Rebel Heart among Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2015

As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any albums released this year besides Adele’s record-breaking, generation-uniting, triple-platinum-and-counting 25. But there was so much more to hear. Rolling Stone ranked the 50 Best Albums of 2015 and Madonna is at #45 with Rebel Heart, of course.

45 Madonna, ‘Rebel Heart’

Madonna Rebel Heart

How did it take this long for Madonna to write herself a theme song titled “Unapologetic Bitch”? No apologies offered or needed – Rebel Heart was the queen’s finest album in a decade, picking up the disco-stick baton of her 2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor as Madonna voyages back into the groove and reflects on where she’s been lately. “Ghosttown,” “Devil Pray” and “Living My Life” (mistake by Rolling Stone)  offer state-of-the-art radio beats with producers like Diplo and Avicii, while she testifies about endurance in the aftermath of divorce. Yet she’s even stronger when she gets further out, as in the Nicki Minaj-seasoned “Bitch I’m Madonna,” or her conspiracy-minded Kanye collabo “Illuminati,” which comes on like a “Vogue” for the New World Order. She also throws down with rappers from the new school (Chance The Rapper), the old school (Nas), and the non-school (Mike Tyson). Of course she goes too far – this is a Madonna album, capisce? – with “S.E.X.” (“Perfume, switchblade, absinthe, Novocaine / Chopsticks, underwear, bar of soap, dental chair”) and “Holy Water,” where she chants, “Yeezus loves my pussy best.” Bitch, get off her pole.

Here’s the complete top 50:

50 Bomba Estéreo, ‘Amanecer’
49 Bob Dylan, ‘Shadows in the Night’
48 Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Emotion’
47 James Taylor, ‘Before This World’
46 Rhiannon Giddens, ‘Tomorrow Is My Turn’
45 Madonna, ‘Rebel Heart’
44 Rae Sremmurd, ‘SremmLife’
43 Selena Gomez, ‘Revival’
42 Björk, ‘Vulnicura’
41 Kamasi Washington, ‘The Epic’
40 Songhoy Blues, ‘Music in Exile’
39 Muse, ‘Drones’
38 Ashley Monroe, ‘The Blade’
37 Alabama Shakes, ‘Sound & Color’
36 Hop Along, ‘Painted Shut’
35 Vince Staples, ‘Summertime ’06’
34 Marilyn Manson, ‘The Pale Emperor’
33 Beach House, ‘Depression Cherry’
32 Jazmine Sullivan, ‘Reality Show’
31 Leon Bridges, ‘Coming Home’
30 Car Seat Headrest, ‘Teens of Style’
29 Joanna Newsom, ‘Divers’
28 Miguel, ‘Wildheart’
27 Eric Church, ‘Mr. Misunderstood’
26 Future, ‘DS2’
25 Darlene Love, ‘Introducing Darlene Love’
24 Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, ‘Surf’
23 Mark Knopfler, ‘Tracker’
22 Florence and the Machine, ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
21 Chris Stapleton, ‘Traveller’
20 Don Henley, ‘Cass County’
19 Kurt Vile, ‘B’lieve I’m Goin Down…’
18 Boz Scaggs, ‘A Fool to Care’
17 Keith hards, ‘Crosseyed Heart’
16 Jack Ü, ‘Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü’
15 Father John Misty, ‘I Love You, Honeybear’
14 Wilco, ‘Star Wars’
13 Tame Impala, ‘Currents’
12 Lana Del Rey, ‘Honeymoon’
11 Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities to Love’
10 Blur, ‘The Magic Whip’
9 The Arcs, ‘Yours, Dreamily’
8 Various Artists, ‘Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack’
7 Jason Isbell, ‘Something More Than Free’
6 Courtney Barnett, ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’
5 The Weeknd, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’
4 D’Angelo and the Vanguard, ‘Black Messiah’
3 Drake, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’
2 Adele, ’25’
1 Kendrick Lamar, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’


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