2015 – the year of the surprise album! It seemed as though release dates were virtually our of the window this year, and everybody and their auntie would pop up any given Friday with a new record. This meant that after the great drought of 2014 rap music, we got an exciting year to keep us interested. It also meant that summing things up as we start to look to 2016 has been harder than ever. With literally hundreds of great albums over the past 12 months we could have probably done a top ten of every week, never mind compiling a list of just ten records from the year. There are a load of great albums that didn’t make the list, so don’t get upset if your favourite isn’t on there, we’re definitely acknowledging that this isn’t all-encompassing – but in a few years time if you needed a window into what 2015 sounded like, these albums would all be a great starting point.