Top Albums of 2012





Rank All Time Rank Artist Album Genres
1
141
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d. city Conscious Hip Hop
2
142
Frank Ocean Channel Orange Alternative R&B
3
339
Tame Impala Lonerism Neo-Psychedelia
4
509
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel… Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter
5
531
Grimes Visions Dream Pop, Synthpop
6
568
Swans The Seer Experimental Rock, Post-Rock
7
586
alt-J An Awesome Wave Art Pop, Indie Pop
8
609
Beach House Bloom Dream Pop, Indie Pop
9
672
Chromatics Kill for Love Dream Pop, Synthpop
10
776
Japandroids Celebration Rock Indie Rock
11
794
Grizzly Bear Shields Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk
12
921
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Art Pop, Indie Pop, Progressive Pop
13
933
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music Hardcore Hip Hop
14
1054
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
15
1102
Jack White Blunderbuss Blues Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Singer/Songwriter
16
1120
Death Grips The Money Store Hardcore Hip Hop, Industrial Hip Hop
17
1212
The xx Coexist Dream Pop, Indie Pop
18
1302
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes IDM
19
1438
Andy Stott Luxury Problems Dub Techno
20
1444
Sharon Van Etten Tramp Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
21
1490
Jessie Ware Devotion Alternative R&B
22
1521
Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man Art Pop
23
1579
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Post-Rock
24
1625
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream Alternative R&B
25
1762
Django Django Django Django Indie Pop
26
1821
Purity Ring Shrines Synthpop
27
1914
John Talabot fIN Balearic Beat
28
1924
Actress R.I.P. IDM
29
1925
Julia Holter Ekstasis Art Pop, Baroque Pop, Progressive Pop
30
2007
El-P Cancer 4 Cure Abstract Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop
31
2066
Lana Del Rey Born to Die Chamber Pop
32
2132
Cat Power Sun Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Art Pop
33
2166
Parquet Courts Light Up Gold Indie Rock
34
2273
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Folk Pop, Indie Folk
35
2292
Dr. John Locked Down New Orleans R&B
36
2310
Bob Dylan Tempest Singer/Songwriter
37
2373
Hot Chip In Our Heads Indietronica, Synthpop
38
2531
Father John Misty Fear Fun Indie Folk, Psychedelic Folk, Singer/Songwriter
39
2557
Converge All We Love We Leave Behind Metalcore
40
2558
Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light Neo-Psychedelia
41
2610
Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Singer/Songwriter
42
2756
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes Hypnagogic Pop, Psychedelic Pop
43
2858
Bobby Womack The Bravest Man in the Universe Deep Soul
44
2959
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Blues Rock, Southern Rock
45
2994
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Country Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Twin Shadow Confess New Wave, Synthpop
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse Garage Punk, Noise Rock
Scott Walker Bish Bosch Experimental, Singer/Songwriter
The Men Open Your Heart Indie Rock, Noise Rock, Post-Hardcore
Baroness Yellow & Green Heavy Psych
Bill Fay Life Is People Singer/Songwriter
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
Mac DeMarco 2 Indie Pop, Jangle Pop
The Walkmen Heaven Indie Rock
Kindness World, You Need a Change of Mind Nu-Disco
David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant Art Pop, Progressive Pop
Matthew E. White Big Inner Singer/Songwriter, Soul
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