Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
82
577 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Hip Hop (8), Indie Rock (6), Experimental (4), Singer-Songwriter (4), Garage Rock (3), R&B (2), Indie Pop (2), Synthpop (2), Post-Rock (2), Folk (2), Sludge Metal (2), Electronic (1), Noise Rock (1), Power Pop (1), Electropop (1), Experimental Rock (1), Soul (1), Shoegaze (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Metalcore (1), Punk Rock (1), Lo-Fi (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Pop (1), Noise Pop (1), Indie Folk (1), Space Rock (1), Dream Pop (1)

1. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
88
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
161 ratings

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
92
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
253 ratings

3. 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
90
18 reviews
USER SCORE
88
243 ratings

4. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
20 reviews
USER SCORE
84
131 ratings

5. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
84
18 reviews
USER SCORE
80
68 ratings

6. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83
137 ratings

7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
120 ratings

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

The Walkmen - Heaven
May 29, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
22 reviews
USER SCORE
82
61 ratings

9. Chairlift - Something

Chairlift - Something
January 24, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80
40 ratings

10. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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

11. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

12. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

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

13. 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
85
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81
84 ratings

14. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82
117 ratings

15. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
86
21 reviews
USER SCORE
81
55 ratings

16. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
85
22 reviews
USER SCORE
84
244 ratings

17. The Men - Open Your Heart

The Men - Open Your Heart
March 6, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
85
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81
61 ratings

18. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Baroness - Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
77
12 reviews
USER SCORE
81
14 ratings

19. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
72
10 reviews
USER SCORE
70
23 ratings

20. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
20 reviews
USER SCORE
81
93 ratings

21. Screaming Females - Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
April 3, 2012
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
82
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80
13 ratings

22. DIIV - Oshin

DIIV - Oshin
June 26, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
80
100 ratings

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
18 reviews
USER SCORE
82
69 ratings

24. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
February 21, 2012
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
77
18 reviews
USER SCORE
70
48 ratings

25. Nude Beach - II

Nude Beach - II
August 14, 2012
Power Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
7 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

26. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
81
23 reviews
USER SCORE
82
181 ratings

27. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
84
247 ratings

28. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
21 reviews
USER SCORE
76
55 ratings

29. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80
120 ratings

30. Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
77
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79
6 ratings

31. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
January 14, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
39 ratings

32. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81
29 ratings

33. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

How to Dress Well - Total Loss
September 18, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
16 reviews
USER SCORE
79
50 ratings

34. Future - Pluto

Future - Pluto
April 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
66
7 reviews
USER SCORE
64
3 ratings

35. Swearin' - Swearin'

Swearin' - Swearin'
August 15, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
2 reviews
USER SCORE
80
1 rating

36. Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path

Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path
September 25, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
5 reviews
USER SCORE
81
2 ratings

37. Joey Bada$$ - 1999

Joey Bada$$ - 1999
June 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
76
21 ratings

38. Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar
September 4, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
83
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
17 ratings

39. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
November 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
73
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84
5 ratings

40. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
October 9, 2012
Metalcore
CRITIC SCORE
84
12 reviews
USER SCORE
82
29 ratings

41. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
May 29, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
72
13 reviews
USER SCORE
72
11 ratings

42. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
81
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
74 ratings

43. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
5 reviews
USER SCORE
77
18 ratings

44. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
81
79 ratings

45. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
75
9 ratings

46. Matthew E. White - Big Inner

Matthew E. White - Big Inner
August 21, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81
19 ratings

47. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

Rick Ross - Rich Forever
January 6, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
75
10 reviews
USER SCORE
73
7 ratings

48. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
19 reviews
USER SCORE
74
51 ratings

49. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
August 18, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81
53 ratings

50. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
80
93 ratings
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