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Yearend Special: Top R&B and Hip-hop Albums of 2015

R&B music may not be as hot as it was a decade ago but there are lots of R&B albums released this year. However, at this yearend chart, most albums that made impact were from rappers and there’s only one artist who’s purely a singer. Here are the impactful R&B/hip-hop albums this year.

Drake- If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Drake may be one of the biggest rappers this day and I think behind Eminem when it comes to success. This record incredibly debuted on top again and even crossed millions in sales.The album was successful both commercially and critical response.

KendrIck Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
This is highly praised by the critics and I also included this album for the ten top albums and underrated albums of the year. Despite the success it wasn’t too overstated. The album easily entered on top of US’ Billboard 200.

Drake & Future- What a Time to Be Alive
Drake is undoubtedly the top male artist this year. His collaboration with Future and also released surprisingly easily sold thta fast to settle at the summit of American charts. The album also contains some nicely written tracks.

Fetty Wap- Fetty Wap
He can be considered as the top breakthrough artist this year due to surprisingly successful and viral hit songs. This self-titled debut from the rapper climbet to the apex as expected. It may not be as huge as the singles but still considered one of the top R&B/hip-hop records this year.

The Weeknd- Beauty Behind the Madness
The Weeknd is a no stranger in music as he already scored some top 10 albums. But just this year when he received mainstream attention. It started with the successful collaboration with pop star Ariana Grande for “Love Me Harder” and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” contribution “Earned It”, it led to the release of his new albums which received commercial and critical appeal and even settled with two number 1 songs.

Yearend Special: Top Rock Albums of 2015

Rock music may not be as huge as other genres this year but there were great bands who did very well with their comeback albums. All the bands in this list were not strangers inusic industry except Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. However, its lead Noel Gallagher is already a staple in rock music scene through Oasis. Here are the successful rock albums this year.

Fall Out Boy- American Beauty / American Psycho
Fall Out Boy’s biggest success was through their album “Infinity on High which scored a number of big hits. They had two minimally successful albums but their comeback this year “American Beauty / American Psycho brought them back on top of albums chart and scored hit single “Centuries”. This can be considered the biggest rock album this year.

Mumford and Sons- Wilder Mind
Mumford and Sons did very well few years ago with their LP “Babel”. However, the band which is used to folk rock music shifted to more alternative and reminded me of Coldplay sound. The album is still a number one album and was one of the biggest rock releases this year.

All Time Low- Future Hearts
With positive reviews and commercial success, this album from the punk rock band became their biggest release ever. It was at the top two of US and number 1 in UK when it was released.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds- Chasing Yesterday
Noel Gallagher was a member of one of the biggest British rock band Oasis. He formed this band which was called Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as they first released their self titled LP four years ago. Now with this album, it was successful for hitting the US top 40 and UK number 1.

Imagine Dragons- Smokes + Mirrors
They are one of the most successful bands during the last 5 years and now they came out this year with this LP which scored the rock hit “I Bet My Life”. This was a chart-topping album when it’s out.