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The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

Surprise album releases now seem to come in a crazy rapid-fire at the end of the year, so there’s always a chance that a huge album could appear out of nowhere on our collective hard drives. But for the most part, 2014 is done, and we’re nearly finished reflecting on all the music, great and otherwise, that we’ve heard. For the past few years, we’ve also taken a moment to look forward to what’s coming.

Here, we’ve listed 101 albums that we’re looking forward to hearing and processing and tearing apart. Some of these are albums with definite release dates and singles out in the world, and some of them are ghosts, albums whose existence has only been hinted at. If we know a band has been hard at work in the studio, then we figure there’s a good chance they’ll have something for us in 2015. This doesn’t always work out. Last year’s most-anticipated album, the opus that Kanye West promised last summer, still hasn’t come out. (Seth Rogen says the new songs are amazing, though.)

Uncertainty aside, none of the albums on this list are blind guesses. As much as we’d love to hear a new Japandroids album, for instance, we haven’t heard any rumblings from them, and that’s why you won’t find them on this list. Joanna Newsom or Bat For Lashes or HAIM or Wilco or Tame Impala could drop a new LP, too, but we we weren’t confident about those either, so we didn’t include them.

We also limited ourselves to albums that we’re excited to hear. We are well aware that U2 are planning to give us the big Songs Of Innocence sequel, Songs Of Experience, soon. We also know that Madonna’s got Rebel Heart coming, and we’ve heard half of it. Neither one made the cut.

And there are dozens and dozens of announced albums we are curious about but just couldn’t find space for. Sorry, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

In any case, our hopes for the year are high, even if our rankings are a bit arbitrary on the lower end of the list. Check out our picks below, and if we’re forgetting anything, let us know about it in the comments section.

101 Bob DylanShadows In The Night (Columbia, 2/3)

100 Brandon Flowers – TBA

99 The King Khan & BBQ ShowBad News Boys (In The Red, February)

98 Will ButlerPolicy (Merge, 3/10)

97 PileYou’re Better Than This (Exploding In Sound, 3/3)

96 A Place To Bury StrangersTransfixation (Dead Oceans, 2/17)

95 Van MorrisonTBA (RCA)

94 Future BrownFuture Brown (Warp, 2/24)

93 The DecemberistsWhat A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Capitol, 1/20)

92 Marilyn MansonThe Pale Emperor (Hell, Etc., 1/20)

91 Meredith GravesTBA

90 Viet CongViet Cong (Jagjaguwar, 1/20)

89 Trust FundNo One’s Coming For Us (Turnstile, 2/9)

88 The Smashing PumpkinsDay For Night (Martha’s Music/BMG)

87 Meek MillDreams Worth More Than Money

86 Gang Of FourWhat Happens Next (Metropolis, 2/24)

85 TamarynTBA (Mexican Summer)

84 JEFF The BrotherhoodTBA (Warner Bros.)

83 Jose GonzalezVestiges And Claws (Mute, 2/17)

82 WidowspeakTBA (Captured Tracks)

81 MyrkurTBA (Relapse)

80 School Of Seven BellsTBA

79 Band Of Horses – TBA

78 Rae SremmurdSremmLife (EarDrummers/Interscope, 1/6)

77 Death GripsThe Powers That B (Third Worlds/Harvest)

76 RauryTBA (Columbia)

75 Giorgio Moroder74 Is The New 24 (RCA, Spring)

74 Mount EerieSauna (P.W. Elverum & Sun, 2/3)

73 HeemsEat Pray Thug (Greedhead Music, 3/10)

72 Matthew E. WhiteFresh Blood (Domino, 3/10)

71 Ryn WeaverTBA

70 Natalie PrassNatalie Prass (Spacebomb Records, 1/27)

69 Title FightHyperview (Anti-, 2/03)

68 KEN Mode Success

67 Gwen StefaniTBA (Interscope)

66 Ty Dolla $ignTBA

65 Nai HarvestTBA

64 Run The JewelsMeow The Jewels

63 Unknown Mortal OrchestraTBA (Jagjaguwar)

62 ColiseumAnxiety’s Kiss

61 JeremihLate Nights: The Album (Def Jam)

60 Holly HerndonTBA

59 GirlpoolTBA

58 The Juliana Hatfield ThreeWhatever, My Love (American Laundromat, 2/17)

57 MigosTBA

56 of MontrealAureate Gloom (Polyvinyl, 3/3)

55 Wild NothingTBA (Captured Tracks)

54 You Blew It!Pioneer Of Nothing EP (Jade Tree, 1/27)

53 SavagesTBA

52 Laura MarlingShort Movie (Ribbon, 3/24)

51 Fleetwood MacTBA

50 Pure Bathing CultureTBA

49 Dutch UnclesO Shudder (Memphis Industries, 2/24)

48 Jessica PrattOn Your Own Love Again (Drag City, 1/27)

47 DIIVTBA

46 Mark RonsonUptown Special (RCA, 1/12)

45 Vince StaplesTBA

44 TorcheRestarter (Relapse, 2/24)

43 Colleen GreenI Want To Grow Up (Hardly Art, 2/24)

42 Screaming FemalesRose Mountain (Don Giovanni, 2/24)

41 Joey Bada$$B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic, 1/20)

40 Belle & SebastianGirls In Peacetime Want To Dance (Matador, 1/20)

39 Dan DeaconGliss Riffer (Domino, 2/24)

38 New OrderTBA (Mute)

37 Ty Segall, ProbablyTBA

36 My Morning JacketTBA

35 Built To SpillTBA (Warner Bros.)

34 ChromaticsDear Tommy (Italians Do It Better)

33 Faith No MoreTBA (Reclamation Recordings, April)

32 Jamie xxTBA

31 Chance The Rapper & The Social ExperimentSurf

30 Hannah DiamondTBA (PC Music)

29 ToolTBA

28 Tobias Jesso, Jr.Goon (True Panther, 3/17)

27 Death Cab For CutieTBA (Atlantic, March)

26 ShamirTBA (XL)

25 Purity RingTBA (4AD)

24 Modest MouseStrangers To Ourselves (Epic, 3/3)

23 Pusha TKing Push

22 Courtney BarnettTBA

21 Twin ShadowEclipse (Warner Bros., 3/17)

20 James BlakeTBA

19 MiguelTBA

18 BaronessTBA

17 Father John MistyI Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop, 2/10)

16 Panda BearPanda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper (Domino, 1/13)

15 AdeleTBA

14 WaxahatcheeTBA (Merge, April)

13 Sky FerreiraTBA

12 DrakeViews From The 6 (OVO Sound)

11 Beach HouseTBA

10 BjörkTBA

09 DeafheavenTBA

08 Run The JewelsRTJ3 (TBA)

07 Kendrick LamarTBA (Top Dawg)

06 GrimesTBA (4AD)

05 Frank OceanTBA (Def Jam)

04 Kanye WestTBA

03 The WrensTBA

02 RadioheadTBA

01 Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love (Sub Pop, 1/20)