Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST

List Rating: 76
Based on 530 album ratings

Genre Breakdown:
Indie Rock (6), Hip Hop (6), Rock (5), Singer-Songwriter (5), Indie Pop (4), Alternative Rock (3), Folk (3), Blues (2), Synthpop (2), Indie Folk (2), Dream Pop (1), Indietronica (1), Blues Rock (1), Soul (1), R&B (1), Experimental (1), Punk Rock (1), Garage Rock (1), Reggae (1), World (1), Folk Rock (1), Psychedelic (1), Experimental Rock (1), Pop (1)

1. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
15 reviews
USER SCORE
72

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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

3. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
80
20 reviews
USER SCORE
77

4. Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - Tempest
September 11, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
69

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

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

6. 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

7. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here
May 29, 2012
Indie Folk
CRITIC SCORE
62
10 reviews
USER SCORE
60

8. Green Day - ¡Uno!

Green Day - ¡Uno!
September 25, 2012
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
12 reviews
USER SCORE
61

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
17 reviews
USER SCORE
82

10. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
October 30, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80

11. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
55
14 reviews
USER SCORE
59

12. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
July 17, 2012
Reggae
CRITIC SCORE
78
7 reviews
USER SCORE
85

13. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
83
15 reviews
USER SCORE
76

14. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
64
15 reviews
USER SCORE
65

15. Dr. John - Locked Down

Dr. John - Locked Down
April 3, 2012
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
76

16. Cat Power - Sun

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

17. John Mayer - Born and Raised

John Mayer - Born and Raised
May 22, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
5 reviews
USER SCORE
71

18. Nas - Life is Good

Nas - Life is Good
July 17, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
82
18 reviews
USER SCORE
79

19. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
September 18, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
60
14 reviews
USER SCORE
57

20. 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

21. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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

22. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream

Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
April 10, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
79
4 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

23. Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits

Divine Fits - A Thing Called the Divine Fits
August 28, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
78
14 reviews
USER SCORE
77

24. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
September 18, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
68
18 reviews
USER SCORE
73

25. Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
October 16, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
73
4 reviews
USER SCORE
90

26. Django Django - Django Django

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

27. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu
October 22, 2012
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
70
7 reviews
USER SCORE
73

28. Beach House - Bloom

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

29. Dave Matthews Band - Away From the World

Dave Matthews Band - Away From the World
September 11, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
74
3 reviews
USER SCORE
78

30. Azealia Banks - 1991

Azealia Banks - 1991
May 29, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
74
8 reviews
USER SCORE
76

31. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
9 reviews
USER SCORE
69

32. Hospitality - Hospitality

Hospitality - Hospitality
January 31, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79

33. Grimes - Visions

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

34. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
73
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75

35. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

36. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
June 12, 2012
Soul
CRITIC SCORE
75
13 reviews
USER SCORE
74

37. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
March 27, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
69
8 reviews
USER SCORE
85

38. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

Titus Andronicus - Local Business
October 23, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
74

39. Passion Pit - Gossamer

Passion Pit - Gossamer
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
79
19 reviews
USER SCORE
76

40. Escort - Escort

Escort - Escort
November 15, 2011
CRITIC SCORE
77
7 reviews
USER SCORE
63

41. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
September 11, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
72
10 reviews
USER SCORE
80

42. Allo Darlin' - Europe

Allo Darlin' - Europe
April 17, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
82
12 reviews
USER SCORE
74

43. Fun. - Some Nights

Fun. - Some Nights
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
48
7 reviews
USER SCORE
51

44. Garbage - Not Your Kind of People

Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
May 15, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
58
13 reviews
USER SCORE
67

45. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

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

46. Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
October 2, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
51
15 reviews
USER SCORE
56

47. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
March 6, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
80
6 reviews
USER SCORE
80

48. The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
June 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
15 reviews
USER SCORE
71

49. Amadou & Mariam - Folila

Amadou & Mariam - Folila
April 10, 2012
World
CRITIC SCORE
74
10 reviews
USER SCORE
70

50. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

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

Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com

MORE 2012 YEAR END LISTS:


MORE YEAR END LISTS FROM ROLLING STONE:


Check out our 2012 Year End Summary.