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Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012

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1. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
35 reviews

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
91
23 reviews
User Score
84
292 reviews

3. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
77
82 reviews

4. Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - Tempest
September 11, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
70
25 reviews

5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
20 reviews
User Score
84
174 reviews

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
89
18 reviews
User Score
88
281 reviews

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 reviews

8. Green Day - ¡Uno!

Green Day - ¡Uno!
September 25, 2012
Punk Rock
Critic Score
69
12 reviews
User Score
61
26 reviews

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
June 5, 2012
Garage Rock
Critic Score
84
19 reviews
User Score
83
133 reviews

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 reviews

11. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Mumford & Sons - Babel
September 25, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
55
15 reviews
User Score
58
65 reviews

12. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
July 17, 2012
Reggae
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
85
1 review

13. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
January 31, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
76
22 reviews

14. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
63
15 reviews
User Score
64
22 reviews

15. Dr. John - Locked Down

Dr. John - Locked Down
April 3, 2012
Blues
Critic Score
79
13 reviews
User Score
77
15 reviews

16. Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - Sun
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
76
58 reviews

17. John Mayer - Born and Raised

John Mayer - Born and Raised
May 22, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
71
6 reviews

18. Nas - Life is Good

Nas - Life is Good
July 17, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
79
36 reviews

19. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
September 18, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
60
14 reviews
User Score
57
21 reviews

20. 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
78 reviews

21. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
User Score
83
151 reviews

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
77
14 reviews
User Score
77
23 reviews

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

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
September 18, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
18 reviews
User Score
74
24 reviews

25. Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
October 16, 2012
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
88
2 reviews

26. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
78
84 reviews

27. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu
October 22, 2012
Blues
Critic Score
70
7 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

28. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
18 reviews
User Score
85
276 reviews

29. Dave Matthews Band - Away From the World

Dave Matthews Band - Away From the World
September 11, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

30. Azealia Banks - 1991

Azealia Banks - 1991
May 29, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
75
25 reviews

31. Taylor Swift - Red

Taylor Swift - Red
October 22, 2012
Pop
Critic Score
72
10 reviews
User Score
71
32 reviews

32. Hospitality - Hospitality

Hospitality - Hospitality
January 31, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
11 reviews
User Score
79
10 reviews

33. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
82
211 reviews

34. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
Critic Score
72
16 reviews
User Score
76
36 reviews

35. Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - Shields
September 18, 2012
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
User Score
83
261 reviews

36. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
June 12, 2012
Soul
Critic Score
74
13 reviews
User Score
72
11 reviews

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 reviews

38. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

Titus Andronicus - Local Business
October 23, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
74
18 reviews

39. Passion Pit - Gossamer

Passion Pit - Gossamer
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
81 reviews

40. Escort - Escort

Escort - Escort
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
63
2 reviews

41. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
September 11, 2012
Folk
Critic Score
71
10 reviews
User Score
80
9 reviews

42. Allo Darlin' - Europe

Allo Darlin' - Europe
April 17, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
22 reviews

43. Fun. - Some Nights

Fun. - Some Nights
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
Critic Score
50
8 reviews
User Score
52
51 reviews

44. Garbage - Not Your Kind of People

Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
May 15, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
59
15 reviews
User Score
67
17 reviews

45. Rick Ross - Rich Forever

Rick Ross - Rich Forever
January 6, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

46. Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
October 2, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
51
15 reviews
User Score
58
61 reviews

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 reviews

48. The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
June 18, 2012
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
15 reviews
User Score
70
21 reviews

49. Amadou & Mariam - Folila

Amadou & Mariam - Folila
April 10, 2012
World
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

50. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
83
137 reviews
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