Frank Ocean at Coachella in 2012.

Best Music of 2012

I collected over 35 ‘best music of the year’ lists for 2012 and combined them into one list.  Here are the results.  The number in bold and underlined is the number of ‘best of the year’ lists that contained the album.  I’ve included every album on four or more of the 35+ lists.  For those who care, I’ve put an asterisk next to albums I currently own.

35
Frank OceanChannel Orange*

23
Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d. city

17
Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do*

14
Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan*

13
Cat PowerSun*
JapandroidsCelebration Rock*

12
Grizzly BearShields*
GrimesVisions*
Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
Jessie WareDevotion
Killer MikeR.A.P. Music

11
Sharon Van EttenTramp*

10
Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls* 
Tame ImpalaLonerism*
SwansThe Seer

9
Alt-JAn Awesome Wave

8
MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
Beach HouseBloom*  
Bob DylanTempest 
Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
David Byrne & St. VincentLove This Giant*
Dr. JohnLocked Down*
Death GripsThe Money Store
Vijay Iyer TrioAccelerando*

7
Father John MistyFear Fun
Flying LotusUntil The Quiet Comes
Leonard CohenOld Ideas
MetzMetz
ChromaticsKill For Love 
Bat For LashesThe Haunted Man*
Django DjangoDjango Django
Ty SegallTwins
NasLife is Good
Taylor SwiftRed

6
Julia HolterEkstasis
Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe 
Andy StottLuxury Problems
Neneh Cherry and The ThingThe Cherry Thing* 

5
Neil Young and Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill 
Paul WellerSonik Kicks
Hot ChipIn Our Heads
The xxCoexist
Allo Darlin’Europe
El-PCancer 4 Cure
Godspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Best CoastThe Only Place
Purity RingShrines
fun.Some Nights*
SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
Wadada Leo SmithTen Freedom Summers
Ravi ColtraneSpirit Fiction

4
Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball  
BaronessYellow & Green
The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
The WalkmenHeaven
The 2 BearsBe Strong
Lana Del ReyBorn To Die
The Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
FuturePluto
Scott WalkerBish Bosch
LiarsWIXIW 
Passion PitGossamer
Iris DeMentSing the Delta*
DIIV –  Oshin
John TalabotƒIN
The Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
Billy HartAll Our Reasons
Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack Radio*
Gregory PorterBe Good
Tim BerneSnakeoil 

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  1. Pingback: 2012 – It Was A Very Good Year | Make Lists, Not War

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