Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
76
530 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), Experimental Rock (1), Pop (1), 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)

1. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
76
15 reviews
USER SCORE
71
34 ratings

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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

3. Jack White - Blunderbuss

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

4. Bob Dylan - Tempest

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

5. 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

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
245 ratings

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
11 ratings

8. Green Day - ¡Uno!

Green Day - ¡Uno!
September 25, 2012
Punk Rock
CRITIC SCORE
70
12 reviews
USER SCORE
60
23 ratings

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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

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
23 ratings

11. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
CRITIC SCORE
56
15 reviews
USER SCORE
59
59 ratings

12. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

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

13. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

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

14. Best Coast - The Only Place

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

15. Dr. John - Locked Down

Dr. John - Locked Down
April 3, 2012
Blues
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
77
15 ratings

16. Cat Power - Sun

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

17. John Mayer - Born and Raised

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

18. Nas - Life is Good

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

19. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
September 18, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
60
14 reviews
USER SCORE
56
18 ratings

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
69 ratings

21. 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

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
76
21 ratings

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
22 ratings

25. Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

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

26. Django Django - Django Django

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

27. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

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

28. Beach House - Bloom

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

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
4 ratings

30. Azealia Banks - 1991

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

31. Taylor Swift - Red

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

32. Hospitality - Hospitality

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

33. Grimes - Visions

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

34. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

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

35. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

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
10 ratings

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
2 ratings

38. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

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

39. Passion Pit - Gossamer

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

40. Escort - Escort

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

41. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

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

42. Allo Darlin' - Europe

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

43. Fun. - Some Nights

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

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
17 ratings

45. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

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

46. Muse - The 2nd Law

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

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
2 ratings

48. The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
June 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
71
15 reviews
USER SCORE
70
17 ratings

49. Amadou & Mariam - Folila

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

50. 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
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