Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
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List Rating: 82
Based on 577 album 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
89
19 reviews
USER SCORE
84

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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

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
17 reviews
USER SCORE
87

4. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
90
19 reviews
USER SCORE
83

5. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
85
17 reviews
USER SCORE
80

6. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
15 reviews
USER SCORE
82

7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
16 reviews
USER SCORE
83

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

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

9. Chairlift - Something

Chairlift - Something
January 24, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
80

10. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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

11. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

12. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
85
9 reviews
USER SCORE
81

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
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81

14. Chromatics - Kill for Love

Chromatics - Kill for Love
March 26, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
83
18 reviews
USER SCORE
81

15. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
87
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82

16. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

17. The Men - Open Your Heart

The Men - Open Your Heart
March 6, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
86
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81

18. Baroness - Yellow & Green

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

19. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
8 reviews
USER SCORE
67

20. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Space Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
19 reviews
USER SCORE
82

21. Screaming Females - Ugly

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

22. DIIV - Oshin

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

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

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
86
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82

24. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

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

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
82
22 reviews
USER SCORE
82

27. Beach House - Bloom

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

28. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
77
20 reviews
USER SCORE
75

29. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
80

30. Torche - Harmonicraft

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

31. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions

Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
January 14, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79

32. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
14 reviews
USER SCORE
81

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

34. Future - Pluto

Future - Pluto
April 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
66
7 reviews
USER SCORE
61

35. Swearin' - Swearin'

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

36. Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path

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

37. Joey Bada$$ - 1999

Joey Bada$$ - 1999
June 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
78
4 reviews
USER SCORE
80

38. Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

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

39. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
November 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
73
3 reviews
USER SCORE
80

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

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

42. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
81
20 reviews
USER SCORE
83

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

44. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
81

45. The Evens - The Odds

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

46. Matthew E. White - Big Inner

Matthew E. White - Big Inner
August 21, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
82
8 reviews
USER SCORE
81

47. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

Rick Ross - Rich Forever
January 6, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
76
9 reviews
USER SCORE
75

48. The Shins - Port of Morrow

The Shins - Port of Morrow
March 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
18 reviews
USER SCORE
73

49. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
August 18, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
83
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80

50. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
October 2, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
86
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80

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