Posted on17 December 2015 11:51 AM GMT

2015 Best of Year Entertainment

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One cultural phenomenon has dominated this year - the return of Star Wars, and fans will not be disappointed! Beyond just a smattering of genuinely classic / timeless films, it was just an OK year for cinema, far from vintage for the big screen - the small screen in fact dominated with some really smart, innovative and cleverly shot shows - of a huge breadth in variety, you can read my post about ’Television becoming more significant than Film’ for more details of this year’s releases and trends.

 

In music, for me any year which includes album releases by Björk, Grimes and Emika is a big year. Grand discovery was latest album by U.S. Girls which was just pipped to the top slot by Grimes’s 4th solo studio effort. 2015 also sees Justin Bieber finally becoming a credible pop artist (with help form Skrillex and Diplo), and a still healthy influence of club tracks in the charts, as well as the pretty much now ubiquitous but usually enjoyable modern takes on R&B - best examples by Abra, Dawn Richard and The Weeknd.

 

My big thing this year was Graphic Novels, you can read my recent ’2015 Best Graphic Novels and Sequential Art’ post for the full run down.

 

Lastly, I updated my two entertainment / gaming hubs this year - Apple TV 4 and PS4, and acquired a number of games to put them through their paces - see the top tens below. I did not spend too much time on the iPhone this year games-wise, and don’t have enough new games for a top 10, but really like Alto, Hitman Sniper, Lara Croft Go, Prune and Dark Echo.

 

Should be plenty variety here and something for everyone hopefully!:

 


Top 50 Albums

 

By Playback preference / frequency:

 

 

  1. Art Angels - Grimes
  2. Half Free - U.S. Girls
  3. Drei - Emika
  4. Have You In My Wildernerss - Julia Holter
  5. Currents - Tame Impala
  6. Automatic - Kaskade
  7. Georgia - Georgia
  8. Vulnicura - Björk
  9. Rose - Abra
  10. Blackheart - Dawn Richard
  11. Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
  12. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  13. Music Complete - New Order
  14. Halleluwah - Halleluwah
  15. E•MO•TION - Carly Rae Jepsen
  16. Purpose - Justin Bieber
  17. Deep in the Iris - Braids
  18. Aero Flynn - Aero Flynn
  19. Ten Love Songs - Susanne Sundfør
  20. Hairless Toys - Róisín Murphy
  21. Caligo - Spor
  22. Glitch - VV Brown
  23. Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
  24. Modern Warfare - Special Request
  25. Eclipse - Late Night Alumni
  26. Gunship - Gunship
  27. In Colour - Jamie XX
  28. Elaenia - Floating Points
  29. Every Open Eye - Chvrches
  30. Ibeyi - Ibeyi
  31. E-Project - Jean-Michel Jarre
  32. The Chopin Project - Olafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott
  33. Changes - Synkro
  34. Blue Neigbourhood - Troye Sivan
  35. Blood - Lianne La Havas
  36. Uptown Special - Mark Ronson
  37. Lost Themes - John Carpenter
  38. Lucid Dreaming - Say Lou Lou
  39. Next Jack Swing Pt.1 Remixes - French Horn Rebellion
  40. Alternative Light Source - Leftfield
  41. Communion - Years & Years
  42. Starfire - Jaga Jazzist
  43. The Way Back Up - Prides
  44. Kiddo - Tove Styrke
  45. Hey Hey - Mapei
  46. Pretend - Seinabo Sey
  47. Making Time - Jamie Woon
  48. St Germain - St Germain
  49. Narrative of Thee Blast Illusion - Felix da Housecat
  50. Alone in the Universe - ELO

 

Top 50 Tracks

 

By Playback preference / frequency:

 

 

 

  1. Damn that Valley / Window Shades / Woman’s Work - U.S. Girls
  2. Flesh without Blood / World Princess part II / Kill V. Maim - Grimes
  3. Make It Up - Tirzah
  4. Can’t Feel My Face / The Hills - The Weeknd
  5. Battles / My Heart Bleeds Melody - Emika
  6. Lean On - Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. Mø
  7. Sorry / I’ll Show You / Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
  8. Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna
  9. Love is Free (feat. Maluca) - Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
  10. What’s a Girl Got to Do - Fatima Yamaha
  11. XTC - DJ Koze
  12. Never Sleep Alone / We Don’t Stop - Kaskade
  13. Run Away With Me / I Really Like You - Carly Ray Jepsen
  14. Electric Love (Oliver Remix) - Børns
  15. Worth It - Fifth Harmony
  16. Feel You / Sea Calls Me Home - Julia Holter
  17. Let It Happen / Yes I’m Changing - Tame Impala
  18. Glass and Patron / Figure 8 - FKA Twigs
  19. ZigZags - Rob Made & The Cool Cats
  20. The Boss - Rob Made
  21. Doing It - Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora
  22. Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo
  23. The Blacker The Berry / King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
  24. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) Jamie XX feat. Young Thug & Popcaan
  25. Home Tonight - Lindstrøm feat. Grace Hall
  26. Just Like We Never Said Goodbye - Sophie
  27. Jealous - Nick Jonas
  28. High by the Beach - Lana Del Rey
  29. All Day - Kanye West
  30. Real Joy / Everybody Knows - Fono
  31. Stonemilker - Björk
  32. Bad Blood - Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
  33. Taste - Braids
  34. Clearest Blue / Leave a Trace - Chvrches
  35. Here - Alessia Cara
  36. Love Myself - Hailee Steinfeld
  37. 2Shy - Shura
  38. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around - Chromatics
  39. Drummer / Constellation - Late Night Alumni
  40. Magnets - Disclosure ft. Lorde
  41. Rewind - Kelela
  42. Gone Missing (ft BB Diamond) - Shift K3Y
  43. How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris & Disciples
  44. Where Are Ü Now - Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber
  45. Runaway (U & I) - Galantis
  46. Carrion Flowers - Chelsea Wolfe
  47. Pylon - Lakker
  48. Trap Queen - Fetty Wap
  49. Hercules - Young Thug
  50. Where Do We Go - Lion Babe

 

Top 20 Film

 

By Viewing Preference:

 

  1. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
  2. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  3. Whiplash
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. Sicario
  6. It Follows
  7. Birdman
  8. The Martian
  9. Wild Tales
  10. Selma
  11. Ex Machina
  12. John Wick
  13. Inside Out
  14. The Assassin
  15. Amy
  16. Ant Man
  17. While We’re Young
  18. The Gift
  19. Inherent Vice
  20. Look of Silence


Top 30 TV

 

 

By Viewing Preference:

  1. Fargo S2
  2. Mr Robot S1
  3. Mr Norrel & Jonathan Strange MS
  4. Heroes Reborn MS
  5. Quantico S1
  6. The Vikings S3
  7. Daredevil S1
  8. Blindspot S1
  9. Narcos S1
  10. W1A S2
  11. The Bridge S3
  12. Banshee S3
  13. Into The Badlands S1
  14. Gotham S2
  15. Game of Thrones S5
  16. iZombie S2
  17. Jessica Jones S1
  18. Sense8 S1
  19. Justified S6
  20. The Last Kingdom MS
  21. Humans S1
  22. Master of None S1
  23. True Detective S2
  24. Wayward Pines S1
  25. Wolf Hall MS
  26. Hell on Wheels S5
  27. Spiral S5
  28. Scream Queens S1
  29. Ash vs Evil Dead S1
  30. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S1

 

Top 25 Graphic Novels

 

Alphabetical:

 

  • Anibal 5 (Humanoids)
  • Chew (Image)
  • Death Vigil (Image)
  • Descender (Image)
  • Divinity (Valiant)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Boom!)
  • East of West (Image)
  • Genius (Image)
  • Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Izuna (Humanoids)
  • Kill Shakespeare (IDW)
  • The Life After (Oni Press)
  • Low (Image)
  • Lumberjanes (Boom!)
  • Monstress (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel (Marvel)
  • Saga (Image)
  • Sex Criminals (Image)
  • Shahrazad (Big Dog Ink)
  • Sunstone (Image)
  • Thor (Goddess) (Marvel)
  • Wayward (Image)
  • The Wicked + The Divine (Image)
  • Wild Blue Yonder (IDW)
  • Wytches (Image)

 

Top 10 Games PS4

 

In order of pure gratification:

 

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  3. Just Cause 3
  4. Fallout 4
  5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  6. The Last of Us Remastered
  7. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  8. Far Cry 4
  9. Bloodborne
  10. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection


Top 10 Games Apple TV

 

In order of pure gratification:

 

  1. Geometry Wars 3
  2. Sky Force
  3. Guitar Hero Live
  4. Rayman Adventures
  5. Shadowmatic
  6. Transistor
  7. Manticore Rising
  8. Xenowork
  9. Does not Commute
  10. Oceanhorn
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