BEST OF 2015 – Releases of the Year

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As 2015 winds to a close today, we celebrate by reflecting on our favorite releases of the year. With so many amazing albums to choose from, this list most thoroughly reflects our taste and what we found ourselves naturally drawn to over the course of four seasons. What transpires is a fairly eclectic set, including everything from Madonna (insanely underrated IMO) to Mexican post-rock band Sunset Images. It was agonizing to decide what to leave off, with at least ten bubbling under albums narrowly missing the cut. But we had to stop somewhere! Also, a big shout-out to all of the exciting up and coming indie artists that have kept the act of discovering new music so rich after nine years of The Sky Report.

Get lost in our mammoth Best of 2015 Spotify playlist, which includes some extra tracks not included here:

Happy New Year and here’s to another big year ahead!

TOP 50 ALBUMS

50. SUNSET IMAGES – HAJIME

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49. AIR WAVES – PARTING GLANCES

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48. HAYBABY – SLEEPY KIDS

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47. COLD SHOWERS – MATTER OF CHOICE

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46. PINS – WILD NIGHTS

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45. PWR BTTM – UGLY CHERRIES

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44. MILEY CYRUS & HER DEAD PETZ – S/T

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43. CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – S/T

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42. DISASTERPEACE – IT FOLLOWS

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41. DAN DEACON – GLISS RIFFER

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40. MADONNA – REBEL HEART

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39. TITUS ANDRONICUS – THE MOST LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY

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38. BEACH HOUSE – THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS

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37. SPRITZER – DON’T DIE, KILL ME

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36. VIET CONG – S/T

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35. FKA TWIGS – M3LL155X

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34. A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – TRANSFIXIATION

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33. TAMARYN – CRANEKISS

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32. AUTRE NE VEUT – AGE OF TRANSPARENCY

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31. YOUNG GALAXY – FALSEWORK

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30. SLEATER-KINNEY – NO CITIES TO LOVE

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29. DOMENIQUE DUMONT – COMME ÇA

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28. ARCA – MUTANT

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27. BULLY – FEELS LIKE

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26. SHOPPING – WHY CHOOSE

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25. MOLLY NILSSON – ZENITH

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24. PANDA BEAR – PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER

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23. HELEN – THE ORIGINAL FACES

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22. SHAMIR – RATCHET

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21. CHVRCHES – EVERY OPEN EYE

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20. BEACH HOUSE – DEPRESSION CHERRY

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19. MIGUEL – WILDHEART

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18. GEORGE CLANTON – 100% ELECTRONICA

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17. FATHER JOHN MISTY – I LOVE YOU, HONEYBEAR

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16. BJORK – VULNICURA

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15. LOWER DENS – ESCAPE FROM EVIL

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14. KURT VILE – B’LIEVE I’M GOIN DOWN

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13. DEERHUNTER – FADING FRONTIER

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12. U.S. GIRLS – HALF FREE

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11. ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – GARDEN OF DELETE

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10. SUFJAN STEVENS – CARRIE & LOWELL

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9. COURTNEY BARNETT – SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

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8. TAME IMPALA – CURRENTS

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7. EMPRESS OF – ME

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6. CARLY RAE JEPSEN – E – MO – TION

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5. KENDRICK LAMAR – TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

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4. GRIMES – ART ANGELS

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3. LEON BRIDGES – COMING HOME

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2. JULIA HOLTER – HAVE YOU IN MY WILDERNESS

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1. JAMIE XX – IN COLOUR

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ADDITIONAL TRACKS WE COULDN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS YEAR

SKRILLEX & DIPLO – WHERE ARE Ü NOW (WITH JUSTIN BIEBER)

MAJOR LAZER & DJ SNAKE – LEAN ON (FT. MØ)

MISSY ELLIOTT – WTF (WHERE THEY FROM) (FT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS)

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – WHAT KIND OF MAN (NICOLAS JAAR REMIX)

CHROMATICS – I CAN NEVER BE MYSELF WHEN YOU’RE AROUND

YUMI ZOUMA – CATASTROPHE

OCEAN HOPE – BY YOUR SIDE

KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS – NOW I’M READY (FT. OCEAN HOPE)

LITTLE RACER – JACK KNIFE

BOYTOY – POSTAL

HINDS – CHILI TOWN

SPRITZER – MELT

WEEKENDER – FLOATY FEELING, BLUE

DIIV – DOPAMINE

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS – JONATHAN (FT. PERFUME GENIUS)

NICOLE DOLLANGANGER – YOU’RE SO COOL

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