Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2015: Dean's List


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  1. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch) 25
  2. Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There (Matador) 15
  3. Heems: Eat Pray Thug (Megaforce) 11
  4. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) 10
  5. Grimes: Art Angels (4AD) 10
  6. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf (free mixtape) 8
  7. Beauty Pill: Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are (Butterscotch)
  8. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. (Mom + Pop) 6
  9. James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) 5
  10. Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Atlantic)
  11. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop) 5
  12. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (Rough Trade) 5
  13. Tom Zé: Vira Lata na Via Láctea (self-released '14)
  14. The Paranoid Style: Rock and Roll Just Can't Recall (Worldwide Battle)
  15. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice (free Rhymesayers/Stones Throw download)
  16. Hop Along: Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)
  17. Have Moicy 2: The Hoodoo Bash (Red Newt)
  18. Sophie: Product (Numbers)
  19. Childbirth: Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze)
  20. Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield (429 '14)
  21. Jinx Lennon: 30 Beacons of Light for a Land Full of Spite, Thugs, Drug Slugs, and Energy Vampires (Septic Tiger)
  22. Khat Thaleth: Third Line: Initiative for the Elevation of Public Awareness (Stronghold Sound '13)
  23. The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot)
  24. Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Care (429)
  25. John Kruth: The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (Smiling Fez)
  26. Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour (Capitol '14)
  27. Paris: Pistol Politics (Guerrilla Funk)
  28. Asylum Street Spankers: The Last Laugh (Yellow Dog '14)
  29. Taraf de Haďdouks: Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)
  30. Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon (Polydor/Interscope)
  31. Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic)
  32. Vince Staples: Hell Can Wait (Def Jam '14)
  33. Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (Carpark)
  34. The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes (UMe)
  35. Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea (What's Your Rupture? '14)
  36. Future: DS2 (Deluxe Edition) (Epic)
  37. Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader (429)
  38. Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  39. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat)
  40. The Go! Team: The Scene Between (Memphis Industries)
  41. Diplo: Random White Dude Be Everywhere (Mad Decent '14)
  42. Peaceful Solutions: Barter 7 (self-released)
  43. Arca: Mutant (Mute)
  44. Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (Warp)
  45. Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (Southeastern)
  46. Jon Savage's 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded (Ace)
  47. Leonard Cohen: Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (Columbia/Legacy)
  48. Amy LaVere and Will Sexton: Hallelujah I'm a Dreamer (Archer)
  49. Le Grand Kallé: Le Grand Kallé: His Life, His Music (Sterns Africa '13)
  50. Rae Sremmurrd: Sremm Life (Eardrum/Interscope)
  51. Halsey: Badlands (Astralwerks)
  52. New York Gypsy All Stars: Dromomania (self-released)
  53. The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ (Merge)
  54. Aram Bajakian: There Were Flowers Also in Hell (Sanasar '14)
  55. The Meridian Brothers: Devoción (Works 2005-2011) (Staubgold '12)
  56. Miguel: Wildheart (RCA)
  57. Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (RCA)
  58. Youssou N'Dour: Mballax Dafay Wax (FM '14)
  59. Tacocat: NVM (Hardly Art '14)
  60. Tom Zé: Tropicália Lixo Lógico (self-released '12)
  61. James Booker: Gonzo (RockBeat '14)
  62. Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat)
  63. Slutever: Almost Famous (self-released)
  64. Foxymorons: Fake Yoga (Foxyphonic)
  65. Robert Forster: Songs to Play (Tapete)
  66. Mark Rubin Jew of Oklahoma: Southern Discomfort (Rubinchik)
  67. Jamie xx: In Colour (Young Turks)
  68. Ought: Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
  69. Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too (Big Dada)
  70. Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art)
  71. Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.)
  72. The Ragpicker String Band: The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)
  73. Shopping: Consumer Complaints (Milk '13)
  74. Shopping: Why Choose? (Fat Cat)
  75. The Mekons and Robbie Fulks: Jura (Bloodshot)
  76. Shamir: Ratchet (XL)
  77. Young Fathers: Dead (Anticon '14)
  78. Eszter Balint: Airless Midnight (Red Herring)
  79. Terry Allen: Bottom of the World (self-released '13)
  80. Lil Dicky: Professional Rapper (Lil Dicky)
  81. Tal National: Kaani (Fat Cat '13)
  82. Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  83. The Close Readers: The Lines Are Open (Austin '14)
  84. Craig Finn: Faith in the Future (Partisan)

Apr. 10, 2016

Postscript Notes:

P&J points come from Christgau's ballot, from late December 2015. The current list was subsequently revised, most recently in early April 2016.

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