By all accounts, 2015 was a stellar year for music. Across many different pop-adjacent genres, newcomers and career artists alike were innovating, synthesizing, reinventing, and galvanizing their approaches, resulting in a handful of career peaks for some of the most vital artists walking. Just take a look at EW’s list of the 40 best albums of the year, a remarkable cross-section of incendiary hip-hop, exploratory electronic pop, sparse indie rock, at least one revelatory covers album, and whatever you want to call Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (besides awesome, obviously).
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But you can’t truly appreciate the greatness of the year without acknowledging that there was also plenty of garbage foisted on the universe in 2015. Below are the five worst albums of the year, and whether they have been singled out for embarrassing ideas, poor execution, or a horrifying worldview (or all three), take solace in the fact that this will probably be the last time we have to deal with them. Let’s dance on their graves, shall we?
To continue reading more on EW’s Best and Worst of 2015, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, or buy it here.