Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: Top 25 Albums

First posted 12/31/2012; updated 1/8/2021.

Dave’s Music Database:

Top Albums of 2012

Based on a combination of year-end lists (see sources at bottom of page) and overall status in Dave’s Music Database, these are the top 25 albums of 2012:

  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. Taylor Swift Red (#1: best seller of the year, Squidoo)
  4. Mumford & Sons Babel (Grammy nominee for album of the year, #1: NPR)
  5. Lana Del Rey Born to Die
  6. 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)
  7. Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox
  8. Imagine Dragons Night Visions
  9. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (#1: Rolling Stone, my favorite of the year)
  10. Jack White Blunderbuss (Grammy nominee for album of the year, #1: Mojo)

  11. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  12. Emeli Sandé Our Version of Events
  13. Pink The Truth About Love
  14. Tame Impala Lonerism (#1: Obscure Sound)
  15. Fun. Some Nights (Grammy nominee for album of the year)
  16. The Weeknd Trilogy
  17. Rihanna Unapologetic
  18. The Lumineers The Lumineers
  19. Florida Georgia Line Here’s to the Good Times
  20. Zac Brown Band Uncaged

  21. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls
  22. One Direction Take Me Home
  23. Justin Bieber Believe
  24. Bob Dylan Tempest
  25. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist

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