Year-End Lists

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Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2012

02 December 2012

Uncut Magazine: 75 Best Albums of 2012

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

  1. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  2. Bob DylanTempest
  3. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  4. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  5. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  6. Bill FayLife is People
  7. Ty Segall & White FenceHair
  8. Grizzly BearShields
  9. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  10. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  11. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  12. Go-Kart MozartOn The Hot Dog Streets
  13. DexysOne Day I’m Going to Soar
  14. Paul BuchananMid Air
  15. Field MusicPlumb
  16. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  17. GrimesVisions
  18. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  19. Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  20. The xxCoexist
  21. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  22. Mark Lanegan BandBlues Funeral
  23. Julia HolterEkstasis
  24. Allah-LahsAllah-Las
  25. Patti SmithBanga
  26. Graham CoxonA+E
  27. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  28. Paul WellerSonik Kicks
  29. The Chris Robinson BrotherhoodBig Moon Ritual
  30. Ry CooderElection Special
  31. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  32. Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge
  33. Micachu & The ShapesNever
  34. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  35. Six Organs of AdmittanceAscent
  36. Sun Kil MoonAmong the Leaves
  37. Patterson HoodHeat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
  38. LightshipsElectric Cables
  39. Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
  40. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  41. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  42. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  43. Neil Young & Crazy HorseAmericana
  44. Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras meet the CongosIcon Give Thank
  45. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  46. Cat PowerSun
  47. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
  48. Howlin RainThe Russian Wilds
  49. Damon AlbarnDr. Dee
  50. Laetitia SadierSilencio
  51. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  52. Cate Le BonCyrk
  53. PiLThis is PiL
  54. Yeti LaneThe Echo Show
  55. The 2 BearsBe Strong
  56. PondBeard, Wives, Denim
  57. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  58. Donald FagenSunken Condos
  59. Father John MistyFear Fun
  60. The LiminanasCrystal Anis
  61. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  62. Ian Hunter & The Rant BandWhen I’m President
  63. CalexicoAlgiers
  64. OrbitalWonky
  65. Nite JewelOne Second of Love
  66. GoatWorld Music
  67. CornershopUrban Turban: The Singhles Club
  68. WoodsBend Beyond
  69. Ty SegallTwins
  70. Simone FeliceSimone Felice
  71. Lee RanaldoBetween the Times and the Tides
  72. Rufus WainwrightOut of The Game
  73. The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionMeat + Bone
  74. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  75. Carter Tutti VoidTransverse