Bally Studio's Best Albums of 2015

December 31, 2015

We hope that everyone has had a fantastic 2015, and that 2016 has started just as well. smile emoticon Back in Feb 2015 we decided to try to listen to a new album released in 2015 every single day. In the end we managed to listen to 389 of them. Our verdict is that there were no albums that are likely to be in the best 40 albums ever - no 'Revolver', 'Pet Sounds', 'Kind Of Blue', 'Exile On Main Street', 'Blonde on Blonde' or 'Horses', but despite that most of them were pretty good, about 60 of them were really good, and 30 of them were absolutely great.
 

So here, for the 5th year in a row, is our list of the best 50 albums we heard in the year. Same rules as always - No bumping Bally Bands up the list no matter how friendly they are, we have to listen to each album 3 times for it to be considered, and no re-releases/re-mix albums. If you see any albums missed off of the list that you think are good, let us know. We've also collected the Top 50 into a playlist, along with a 25 track sampler. 

 

Spotify Playlist Of Bally's Best 50 Albums.

 

Spotify 25 Track Taster Of The Years Best Music. 

 

 

Bally's Best Albums of 2015.

 

1) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

2) SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream

3) Tigercats - Mysteries

4) Laura Marling – Short Movies

5) Gaz Coombes - Matador

6) Blur – The Magic Whip

7) Lonelady – Hinterland 

8) Matthew E White – Fresh Blood

9) Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People 

10) Darren Hayman – Chants for Socialists

11) The Dead Weather – Dodge and Burn
12) Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
13) Benjamin Clemintine – At Least For Now
14) Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
15) Les Sueques – Educacio fisica
16) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
17) Nadine Shah – Fast Food 
18) Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
19) C Duncan - Architect
20) Torres – Sprinter
21) Kendrik Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
22) Miami Horrors – All Possible Futures
23) New Order – Music Complete
24) Will Butler – Policy
25) The Macabees – Marks To Prove It
26) The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily
27) Sam Lee – The Fade In Time
28) Modest Mouse – Strangers To Ourselves
29) Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
30) Bettye Lavette - Worthy
31) Alabama Shakes – Sound And Colour
32) Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
33) Dearhunter - Fading Frontier
34) JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll
35) Beach House – Depression Cherry
36) Kurt Vile – B'lieve I'm Goin Down
37) Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows
38) Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom
39) Songhoy Blues – Music In Exile
40) Public Service Broadcast – The Race For Space
41) Jamie XX - In Colour
42) Peace – Happy People
43) The Weather Station – Loyalty
44) Darren Hayman - Florence
45) Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
46) Of Monsters and Men – Beneath The Skin
47) Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
48) Banditos - Banditos 
49) The Sonics – This Is The Sonics
50) Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

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