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Music 2012 Wrap-Up – Other Peoples’ Lists

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While preparing my own list of favorite music released in 2012, I’ve been taking a look at other publications’ year end lists.  I don’t do this seeking vindication of my choices; rather I’m looking for stuff I missed during the year.  Here’s the top ten from some of the lists I’m looking at.

Q

Q lists the 50 best albums of the year in alphabetical order and I’m not going to type those all in!

Mojo

  1. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Bill Fay – Life is People
  4. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  5. Dexys – One Day I’m Going to Soar
  6. Black Keys – El Camino
  7. Django Django – Django Django
  8. Dr. John – Locked Down
  9. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  10. Bob Dylan – Tempest

NME

  1. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  2. Grimes – Visions
  3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  4. Crystal Castles – III
  5. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  6. The Maccabees – Given to the Wild
  7. Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim
  8. The Cribs – In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
  9. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  10. Django Django – Django Django

Amazon

  1. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal
  2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
  4. Mumford & Sons – Babel
  5. Fun – Some Nights
  6. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  7. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  8. Imagine Dragons – Night Vision
  9. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
  10. JD McPherson – Signs & Signifiers

BBC

  1. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.a.A.d. City
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Dexys – One Day I’m Going to Soar
  4. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  5. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble
  6. Death Grips – The Money Store
  7. Busy Signal – Reggae Music Again
  8. David Byrne & St Vincent – Love This Giant
  9. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  10. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls

New York Magazine

  1. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.a.A.d. City
  2. Chairlift – Something
  3. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  4. Death Grips – The Money Store
  5. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  6. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon and Ocean Roar
  7. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  8. Evans the Death – Evans the Death
  9. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  10. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Rolling Stone

  1. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  4. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
  6. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.a.A.d. City
  7. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here
  8. Green Day – Uno
  9. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  10. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

Rough Trade Music Shops

  1. Grimes – Visions
  2. John Talabot – Fin
  3. Toy – Toy
  4. Allo Darlin’ – Europe
  5. Goat – World Music
  6. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
  7. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  8. Django Django – Django Django
  9. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
  10. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Time Magazine 

  1. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
  2. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.a.A.d. City
  3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  4. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  5. Getatchew Mekuria & the Ex & Friends – Y’Anbessaw Tezeta
  6. Swans – The Seer
  7. Various Artists – Listen Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-74
  8. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
  9. Azealia Banks – 1991 EP
  10. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music

Uncut

  1. Leonard Cohen  - Old Ideas
  2. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  3. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  4. Dr. John – Locked Down
  5. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  6. Bill Fay – Life is People
  7. Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair
  8. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
  10. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Idolator

  1. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  2. Taylor Swift – Red
  3. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  5. Loreen – Heal
  6. Bright Light Bright Light – Make Me Believe in Love
  7. Beach House – Bloom
  8. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.a.A.d. City
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  10. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

Perhaps I’ll update this list later on.  My own list of notable albums might come later this week.

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