Posted in music on November 27, 2012

NME

Long-running UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala's Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5. Tame Impala offshoot Pond comes in at #7. Check out the entire Top 50 list below.

As mentioned before, Tame Impala just announced a 2013 tour, and will play Terminal 5 in NYC on February 19. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/30) at noon.

NME's Top 50 LPs of 2012 are listed below.

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1. Tame Impala - Lonerism
2. Grimes - Visions
3. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
4. Crystal Castles - III
5. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
6. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
7. Pond - Beard Wives Denim
8. The Cribs -In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
9. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
10. Jack White - Blunderbuss
11. Django Django - Django Django
12. David Byrne & St Vincent - Love This Giant
13. DIIV - Oshin
14. The XX - Coexist
15. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
16. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
17. Grizzly Bear - Shields
18. Tribes - Baby
19. Toy - Toy
20. Howler - America Give Up
21. Cat Power - Sun
22. Beach House - Bloom
23. Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
24. Merchandise - Children Of Desire
25. Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
26. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
27. Jessie Ware - Devotion
28. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
29. Mac DeMarco - 2
30. Breton - Other People's Problems
31. Kanye West - Cruel Summer
32. Graham Coxon - A+E
33. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
34. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
35. Metz - Metz
36. The Vaccines - Come Of Age
37. Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
38. TEED - Trouble
39. Liars - WIXIW
40. Polica - Give You The Ghost
41. Ty Segall - Twins
42. Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
43. Ratking - Wiki93
44. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, MAAd City
45. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
46. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
47. John Talabot - Fin The
48. 2 Bears - Be Strong
49. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
50. Purity Ring - Shrines
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Comments (93)

We are living in The Year of Grimes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 4:53 PM

Grimes is shit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 4:57 PM

Alt-Meh

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 4:58 PM

when Crystal Castles, DIIV and Grimes place in a best of list, all I can say is we are living in quite a fucking bleak time for music

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:01 PM

Flying Lotus 49? Fuck outta hereee

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:02 PM

That list made my woody droop.

:-(

(so sad 4 myself)

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:05 PM

Haven't seen Swans on a single list so far. Who is Frank Ocean anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:05 PM

Right .....

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:09 PM

Lana Del Rey? Is this a joke?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:10 PM

No Alabama Shakes? No Michael Kiwanuka?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:10 PM

Cruel Summer was an awful album.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:10 PM

1) Smashing Pumpkins - OCEANIA

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:15 PM

No Fiona...but Lana. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:18 PM

does anyone actually give a shit about nme? they have about as much credibility as rolling stone

Posted by bob | November 27, 2012 5:21 PM

Tame Impala over Grimes? Interesting... And speaking of, what's w/all the Grimes haters? You honestly believe she doesn't belong up there?

Also, shocking that Chromatics and/or Animal Collective didn't make the list, yet The XX - Coexist is so high up there? Snoooze

Posted by Coco | November 27, 2012 5:22 PM

Lana Del Rey being on this list means the entire list is bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:23 PM

LDR? No Chromatics???

This list = shite.

XX? their new album is not so hot.

Posted by Anonymous Music Critic | November 27, 2012 5:27 PM

no japandroids, no list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:31 PM

Grimes is terrible. Really can't believe how the "indie world" can't come to an agreement on that matter.

Back in 2001 everyone knew the Strokes put out the record of the year. Conversation over. Wish it would be like that with Cloud Nothings- Attack on Memory this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:33 PM

Errr, uhhh, back in, ahem, back in (we can't hear you) BACK IN 2001...

Old Fart

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:39 PM

there were no incredible albums this year, including japandroids and chromatics

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:41 PM

Okay, can we actually focus on something important for once? What the FUCK is up with the guy from the Cribs' haircut? Holy sha-moly.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:43 PM

cruel summer shouldn't be on any best-of list, i don't care how long the list is. and i love kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:45 PM

This time of the year is great, especially if you like shitty lists.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:46 PM

No Swans or Scott Walker = don't bother making a list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:48 PM

Freaking millenials. Is there anything they don't suck at?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:52 PM

DIIV

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:55 PM

back in 2001 everyone was retarded and thought unremarkable idiot retro glam shitrock made by uncreative fuzzy voiced idiot ugly white guys in shitty outfits was the best album. enD OF CONVERSAITON. WISH IT WAS LIKE THAT WITH BLAND WHITE GUY BNAD OF 2012 TOO. IM GUY FROM 5:33

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:56 PM

Can someone explain the Alt-J hype?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 5:57 PM

Instead of looking at and commenting on these lists, just face the fact: this was a mediocre year for music. Nothing is that outstanding, just some very good albums.

Not looking any more.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 6:15 PM

Yeah, Mr. Anonymous, Alt-J hype boils down to awesomeness. They are an Awesome Wave.

Posted by Yeah | November 27, 2012 6:37 PM

It should say GOOD Music- Cruel Summer. Or Kanye West Present's GOOD Music. As bad as the rappers not named Kanye West are.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 6:38 PM

Mature Themes but The Seer is missing. Okay. I am now officially lost.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 6:40 PM

@ 5:48. Well said

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:02 PM

Ray Brown and Thomas Patrick Maguire put out great albums this year:

Thomas Patrick Maguire - No Suppression, Gentleman Drunk
http://thomaspatrickmaguire.bandcamp.com/album/no-suppression-gentleman-drunk-2

Ray Brown - Canyon
http://raybrown.bandcamp.com/album/canyon

So did Bob Dylan, Guided By Voices, Lee Ranaldo, Spectre Folk, Brook Pridemore, Mission of Burma and Titus Andronicus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:11 PM

Not the best year for music. Out of the stuff on that list, Spiritualized should be #1. Any list with Grimes loses all credibility.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:14 PM

Where are the Killers?! Yeah, fuck you too

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:15 PM

Born To Die should be higher. The Wedding Present's Valentina is a sad omission.

Posted by Paul | November 27, 2012 7:28 PM

Any list this year without Chromatics on it is just stupid, although the Tame Impala record is great too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:28 PM

I'll bet Grimes is better in the sack than Lana Del Rey is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 8:09 PM

Are these music magazines serious or are they kind of like People or US Weekly, where they pick a Sexiest Man Alive who is going to sell magazines, not because they actually think he's the Sexiest?

No one could seriously say that the Lana Del Rey album should be here but not the Dylan, Springsteen or Antlers albums (even though the Antlers only put out an EP.)

Even though the Dylan album is a major disappointment, it still has at least one great song on it, which is more than I can say for at least 80% of these.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 8:34 PM

Yeesh --- a big collapse for animal collective. They were #3 on NME best if 2010. Now they have banner ads on BV pr

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 8:49 PM

Yeah I don't know why Americans are so down on Alt-J. The stuff is great. And yeah, shoot me, but the Killers made a pretty good record. Cruel Summer's singles (To the World, Clique, Mercy, and New God Flow) are nothing short of excellent, but the rest is eh at best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 9:19 PM

Enter Shikari? Oh, I get it. Because the band's British. How about putting an actually good metal band on the list instead.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 9:44 PM

Death Grips?

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 10:00 PM

Bryan Ferry haters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 10:04 PM

Grimes is pretty retarded, and ANCO got super snubbed. I'd say top 3 albums for me are lonerism, shields and bloom.

Having lana del rey on any list is pretty stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 10:09 PM

Can't believe the new Lotus Plaza didn't make a list yet

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 10:17 PM

I really enjoyed Lonerism.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 11:26 PM

sausage

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 11:51 PM

no one ever really liked anco. people listened to them to be hip. that is why they fail.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 11:53 PM

Music was way better in the 90's. Also, I'm old.

Music was still better tho. For reals.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 12:37 AM

"Even though the Dylan album is a major disappointment"

You are an extreme idiot. The Dylan record is great and I am fine with them picking Tame Impala. It is another great record that gets better each listen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:06 AM

Music sucks now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:54 AM

alt-j

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:54 AM

Ok...so we all know Jennifer Aniston has big nipples right? The question is now whether or not she has big areolas? I say yes!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 2:49 AM

Bat for Lashes should have been way higher.

Posted by RH | November 28, 2012 6:44 AM

Graham Coxon..finally something worth listening to.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 7:50 AM

1) smashing pumpkins - oceania
2) Deftones - Koi No Yokan
3) Trail of Dead - Lost Songs
4) Marilyn Manson - Born Villian

everything else sucked this year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 8:18 AM

^ ha ha ha ha marilyn manson ha ha ha ha
yeah if you are, like, 15

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 8:45 AM

No Fiona
no Bob Mould
no Deftones

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 9:16 AM

Yeah that Bob Mould album is pretty dope.

Also, no GY!BE? That album is crazy good too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 9:31 AM

Tragically Hip, Sigur Ros, Soundgarden

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 9:52 AM

I'm pretty sure the Twilight Sad and Spiritualized had the best albums of 2012. It really was an otherwise unspectacular year for music. Even the new Springsteen was just ok.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 10:04 AM

2012 was so embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 10:15 AM

look at Albarn top right of the photo. epic win!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 10:27 AM

Hipster Sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 10:46 AM

^F5, loser, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 11:10 AM

Soundtrack of Our Lives Throw it to the Universe! HOW IS THIS NOT IN THE TOP 50!?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 11:15 AM

1) Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 11:20 AM

At least Breton made it on there - hands up if you've heard their terrific debut, Other People's Problems.

Posted by Jeremy Shatan | November 28, 2012 12:45 PM

2:49, wait, how do we all know Aniston has big nipples? Was there a nip slip or outright topless photo?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 12:46 PM

Everyone commenting here is like 15-22 years old right? That explains why you care about a top 50 albums of the first 10 months of 2012 as compiled by NME. If you listen to anything outside of indie rock (and fake hip hop like kanye), it was a fucking incredible year for LPs. Liars, Mac DeMarco, and Grimes LPs were great tho. Need to give the Swans LP a few more listens - which is the only thing I took from reading these comments. And, yes, I love Grimes AND Swans, so fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:19 PM

Agreed on Soundtrack of Our Lives!!!! Greatest band on the planet!

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:35 PM

I'm surprised "Open your Heart" by The Men isn't on any of the lists so far.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 2:08 PM

NOT ENOUGH GOTYE

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:34 PM

thanks

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 5:36 PM

Remember that part in the show "30 Rock" where the dumb hot blond's "band" plays for the show, and it's just her doing her nails on stage while her laptop plays electronica beats?

That's basically Grimes. Stop lying to yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 6:16 PM

I guess these must have been the only albums released this year, because this is exactly the same as every other "best of" list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 6:23 PM

@November 28, 2012 6:16 PM

So your dissing grimes and admitting you watch 30 rock?

Lol at the whining children do at best of lists, my favorite artist X didn't cut so everyone sucks .:(

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 10:34 PM

damn, hardly anybody on this list knows wtf they're talking about. Lonerism and Visions are two of the greatest albums made in decades.. absolutely brilliant works of art, and both produced from top to bottom by their artists. kevin parker and claire boucher both created their albums entirely by themselves (besides mastering). kevin parker is about to be our era's john lennon, and grimes is going to be legendary in pop. they're two artists setting the tone for the future, an era where albums will be produced entirely by their artists, and where genres will become less and less distinguishable. true wizards of sound kevin parker and grimes are.

Posted by jack | December 2, 2012 8:13 PM

You guys are crazy, Cruel Summer was an amazing album. Truly. And, they only put it at #31, you really still think that's too high?

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