Posted in music on December 5, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Bruce

More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

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Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2012
50 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
49 Amadou And Mariam - Folila
48 The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
47 Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables
46 Muse - The 2nd Law
45 Rick Ross - Rich Forever
44 Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
43 fun. - Some Nights
42 Allo Darlin' - Europe
41 The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
40 Escort - Escort
39 Passion Pit - Gossamer
38 Titus Andronicus - Local Business
37 Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
36 Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
35 Grizzly Bear - Shields
34 Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
33 Grimes - Visions
32 Hospitality - Hospitality
31 Taylor Swift - Red
30 Azealia Banks - 1991
29 Dave Matthews Band - Away From the World
28 Beach House - Bloom
27 Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
26 Django Django - Django Django
25 Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
24 G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
23 Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
22 Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
21 Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
20 Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
19 Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock
18 Nas - Life is Good
17 John Mayer - Born and Raised
16 Cat Power - Sun
15 Dr. John - Locked Down
14 Best Coast - The Only Place
13 Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
12 Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
11 Mumford & Sons - Babel
10 Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
09 Japandroids - Celebration Rock
08 Green Day - !Uno!
07 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here
06 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
05 Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
04 Bob Dylan - Tempest
03 Jack White - Blunderbuss
02 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
01 Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
(via Stereogum)

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Comments (81)

So have Green Day joined the ranks of Springsteen and U2 as a band that Rolling Stone will give praise to no matter what garbage they produce?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:39 PM

HAHAHAHA Green Day

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:39 PM

Uno isn't even in the top 8 Green Day albums. This is funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:40 PM

Bruce could record himself taking a 2 hour shit and Rolling Stone would give it 5 stars

Still waitng for a list with Divine Fits on it!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:42 PM

WOW, MAKES ME WANNA THROW UP. GREEN DAY, BRUCE, JOHN MAYER AND BOB DYLAN DON'T DESERVE TO BE IN THE TOP 100, RS IS A JOKE

Posted by MILES | December 5, 2012 1:42 PM

I'm so glad FUN. Made it on to the list. I can't even imagine this year without them revitalizing the music industry with such unique and game changing caca.

Posted by chris | December 5, 2012 1:43 PM

Divine Fits is on this list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:43 PM

@142 Divine Fits is #23 on this list...

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:44 PM

Rolling Stone loves them some Green Day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:45 PM

Green Day put out an album this year?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:45 PM

Well, they do have Cloud Nothings at least.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:46 PM

They put out 3 albums actually.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:47 PM

Is anyone surprised?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:49 PM

john mayer, dave matthews, taylor swift finally getting the respect they deserve

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:50 PM

Surprised to see that Hospitality and Allo Darlin' made their list. Someone on the RS payroll loves them some twee pop

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:51 PM

i tend to give rolling stone the benfit of the doubt more than most, but this list actually made me laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:52 PM

If someone picked this up and only listened to these 50 albums then they would probably give up on music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:53 PM

I can't believe I'm saying this, but other than Dylan too high up on the list and the bizarre inclusion of Edward Sharpe's very disappointing followup, this is much better than most of those other Top 50s.

At least this one actually INCLUDED some of the year's better records.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:54 PM

Oh, cool! Hipster shit (see? even Rolling Stone can't resist either!) mixed in with some mainstream shit. Winning!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:55 PM

Rolling Stone might be neat as a political magazine, but the emphasis on terrible music reviews is worthless.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 1:56 PM

The Dylan album is actually pretty good. has anyone here even listened to it?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:04 PM

#yolo

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:04 PM

The worst record Dylan ever made logs in at #4, that's all you need to know.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:05 PM

Look. Just be glad that guy that still calls himself Smashing Pumpkins did not make the list with his latest.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:05 PM

I stand corrected. He did make the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:06 PM

Springsteen #1? What a fucking joke. What a rag of a magazine. Nothing against the Boss but come on?!?!? Album of the Year?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:10 PM

I absolutely LOVE Springsteen, seen him like 5 times, but I think Wrecking Ball just barely cracks the top 50

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:10 PM

Most surprising:

48 The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:11 PM

1:51, the Allo Darlin album deserves to be on all the lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:14 PM

"Well, they do have Cloud Nothings at least."

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:20 PM

Rolling Stone has not been relevant as a music mag since the early 70's.

Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:24 PM

So Smashing Pumpkins gets on, but not Lee Ranaldo, Paul Banks or Bob Mould? WTF!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:26 PM

at least they hit my three (fiona, frank, kendrick).


really though, green day? and the fun. album??? AND THE GARBAGE ALBUM?!?! I am obsessed with Garbage, and that album was a huge disappointment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:30 PM

[OBLIGATORY GRIMES COMMENT]

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:31 PM

lol Dave Matthews

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:31 PM

Green Day is great. Hipsters are too close minded sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:31 PM

There's a Corganite lurking deep within the hallowed halls of Rolling Stone...

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:31 PM

How does Rolling Stone's list compare to Andy Nelson's? :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:32 PM

As always Rolling Stone tries to please every possible base: the old farts, the mainstream pop machine, and the indie flavor of the week. Completely invalidating all in the process. Kudos Wenner!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:36 PM

The only thing this list proves is that corporate cultures brief crush on Off! is finally over.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:43 PM

I'm so shocked that Rolling Stone, which is essentially the AOL News of music, doesn't share the same musical tastes as anonymous commenters on a blog called BrooklynVegan.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:46 PM

2:11

Finally, a list with Oceania. Best Pumpkins/Corgan project in 15 years. Finally, someone gives it some due. Most people that hate it I'm sure have spent ample time with it. I'm certain.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:47 PM

Why isnt Bob Mould on this list?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:51 PM

Soundgarden, Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sigur Ros, Tragically Hip?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:53 PM

No Spiritualized.
No Twilight Sad.
No credibility.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:13 PM

I do think that Green Day is a lot more talented than their singles would lead you to believe but Uno is pretty poor.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:18 PM

The Springsteen album actually is one of the better ones of the year, has anybody here even listened to it? All in all, vs. all the other best of lists that BV has posted this one is probably the most well rounded and that's about the kindest thing I've said about Rolling Stones music coverage in quite some time. If you take away Green Day from the list it aint all that bad . . .

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:19 PM

I'd take Green Day over Mumford & Sons honestly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:32 PM

What about Lee Ranaldo?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:39 PM

Love Muse but hate the Killers. I don't understand this magazine.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:39 PM

I haven't seen Bob Mould on any of the lists which means no one has listened to it. "Silver Age" is an excellent album. Every song is solid. For anyone who has ever liked anything by Mould, please support the artist and check out his latest effort. You won't be disappointed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:46 PM

deftones....rush...soundgarden?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:49 PM

hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:04 PM

3:49 - you're asking about their list from 1992? you can find that in the link.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:05 PM

sorry - that didn't go properly. Here's the link.

Posted by Old person's guide to rockin' out. | December 5, 2012 4:06 PM

Yeah, Deftones have a metacritic 84 on their latest release. Tells you all need to know.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:31 PM

Lester Bangs would hate this list. Rock and roll? It's over!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:40 PM

what about Paul Banks?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:46 PM

This article should not have been posted on this blog. It is not relevant news.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:47 PM

What's a Bruce Springstein?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:52 PM

Well, it's not quite a mop and it's not quite a puppet... but man.... so to answer your question... I don't know.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:58 PM

Who can take rolling stone magazine seriously when bruce springsteen is named album of the year???? nothing against the boss but come on. that wasn't the best album. Where is Tame Impala (aka the best album of the year)?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:20 PM

Worst list. RIP RS

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:33 PM

5:33

Rolling Stone died almost 40 years ago. I use it as toilet paper in my house. Very expensive toilet paper but toilet paper nevertheless.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:36 PM

No pow wow! WTF??

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 6:25 PM

just read it for laughs.in two more weeks no more r/s mag for the recyclable bin. please do not send any more r/s mags ticketmaster

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 6:26 PM

Guided By Voices?

Posted by Dollar Man | December 5, 2012 6:43 PM

Great list! I'm so glad that they didn't include artists like Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Men, DIIV, Wild Nothing, Big KRIT, iamamiwhoami, BadBadNotGood, Perfume Genius, Open Mike Eagle, PS I Love You & Tallest Man on Earth. Personally I find taste, musical talent and originality VASTLY OVERRATED!!

Viva predictability!

Posted by BobbyB | December 5, 2012 7:30 PM

KB's "Weight and Glory" deserves a Top 50 as does Trip Lee's "The Good Life."

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 7:38 PM

springsteen has sucked for at least 35 years

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 8:09 PM

Guided by Voices put out 2 get albums.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 8:25 PM

dylan has sucked for almost 40 years

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:06 AM

RS' new 50 Best Hip-Hop songs list is actually kind of super great: http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=778387&ocid=rr-mus-news

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 3:16 AM

8:09 ok so Springsteen sucked from 1950-1970 and 1990-2005?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 8:24 AM

Springsteen has ALWAYS sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 8:34 AM

^Yeah no doubt I mean they guy has been selling out shows since 1973 he sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:13 AM

no aerosmith?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:31 AM

No Django Django or Beach House? This list is flawed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:26 PM

Congratulations Rolling Stones. You've officially sold out and are completely out of touch. This is the saddest list I have seen thus far.

http://meme-factory.thecomicseries.com/images/comics/40/f71c5b8faa853e49d3799256e812ebcb108661092.jpg

Posted by Casey Sonneborn | December 6, 2012 6:04 PM

Do these lists take into account ALL kinds of music? Because if they do, then why are CDs by prog-rock groups completely ignored? This year Rush came out with one their most energetic albums -- "Clockwork Angels". And Ian Anderson {Jethro Tull} released "Thick as a Brick 2". Both albums are amazing, yet they've been ignored by every single list. Their concerts were spectacular too. What is the problem? Are people like Rush and Ian discriminated musically from these lists? Also Neal Morse, the Flying Colors, Glass Hammer, etc. put out remarkable material as well, and these mags don't care at all. I thought Rolling Stone would be much more accepting.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:51 PM

I get it, being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man is the new not being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man

Posted by Animeiat | March 27, 2013 12:46 PM

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