Top 100 Albums of 2012

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 716 releases—at time of publishing—from 2012. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime.)

Honorable Mention:


Kishi Bashi
Kinny
Matt & Kim
Ultravox
The Shins
General Fiasco
Norah Jones
Two Door Cinema Club
Isbells
Keane
Punch Brothers
Imagine Dragons
Lord Huron
Yuna
Lana Del Rey
The Royalty
The Ting Tings
Teyana Taylor
Fang Island
Stars
The Enemy
Flo Rida
Diagrams
Blood Red Shoes
Ladyhawke

Moonface

#100:

Heartbreaking Bravery
by
Moonface with Sinai

The Smashing Pumpkins

#99:

Oceania
by
The Smashing Pumpkins

Andrew Bird

#98:

Break It Yourself
by
Andrew Bird

Brothertiger

#97:

Golden Years
by
Brothertiger

Sharon Van Etten

#96:

Tramp
by
Sharon Van Etten

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

#95:

Out Of Frequency
by
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

Horse Feathers

#94:

Cynic’s New Year
by
Horse Feathers

Brandi Carlile

#93:

Bear Creek
by
Brandi Carlile

Laleh

#92:

Sjung
by
Laleh

Deep Sea Arcade

#91:

Outlands
by
Deep Sea Arcade

Chairlift

#90:

Something
by
Chairlift

The Jealous Sound

#89:

A Gentle Reminder
by
The Jealous Sound

The Hives

#88:

Lex Hives
by
The Hives

Trampled By Turtles

#87:

Stars And Satellites
by
Trampled By Turtles

B.o.B

#86:

Strange Clouds
by
B.o.B

Regina Spektor

#85:

What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
by
Regina Spektor

Soft Swells

#84:

Soft Swells
by
Soft Swells

Silversun Pickups

#83:

Neck Of The Woods
by
Silversun Pickups

Bad Books

#82:

Bad Books II
by
Bad Books

The Crookes

#81:

Hold Fast
by
The Crookes

Vacationer

#80:

Gone
by
Vacationer

Matisyahu

#79:

Spark Seeker
by
Matisyahu

Bells

#78:

Our Forest, Our Empire
by
Bells

Walk The Moon

#77:

Walk The Moon
by
Walk The Moon

Canary Girls

#76:

Everything Is Changing
by
Canary Girls

Jack White

#75:

Blunderbuss
by
Jack White

Cat Power

#74:

Sun
by
Cat Power

The Rasmus

#73:

The Rasmus
by
The Rasmus

Kimbra

#72:

Vows
by
Kimbra

Michael Kiwanuka

#71:

Home Again
by
Michael Kiwanuka

Delta Spirit

#70:

Delta Spirit
by
Delta Spirit
.

If These Trees Could Talk

#69:

Red Forest
by
If These Trees Could Talk
.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

#68:

The Lion The Beast The Beat
by
Grace Potter
& The Nocturnals

Dr. Dog

#67:

Be the Void
by
Dr. Dog
.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

#66:

Here
by
Edward Sharpe
& The Magnetic Zeros

Amy Macdonald

#65:

Life In A Beautiful Light
by
Amy Macdonald
.

The Gaslight Anthem

#64:

Handwritten
by
The Gaslight Anthem

Alphabeat

#63:

Express Non-Stop
by
Alphabeat

Spector

#62:

Enjoy It While It Lasts
by
Spector

Lee Fields & The Expressions

#61:

Faithful Man
by
Lee Fields
& The Expressions

Jake Bugg

#60:

Jake Bugg
by
Jake Bugg
.

Passion Pit

#59:

Gossamer
by
Passion Pit
.

The Vaccines

#58:

The Vaccines Come of Age
by
The Vaccines

Little Comets

#57:

Life Is Elsewhere
by
Little Comets

Bad Veins

#56:

The Mess We’ve Made
by
Bad Veins

Young Empires

#55:

Wake All My Youth
by
Young Empires

Hot Chip

#54:

In Our Heads
by
Hot Chip

Alabama Shakes

#53:

Boys & Girls
by
Alabama Shakes

Santigold

#52:

Master Of My Make-Believe
by
Santigold

Alberta Cross

#51:

Songs of Patience
by
Alberta Cross

Passenger

#50:

All The Little Lights
by
Passenger

The Soft Pack

#49:

Strapped
by
The Soft Pack

Air

#48:

Le Voyage Dans La Lune
by
Air

Great Lake Swimmers

#47:

New Wild Everywhere
by
Great Lake Swimmers

Brendan Benson

#46:

What Kind Of World
by
Brendan Benson

The Mynabirds

#45:

GENERALS
by
The Mynabirds

Lovedrug

#44:

Wild Blood
by
Lovedrug

Metric

#43:

Synthetica
by
Metric

Islands

#42:

A Sleep & A Forgetting
by
Islands

Yeasayer

#41:

Fragrant World
by
Yeasayer

Ingrid Michaelson

#40:

Human Again
by
Ingrid Michaelson

Kyte

#39:

Love to Be Lost
by
Kyte

Beach House

#38:

Bloom
by
Beach House

Calvin Harris

#37:

18 Months
by
Calvin Harris

Suckers

#36:

Candy Salad
by
Suckers

Sleigh Bells

#35:

Reign Of Terror
by
Sleigh Bells

Shiny Toy Guns

#34:

III
by
Shiny Toy Guns

The Temper Trap

#33:

The Temper Trap
by
The Temper Trap

Marina and the Diamonds

#32:

Electra Heart
by
Marina and the Diamonds

Tribes

#31:

Baby
by
Tribes

Chiddy Bang

#30:

Breakfast
by
Chiddy Bang

The Killers

#29:

Battle Born
by
The Killers

Gary Clark, Jr.

#28:

Blak And Blu
by
Gary Clark, Jr.

Gossip

#27:

A Joyful Noise
by
Gossip

K'Naan

#26:

Country, God or the Girl
by
K’Naan

The Mars Volta

#25:

Noctourniquet
by
The Mars Volta

Mumford & Sons

#24:

Babel
by
Mumford & Sons

Mark Lanegan Band

#23:

Blues Funeral
by
Mark Lanegan Band

Noisettes

#22:

Contact
by
Noisettes

Geographer

#21:

Myth
by
Geographer

Paper Route

#20:

The Peace Of Wild Things
by
Paper Route

Haley Reinhart

#19:

Listen Up!
by
Haley Reinhart

Soulsavers

#18:

The Light The Dead See
by
Soulsavers

Choir of Young Believers

#17:

Rhine Gold
by
Choir of Young Believers

Heartless Bastards

#16:

Arrow
by
Heartless Bastards

Jenny Owen Youngs

#15:

An Unwavering Band Of Light
by
Jenny Owen Youngs

Of Monsters and Men

#14:

My Head Is an Animal
by
Of Monsters and Men

Band of Skulls

#13:

Sweet Sour
by
Band of Skulls

The Maccabees

#12:

Given To The Wild
by
The Maccabees

Good Old War

#11:

Come Back As Rain
by
Good Old War

The Tallest Man On Earth

#10:

There’s No Leaving Now
by
The Tallest Man On Earth

Kent

#09:

Jag Är Inte Rädd För Mörkret
by
Kent

School Of Seven Bells

#08:

Ghostory
by
School Of Seven Bells

The Big Pink

#07:

Future This
by
The Big Pink

Grizzly Bear

#06:

Shields
by
Grizzly Bear

Van She

#05:

Idea Of Happiness
by
Van She

Alcest

#04:

Les Voyages De L’Ame
by
Alcest

Kathleen Edwards

#03:

Voyageur
by
Kathleen Edwards

Shearwater

#02:

Animal Joy
by
Shearwater

Dry The River

#01:

Shallow Bed
by
Dry The River

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