It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.

There were a few obvious trends that helped make sense of the past 12 months. Out West, L.A. made a big comeback, as its place in music history was revived with the release of Straight Outta Compton as well as a handful of ambitious concept albums, including a masterwork from hip-hop's premier social prophet. That other guy from across the border had another huge year -- with a platinum mixtape that had to be called an album after every one of its songs hit the charts. He was also lucky to have an Internet-breaking conspiracy fall right into his hands.  

As was the case last year, Atlanta, led by a young team of adventurous trap producers, was the most productive city on the map. One man in particular went on a historic streak of non-stop savagery and another cross-dressing Slime managed to crank out three of the year's best mixtapes, despite being accused of plotting to kill his biggest idol. 

That's the kind of confounding year it was. What a time to be alive. 

Skip ahead: 

40 - 31

30 - 21

20 - 15

14 - 10

09 - 01

Before making it to the official list, take a look at our honorary selections below. As always, the comments section is open for dispute. 

Honorable Mentions:

Lil Wayne Feat. Drake - "Used To

The Game Feat. Drake - "100"

The Weekend - "Tell Your Friends"

K Camp - "Comfortable"

Tinashe Feat. Young Thug - "Party Favors

Freddie Gibbs Feat. E-40 & Gucci Mane - "10 Times"

Travi$ Scott Feat. Chief Keef & Swae Lee - "Nightcrawler"

Tory Lanez - "Dimelo"  

Jeremih Feat. J. Cole - "Planes

Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole - "Black Friday" Remixes