1. Kate Ferencz, Dying Alone
2. Advance Base, Nephew in the Wild
3. Richard Album, Saturday Night Album
4. Aunts, Good Mourning Moon
5. Mommy Long Legs, Assholes EP
—Joshua James Amberson

1. Chvrches, Every Open Eye
2. Destroyer, Poison Season
3. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
4. Jenny Hval, Apocalypse, Girl
5. Chastity Belt, Time to Go Home
—Megan Burbank

1. Slick Devious, Portal
2. Fountaine, Blak $ushi
3. Rasheed Jamal, Sankofa
4. Load B, Escape from Snortlandia
5. Mat Randol, Alignment
—Ryan Feigh

1. Grimes, Art Angels
2. Jamie XX, In Colour
3. Built to Spill, Untethered Moon
4. Chvrches, Every Open Eye
5. Adele, 25
—Courtney Ferguson

1. Battles, La Di Da Di
2. Jenny Hval, Apocalypse, Girl
3. Beauty Pill, Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are
4. Jessica Pratt, On Your Own Love Again
5. Co La, No No
—Robert Ham

1. Demi Lovato, Confident
2. Justin Bieber, Purpose
3. One Direction, Made in the A.M.
4. Fifth Harmony, Reflection
5. Wm. Steven Humphrey, You Should Ignore All Other Opinions in This Column Except Mine
—Wm. Steven Humphrey

1. Dead Moon, Live at Satyricon
2. Divers, Hello Hello
3. Corrina Repp, The Pattern of Electricity
4. Lost Lander, Medallion
5. Vacilando, While They Were Dancing
—Ned Lannamann

1. Árstí∂ir Iífsins, Aldaföðr ok Munka Dróttinn
2. JP Lohian & Klonen Klana, self-titled
3. Vastum, Hole Below
4. Horisont, Odyssey
5. Kamasi Washington, The Epic
—Mark Lore

1. Hop Along, Painted Shut
2. Girlpool, Before the World Was Big
3. Slouch, Toxic Bitch
4. Sheer Mag, II
5. Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete
—Mac Pogue

1. Joan Shelley, Over and Even
2. Dawn Richard, Blackheart
3. Vanum, Realm of Sacrifice
4. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba, Ba Power
5. Jeff Rosenstock, We Cool?
—Ben Salmon

1. Eskimeaux, O.K.
2. Hop Along, Painted Shut
3. Divers, Hello Hello
4. Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp
5. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
—Chipp Terwilliger