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It’s official! Kendrick Lamar and Courtney Barnett released 2015’s best albums

It’s (almost) unanimous: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is the best album of 2015.

Review aggregate site Metacritic has compiled the rankings from over 90 end of year lists to create a definitive ranking of 2015’s best albums. Awarding three points for each 1st place ranking, two for each 2nd place, and one point to albums ranked from 3rd – 10th, the site has created a premiership ladder that’s completely dominated by Kendrick’s masterpiece.

Topping over 30 lists including Consequence of Sound, Complex, Pitchfork, Spin and – most importantly – FL, Kendrick Lamar has more than twice the points of his closest rival Courtney Barnett. Other records included in the top 10 on the definitive list include local heroes Tame Impala and Father John Misty and Julia Holter who both played at Meredith last weekend. Sufjan Stevens, Grimes, Jamie xx, and Sleater-Kinney who will all tour Australia this summer are also featured on the list alongside Bjork who hasn’t visited us since the 2008 Big Day Out.

If none of that sounds quite heavy enough for your tastes check out the end of year lists delivered by Kerrang! who declared that Bring Me the Horizon’s That’s the Spirit is the year’s best record, Metal Hammer who opted for Iron Maiden The Book of Souls, or Decibel’s list that features Anareta by Horrendous in the top place.

Check out the top 10 lists from over 90 publications including Stereogum, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Mojo, NME, and Uncut at Metacritic and check out the definitive ranking of the top 10 albums of the year below.

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