The Guardian's Best Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
79
430 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Pop (5), Hip Hop (4), R&B (3), Electronic (3), Soul (3), Indie Rock (3), Synthpop (2), Dream Pop (2), Experimental (2), Dubstep (2), Rock (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Psychedelic (1), Indie Folk (1), Chamber Pop (1), Pop (1), Art Pop (1), Electropop (1), Post-Rock (1), Experimental Rock (1), Psychedelic Rock (1)

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
91
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
275 ratings

2. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
80
23 reviews
USER SCORE
83
194 ratings

3. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
81
77 ratings

4. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
22 reviews
USER SCORE
83
133 ratings

5. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
89
18 reviews
USER SCORE
88
259 ratings

6. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
87
308 ratings

7. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
69
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
173 ratings

8. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
21 reviews
USER SCORE
75
111 ratings

9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads

Hot Chip - In Our Heads
June 11, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
74
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
73 ratings

10. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
June 12, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
74
13 reviews
USER SCORE
74
10 ratings

11. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
81
60 ratings

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
78
77 ratings

13. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82
123 ratings

14. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
84
22 reviews
USER SCORE
84
252 ratings

15. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
5 ratings

16. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
10 reviews
USER SCORE
68
27 ratings

17. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
57
22 reviews
USER SCORE
71
104 ratings

18. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne
May 21, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
11 reviews
USER SCORE
72
9 ratings

19. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
84
21 reviews
USER SCORE
80
105 ratings

20. Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors
July 23, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
80
4 reviews
USER SCORE
69
8 ratings

21. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
78
20 reviews
USER SCORE
81
83 ratings

22. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
May 7, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
14 reviews
USER SCORE
72
8 ratings

23. Jam City - Classical Curves

Jam City - Classical Curves
June 5, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
80
3 reviews
USER SCORE
88
3 ratings

24. Dawn Richard - Armor On

Dawn Richard - Armor On
March 27, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
81
3 reviews
USER SCORE
90
3 ratings

25. Actress - R.I.P.

Actress - R.I.P.
April 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
74
44 ratings

26. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope

Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope
June 4, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

27. Poliça - Give You The Ghost

Poliça - Give You The Ghost
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
73
21 ratings

28. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
63
5 reviews
USER SCORE
66
8 ratings

29. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77
77 ratings

30. Angel Haze - Reservation EP

Angel Haze - Reservation EP
July 18, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
4 reviews
USER SCORE
83
10 ratings

31. Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart

Marina and the Diamonds - Electra Heart
April 30, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
59
6 reviews
USER SCORE
69
27 ratings

32. Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended

Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended
August 1, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
60
2 ratings

33. Mala - Mala in Cuba

Mala - Mala in Cuba
September 11, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
75
8 reviews
USER SCORE
83
2 ratings

34. Dexys - One Day I'm Going to Soar

Dexys - One Day I'm Going to Soar
June 4, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
71
8 reviews
USER SCORE
95
2 ratings

35. Nite Jewel - One Second of Love

Nite Jewel - One Second of Love
March 6, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
68
11 reviews
USER SCORE
74
7 ratings

36. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
258 ratings

37. Orbital - Wonky

Orbital - Wonky
April 3, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
74
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77
8 ratings

38. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
87
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
170 ratings

39. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82
72 ratings

40. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 16, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82
86 ratings
Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/14/readers-best-album-2012

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