Top Albums of 2012

RankAll Time
1 135 Frank Ocean Channel Orange Alternative R&B
2 181 Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d. city Conscious Hip Hop
3 322 Tame Impala Lonerism Neo-Psychedelia
4 505 Swans The Seer Experimental Rock, Post-Rock
5 525 Grimes Visions Dream Pop, Synthpop
6 555 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel… Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
7 711 Japandroids Celebration Rock Indie Rock
8 720 Beach House Bloom Dream Pop, Indie Pop
9 723 Chromatics Kill for Love Dream Pop, Synthpop
10 729 Grizzly Bear Shields Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
11 913 alt-J An Awesome Wave Art Pop, Indie Pop
12 954 Killer Mike R.A.P. Music Hardcore Hip Hop
13 974 Jack White Blunderbuss Blues Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Singer/Songwriter
14 1005 Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
15 1099 Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Art Pop, Indie Pop, Progressive Pop
16 1107 The xx Coexist Dream Pop, Indie Pop
17 1145 Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes IDM
18 1167 Death Grips The Money Store Hardcore Hip Hop, Industrial Hip Hop
19 1188 Andy Stott Luxury Problems Dub Techno
20 1256 Jessie Ware Devotion Alternative R&B
21 1428 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Post-Rock
22 1465 Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream Alternative R&B
23 1596 Django Django Django Django Indie Pop
24 1622 Sharon Van Etten Tramp Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
25 1677 El-P Cancer 4 Cure Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
26 1730 Julia Holter Ekstasis Art Pop, Baroque Pop, Progressive Pop
27 1735 Actress R.I.P. IDM
28 1743 John Talabot fIN Balearic Beat
29 1825 Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man Art Pop
30 2029 Dr. John Locked Down New Orleans R&B
31 2031 Bob Dylan Tempest Singer/Songwriter
32 2043 Parquet Courts Light Up Gold Indie Rock
33 2044 Cat Power Sun Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Art Pop
34 2120 Hot Chip In Our Heads Indietronica, Synthpop
35 2215 Converge All We Love We Leave Behind Metalcore
36 2223 Purity Ring Shrines Synthpop
37 2241 Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light Neo-Psychedelia
38 2270 Father John Misty Fear Fun Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
39 2331 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Singer/Songwriter
40 2576 Lana Del Rey Born to Die Chamber Pop
41 2579 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes Hypnagogic Pop, Psychedelic Pop
42 2627 Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse Garage Punk, Noise Rock
43 2648 First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Folk Pop, Indie Folk
44 2725 Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Blues Rock, Southern Rock
45 2765 The Men Open Your Heart Indie Rock, Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
46 2767 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock
47 2784 Bill Fay Life Is People Singer/Songwriter
48 2885 Baroness Yellow & Green Heavy Psych
49 2893 Scott Walker Bish Bosch Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
50 2895 Liars WIXIW Electronic, Experimental Rock

Some albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
DIIV Oshin Dream Pop
Mac DeMarco 2 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
How to Dress Well Total Loss Alternative R&B, Ambient Pop
Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe Deep Soul
The Walkmen Heaven Indie Rock
Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Goat World Music Psychedelic Rock
Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral Alternative Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Kindness World, You Need a Change of Mind Nu-Disco
Twin Shadow Confess New Wave, Synthpop
Shackleton Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs Progressive Electronic, Tribal Ambient
Nas Life Is Good Conscious Hip Hop
Matthew E. White Big Inner Singer/Songwriter, Soul
David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant Art Pop, Progressive Pop
Dan Deacon America Indietronica
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Americana, Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Laurel Halo Quarantine Ambient Pop
TOY TOY Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Deftones Koi no Yokan Alternative Metal
Dexys One Day I'm Going to Soar Blue Eyed Soul
Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers Avant-Garde Jazz, Third Stream