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20 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 (Savanna’s List)

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It’s so funny, the way that we – humans – perceive music. Our favorite songs and records are chosen by a culmination of our preferences and our own and personal favoritism, possibly marked by things like our childhood or the people we look up to. There may or may not be a reason we love the music we do. I love My Morning Jacket’s Waterfall because it sounds like something my father would listen to if he were 26 years old in the year 2015. Grace Mitchell stole my heart because she is a ridiculously cool 18 year old who sings her own unique brand of pop music anyone can get in to. The dudes in Ongoing Concept handmade all the instruments for their 2015 release (aptly named Handmade) and I would probably like it even if the music weren’t awesome (but it is). I got hooked on Bones by Son Lux because it’s my grown up version of the Fantasia soundtrack. I think there were many moments that made my 2015 great and most of them involved music. This is the year I fell in love with Kurt Vile (HOW did it take this long?!). This is the year that EPs made a grand statement (Split EP by Owen/Into it Over It and The Seaside EP by Whale Bones to name a few). This is the year that the world realized how special Twenty One Pilots is. This is the year Abandon Kansas put out what I believe is their best album ever. We all have our own reasons to hold music close to our hearts but here is my year in 20 albums.

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20. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

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19. Turnover – Peripheral Vision

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18. Owen/Into It Over It – Split EP

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17. The Ongoing Concept – Handmade

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16. Murder By Death – Big Dark Love

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15. Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves

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14. Hop Along – Painted Shut

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13. Foxing – Dealer

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12. X Ambassadors – VHS

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11. Gates – Bloom and Breathe

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10. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down

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09. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

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08. Grace Mitchell – Raceday

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07. Abandon Kansas – Alligator

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06. My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall

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05. Joywave – How Do You Feel Now?

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04. Emery – You Were Never Alone

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03. Whale Bones – The Seaside EP

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02. Aloke – Alive

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01. Son Lux – Bones

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Wanna listen to each of this year’s top albums, all packaged up nice and neat in their own Spotify playlist? Well you’re in luck. Dive into Savanna’s favorite albums of 2015 playlist to the right and spread the love.

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