National Top 10s

Best non-local albums of 2015 – by genre

National Top 10s

Neph Basedow (Indie Rock)

1) Tame Impala, Currents (Interscope)

2) Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)

3) Deerhunter, Fading Frontier (4AD)

4) Kurt Vile, B'lieve I'm Goin Down ... (Matador)

5) Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)

6) Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Style (Matador)

7) Thee Oh Sees, Mutilator Defeated at Last (Castle Face)

8) Royal Headache, High (What's Your Rupture?)

9) Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

10) Fuzz, II (In the Red)

National Top 10s

Greg Beets (Pop)

1) Floating Points, Elaenia (Luaka Bop/Pluto)

2) Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)

3) Hiatus Kaiyote, Choose Your Weapon (Sony Masterworks)

4) Sunflower Bean, Show Me Your Seven Secrets (Fat Possum)

5) Promised Land Sound, For Use and Delight (Paradise of Bachelors)

6) Joanna Newsom, Divers (Drag City)

7) Salad Boys, Metalmania (Trouble in Mind)

8) Reptar, Lurid Glow (Joyful Noise)

9) Palehound, Dry Food (Exploding in Sound)

10) The Sandwitches, Our Toast (Empty Cellar)

National Top 10s

Jim Caligiuri (Americana)

1) Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free (Southeastern)

2) JD McPherson, Let the Good Times Roll (Rounder)

3) John Moreland, High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens)

4) Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, Lost Time (Yep Roc)

5) Lindi Ortega, Faded Gloryville (Last Gang)

6) Boz Scaggs, A Fool to Care (429)

7) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)

8) Israel Nash, Silver Season (Loose Music)

9) Los Lobos, Gates of Gold (429)

10) Neil Young & Promise of the Real, The Monsanto Years (Reprise)

National Top 10s

Thomas Fawcett (R&B)

1) D'Angelo, Black Messiah (RCA)

2) Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO)

3) The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic/XO)

4) Leon Bridges, Coming Home (Columbia)

5) Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show (RCA)

6) Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone

7) Dornik (PMR/Island)

8) Jill Scott, Woman (Atlantic)

9) Raury, All We Need (Columbia)

10) NxWorries, Link Up & Suede (Stones Throw)

Doug Freeman (Country)

1) Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free (Southeastern)

2) Chris Stapleton, Traveller (Mercury Nashville)

3) Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Django & Jimmie (Legacy)

4) Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville)

5) Asleep at the Wheel, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (Bismeaux)

6) Sam Outlaw, Angeleno (Six Shooter)

7) Lindi Ortega, Faded Gloryville (Last Gang)

8) Dwight Yoakam, Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros.)

9) Whitey Morgan & the 78's, Sonic Ranch (Whitey Morgan)

10) Shelby Lynne, I Can't Imagine (Rounder)

National Top 10s

Abby Johnston (EDM)

1) Grimes, Art Angels (4AD)

2) Jamie xx, In Colour (Young Turks)

3) FKA Twigs, M3LL155X (Young Turks)

4) Shamir, Ratchet (XL)

5) Floating Points, Elaenia (Luaka Bop)

6) Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (Warp)

7) Holly Herndon, Platform (4AD)

8) Four Tet, Morning/Evening (Text)

9) Arca, Mutant (Mute)

10) Neon Indian, Vega Intl. Night School (Mom + Pop)

National Top 10s

Kahron Spearman (Rap/Hip-Hop)

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope)

2) Vince Staples, Summertime '06 (Def Jam)

3) Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Surf

4) Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too (Big Dada)

5) A$AP Rocky, At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)

6) Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic)

7) Little Simz, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons (AGE 101)

8) Scarface, Deeply Rooted (Let's Talk)

9) Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Cash Money)

10) Dr. Dre, Compton (Aftermath/Interscope)

Michael Toland (Metal)

1) Baroness, Purple (Abraxan Hymns)

2) Tribulation, The Children of the Night (Century Media)

3) High on Fire, Luminiferous (eOne)

4) Panopticon, Autumn Eternal (Bindrune/Nordvis)

5) Blind Idiot God, Before Ever After (Indivisible)

6) Kylesa, Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist)

7) Sigh, Graveward (Candlelight)

8) Corrections House, Know How to Carry a Whip (Neurot)

9) Lucifer, Lucifer 1 (Rise Above)

10) Visigoth, The Revenant King (Metal Blade)

Jay Trachtenberg (Jazz)

1) Amir ElSaffar, Crisis (Pi)

2) Kamasi Washington, The Epic (Brainfeeder)

3) José James, Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note)

4) Dave Douglas, High Risk (Greenleaf)

5) Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Intents & Purposes (Enja)

6) Myra Melford, Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird)

7) Charles Lloyd, Wild Man Dance (Blue Note)

8) Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg, Celestial Weather (TUM)

9) Jack DeJohnette, Made In Chicago (ECM)

10) St Germain (Nonesuch)

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