I keep lists of my favorite records each year. You can find them here.


A slighltly more elaborate list with comment and videos can be found here.

  1. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer
  2. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar
  3. Leon Bridges: Good Thing
  4. Tirzah: Devotion
  5. Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings
  6. Naaz: Bits of Naaz
  7. Mitsky: Be the Cowboy
  8. Let's Eat Grandma: I'm All Ears
  9. Sons of Kemet: Your Queen is a Reptile
  10. Poppy: Am I a Girl?


  1. Ronald Bruner Jr.: Triumph
  2. Lorde: Melodrama
  3. Sylvan Esso: What Now
  4. Makaya McCraven: Highly Rare
  5. Benjamin Booker: Witness
  6. Benjamin Clementine: I Tell A Fly
  7. Miles Mosely: Uprising
  8. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The Emancipation Procrastination
  9. Cameron Graves: Planetary Prince
  10. Haim: Something to Tell You


  1. Anderson .Paak: Malibu
  2. Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate
  3. Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall
  4. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive
  5. Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos
  6. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Grace Kelly: Trying to Figure It Out
  8. David Bowie: Blackstar
  9. Higher Authorities: Neptune
  10. Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley


  1. Public Broadcasting Service: The Race for Space
  2. Susanne Sundfør: Ten Love Songs
  3. Benjamin Clementine: At Least For Now
  4. Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son
  5. Carly Rae Jepsen: E·mo·tion
  6. Fresku (feat. Teemong): Nooit Meer Terug
  7. Guillaume Perret & The Electric Epic: Open Me
  8. Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool
  9. LA Priest: Inji
  10. Tobias Jesso Jr.: Goon


  1. Spoon: They Want My Soul
  2. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  3. The Twilight Sad: Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
  4. Sun Kil Moon: Benji
  5. Future Islands: Singles
  6. The Hidden Cameras: AGE
  7. Lamb: Backspace Unwind
  8. Todd Terje: It’s Album Time
  9. Prawn: Kingfisher
  10. Nicholas Krgovic: On Sunset


  1. I Am Kloot: Let It All In
  2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away
  3. Jim James: Regions of Light and Sound of God

(This year only had a top three, accompanied by honourable mentions in several categories. It included work by a.o. The National, King Krule, Young Fathers, Zola Jesus and Lubomyr Melnyk.)


  1. Menomena: Moms
  2. The Twilight Sad: No One Can Ever Know
  3. The Gaslight Anthem: Handwritten
  4. alt-J (∆): An Awesome Wave
  5. The Walkmen: Heaven
  6. Japandroids: Celebration Rock
  7. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth
  8. Blaudzun: Heavy Flowers
  9. Balthazar: Rats
  10. Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man Of The Universe


  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
  2. Yuck – Yuck
  3. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
  4. Future Islands – On the Water
  5. Spinvis – Tot Ziens, Justine Keller
  6. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
  7. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
  8. 13 & God – Own Your Ghost
  9. Starfucker – Reptillians
  10. WU LYF – Tell Fire to the Mountains


  1. Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles (II)
  2. Belle and Sebastian: Write About Love
  3. The Hundred in the Hands: s/t
  4. The National: High Violet
  5. The Gaslight Anthem: American Slang
  6. Foals: Total Life Forever
  7. Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner
  8. Olli Schulz: Es Brennt So Schön
  9. Gayngs: Relayted
  10. Sophie Hunger: 1983