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), Singer-Songwriter (4), Experimental (3), Garage Rock (3), R&B (2), Indie Pop (2), Synthpop (2), Post-Rock (2), Dream Pop (2), Folk (2), Sludge Metal (2), Electronic (1), Noise Rock (1), Experimental Rock (1), Power Pop (1), Electropop (1), Shoegaze (1), Soul (1), Lo-Fi (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Metalcore (1), Punk Rock (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Pop (1), Noise Pop (1), Indie Folk (1), Space Rock (1)

1. 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

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
91
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
275 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
89
18 reviews
USER SCORE
88
259 ratings

4. Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer
August 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
89
20 reviews
USER SCORE
85
141 ratings

5. Jessie Ware - Devotion

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

6. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
17 reviews
USER SCORE
83
142 ratings

7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

The Walkmen - Heaven
May 29, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
22 reviews
USER SCORE
82
63 ratings

9. Chairlift - Something

Chairlift - Something
January 24, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
76
14 reviews
USER SCORE
80
42 ratings

10. 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

11. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

12. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
84
10 reviews
USER SCORE
81
60 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
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82
86 ratings

14. Chromatics - Kill for Love

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

15. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
May 22, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
85
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
58 ratings

16. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

17. The Men - Open Your Heart

The Men - Open Your Heart
March 6, 2012
Noise Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
81
62 ratings

18. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Baroness - Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Sludge Metal
CRITIC SCORE
76
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
68
27 ratings

20. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

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

21. Screaming Females - Ugly

Screaming Females - Ugly
April 3, 2012
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
81
9 reviews
USER SCORE
80
13 ratings

22. DIIV - Oshin

DIIV - Oshin
June 26, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
79
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81
102 ratings

23. 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

24. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
February 21, 2012
Noise Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
18 reviews
USER SCORE
70
49 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
80
23 reviews
USER SCORE
83
194 ratings

27. Beach House - Bloom

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

28. Cat Power - Sun

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

29. Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
July 24, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
80
128 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
80
12 reviews
USER SCORE
79
40 ratings

32. Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall - Twins
October 9, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
15 reviews
USER SCORE
81
30 ratings

33. How to Dress Well - Total Loss

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

34. Future - Pluto

Future - Pluto
April 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
65
7 reviews
USER SCORE
66
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
20 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
83
31 ratings

41. Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
May 29, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
71
13 reviews
USER SCORE
72
11 ratings

42. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
80
21 reviews
USER SCORE
82
75 ratings

43. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips

Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
March 12, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
81
5 reviews
USER SCORE
77
17 ratings

44. 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

45. The Evens - The Odds

The Evens - The Odds
November 20, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
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
71
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
83
16 reviews
USER SCORE
81
59 ratings

50. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

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