Best of 2012

Best Albums

  1. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Aimless) (17)
  2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) (12)
  3. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE (Def Jam) (11)
  4. Jack White – Blunderbuss (Third Man) (11)
  5. Low Cut Connie – Call Me Sylvia (Self-Released) (11)
  6. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, M.A.A.D city (Interscope) (9)
  7. Azeila Banks – 1991 EP (Interscope) (8)
  8. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect (RCA) (8)
  9. Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran(Mercury Nashville) (7)
  10. Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror (Mom+Pop) (6)
  11. The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge)
  12. Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth (Merge)
  13. Titus Andronicus – Local Business (XL)
  14. Pink – The Truth About Love (RCA)
  15. Taylor Swift – Red (Big Machine)
  16. Johnny Cash – Bootleg IV: The Soul of Truth (Sony Legacy)
  17. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (Reprise)
  18. Solange – True (Terror)
  19. Wes Montgomery – Echoes of Indiana Avenue (Resonance)
  20. Wanda Jackson – Unfinished Business (Sugar Hill)
  21. Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta (Flairella)
  22. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (Columbia)
  23. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)
  24. Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound)
  25. JEFF the Brotherhood – Hypnotic Nights (Warner Bros.)
  26. The Coup – Sorry To Bother You (ANTI-)
  27. Beach House – Bloom (Sub Pop)
  28. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel… (Epic)
  29. Serengeti – C.A.R. (Anticon)
  30. Homeboy Sandman – Subject: Matter (Stones Throw)
  31. Van Morrison – Born to Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note)
  32. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist (Self-Released)
  33. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss (Interscope)
  34. Madonna – MDNA (Interscope)
  35. Bob Dylan – Tempest (Columbia)
  36. Homeboy Sandman – First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw)
  37. Amadou & Mariam – Folila (Nonesuch)
  38. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas (Columbia)
  39. Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman (Redeye)
  40. Skrillex – Bangarang (Owsla/Big Beat/Atlantic)
  41. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos (Reprise)
  42. Ty Segall – Twins (Drag City)
  43. The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five For the Rest of Our Lives (TBD)
  44. Balkan Beat Box – Give (Nat Geo Music)
  45. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe (Atlantic)
  46. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
  47. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
  48. Big K.R.I.T. – Live From the Underground (Def Jam)
  49. A Place To Bury Strangers – Onwards To The Wall (Dead Oceans)
  50. Kid Koala – 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tunes)
  51. Tommy Womack – Now What! (Cedar Creek)
  52. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
  53. Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)
  54. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  55. Imperial Teen – Feel the Sound (Merge)
  56. Pet Shop Boys – Elysium (Parlophone)
  57. Vacationer – Gone (Downtown Music)

Best Songs

  1. New York Banker” – Todd Snider
  2. Andrew In Drag” – The Magnetic Fields
  3. (No More) Wet T-Shirt Contests” – Low Cut Connie
  4. Bad Religion” – Frank Ocean
  5. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” – Regina Spektor
  6. 212” – Azeila Banks feat. Lazy Jay
  7. Pyramids” – Frank Ocean
  8. Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
  9. True Love” – Pink feat. Lilly Allen
  10. Boozophila” – Low Cut Connie
  11. Gangam Style” – PSY
  12. Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
  13. I Belong In Your Arms” – Chairlift
  14. The Truth About Love” – Pink
  15. Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  16. C’est Pas Facile Pour Les Aigles” – Amadou & Mariam feat. Ebony Bones
  17. Southern Comfort Zone” – Brad Pailsey
  18. The Machine In Your Hands” – The Magnetic Fields
  19. So Fly” – Elle Varner
  20. Bitch Bad” – Lupe Fiasco
  21. Lost” – Frank Ocean
  22. Thrift Shop” – Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
  23. Fire’s Highway” – Japandroids
  24. We Take Care Of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen
  25. She’ll Be Back” – Jamey Johnson feat. Elvis Costello
  26. Too Soon To Tell” – Todd Snider
  27. Hypocritical Kiss” – Jack White
  28. A-11” Jamey Johnson feat. Ronnie Dunn
  29. Sweet Life” – Frank Ocean
  30. Sixteen Saltines” – Jack White
  31. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1” – Mountain Goats
  32. Good As New” – Vacationer
  33. Ramada Inn” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  34. Lazuli” – Beach House
  35. Oh Susannah” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  36. Money” – Balkan Beat Box
  37. Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – Big K.R.I.T.
  38. Tried To Quit Smoking” – Titus Andronicus
  39. Born To Lose” – Sleigh Bells
  40. R.A.P. Music” – Killer Mike
  41. Make the World Go Away” – Jamey Johnson feat. Alison Krauss
  42. My Meds” – Loudon Wainwright III
  43. Turn Up the Radio” – Madonna
  44. Disparate Youth” – Santigold
  45. Part Of Me” – Katy Perry
  46. Who” – David Byrne and St. Vincent
  47. Sixpack” – JEFF the Brotherhood
  48. Duquesne Whistle” – Bob Dylan
  49. Come Healing” – Leonard Cohen
  50. Hang Lose” – Alabama Shakes

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