The best CDs of 2015?

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Unable to decide what to get?  We've scoured end-of-year "best of" lists by various critics and compiled the results below.

Here are the titles we own which appear on two or more of the lists (by critics at Mojo, NPR, The Onion AV Club, Paste, Pitchfork, Rolling StoneSpin, and Stereogum).

Like last year, Kendrick Lamar got a lot of recognition (To Pimp a Butterfly is on every list; NPR didn't rank theirs but it was #1 or #2 on all the rest).  Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit also appears on every list; and Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, Sleater-Kinney, Sufjan Stevens, and Vince Staples appeared on 7 of them apiece.

Search the catalog for Sound and ColorAlabama Shakes - Sound & Color (Mojo: #40, NPR: top 50, Paste: #38, Rolling Stone: #37)

Search the Catalog for The BladeAshley Monroe - The Blade (NPR: top 50, Paste: #37, Rolling Stone: #38)

Beach House - Depression Cherry (Paste: #19, Rolling Stone: #33, Spin: #16, Stereogum: #47)

Search the catalog for The Things We Do...Beach Slang - The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Onion AV Club: #7, Paste #41)

Search the catalog for VulnicuraBjörk - Vulnicura (Pitchfork: #15, Rolling Stone: #42, Spin: #28, Stereogum: #38) [Download Vulnicura]

Search the catalog for The Magic WhipBlur - The Magic Whip (Mojo: #18, Rolling Stone: #10, Spin: #37, Stereogum: #23)

Search the catalog for Shadows in the NightBob Dylan - Shadows in the Night (Mojo: #11, Rolling Stone: #49) [Download Shadows in the Night]

Search the catalog for AmanecerBomba Estereo - Amanecer (NPR: top 50, Rolling Stone: #50) [Download Amanecer]

Search the catalog for A Fool To CareBoz Scaggs - A Fool To Care (Mojo: #42, Rolling Stone: #18)

Search the catalog for Teens of StyleCar Seat Headrest - Teens of Style (Paste: #14, Rolling Stone: #30, Stereogum: #39)

Search the catalog for EmotionCarly Rae Jepsen - E - mo - tion (NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #34, Rolling Stone: #48, Spin: #22, Stereogum: #3)

Search the catalog for TravellerChris Stapleton - Traveller (NPR: top 50, Rolling Stone: #21, Stereogum: #43)

Search the catalog for Every Open EyeCHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (Paste: #16, Spin: #43, Stereogum: #33)

Search the catalog for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitCourtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Mojo: #12, NPR: top 50, Onion AV Club: #9, Paste: #3, Pitchfork: #9, Rolling Stone: #6, Spin: #2, Stereogum: #6) [Download Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit]

Search the catalog for Black MessiahD'Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah (Mojo: #16, Pitchfork: #7, Rolling Stone: #4) [Download Black Messiah]

Search the catalog for New BermudaDeafheaven - New Bermuda (Pitchfork: #26, Spin: #12, Stereogum: #10)

Search the catalog for Fading FrontierDeerhunter - Fading Frontier (Mojo: #47, Paste: #10, Pitchfork: #30, Spin: #7, Stereogum: #42)

Search the catalog for Poison SeasonDestroyer - Poison Season (Pitchfork: #43, Spin: #24)

Search the catalog for If You're Reading This It's Too LateDrake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Pitchfork: #17, Rolling Stone: #3, Spin: #23, Stereogum: #25)

Search the catalog for I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go OutsideEarl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Mojo: #29, NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #25, Spin: #27) [Download I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside]

Search the catalog for I Love You, HoneybearFather John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (Mojo: #36, Onion AV Club: #5, Paste: #1, Pitchfork: #12, Rolling Stone: #15, Spin: #13, Stereogum: #12)

Search the catalog for ElaeniaFloating Points - Elaenia (NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #20) [Download Elaenia]

Search the catalog for How Big, How Blue, How BeautifulFlorence + the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (NPR: top 50, Paste: #29, Rolling Stone: #22)

Search the catalog for DS2Future - DS2 (NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #19, Rolling Stone: #26, Spin: #17, Stereogum: #18) [Download DS2]

Search the catalog for Art AngelsGrimes - Art Angels (Onion AV Club: #4, Paste: #24, Pitchfork: #3, Spin: #26, Stereogum: #1)

Search the catalog for PlatformHolly Herndon - Platform (Paste: #21, Pitchfork: #39)

Search the catalog for Painted ShutHop Along - Painted Shut (Onion AV Club: #15, Paste: #5, Rolling Stone: #36, Stereogum: #7)

Search the catalog for IbeyiIbeyi - Ibeyi (Mojo: #49, NPR: top 50)

Search the catalog for In ColourJamie XX - In Colour (Mojo: #32, NPR: top 50, Paste: #20, Pitchfork: #2, Spin: #3, Stereogum: #11)

Search the catalog for UnbreakableJanet Jackson - Unbreakable (Pitchfork: #36, Spin: #50)

Search the catalog for Something More Than FreeJason Isbell - Something More Than Free (Mojo: #34, NPR: top 50, Paste: #18, Rolling Stone: #7, Stereogum: #31) [Download Something More Than Free]

Search the catalog for Reality ShowJazmine Sullivan - Reality Show (NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #44, Rolling Stone: #32) [Download Reality Show]

Search the catalog for Simple SongsJim O'Rourke - Simple Songs (Mojo: #5, Pitchfork: #45, Stereogum: #9)

Search the catalog for DiversJoanna Newsom - Divers (Mojo: #19, NPR: top 50, Pitchfork: #13, Rolling Stone: #29, Stereogum: #22)

Search the catalog for Have You in My WildernessJulia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness (Mojo: #1, Pitchfork: #18, Stereogum: #50)

Search the catalog for Pageant MaterialKacey Musgraves - Pageant Material (NPR: top 50, Paste: #27, Spin: #8)

Search the catalog for The EpicKamasi Washington - The Epic (Mojo: #41, NPR: top 50, Paste: #17, Pitchfork: #10, Rolling Stone: #41, Stereogum: #35)

Search the catalog for Crosseyed HeartKeith Richards - Crosseyed Heart (Mojo: #39, Rolling Stone: #17)

Search the catalog for To Pimp A ButterflyKendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Mojo: #2, NPR: top 50, Onion AV Club: #1, Paste: #2, Pitchfork: #1, Rolling Stone: #1, Spin: #1, Stereogum: #2)

Search the catalog for B’lieve I'm Goin Down…Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down... (Mojo: #50, Onion AV Club: #12, Paste: #13, Pitchfork: #23, Rolling Stone: #19, Spin: #29, Stereogum: #48)

Search the catalog for HoneymoonLana Del Rey - Honeymoon (Rolling Stone: #12, Spin: #18)

Search the catalog for Coming HomeLeon Bridges - Coming Home (Mojo: #27, Paste: #9, Rolling Stone: #31) [Download Coming Home]

Search the catalog for Ones and SixesLow - Ones and Sixes (Mojo: #13, NPR: top 50)

Search the catalog for Are You AloneMajical Cloudz - Are You Alone? (Paste: #43, Spin: #48)

Search the catalog for From KinshasaMbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (Mojo: #8, NPR: top 50, Spin: #40)

Search the catalog for WildheartMiguel - Wildheart (Pitchfork: #8, Rolling Stone: #28, Spin: #14) [Download Wildheart]

Search the catalog for Natalie PrassNatalie Prass - Natalie Prass (Paste: #7, Pitchfork: #49, Stereogum: #26) [Download Natalie Prass]

Search the catalog for Garden of DeleteOneohtrix Point Nver - Garden of Delete (Pitchfork: #11, Spin: #30, Stereogum: #49)

Search the catalog for Hamilton: The Original Broadway Cast RecordingOriginal Broadway Cast Recording - Hamilton (NPR: top 50, Rolling Stone: #8, Spin: #)

Search the catalog for The Agent IntellectProtomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Onion AV Club: #11, Paste: #12, Spin: #20)

Search the catalog for SremmLifeRae Sremmurd - SremmLife (Pitchfork: #29, Rolling Stone: #44, Stereogum: #36)

Search the catalog for HighRoyal Headache - High (Paste: #32, Spin: #15)

Search the catalog for RatchetShamir - Ratchet (Pitchfork: #48, Spin: #9, Stereogum: #21)

Search the catalog for No Cities To LoveSleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love (Mojo: #14, Onion AV Club: #2, Paste: #4, Pitchfork: #27, Rolling Stone: #11, Spin: #11, Stereogum: #27)

Search the catalog for Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Mojo: #10, NPR: top 50, Onion AV Club: #3, Paste: #6, Pitchfork: #6, Spin: #21, Stereogum: #5)

Search the catalog for CurrentsTame Impala - Currents (Mojo: #4, Paste: #8, Pitchfork: #5, Rolling Stone: #13, Spin: #4, Stereogum: #15)

Search the catalog for The Most Lamentable TragedyTitus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Spin: #32, Stereogum: #17)

Search the catalog for GoonTobias Jesso Jr - Goon (Mojo: #46, Paste: #22, Pitchfork: #46)

Search the catalog for SprinterTorres - Sprinter (NPR: top 50, Onion AV Club: #10, Paste: #15)

Search the catalog for Summertime 06Vince Staples - Summertime '06 (NPR: top 50, Onion AV Club: #6, Paste: #26, Pitchfork: #4, Rolling Stone: #35, Spin: #5, Stereogum: #4)

Search the catalog for Ivy TrippWaxahatchee - Ivy Tripp (Onion AV Club: #8, Spin: #6, Stereogum: #19)

Search the catalog for The Beauty Behind the MadnessWeekend - Beauty Behind the Madness (Mojo: #45, Rolling Stone: #5)

Search the catalog for Wilco's Star Wars albumWilco - Star Wars (Mojo: #26, Onion AV Club: #14, Paste: #31, Rolling Stone: #14)

Posted by JohnJ on December 9, 2015