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The Top 50 Albums of 2012

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I really, really love musicI listened to a ridiculous amount of new music over the past year. As the year progressed, I started listening to less electronic/bass music and started listening to more indie/dream pop and hip-hop music. I listened to a lot of new artists and re-discovered some old favorites. To pick my favorite albums released this year, I relied heavily on my last.fm profile stats and my “weekly” music blog. Enjoy the list and Happy New Year!

Top 50 – Released in 2012

1. Stars – The North
2. Grimes – Visions
3. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
4. The XX – Coexist
5. Purity Ring – Shrines
6. Beach House – Bloom
7. Rusko – Songs
8. Kanye West – G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Summer
9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
10. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
11. Twin Shadow – Confess
12. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
13. Say Anything – Anarchy, My Dear
14. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (iii)
15. Chairlift – Something
16. Passion Pit – Gossamer
17. Holy Other – Held
18. Bloc Party – Four
19. Ke$ha – Warrior
20. Frankie Rose – Interstellar
21. Netsky – 2
22. Dragonette – Bodyparts
23. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
24. Flosstradamus – Total Recall EP
25. Metric – Synthetica
26. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
27. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
28. Bassnectar – Vava Voom
29. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP
30. Klaypex – Ready To Go
31. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
32. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
33. Calvin Harris – 18 Months
34. Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
35. Com Truise – In Decay
36. School of Seven Bells – Ghostory
37. Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror
38. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
39. Nas – Life is Good
40. Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
41. TNGHT – TNGHT EP
42. Zedd – Clarity
43. Grizzly Bear – Shields
44. If These Trees Could Talk – Red Forest
45. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
46. Cat Power – Sun
47. Steve Aoki – Wonderland
48. Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
49. Jack White – Blunderbuss
50. 2 Chainz – Based on a T.R.U. Story

I’ve also broken down the above list by genre:

Best Hip-Hop

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
  • Kanye West – G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Summer
  • Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  • Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

Best Indie/Dream Pop

  • Grimes – Visions
  • Wild Nothing – Nocturne
  • The XX – Coexist
  • Beach House – Bloom
  • Stars – The North
  • Purity Ring – Shrines

Best Bass/Electro

  • Rusko – Songs
  • Netsky – 2
  • TNGHT – TNGHT EP
  • Flosstradamus – Total Recall EP
  • Zedd – Clarity
  • Klaypex – Ready To Go

Best Pop

  • Twin Shadow – Confess
  • Dragonette – Bodyparts
  • Frankie Rose – Interstellar
  • Chairlift – Something
  • Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

Best Electronic/Dance

  • Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (iii)
  • Passion Pit – Gossamer
  • Ke$ha – Warrior
  • Holy Other – Held
  • Calvin Harris – 18 Months

Best Indie/Alternative

  • Metric – Synthetica
  • Bloc Party – Four
  • Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
  • Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  • Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

If you enjoyed this post, you should check out my music blog, Album of the Week.

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