Year-End Lists

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musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012

16 December 2012

musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  3. Matthew DearBeams
  4. ChromaticsKill for Love
  5. BlondesBlondes
  6. John TalabotfIN
  7. DIIVOshin
  8. LiarsWixiw
  9. Carter Tutti VoidTransverse
  10. VCMGSSSS
  11. Portico QuartetPortico Quartet
  12. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
  13. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  14. DexysOne Day I’m Going to Soar
  15. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  16. TOYTOY
  17. Neil HalsteadPalindrome Hunches
  18. Field MusicPlumb
  19. Bright Light, Bright LightMake Me Believe in Hope
  20. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  21. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  22. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  23. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  24. GrimesVisions
  25. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  26. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  27. Julia HolterEkstasis
  28. Sweet Billy PilgrimCrown And Treaty
  29. Sébastien TellierMy God Is Blue
  30. The InvisibleRispah
  31. LindstrømSix Cups of Rebel
  32. Jessie WareDevotion
  33. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  34. Public Image Ltd.This Is PiL
  35. SwansThe Seer
  36. Beach HouseBloom
  37. Cat PowerSun
  38. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  39. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  40. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  41. Sam LeeGround Of Its Own
  42. Susanne SundførThe Silicone Veil
  43. ShackletonMusic for the Quiet Hour
  44. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne
  45. ActressRIP
  46. BretonOther People’s Problems
  47. Wadada Leo SmithTen Freedom Summers
  48. Dan DeaconAmerica
  49. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  50. 2:542:54
  51. NedryIn A Dim Light
  52. Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
  53. WalkmenHeaven
  54. Richard HawleyInto The Diamond Sun
  55. Stealing SheepInto The Diamond Sun
  56. Paul BuchananMid Air
  57. TigercatsIsle Of Dogs
  58. LauRace The Loser
  59. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  60. The IrrepressiblesNude
  61. Allo Darlin’Europe
  62. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  63. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  64. Grizzly BearShields
  65. Tall ShipsEverything Touching
  66. Sun Kil MoonAmong the Leaves
  67. Sidi TouréKoïma
  68. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  69. Death GripsThe Money Store
  70. Katy CarrPaszport
  71. Father John MistyFear Fun
  72. Darren Hayman and the Long ParliamentThe Violence
  73. Twin ShadowConfess
  74. Staff Benda BililiBouger Le Monde!
  75. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  76. The xxCoexist
  77. TindersticksThe Something Rain
  78. Django DjangoDjango Django
  79. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  80. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  81. SoulsaversThe Light The Dead See
  82. GoatWorld Music
  83. Vijay Iyer TrioAccelerando
  84. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  85. Geoff Barrow & Ben SalisburyDROKK
  86. FixersWe’ll Be The Moon
  87. Tim BurgessOh No I Love You
  88. NarasiratoWarato’o
  89. Nathan FakeSteam Days
  90. 1982 + BJ Cole1982 + BJ Cole
  91. Soap & SkinNarrow
  92. Cheval SombreMad Love
  93. Future of the LeftThe Plot Against Common Sense
  94. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  95. Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  96. CalexicoAlgiers
  97. Paul BanksBanks
  98. O. ChildrenApnea
  99. Graham CoxonA+E
  100. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind