Best 5 Albums and Top 10 Singles of 2012 by DJ Llu

Everyone puts these lists out, so I figured I gotta too, right? After 10 years of running a new music show on 99.9 the Buzz, I like to think I have a pretty good ear for quality new music, but don’t take my word for it – preview these & then go to your local record shop!

BEST 5 ALBUMS of 2012

Time to face the times, it is rare that musicians can pack a full album with 12+ decent tracks.  More often, they aim for a few good singles & the rest sort of fall off the radar.  So, I have cut down a top ten list, to just five.  Each of these artists went the distance (I think) in creating a quality album, where you find the majority of the tracks to be great, deep, and diverse.

1. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do [yup, that is the full title].

It is her 4th studio album & after a break, it is really refreshing that Fiona is back with her same classic, angsty sound.

Get the rest of all the top ten lists after this jump:



2. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

I am a sucker for most things UK – including these lo-fi electro rock dudes.  It is just a new sound, quality beats, and worth a listen.

3. Jack White – Blunderbuss

Turns out Jack White is a great rocking solo act.  This album is solid.

4. Kid Koala – 12 Bit Blues

Many years in the making, this Montreal internationally known DJ, brings the blues to the turn table.  Really interesting listening.

5. Chilly Gonzales – Solo Piano II

Chilly Gonzales is better known for hip-hop albums, but in this one he put out a purely classical piano record.  It is surprising awesome!

BEST 10 SINGLES of 2012 (Rock, RPM, and Hip-Hop/Pop) after the jump….


1. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

2. Tegan & Sara – Closer

3. Fiona Apple – Every Single Night

4. Matt & Kim – Let’s Go

5. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who (Love This Giant)

6. Jake Bugg – Trouble Town (EP – Two Fingers)

7. Wild Belle – Take Me Away (Keep You)

8. San Cisco – Awkward (EP Awkward)

9. Jack White – I’m Shakin’ (Blunderbuss)

10. Fun. – We Are Young

TOP 10 RPM/Electro-Pop Rock

1. Dragonette – Right Woman

2. Alt-J – Breezeblocks (An Awesome Wave)

3. Morgan Page – Body Work (feat. Tegan & Sara)

4. Little Boots – Headphones

5. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It

6. Kid Koala – 2 Bit Blues

7. Goodwill Hook N Sling – Take You Higher

8. Pillowfight – In the Afternoon

9. Hundred Waters – Boreal

10. RAC – Hollywood

TOP 10 Hip-Hop/Pop

1. Azealia Banks – 212

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe [you know you like it…]

3. Kylie Minogue – Timebomb

4. Rihanna – Where Have You Been

5. Macklemore – Thrift Shop

6. M.I.A. – Bad Girls

7. Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have a Kiki

8. Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do the Hump (Stereo Typical)

9. Frank Ocean – Sweet Life

10. J Cole – Work Out


What did I miss?  Hit up the comments!

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