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Albums of 2012 - Who's the Best?

There are "Best of 2012" lists all over the Internet. It would be wrong of me not to follow suit.

Here, for your list-reading convenience, I have compiled the top fives from the most reputable of music sources: +Rolling Stone , All Music by Rovi, +Billboard and +The GRAMMYs .

Rolling Stone:

5) Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
4) Bob Dylan - Tempest
3) Jack White - Blunderbuss
2) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
1) Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

All Music:

5) Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
4) Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. City
3) Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
2) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
1) Grimes - Visions

5) Taylor Swift - Red
4) Jessie Ware - Devotion
3) Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
2) Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
1) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

And here, in case you don't already know, the Grammy picks for Album of the Year (not all of these fall within the 2012 calendar year, but were still vital albums in 2012; hence their nomination):

- The Black Keys - El Camino
- Fun. - Some Nights
- Mumford & Sons - Babel
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- Jack White - Blunderbuss

There you have it. A wealth of information that you probably knew already. If you're wondering what my top five are:

5) Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
4) Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
3) Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
2) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
1) Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Good Lord it's hard to choose favorites!! So much great music came out this year. Here's hoping 2013 brings more of the same.

And less of Big Sean. I've decided I'm over the Louis Vuitton Don. His album, 'Hall of Fame' drops next year. Hopefully we will hear a lot of verses from Jay-Z and Kanye and not quite as many from the likes of 2Chainz.

Speaking of Yeezy, next year also holds rumors of a new album from Kanye West. AND (so excited) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Karen O! How I've missed you!

Bring on 2013 (we can get through Big Sean's album together if we try).



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