The Top 30 Albums of 2015

25. Alessia Cara – Know-It-All

Released: November 13, 2015

Alessia Cara has hit the ground running ever since her relatable debut single ‘Here’ has been embraced by practically everyone, whether it’s your local radio station, Taylor Swift, or even some of your favorite rappers. First she put out her debut project in Four Pink Walls. And just months after Cara dropped her debut album on Def Jam with Know-It-All. Alessia Cara is no know-it-all however, and she is the first to admit it. She sings about her adolescence and what it means to be an everyday teenager in today’s world, and as clitche and “poppy” as that sounds, it’s really not. Cara provides unique perspectives that we all can relate to, yet which are rarely discussed in music today.  Know-It-All shows Alessia Cara’s bravery to be herself, and say what we’re all thinking, in a time when so many artists just say what’s already been said before, whether or not it true and personal.  – Dan Garcia

24. The Internet – Ego Death

Released: June 26, 2015

Ego Death is spunky and spirited, and ultimately is the best project The Internet has ever put out. It glows and thrives throughout, and is surprisingly striking without a bland moment in between. If you’re a fan of instrumentation, the beats here are rich enough to keep you guessing and more than entertained—and if you’re a fan of old-fashioned melody, Syd has never been more excellent at treading the lines of moody and relatable, all while being inexplicably erotic. Long gone are the days of The Internet awkwardly trying to carve a place for themselves in modern R&B, as with Ego Death, they have swooped in and snatched their own spot among music’s elite—and they probably snatched your girl, too. – Vikash Dass

23. BOOTS – AQUARIA

Released: November 13, 2015

BOOTS went from being homeless to working with Beyonce almost overnight, but when behind the scenes production was not enough for the producer/singer, he began to move towards his solo career. Although he still hasn’t given up on helping other artists (this year alone her produced FKA Twigs latest EP), BOOTS really found his voice with his new album, AQUARIA. While the record isn’t perfect, a number of tracks from the project will blow you away, including the LP’s title track, ‘Dead Come Running’ and ‘Only’, to name a few. Give him a little more time, and you can expect BOOTS to become the next emerging artists that everyone can’t stop talking about. – Dan Garcia

22. Halsey – Badlands

Released: August 28, 2015

Indie-pop newcomer, Halsey’s debut album is a dirty, moody, personal roadtrip to everywhere. Her written bleeds of self-empowerment and the freedom of someone who has been trapped her whole life. She uses sexuality as her weapon as she holds a lover “captive” in her kiss on ‘Hurricane’ and pushes closeness as far as possible causing love to exist only in memories. She drowns her emotions in champagne and a voice that seems to bounce and shiver off the walls of an empty metal room. It’s not often that such a young artist comes out with a debut that is as emotional and aware as Badlands.  – Evan Vogel

21. Disclosure – Caracal

Released: September 25, 2015

This year, Disclosure went from being a seriously respected and critically-acclaimed electronic/dance outfit to really becoming the best curators of the radio-smash we’ve seen in a long time. Caracal is really a turbocharged effort packed full of melodic, glitchy house anthems and even trap inspired bangers, but with guests like Lorde, The Weeknd, and honorary third member Sam Smith, it’s able to shoot up the charts and stay in the hearts of listeners worldwide. This duo of producers has yet to slow down ever since they took their home country by storm these last couple years, but things have never looked scarier as they are now poised for sonic world domination. – Vikash Dass

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