Top Albums of 2012





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
154
Frank Ocean Channel Orange Alternative R&B
2
160
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d. city Conscious Hip Hop
3
361
Tame Impala Lonerism Neo-Psychedelia
4
560
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel… Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
5
579
Grimes Visions Dream Pop, Synthpop
6
588
Swans The Seer Experimental Rock, Post-Rock
7
618
alt-J An Awesome Wave Art Pop, Indie Pop
8
689
Beach House Bloom Dream Pop, Indie Pop
9
734
Chromatics Kill for Love Dream Pop, Synthpop
10
837
Japandroids Celebration Rock Indie Rock
11
849
Grizzly Bear Shields Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
12
972
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Art Pop, Indie Pop, Progressive Pop
13
1016
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music Hardcore Hip Hop
14
1126
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
15
1156
Jack White Blunderbuss Blues Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Singer/Songwriter
16
1254
Death Grips The Money Store Hardcore Hip Hop, Industrial Hip Hop
17
1291
The xx Coexist Dream Pop, Indie Pop
18
1371
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes IDM
19
1491
Andy Stott Luxury Problems Dub Techno
20
1536
Sharon Van Etten Tramp Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
21
1543
Jessie Ware Devotion Alternative R&B
22
1645
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Post-Rock
23
1664
Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man Art Pop
24
1681
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream Alternative R&B
25
1810
Django Django Django Django Indie Pop
26
2002
Purity Ring Shrines Synthpop
27
2004
Julia Holter Ekstasis Art Pop, Baroque Pop, Progressive Pop
28
2022
John Talabot fIN Balearic Beat
29
2038
Actress R.I.P. IDM
30
2150
El-P Cancer 4 Cure Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
31
2225
Cat Power Sun Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Art Pop
32
2256
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold Indie Rock
33
2313
Lana Del Rey Born to Die Chamber Pop
34
2399
Dr. John Locked Down New Orleans R&B
35
2431
Bob Dylan Tempest Singer/Songwriter
36
2450
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Folk Pop, Indie Folk
37
2571
Hot Chip In Our Heads Indietronica, Synthpop
38
2640
Father John Misty Fear Fun Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
39
2675
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind Metalcore
40
2708
Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Singer/Songwriter
41
2712
Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light Neo-Psychedelia
42
2895
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes Hypnagogic Pop, Psychedelic Pop
43
2991
Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe Deep Soul

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Blues Rock, Southern Rock
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse Garage Punk, Noise Rock
The Men Open Your Heart Indie Rock, Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
Scott Walker Bish Bosch Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
Bill Fay Life Is People Singer/Songwriter
Twin Shadow Confess New Wave, Synthpop
Baroness Yellow & Green Heavy Psych
How to Dress Well Total Loss Alternative R&B, Ambient Pop
Liars WIXIW Electronic, Experimental Rock
DIIV Oshin Dream Pop
Goat World Music Psychedelic Rock
Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral Alternative Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It Chamber Pop, Singer/Songwriter
The Walkmen Heaven Indie Rock
Mac DeMarco 2 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
Matthew E. White Big Inner Singer/Songwriter, Soul
Kindness World, You Need a Change of Mind Nu-Disco
David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant Art Pop, Progressive Pop
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Americana, Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Nas Life Is Good Conscious Hip Hop
Dan Deacon America Indietronica
Shackleton Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs Progressive Electronic, Tribal Ambient
TOY TOY Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
Laurel Halo Quarantine Ambient Pop
Dexys One Day I'm Going to Soar Blue Eyed Soul
Deftones Koi no Yokan Alternative Metal
Wadada Leo Smith Ten Freedom Summers Avant-Garde Jazz, Third Stream