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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

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Top row, left to right: Cover art for Wilco, Kamasi Washington and Grimes; Middle row, left to right: Sufjan Stevens, Chvrches and Kendrick Lamar; Bottom row, left to right: Father John Misty, Joanna Newsom, Courtney Barnett Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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You never entirely know what you're going to get when you ask listeners to rank their favorite albums of the year. But the results of All Songs Considered's 2015 listener poll may be the most diverse we've seen in ten years of doing these lists. From Kendrick Lamar's hip-hop masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly and the dense harp-poetry of Joanna Newsom, to the effervescent pop of Carly Rae Jepsen, soul singer Leon Bridges and the immense jazz album The Epic from Kamasi Washington, listeners showed a lot of love for a broad range of sounds.

The battle for the most popular album came down to a neck-and-neck race between Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar, with everyone else in the pack trying to keep up. In the end, Stevens just edged Lamar out for our listeners' number one album. The two were followed, in order, by Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala and Father John Misty.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the weak showing by much beloved legacy bands. Death Cab For Cutie and The Decemberists have repeatedly dominated best-of lists in past years, but in 2015 their albums didn't crack the Top 25. My Morning Jacket, another longtime favorite, just made it in at number 22.

Below, you'll find a playlist with songs from each of the Top 25 albums listeners chose as their favorites. If you want to hear us count down those 25 albums, click the audio link at the top of the page. And if you scroll down, you can also see a full list of your Top 100 albums below.

Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

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1. Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

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Album
Carrie & Lowell
Artist
Sufjan Stevens
Label
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Released
2015

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2. Kendrick Lamar, 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

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Song
To Pimp A Butterfly
Album
To Pimp A Butterfly
Artist
Kendrick Lamar
Label
Universal
Released
2015

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3. Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'

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Song
Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit [LP]
Album
Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit [LP]
Artist
Courtney Barnett
Label
Mom + Pop Music
Released
2015

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4. Tame Impala, 'Currents'

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Album
Currents
Artist
Tame Impala
Label
Interscope
Released
2015

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5. Father John Misty, 'I Love You, Honeybear'

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6. Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

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Album
Sound & Color
Artist
Alabama Shakes
Label
ATO Records
Released
2015

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7. Grimes, 'Art Angels'

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Album
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Artist
Grimes
Label
4AD
Released
2015

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8. Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free'

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Something More Than Free
Album
Something More Than Free
Artist
Jason Isbell
Label
Southeastern Records
Released
2015

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9. Jamie xx, 'In Colour'

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10. Adele, '25'

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25
Artist
Adele
Label
Columbia
Released
2015

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11. Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities To Love'

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No Cities To Love
Album
No Cities To Love
Artist
Sleater-Kinney
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2015

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12. Leon Bridges, 'Coming Home'

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Coming Home
Artist
Leon Bridges
Label
Columbia
Released
2015

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13. Joanna Newsom, 'Divers'

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Album
Divers
Artist
Joanna Newsom
Label
Drag City
Released
2015

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14. Wilco, 'Star Wars'

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Star Wars [LP]
Artist
Wilco
Label
Anti
Released
2015

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15. Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

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Depression Cherry
Artist
Beach House
Label
Sub Pop
Released
2015

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16. Original Broadway Cast Recording, 'Hamilton'

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Hamilton
Artist
Cast Recording

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17. Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

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Epic
Artist
Kamasi Washington
Label
Brainfeeder
Released
2015

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18. Florence & The Machine, 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful'

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19. Chvrches, 'Every Open Eye'

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Label
Glassnote Entertainment Group
Released
2015

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20. Björk, 'Vulnicura'

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21. Lord Huron, 'Strange Trails'

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22. My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall'

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23. Hop Along, 'Painted Shut'

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Painted Shut
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Hop Along
Label
Saddle Creek Records
Released
2015

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24. Josh Ritter, 'Sermon On The Rocks'

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Sermon On The Rocks
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Josh Ritter
Label
Pythias Recordings/Thirty Tigers
Released
2015

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25. Carly Rae Jepsen, 'E•MO•TION'

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Thanks for tuning in with us this for another year and for being the greatest listeners in the world!

The Top 100 Listener Picks For 2015

  1. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
  2. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  4. Tame Impala, Currents
  5. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
  6. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
  7. Grimes, Art Angels
  8. Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
  9. Jamie xx, In Colour
  10. Adele, 25
  11. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities To Love
  12. Leon Bridges, Coming Home
  13. Joanna Newsom, Divers
  14. Wilco, Star Wars
  15. Beach House, Depression Cherry
  16. Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton
  17. Kamasi Washington, The Epic
  18. Florence & The Machine, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  19. Chvrches, Every Open Eye
  20. Björk, Vulnicura
  21. Lord Huron, Strange Trails
  22. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall
  23. Hop Along, Painted Shut
  24. Josh Ritter, Sermon On The Rocks
  25. Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION
  26. Chris Stapleton, Traveller
  27. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  28. Ryan Adams, 1989
  29. Torres, Sprinter
  30. Kurt Vile, B'lieve I'm Goin Down
  31. Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
  32. Dawes, All Your Favorite Bands
  33. Vince Staples, Summertime '06
  34. The Front Bottoms, Back On Top
  35. Deafheaven, New Bermuda
  36. Julia Holter, Have You In My Wilderness
  37. D'Angelo and The Vanguard, Black Messiah
  38. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp
  39. The Decemberists, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
  40. Joe Jackson, Fast Forward
  41. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf
  42. Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher's Daughter
  43. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love
  44. Drake, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
  45. El Vy, Return To The Moon
  46. Deerhunter, Fading Frontier
  47. Death Cab For Cutie, Kintsugi
  48. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
  49. Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  50. Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars
  51. Girlpool, Before The World Was Big
  52. The Mountain Goats, Beat The Champ
  53. The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily
  54. Viet Cong, Viet Cong
  55. Laura Marling, Short Movies
  56. Modest Mouse, Strangers To Ourselves
  57. Low, Ones And Sixes
  58. Ibeyi, Ibeyi
  59. The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
  60. The Tallest Man On Earth, Dark Bird Is Home
  61. Julieta Venegas, Algo Sucede
  62. Mumford & Sons, Wilder Mind
  63. Foals, What Went Down
  64. Houndmouth, Little Neon Limelight
  65. Blur, The Magic Whip
  66. Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
  67. Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn
  68. Purity Ring, Another Eternity
  69. Punch Brothers, The Phosphorescent Blues
  70. Beirut, No No No
  71. Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon
  72. San Fermin, Jackrabbit
  73. Bully, Feels Like
  74. Eskimeaux, O.K.
  75. Wolf Alice, My Love Is Cool
  76. Hiatus Kaiyote, Choose Your Weapon
  77. Miguel, Wildheart
  78. The Lone Bellow, Then Came The Morning
  79. Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon
  80. Of Monsters And Men, Beneath The Skin
  81. Pugwash, Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)
  82. Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass
  83. Lianne La Havas, Blood
  84. Veruca Salt, Ghost Notes
  85. Neon Indian, Vega INTL. Night School
  86. Mac DeMarco, Another One
  87. Earl Sweatshirt, I Don't Like S***, I Don't Go Outside
  88. Built To Spill, Untethered Moon
  89. James McMurtry, Complicated Game
  90. Public Service Broadcasting, The Race For Space
  91. Destroyer, Poison Season
  92. Death Grips, The Powers That B
  93. Hasley, Badlands
  94. One Direction, Made In The A.M.
  95. Justin Bieber, Purpose
  96. Monsieur Periné, Caja De Música
  97. Belle & Sebastian, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
  98. Frank Turner, Positive Songs For Negative People
  99. The Hillbenders, Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry
  100. The Internet, Ego Death