Year-End Lists

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Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2012

02 December 2012

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Albums of 2012

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010s]

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Father John MistyFear Fun
  3. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  4. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  5. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  6. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  7. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  8. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  9. Beach HouseBloom
  10. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  11. The MenOpen Your Heart
  12. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  13. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  14. WalkmenHeaven
  15. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  16. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  17. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself
  18. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  19. Rufus WainwrightOut of The Game
  20. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
  21. The LumineersThe Lumineers
  22. HospitalityHospitality
  23. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  24. Justin Townes EarleNothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  25. Grizzly BearShields
  26. Bob DylanTempest
  27. John K. SamsonProvincial
  28. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  29. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  30. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  31. Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
  32. WoodsBend Beyond
  33. HowlerAmerica Give Up
  34. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  35. King TuffKing Tuff
  36. Cat PowerSun
  37. Shovels and RopeO’ Be Joyful
  38. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  39. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  40. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  41. Of Monsters And MenMy Head is an Animal
  42. Bettye LaVetteThankful ‘N’ Thoughtful
  43. StarsThe North
  44. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  45. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
  46. Damien JuradoMaraqopa
  47. BaronessYellow & Green
  48. Lord HuronLonesome Dreams
  49. Kelly HoganI Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  50. GrimesVisions