10. fun., Some Nights
If Freddie Mercury were alive today, these would be his favorite karaoke jams.
9. Chiddy Bang, Breakfast
Goofy college rap with so many great indie samples, you’ll want to Shazam every one.
8. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Dr. Dre’s protégé puts Compton back on the map.
7. Django Django, Django Django
In which Django Django prove that psychedelic art-rock is still awesome awesome.
6. Killer Mike, R.A.P. Music
Dirty South hero rails against Reaganomics and convinces the world that agit-rap isn’t dead.
5. Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams
Campfire folk-pop with harmonies so lovely, the hipster coyotes will howl along.
4. Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
Only the smoothest slow-jam king can admit that he wants to ”do you like drugs” and make it sound romantic.
3. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
Dive-bar punk that makes you pound your fist just as hard as you pound your beer.
2. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Deeply personal piano ballads that you’ll love as long as it takes to read the album title (i.e. forever).
1. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
He’s one of L.A.’s best pulp-fiction storytellers, and the most original voice in avant-R&B.