Year-End Lists

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PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012

10 December 2012

PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2011]

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  4. Beach HouseBloom
  5. SwansThe Seer
  6. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  7. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  8. Jessie WareDevotion
  9. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  10. ChromaticsKill for Love
  11. GrimesVisions
  12. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden
  13. WalkmenHeaven
  14. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  15. BaronessYellow & Green
  16. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  17. Pepe DeluxéQueen of the Wave
  18. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  19. Grizzly BearShields
  20. Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
  21. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  22. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  23. Taylor SwiftRed
  24. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
  25. GalacticCarnivale Electricos
  26. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  27. Father John MistyFear Fun
  28. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  29. Death GripsThe Money Store
  30. Robert GlasperBlack Radio
  31. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  32. Esperanza SpaldingChamber Music Society
  33. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  34. The Touré-Raichel CollectiveThe Tel Aviv Session
  35. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  36. NasLife is Good
  37. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  38. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  39. Of Monsters And MenMy Head is an Animal
  40. The MenOpen Your Heart
  41. Quantic & Alice RussellLook Around the Corner
  42. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  43. MetzMetz
  44. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft OrchestraTheatre Is Evil
  45. Bob MouldSilver Age
  46. Julia HolterEkstasis
  47. Ryan BinghamTomorrowland
  48. LambchopMr. M
  49. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  50. Paul WellerSonik Kicks
  51. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  52. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  53. John TalabotfIN
  54. BBUbell hooks
  55. Wadada Leo SmithTen Freedom Summers
  56. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  57. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  58. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  59. Redd KrossResearching the Blues
  60. The Gaslight AnthemHandwritten
  61. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  62. Debo BandDebo Band
  63. IslandsA Sleep & A Forgetting
  64. Ty SegallTwins
  65. KralliceYears Past Matter
  66. Passion PitGossamer
  67. RushClockwork Angels
  68. GoatWorld Music
  69. Allo Darlin’Europe
  70. Lianne La HavasIs Your Love Big Enough?
  71. Purity RingShrines
  72. Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras/The CongosFRKWYS Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank
  73. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
  74. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  75. My JerusalemPreachers