The Best Albums of 2012

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Editorials, Lists
Joseph Sirucka/Creative Commons

Joseph Sirucka/Creative Commons

2012 was certainly a tremendous year between the world failing to end, regardless of the ancient Mayas’ prediction, the true emergence of new forms of popular music, specifically K-Pop and electronica, reunions and breakups of major groups and new music by many older artists, topped off by the birth of many celebrity children.

Thus, before 2013 starts really moving, we at The Sound Hound would like to reflect upon the cream of the crop of the past year, the best releases of 2012.

The following two lists, the “Best of” and the “Honorable Mentions,” were relatively difficult to compose.  Unlike last year, 2012 saw the release of many strong records, though a single one failed to stand out as the absolute best album of the year.  In other words, the over quality of music was less concentrated than it has been in past years.  Nonetheless, we managed to pull through and select the top ten albums of 2012 as well as ten records we would like to mention honorably.

Best of:

1. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen


2. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean


3. Tempest – Bob Dylan


4. The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


5. Blunderbuss – Jack White


6.  The 2nd Law – Muse


7. King Animal – Soundgarden


8. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons


9. Boys & Girls – Alabama Shakes


10. Some Nights – fun.


Honorable Mentions:


Living Things – Linkin Park

Songs to check out: Lost in the Echo, Burn it Down, Lies, Greed, Misery


Master of my Make Believe – Santigold

Songs to check out: GO!, Disparate Youth, Keepers


My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men

Songs to check out: Dirty Paws, Little Talks, King and Lionheart


Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer – Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music

Songs to check out: Clique, Mercy, New God Flow, Cold, Don’t Like


Hot Cakes  – The Darkness

Songs to check out: Every Inch of You, Street Spirit (Fade Out), With a Woman


Rize of the Fenix – Tenacious D

Songs to check out: Rize of the Fenix, Low Hanging Fruit, They F**ked out A*ses, Throw Down


What We Saw From the Cheap Seats – Regina Spektor

Songs to check out: Small Town Moon, Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte passé), All the Rowboats, Ballad of a Politician


That’s Why God Made the Radio – The Beach Boys

Songs to check out: That’s Why God Made the Radio, Spring Vacation, The Private Life of Bill and Sue, Isn’t it Me


Overexposed – Maroon 5

Songs to check out: Payphone, Lucky Strike, One More Night


The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Songs to check out: Ho Hey, Flowers in Your Hair, Submarines



  1. davidkaminsky says:

    I love the fact that your list includes music from practically all genres, which makes you very well rounded and informed musically. Who coudn’t respect that. Very nice selections, all across the board.

  2. Meg says:

    Agree with your father. So, what was the worst album?

    • eak1994 says:

      I didn’t go out of my way looking for bad albums but some of the records I encountered that didn’t really do it for me were Rush’s “Clockwork Angels,” Shearwater’s “Animal Life” and Silversun Pickups’ “Neck of the Woods” though that was significantly better than the other two. Spoek Mothambo’s “Father Creeper” isn’t BAD per se, but it’s extremely weird. Also the XX’s “Coexist” just didn’t excite me particularly.

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