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Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2012

05 December 2012

Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011]

  1. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  2. BlondesBlondes
  3. ChromaticsKill for Love
  4. SwansThe Seer
  5. LiarsWixiw
  6. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  8. School Of Seven BellsGhostory
  9. Aesop RockSkelethon
  10. Julia HolterEkstasis
  11. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  12. ChairliftSomething
  13. The Twilight SadNo One Will Ever Know
  14. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  15. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  16. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  17. Jessie WareDevotion
  18. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  19. LHFKeepers of the Light
  20. FOEBad Dream Hotline
  21. Twin ShadowConfess
  22. Motion Sickness of Time TravelMotion Sickness of Time Travel
  23. Django DjangoDjango Django
  24. Cat PowerSun
  25. DeftonesKoi No Yokan
  26. YppahEighty One
  27. ErrorsHave Some Faith in Magic
  28. John TalabotFin
  29. Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  30. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  31. EfterklangPiramida
  32. ActressR.I.P.
  33. MetricSynthetica
  34. The Lost RiversSin & Lostness
  35. Crystal Castlesiii
  36. Field MusicPlumb
  37. GrimesVisions
  38. LVSebenza
  39. Blood Red ShoesIn Time To Voices
  40. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  41. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  42. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  43. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  44. Grizzly BearShields
  45. MuseThe 2nd Law
  46. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  47. YeasayerFragrant World
  48. Echo LakeWild Peace
  49. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  50. Bloc PartyFour
  51. ShearwaterAnimal Joy
  52. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadLost Songs
  53. EarthAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
  54. Sigur RósValtari
  55. Death GripsThe Money Store
  56. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself
  57. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  58. TindersticksThe Something Rain
  59. Eight and a HalfEight and a Half
  60. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  61. The CribsIn the Belly of the Brazen Bull
  62. Future of the LeftThe Plot Against Common Sense
  63. Purity RingShrines
  64. The xxCoexist
  65. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  66. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  67. OrbitalWonky
  68. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  69. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  70. StumbleineSpiderwebbed
  71. ExitmusicPassage
  72. DiivOshin
  73. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  74. Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge
  75. Lower DensNootropics
  76. HallsArk
  77. Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
  78. The Magnetic FieldsLove at the Bottom of the Sea
  79. Nils FrahmScrews
  80. WalkmenHeaven
  81. BATSThe Sleep of Reason
  82. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  83. Ghosting SeasonThe Very Last of the Saints
  84. dEUSFollowing Sea
  85. Dan DeaconAmerica
  86. Darren Hayman and the Long ParliamentThe Violence
  87. why?Sod the Seed
  88. Lee RanaldoBetween the Times and the Tides
  89. Passion PitGossamer
  90. Beach HouseBloom
  91. I Like TrainsThe Shallows
  92. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
  93. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  94. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  95. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  96. John CaleShifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
  97. CFCFExercises
  98. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  99. Hey Sholay((o))
  100. CursiveI Am Gemini