The 100 Best Albums of 2012

Vinyl, CD, MP3, Spotify, etc. Take your pick, bust most of us around here prefer vinyl whenever possible, only because when we listen to a song like Brandi Carlile’s “Hard Way Home,” we can really feel it via our turntables. What’s important, though, is that you find music that suits you. And here are the 100 albums of 2012 that suited us (with convenient links to stream, because we love you; and, you can find our 100 Best Songs of 2012 here).

Happy New Year! And as Lord Huron has told us, “It’s time to run…”

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100. Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas

99. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

98. Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again

97. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

96. Joe Pug – The Great Despiser

95. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?

94. Field Report – Field Report

93. Tori Amos – Gold Dust

92. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

91. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

90. Bob Dylan – Tempest

89. Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man In America

88. Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe

87. Bahamas, Barchords

86. Wild Nothing, Nocturne

85. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter

84. Tame Impala, Lonerism

83. RACES, Year of the Witch 

82. Jack White, Blunderbuss

81. Grimes, Visions 

80. Great Lake Swimmers, New Wild Everywhere

79. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

78. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…

77. Electric Guest, Mondo

76. Django Django, Django Django

75. Cat Power, Sun

74. Bad Veins, The Mess We’ve Made

73. ZZ Ward, Til The Casket Drops

72. Will Johnson, Scorpion

71. The Orwells, Remember When

70. The District Attorneys, Slowburner

69. Scissor Sisters, Magic Hour

68. School of Seven Bells, Ghostory

67. Rayland Baxter, Feathers & Fishhooks

66. Purity Ring, Shrines

65. Milo Greene, Milo Greene

64. Michael McDermott, Hit Me Back

63. Matthew Mayfield, A Banquet For Ghosts

62. Jenny Owen Youngs, An Unwavering Band Of Light

61. Heartless Bastards, Arrow

60. Dr. Dog, Be The Void

59. Delicate Cutters, Ring

58. Cory Branan, Mutt

57. Corin Tucker Band, Kill My Blues

56. Corb Lund, Cabin Fever

55. Bob Mould, Silver Age

54. Archie Powell & the Exports, Great Ideas in Action

53. Stars, The North

52. Mumford & Sons, Babel

51. Delta Spirit, Delta Spirit

50. Cowboy Junkies, The Wilderness

49. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Old Believers

48. Van She, Idea of Happiness

47. Tristan Prettyman, Cedar + Gold

46. The Walkmen, Heaven

45. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist

44. ExitMusic, Passage

43. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory

42. Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur

41. Jessie Baylin, Little Spark

40. Ben Howard, Every Kingdom

39. Tift Merritt, Traveling Alone

38. Father John Misty, Fear Fun

37. Ellie Goulding, Halcyon

36. Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls

35. Admiral Fallow, Tree Bursts in Snow

34. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp

33. Passion Pit, Gossamer

32. Matthew Ryan, In The Dusk Of Everything

31. Gary Clark Jr., Blak and Blu

30. Water Liars, Phantom Limb

29. The Mynabirds, GENERALS

28. Sugar + the Hi-Lows, Sugar + the Hi-Lows

27. Spider Bags, Shake Your Head

26. Justin Townes Earle, Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

25. Grizzly Bear, Shields

24. Damien Jurado, Maraqopa

23. Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes

22. Beach House, Bloom

21. Tanlines, Mixed Emotions

20. Gross Ghost, Brer Rabbit

19. Glen Hansard, Rhythm and Repose

18. Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE

17. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, The Lion The Beast The Beat

16. Geographer, Myth

15. Brandi Carlile, Bear Creek

14. Matthew E. White, Big Inner

13. Night Moves, Colored Emotions

12. Micah Schnabel, I’m Dead, Serious

11. Japandroids, Celebration Rock

10. First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar

9. Reptar, Body Faucet

8. Alt-J, An Awesome Wave 

7. The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten 

6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill

5. Twin Shadow, Confess

4. The Lumineers, The Lumineers

3. Metric, Synthetica

2. Delicate Steve, Positive Force

1. Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams

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