tune)
30. Little Simz – A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons (Age 101)
29. Roots Manuva – Bleeds (Big Dada)
28. Lana Del Ray – Honeymoon (Polydor)
27. Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
26. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
25. Rival Consoles – Howl (Erased Tapes)
24. Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union)
23. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete (Warp)
22. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
21. Beirut – No No No (4AD)
20. Holly Herndon – Platform (4AD)
19. US Girls – Half Free (4AD)
18. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
17. Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)
16. Lonelady – Hinterland (Warp)
15. Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City)
14. Jamie xx – In Colour (Young Turks)
13. Ought – Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
12. Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)
11. Grimm Grimm – Hazy Eyes Maybe (ATP)

10. Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
(Sub Pop)


9. Wand – 1000 Days
(Drag City)


8. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
(Virgin EMI)


7. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
(Asthmatic Kitty)


6. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie
(Rough Trade)


5. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
(True Panther Sounds)


4. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness


3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly


2. Gwenno – Y Dydd Olaf


1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
(Bella Union)