Posted in music on December 3, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

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SPIN's Top 50 Albums of 2012
50. fun. - Some Nights
49. Heems - Nehru Jackets
48. Best Coast - The Only Place
47. Metric - Synthetica
46. Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper
45. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
44. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
43. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
42. Lindstrom - Six Cups of Rebel and Smalhans
41. Purity Ring - Shrines
40. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded
38. Taylor Swift - Red
37. R. Kelly - Write Me Back
36. Beak> - >>
35. Jack White - Blunderbuss
34. Mala - In Cuba
33. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
32. Goat - World Music
31. The xx - Coexist
30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar
29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
28. Jessie Ware - Devotion
27. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
26. Tame Impala - Lonerism
25. Action Bronson - Blue Chips
24. Cat Power - Sun
23. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
22. Torche - Harmonicraft
21. Daphni - Jiaolong
20. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
18. King Tuff - King Tuff
17. Grizzly Bear - Shields
16. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
15. Baroness - Yellow & Green
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
13. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
12. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
11. Future - Pluto
10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
9. Ty Segall - Twins
8. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
7. Swans - The Seer
6. Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
4. DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1 - Welcome to the Chi
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

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Comments (83)

has crystal castles made any of these lists yet?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:19 PM

First 2012 list ever without GRIMES. lol.
90% of this list is shit.

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | December 3, 2012 1:20 PM

santigold and future!? this list is void

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:22 PM

Who is this Frank Ocean guy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:22 PM

No love for Crystal Castles or Grimes...this list is stupid!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:23 PM

That Kendrick Lamar album is awful, El-P easily best rap album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:23 PM

No Grimes?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:25 PM

"List" means "Thing with Grimes in it."

So, obviously this was a typo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:26 PM

Beyond bourgeois

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:29 PM

Kendrick Lamar

That's HEADLEY!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:29 PM

Billy Ocean > Frank Ocean

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:30 PM

santigold and best coast but no grimes. you got spun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:31 PM

why isnt the Lee Ranaldo album on any of these lists?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:32 PM

At least Cloud Nothings finally showed up.

No Grimes. My respect for Spin went up slightly.

Nah. Nah it didn't.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:33 PM

Spin is so fucking relevant

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:33 PM

no dan deacon?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:35 PM

Grimes isn't on this list because no one will give a shit about that album in 2 years.

Posted by sammy | December 3, 2012 1:36 PM

Bucha pussies at Spin. But not as big a pussy as Michael Gira. That taint toucher is a real pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:36 PM

When someone with DJ in their name is in the Top 5.

#SpinFail

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:41 PM

Pretty disappointed the Dr. John record has only been on one of these lists so far (Uncut). That album is great, front to back!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:47 PM

Also, that Kendrick Lamar record is really boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:47 PM

Another kiss-ass list. No Dr. John or Bruce Springsteen, for starters, and that's not even getting to all the overlooked new bands.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:52 PM

what about Leonard Cohen or Dylan?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:57 PM

This is sad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:00 PM

Still waiting for a list with that Divine Fits record on it. I guess I'm the only one who loved it.

And Jack White is way too low...there is no way that there were 34 albums better than Blunderbuss this year

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:01 PM

First list with animal collective in it

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:02 PM

50. fun. - Some Nights

That means that, across all musical genres, there were only 50 albums released during 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:08 PM

Glad to see King Tuff and Thee Oh Sees getting some love.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:09 PM

Teklife is the shiz. Props 2 Spin. 2012 was the year Juke went live.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:11 PM

At least Swans got in here...

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:19 PM

No Dr John but Nicki Minaj? Another narrow minded list of mostly English language white music with a few black artists thrown in. So the same as all of the other lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:27 PM

They are better called The Swams, for holding a show during a hurricane (amirite?)

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:28 PM

Is this just a list of 50 albums that were released in 2012?

I really like Metric, but "Synthetica" is dreck; It should not be on any top-2012 lists.

Good to see some love for Beak. I like that album. No Liars though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:28 PM

When I saw Kendrick and Frank Ocean at # 1 and 2, I thought this was the list of the most overrated trash of 2012 but knew I was wrong when I didn't see Grimes

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:33 PM

fun obviously doesn't deserve to be on this list, and it's blatantly skewered toward a certain demographic.

that being said, it's one of the better 'best-of' lists that's been posted on here so far.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:49 PM

When are you people going to realize that Grimes is shit. Five years from now you'll speak of Grimes in the same manner that you speak about Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah and The Black Kids.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:50 PM

No Lana Del Rey? This list officially has no validity.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:51 PM

no EVERYMEN?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:52 PM

The best thing about this list is the photo

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:53 PM

Ahem...Walkmen, Sigur Ros, Soundtrack of our Lives, Ben Folds Five, Springsteen, Tragically Hip all should be in there...

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:57 PM

SPIN does EVERYTHING based on market research & sales impact - they haven't made an independent or interesting move since they were founded. I'm sure they would be just as happy writing about power tools if it made more $.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:00 PM

WHERE IS FLYING LOTUS

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:06 PM

Frank Ocean is Billy Oceans son.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:07 PM

Mediocre list, but solid art mashup.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:12 PM

Daphni and Beak> are two of a few things I like on this list, and while both their albums were amazing, they wouldn't even be in my own top ten. Where do these fucking lists come from?!

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

"Kendrick Lamar

That's HEADLEY!"


well done 1:29.

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

When are you people going to realize that Bob Dylan's 2012 album is shit. Five years from now you'll speak of Bob Dylan's 2012 album in the same manner that you speak about Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah and The Black Kids.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:42 PM

SPIN still exists?

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

Grimes is going to fall so hard in a couple of years that by 2015 you'll be able to see her for $8 at the Stanhope House in New Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:52 PM

"50. fun. - Some Nights

That means that, across all musical genres, there were only 50 albums released during 2012."

That's amazing. No one has said it better.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:55 PM

WHAT ABOUT BOB MOULD?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 3:56 PM

Why do we all get so worked up about this crap? These lists are good to see if there are some records you might have missed, and go back and check them out (on legal streaming sites, of course). That's about it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:02 PM

Nice to see SWANS. The Frank Ocean album wears thin after a while. I think people will be kicking themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:11 PM

This is as stupid as the VICE list, only not funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:33 PM

4:02- Your responsive is way too even-keeled and reasonable.
But yes, that.
And i love the commenter who said "First 2012 list ever without GRIMES." "Ever," as in the last 2 weeks? Really gives a good insight into the attention span of some of the people here.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 4:33 PM

Jesus fuckin' Christ...I just found out Beak put out a new record 5 months ago by reading a SPIN Best of List off of Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:00 PM

Grimes is so last month.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:00 PM

Swans-always respected, never enjoyed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:04 PM

Traxman!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:08 PM

what ever happened to the vivian girls?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:15 PM

I'd just like to point out that fun. is on this list.

On this "best of" list.

fun.

Just pointing out.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:24 PM

At first glance I read this as "SNL names their..."

And then I realized it would probably be about the same.

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

NO BLACK DICE?? COMEON, MOTHERFUCKERS!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 5:43 PM

"Spin is like Rolling Stone, but for UNDERGROUND music!"

- 14 year olds in the mid 90s

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:13 PM

"Swans-always respected, never enjoyed."

-Grimes fan

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:22 PM

forgot Die Antwoord..Spin is an outdated publication...

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 6:25 PM

What happened to Odd Future?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 7:18 PM

Soundgarden? King Animal?

Anyone?

Hello?


Sigh

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 7:32 PM

Where are the Dreebs?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 8:54 PM

The Killers, Battle Born

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 9:13 PM

I would pick Lecrae's Gravity for album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 9:27 PM

No iPods?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 11:16 PM

No Lana Del Rey? This list officially has validity.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 12:02 AM

I really enjoy many different hummus brands, but compiling a "best of" list would be very challenging even to a connasaur such as myself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 2:26 AM

don't know if it's been said, but where are the iPods?

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 3:19 AM

Pains me to admit it, but I lol'd at 3:19

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 8:29 AM

7:18 - LOL

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 8:49 AM

what time does daft punk get listed

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 10:48 AM

2:50, what do people say about clap your hands these days? I still like the first two albums, never got around to checking out the 3rd (hysteria i think it was called?)

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 11:13 AM

GOD SPOILER ALERT

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 12:48 PM

Embarrassingly enough, I laughed at both 11:16 and 3:19 simultaneously. Somehow I knew to read them both at the same time.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 12:28 AM

No Beach House? Why you dis'n Baltimore son?

Ray Ray
#52

Posted by Ray Lewis | December 6, 2012 6:49 AM

traxman yeeeeea

Posted by nate | December 11, 2012 12:52 AM

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