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.
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….
TOP 10 ROCK SINGLES
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!