Gigwise's Top 50 Albums of 2012



LIST SUMMARY
VIEW ORIGINAL LIST
List Rating
75
524 ratings
Genre Breakdown
Indie Rock (7), Indie Pop (6), Electronic (4), Hip Hop (3), Electropop (2), Synthpop (2), Garage Rock (2), Rock (2), Experimental (2), Psychedelic Pop (1), Indie Folk (1), Post-Rock (1), R&B (1), Folk (1), Blues Rock (1), Soul (1), Alternative Rock (1), Dream Pop (1), Indietronica (1), Dubstep (1), Shoegaze (1), Chamber Pop (1), Psychedelic (1), Psychedelic Rock (1), Singer-Songwriter (1), Art Pop (1), New Wave (1), Neo-Psychedelia (1), Jazz (1)

1. Twin Shadow - Confess

Twin Shadow - Confess
July 10, 2012
New Wave
CRITIC SCORE
80
19 reviews
USER SCORE
79
59 ratings

2. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
CRITIC SCORE
91
23 reviews
USER SCORE
84
272 ratings

3. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
CRITIC SCORE
69
11 reviews
USER SCORE
80
169 ratings

4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
April 10, 2012
Blues Rock
CRITIC SCORE
72
16 reviews
USER SCORE
75
33 ratings

5. Sigur Rós - Valtari

Sigur Rós - Valtari
May 28, 2012
Post-Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
21 reviews
USER SCORE
78
46 ratings

6. Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place
May 15, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
63
15 reviews
USER SCORE
64
20 ratings

7. The Skints - Part & Parcel

The Skints - Part & Parcel
March 12, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
NR
USER SCORE
NR

8. The xx - Coexist

The xx - Coexist
September 11, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
21 reviews
USER SCORE
75
107 ratings

9. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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

10. The Vaccines - Come of Age

The Vaccines - Come of Age
September 4, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
61
12 reviews
USER SCORE
67
22 ratings

11. Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
February 21, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
81
16 reviews
USER SCORE
80
67 ratings

12. Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django Django
January 30, 2012
Psychedelic
CRITIC SCORE
77
13 reviews
USER SCORE
78
77 ratings

13. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal

Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal
April 3, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
74
6 reviews
USER SCORE
74
28 ratings

14. Field Music - Plumb

Field Music - Plumb
February 14, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
76
17 reviews
USER SCORE
70
12 ratings

15. 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
73
22 ratings

16. Cave Painting - Votive Life

Cave Painting - Votive Life
September 24, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

17. Toy - Toy

Toy - Toy
September 10, 2012
Shoegaze
CRITIC SCORE
76
11 reviews
USER SCORE
79
24 ratings

18. 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
71 ratings

19. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
80
23 reviews
USER SCORE
83
190 ratings

20. Passion Pit - Gossamer

Passion Pit - Gossamer
July 24, 2012
Synthpop
CRITIC SCORE
78
19 reviews
USER SCORE
77
75 ratings

21. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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

22. Muse - The 2nd Law

Muse - The 2nd Law
October 2, 2012
Alternative Rock
CRITIC SCORE
51
15 reviews
USER SCORE
57
53 ratings

23. The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
January 6, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
68
9 reviews
USER SCORE
78
24 ratings

24. Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope

Bright Light Bright Light - Make Me Believe in Hope
June 4, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
75
3 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

25. Purity Ring - Shrines

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

26. Submotion Orchestra - Fragments

Submotion Orchestra - Fragments
October 8, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
50
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

27. Oberhofer - Time Capsules II

Oberhofer - Time Capsules II
March 26, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
67
10 reviews
USER SCORE
78
3 ratings

28. Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - The Money Store
April 24, 2012
Hip Hop
CRITIC SCORE
84
16 reviews
USER SCORE
85
155 ratings

29. Cooly G - Playin' Me

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Dubstep
CRITIC SCORE
80
13 reviews
USER SCORE
79
5 ratings

30. Tribes - Baby

Tribes - Baby
January 16, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
63
5 reviews
USER SCORE
66
8 ratings

31. Jessie Ware - Devotion

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

32. Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind

Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind
March 20, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
64
8 reviews
USER SCORE
78
10 ratings

33. Grizzly Bear - Shields

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

34. 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

35. TNGHT - TNGHT

TNGHT - TNGHT
July 24, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
82
8 reviews
USER SCORE
77
43 ratings

36. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
August 21, 2012
Psychedelic Pop
CRITIC SCORE
73
20 reviews
USER SCORE
79
55 ratings

37. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
May 7, 2012
Indie Rock
CRITIC SCORE
69
14 reviews
USER SCORE
72
8 ratings

38. Darren Hayman - Lido

Darren Hayman - Lido
August 27, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
80
1 review
USER SCORE
NR

39. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
May 1, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
68
17 reviews
USER SCORE
73
28 ratings

40. Ellie Goulding - Halcyon

Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
October 9, 2012
Indie Pop
CRITIC SCORE
67
8 reviews
USER SCORE
77
30 ratings

41. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
October 15, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
CRITIC SCORE
79
6 reviews
USER SCORE
78
30 ratings

42. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
CRITIC SCORE
57
22 reviews
USER SCORE
71
103 ratings

43. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
November 13, 2012
Jazz
CRITIC SCORE
83
3 reviews
USER SCORE
84
12 ratings

44. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

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

45. Mumford & Sons - Babel

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

46. The Orb - The Orbserver In The Star House

The Orb - The Orbserver In The Star House
August 28, 2012
CRITIC SCORE
67
8 reviews
USER SCORE
NR

47. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
March 5, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
75
15 reviews
USER SCORE
71
34 ratings

48. Clams Casino - Instrumental 2

Clams Casino - Instrumental 2
June 4, 2012
Electronic
CRITIC SCORE
81
7 reviews
USER SCORE
78
15 ratings

49. Miike Snow - Happy to You

Miike Snow - Happy to You
March 27, 2012
Electropop
CRITIC SCORE
65
12 reviews
USER SCORE
72
12 ratings

50. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
CRITIC SCORE
79
20 reviews
USER SCORE
78
75 ratings
Original Source: http://www.gigwise.com/news/78337/albums-of-the-year-our-ten-top-picks-of-2012

MORE 2012 YEAR END LISTS:


MORE YEAR END LISTS FROM GIGWISE:


Check out our 2012 Year End Summary.