The 25 Best Albums of 2012

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In a time when almost any song imaginable is readily available through a variety of media—iTunes, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, torrents—it might seem a bit antiquated to countdown the year's best albums. With the consumption of music transitioning to a singles-oriented environment, tackling a cohesive full-length project almost seems pointless. Almost. But in 2012, a select group of albums hit hard enough to shatter our usual ADD-affected tendencies, and these projects reminded us of the impact an album can have that could never be touched by a hit single.

It's impossible to predict the future of music right now. There are too many variables and too many things up in the air, but we can say with certainty that in 2012, every project on this list confirmed that albums still matter.

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  • Yes

    YES! Finally someone else including Twin Shadow’s LP! He’s been left off a lot of Year End lists. Definitely in my Top 3 of the year.

  • Batmayne

    Loved all of these albums. Good to see Polica on this list. One of my personal favourites of the year.

  • MaxSur

    Damn it you’re gonne make me redownload spotify if I want to listen? I hated spotify…

  • offbeat

    GKMC #1 hands down

  • jay2

    No Ab-Soul :(

  • Chase

    I couldn’t agree more with Kendrick Lamar. He had a stellar year and blew me away. I will give a shout out to Alabama Shakes and Flying Lotus too. I thought they both had great albums in 2012.

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  • Ooooo

    WTF NO CONTROL SYSTEM BY AB-SOUL?!

  • http://eclecticeavesdroppings.tumblr.com Drake

    The internets obsession with Fiona Apple deeply confuses me. Otherwise, tasteful list as usual. Another great year for music.

  • Confusion

    I don’t think it’s an Internet thing. She made a really excellent album.

  • Miles

    NO FUCKIN AB SOUL THE FUCK IS THIS SHYT!!!!!!! but besides that great fucking list.

  • Confusion

    NO LIE AB SOUL WAS ON OUR LIST WHEN IT WAS 30 NO LIE #TRUTH #ALMOST #SOCLOSE

  • -____-

    @Confusion Y U NO HAVE LOVE THIS GIANT BY DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT? U NO PULL A PITCHFORK CONFUSION? AT LEAST TELL ME TOP 30? C’MON! SHOULD’VE BEEN AT LEAST TOP 5 THOUGH! #REALTALK #RUTELLINGMELANADELREYBEATANNIECLARK?ISTHATWHATI’MHEARIN?

    Lana Del Rey + Jessie Ware + Beach House + Action Bronson < St. Vincent

    @Drake BOI I KNOW U IS NOT HATING ON FIONA APPLE! #IISADAREDEVIL #YUNOBEMYVALENTINE? #RITEJOHNATHON? #LEAVEMEALONE #IMMAJUSTLIKENU2AWEREWOLF #DON'TBCROSSINTHISPERIPHERY #YOUGONNAREGRETDIS #CAUSEIGETANYTHINGIWANT #IMMAPULLOUTMYHOTKNIFE

  • urbs

    give this guy a downer^