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The 10 Best Albums Of 2015?

Methodology: I simply combined the rankings of Robert Loerzel, Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis, Pitchfork, Pop Matters, and Consequence of Sound and awarded 10 points for No.1s, 9 points for No. 2s and so on.

1. Kendrick Lamar / To Pimp A Butterfly (45 points)

Lamar appeared twice on the Beachwood in 2015, first in June for his appearance with Chance the Rapper on Northerly Island, and again in November for his show at the Riv.

2. Courtney Barnett / Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (38)

Barnett appeared just once on the Beachwood in 2015, for her appearance at Pitchfork.

3. Titus Andronicus / The Most Lamentable Tragedy (21)

Titus Andronicus has not appeared on the Beachwood since 2010.

4./5. Jamie xx / In Colour & Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell (18)

Jamie xx appeared on the Beachwood in July for his Pitchfork performance, and October for his show at the Concord.

Stevens appeared on the Beachwood in April for his show at the Chicago Theatre.

6. Grimes / Art Angels (16)

Grimes appeared on the Beachwood in November for her show at the Metro.

7. Vince Staples / Summertime '06 (15)

Staples appeared on the Beachwood in July for his appearance at Pitchfork.

8. Protomartyr / The Agent Intellect (11)

Protomartyr appeared on the Beachwood in March for their appearance at the Empty Bottle's Music Frozen Dancing party, and again in July for their appearance at Pitchfork.

9. Joan Shelley / Over and Even (10)

Perhaps a flaw in the methodology, which measures intensity more than broad support; Shelley only showed up on Loerzel's list, but at No. 1. By contrast, Torres (Sprinter) showed up on two lists, but both times in the No. 9 spot, only garnering a total of 4 points. The only other artist to show up on more than one list but not make the top 10 was Kamasi Washington (The Epic), who was on two lists for a total of 8 points.

Shelley appeared on the Beachwood in November for her show with Doug Paisley at the Old Town School.

(Torres appeared on the Beachwood in May for her show at the Empty Bottle; Washington has never appeared on the Beachwood.)

10. Twerps / Range Anxiety, Low Cut Connie / Hi Honey & Oneohtrix / Garden of Delete (9)

Twerps appeared on the Beachwood in April for an in-store at Permanent Records; Oneohtrix and Low Cut Connie did not appear on the Beachwood in 2015.

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