Metacritic Users Pick the Best of 2015

  • Publish Date: January 7, 2016
  • Comments: ↓ 4 user comments

The results of our 6th annual user poll are in ...

ImageFor the sixth straight year, we invited our users to list their favorite movies, games, TV shows, albums, and songs of the past calendar year. Nearly 1,000 people participated in the survey, and the results are tabulated below.

Note that participants ranked their five favorite titles of 2015 in each category, and we assigned a value of 5 points to each first-place vote, 4 points for second place, and so on down to 1 point for each fifth-place vote.


Metacritic users included many of the same films on the year-end lists as the critics did, with both groups agreeing on their consensus #1 pick, George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. Several films rated significantly higher with users than critics, especially genre films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian, The Hateful Eight, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Films included in the critics' overall top 10 but not in the users' include Brooklyn, Anomalisa, 45 Years, and Son of Saul, though all but Brooklyn were hampered by the fact that much of the country has not yet had a chance to see those films.

Best Movie of 2015 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Movie Points
1 . Mad Max: Fury Road 2,385 bar
2 . Inside Out 1,467 bar
3 . Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 778 bar
4 . Ex Machina 684 bar
5 . The Martian 648 bar
6 . Spotlight 611 bar
7 . Sicario 459 bar
8 . Carol 434 bar
9 . It Follows 286 bar
10 . Room 275 bar
11 . Creed 270 bar
12 . The Revenant 221 bar
13 . The Hateful Eight 212 bar
14 . Avengers: Age of Ultron 183 bar
15 . Steve Jobs 179 bar


Many of 2015's highest-scoring games wound up highly rated by Metacritic users on their year-end lists as well, with the exception of expansion packs and games that had previously been released on other consoles (like the PC version of GTA V).

Best Video Game of 2015 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Game Points
1 Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 1,248 bar
2 Fallout 4 843 bar
3 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 734 bar
4 Bloodborne 522 bar
5 Undertale 341 bar
6 Batman: Arkham Knight 330 bar
7 Rise of the Tomb Raider 208 bar
8 Life Is Strange 195 bar
9 Rocket League 181 bar
10 Super Mario Maker 171 bar
11 Splatoon 131 bar
12 Until Dawn 131 bar
13 Halo 5: Guardians 129 bar
14 Xenoblade Chronicles X 121 bar
15 Call of Duty: Black Ops III 113 bar

TV shows

Users again agreed with professional critics on their consensus #1 pick for 2015: FX's second-year drama Fargo. Both groups also agreed on the year's best first-year series: Mr. Robot. Of the numerous titles below that also appeared in our users' picks last year, HBO's The Leftovers received the biggest boost, jumping from #20 to #4. And our users again seemed to like Amazon's acclaimed Transparent much less than critics did; that show ranked #5 overall with the professionals but failed to crack our users' overall top 15.

Best Television Show of 2015 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Show Points
1 . Fargo (FX) 1,624 bar
2 . Game of Thrones (HBO) 1,050 bar
3 . Mr. Robot (USA) 543 bar
4 . The Leftovers (HBO) 518 bar
5 . Mad Men (AMC) 460 bar
6 . Jessica Jones (Netflix) 425 bar
7 . Daredevil (Netflix) 412 bar
8 . Master of None (Netflix) 403 bar
9 . Better Call Saul (AMC) 342 bar
10 . The Americans (FX) 307 bar
11 . Hannibal (NBC) 295 bar
12 . The Walking Dead (AMC) 260 bar
13 . BoJack Horseman (Netflix) 215 bar
14 . Rick & Morty (Adult Swim) 198 bar
15 . Narcos (Netflix) 163 bar


There is again considerable overlap between critics' lists and those of our users. Not only did both groups settle on Kendrick Lamar as the runaway #1 pick, but nine of each group's top 10 picks are identical (just in a slightly different order). The exceptions are Sleater-Kinney's No Cities to Love, which (perhaps hampered by its long-ago January release date) ranked 13th with users and 8th with critics, and Carly Rae Jepsen's E-MO-TION, which users slotted two places higher than the professionals did.

Best Album of 2015 as Voted by Metacritic Users
Album/Artist Points
1 . To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar 1,583 bar
2 . Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens 789 bar
3 . Art Angels by Grimes 611 bar
4 . Currents by Tame Impala 428 bar
5 . In Colour by Jamie xx 380 bar
6 . I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty 367 bar
7 . Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett 295 bar
8 . 25 by Adele 264 bar
9 . Vulnicura by Björk 186 bar
10 . E-MO-TION by Carly Rae Jepsen 186 bar
11 . Divers by Joanna Newsom 176 bar
12 . Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey 172 bar
13 . No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney 164 bar
14 . Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter 152 bar
15 . Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes 135 bar

How did you do?

What do you think of the picks made by your fellow users? Let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to check out our Best of 2015 section for all of our end-of-the-year coverage.

Comments (4)

  • oursbyaccident  

    Lots of good lists here overall. I'm a longtime reader but new user to Metacritic, so unfortunately I was unable to participate in these polls. I'm not a gamer anymore but I love seeing the success of the newest Metal Gear. I'm also not much of a television watcher, so it's great to see the only three shows I did watch this year (Mad Men, Fargo, BoJack) all on this list. It'd be hard for me to pick a favorite though. Likely Mad Men, since it was such a great sendoff for such a nearly perfect series.

    The top 15 films are decently similar to mine, although I did have some outliers (While We're Young at #2, Last Five Years at #4, Kingsman: Secret Service at #9).

    The most different thing for me here is the music, where I have completely different albums throughout my top 15 except for Kendrick at the #1 spot. If anyone's interested, those can be seen and read here:

    Of al the albums on my list, I really think Dawes or Hiatus Kaiyote should've seen more widespread acclaim. My lists, though, are more autobiographical than critical, chronicling my experiences with albums and why they affected me as they did.

  • CollinP  

    Rick & Morty! That show needs more acclaim, glad to see Metacritic users are hip to its existence and quality. It's brilliantly hilarious!

  • Equality7-2521  

    Movie list is based completely on fanboy cult following. It's pretty much the same list as "Most Overrated of 2015"

  • DanBurrito  

    Aww... I was hoping Disney Infinity 3.0 would make it to the game section. Oh well. At least Inside Out got in.

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