Monday, December 31, 2012

The Top 50 Albums of 2012

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Here, according to an aggregate of 30 best-of lists, are the top 50 albums of 2012. If a link to a publication follows the album title, that means the album was ranked #1 by that publication.

  1. Frank Ocean Channel Orange

    Grammy nominee for album of the year, #1:, Billboard – critics’ picks, DMDB, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, Paste, Pop Matters, Spin

  2. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, M.a.a.d. City

    #1: Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork

  3. 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

    #1: Spinner, Time Magazine

  4. Tame Impala Lonerism

    #1: Obscure Sound

  5. Grizzly Bear Shields
  6. Beach House Bloom


  7. Jack White Blunderbuss

    Grammy nominee for album of the year, #1: Mojo

  8. Japandroids Celebration Rock
  9. Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream

    #1: USA Today

  10. Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
  11. Grimes Visions

    #1: All Music Guide

  12. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
  13. Mumford & Sons Babel

    Grammy nominee for album of the year, #1: NPR

  14. Cat Power Sun
  15. Swans The Seer
  16. Jessie Ware Devotion

    #1: Amazon

  17. Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory
  18. The XX Coexist
  19. Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
  20. Leonard Cohen Old Ideas

    #1: Uncut

  21. Chromatics Kill for Love
  22. Godspeed You Black Emperor Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  23. Bob Dylan Tempest
  24. Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man
  25. Django Django Django Django
  26. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls
  27. Alt-J An Awesome Wave

    #1: Mercury Prize

  28. Taylor Swift Red

    #1: best seller of the year, Squidoo

  29. El-P Cancer 4 Cure
  30. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

    #1: Rolling Stone, my favorite of the year

  31. Fun. Some Nights

    Grammy nominee for album of the year

  32. Sharon Van Etten Tramp
  33. Dr. John Locked Down
  34. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  35. Lana Del Rey Born to Die
  36. Hot Chip In Our Heads
  37. Father John Misty Fear Fun
  38. David Byrne with St. Vincent Love This Giant
  39. Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe

    #1: Q Magazine

  40. First Aid Kit The Lion’s Roar
  41. Death Grips The Money Store
  42. Julia Holter Ekstasis
  43. Purity Ring Shrines
  44. Scott Walker Bish Bosch
  45. Andy Stott Bish Bosch
  46. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits
  47. The Walkmen Heaven
  48. The Men Open Your Heart
  49. The Maccabees Given to the Wild
  50. Neil Young Psychedelic Pill

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