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Top 20 Pop Albums of 2015...in Haiku Form

Tired of reading year-end lists? I feel you. Here are my favorite 20 pop albums of 2015, with bite-sized poems attached. Listen, and enjoy

1 / 20

Christine & The Queens, “Christine & The Queens”

Transcendent debut:
Even if you don’t speak French,
These songs will move you.

2 / 20

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Emotion”

Believe the critics:
Carly Rae’s post-"Call" career
Will make your heart swell.

3 / 20

Years & Years, “Communion”

The synthesized soul
Of Communion can yield both
Dance parties and tears.

4 / 20

Holychild, “The Shape of Brat Pop of Come”

Candy-coated pop
From a duo of dreamers;
These songs don’t slow down.

5 / 20

Fifth Harmony, “Reflection”

“Worth It” was a smash,
But these five girls were BO$$es
Before radio.

6 / 20

Shamir, “Ratchet”

Hate “ratchet-ass goons”?
None exist in Shamir’s line
Of spastic vision.

7 / 20

Troye Sivan, “Blue Neighbourhood”

Hard not to get lost
In these lovelorn confessions.
Hark, a star is born!

8 / 20

Grimes, “Art Angels”

Pop’s most singular
Auteur keeps reinventing,
And we keep dancing.

9 / 20

Hailee Steinfeld, “HAIZ” EP

First, an Oscar nom,
Then a flawless first EP?
She SHOULD love herself!

10 / 20

Little Mix, “Get Weird”

The rhythmic Salute
Gets a more diverse sequel,
And LM still soars.

11 / 20

Empress Of, “Me”

“How Do You Do It”?
That is, how do you write such
Breathtaking lyrics?

12 / 20

Chvrches, “Every Open Eye”

Glasgow trio makes
More immaculate songs for
Fake John Hughes soundtracks.

13 / 20

Adele, “25”

Only thing bigger
Than Star Wars released this fall!
Neither disappoints.

14 / 20

Selena Gomez, “Revival”

The complexities
Of “The Heart Wants What It Wants,”
Given space to breathe.

15 / 20

One Direction, “Made In The A.M.”

Zayn who?? Just kidding.
Slight step down from Four, but the
A.M. still shines bright.

16 / 20

Brandon Flowers, “The Desired Effect”

The Killers frontman
Finds his solo mojo; thanks,
Ariel Rechtshaid!

17 / 20

Demi Lovato, "Confident"

Cool for the summer,
Yes, that’s true; but Demi is
Stone-cold great all year.

18 / 20

Róisín Murphy, "Hairless Toys"

Not the pop triumph
To follow Overpowered,
But lovably strange.

19 / 20

Shawn Mendes, "Handwritten"

What are better than
Six-second loops? Full songs with
Personality.

20 / 20

Justin Bieber, "Purpose"

Is it too late now...
To hop aboard the Biebs Train?
Call it a comeback.

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