AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Pop Albums -

 There was plenty of quality to be found in the pop music of 2015, from Carly Rae Jepsen proving that she had more in her arsenal than her 2012 hit to Madonna showing she still has what it takes and Demi Lovato flexing her pop muscles on Confident.
When the Morning Comes

A Great Big World

When the Morning Comes

Sophomore effort and daunting follow-up to 2014 smash "Say Something," packed with arena-ready choruses and earnest positivity perfect for pop radio.

The Original High

Adam Lambert

The Original High

Reuniting with Max Martin and Shellback, the glam-disco singer creates a canny modern pop record.

Stories

Avicii

Stories

The Swedish DJ's second genre-blending effort gets everything right with guests like Zac Brown, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, and Martin Garrix in support.

The Desired Effect

Brandon Flowers

The Desired Effect

The second solo outing from the Killers singer is an infectious, synthy melange of '80s adult-contempo pop.

Dopamine

BØRNS

Dopamine

Dreamy debut full-length from young Michigan native with a love for glimmering disco, funk, and glam rock.

E-MO-TION

Carly Rae Jepsen

E-MO-TION

The "Call Me Maybe" singer/songwriter returns with heartfelt, stylish songs that prove there's more to her music than her smash hit.

Every Open Eye

Chvrches

Every Open Eye

The trio follows its massively successful debut with more rousing, expertly crafted synth-pop.

Confident

Demi Lovato

Confident

A messy, colorful magpie pop album that touches upon every modern trend while seeming like the work of nobody outside Demi Lovato.

Delirium

Ellie Goulding

Delirium

British electronic pop singer bursts her sound wide open with a hooky, R&B-infused third album.

Reflection

Fifth Harmony

Reflection

Post-Beyoncé female empowerment and '90s R&B inform the former X-Factor girl group's slick debut.

Pharmacy

Galantis

Pharmacy

EDM gets vibrant and vocal as Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw joins forces on this debut LP.

The Shape of Brat Pop to Come

Holychild

The Shape of Brat Pop to Come

Bombastic pop-culture satire and funky-beats make for an infectious, thought-provoking debut from the Los Angeles duo.

I Am

Leona Lewis

I Am

Working without Simon Cowell, the diva harnesses her powerful voice and broadens her sonic palette, resulting in her best album yet.

Working Girl

Little Boots

Working Girl

Pulsing disco beats and icy synths underscore this smart, feminist concept album.

Rebel Heart

Madonna

Rebel Heart

Bold, messy, and life-affirming record that finds Madonna simultaneously looking forward and back.

Froot

Marina and the Diamonds

Froot

The Welsh pop singer/songwriter comes into her own on her sophisticated and deeply layered third album.

No Place in Heaven

Mika

No Place in Heaven

Returning to '70s-inspired pop, the singer/songwriter delivers some of his most personal and confident-sounding songs yet.

Control

Milo Greene

Control

The California outfit takes a moody, '80s new wave- and R&B-influenced turn on their sophomore album.

Made in the A.M.

One Direction

Made in the A.M.

The now quartet's fifth album is another streamlined, shiny and bright pop confection.

Ratchet

Shamir Bailey / Shamir / Nick Sylvester

Ratchet

The Las Vegas-based artist's debut album expands on the vibrant, genre-defying charm of his early singles.

Product

SOPHIE

Product

The producer's cheekily named singles collection is an instantly addictive introduction to his hyperactive, subversive reimaginings of pop music.

The Veronicas

The Veronicas

The Veronicas

The whip-smart Australian duo emerges from a seven-year exile with a typically stylish, witty, and excellent modern pop record.

Just for Fun

Timeflies

Just for Fun

The Prosecco's chilled but the beats are hot on the fourth album from Boston's dynamic duo of party bro EDM.

Blue Neighbourhood

Troye Sivan

Blue Neighbourhood

Debut album from the smooth young Australian singer with poignant confessionals of love, youth, and yearning.

Communion

Years & Years

Communion

Avant-garde electronic sounds and groove-oriented R&B combine on the British trio's stellar debut.