Posted in music on December 12, 2012

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Venerable newspaper The New York Times have published their Top 10 songs and albums of the year, broken out by specific writers. (If they had published a collective list, Frank Ocean would be up there.) What say the Grey Lady? Check out the lists below, and follow the links for detail on why writers Jon Caramanica, Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles and Nate Chinen chose each.

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JON CARAMANICA's (NY TIMES) TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2012 (via)
1. EMELI SANDÉ "Our Version of Events" (Capitol)
2. TAYLOR SWIFT "Red" (Big Machine)
3. WAXAHATCHEE "American Weekend" (Don Giovanni)
4. FRANK OCEAN "Channel Orange" (Def Jam)
5. KESHA "Warrior" (Kemosabe/RCA)
6. KENDRICK LAMAR "good kid, m.A.A.d. city"
7. NAS "Life Is Good" (Def Jam)
8. TNGHT
9. FUTURE "Pluto" (A-1/Freebandz/Epic)
10. LEE BRICE "Hard 2 Love" (Curb)

JON CARAMANICA's (NY TIMES) TOP SONGS of 2012 (via)
KANYE WEST featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz "Mercy" (G.O.O.D./Def Jam)
RICK ROSS featuring Drake and French Montana "Stay Schemin" (Maybach Music Group/Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam)
CARLY RAE JEPSEN "Call Me Maybe" (604/Schoolboy/Interscope)
G-DRAGON "Crayon" (YG)
TYGA featuring Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill and T. I. "Rack City (remix)" (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic)
ALLO DARLIN' "Tallulah" (Slumberland)
RIFF RAFF AND CHIEF KEEF "Cuz My Gear" (youtube.com/JodyHighRoller)
JESSIE WARE "Wildest Moments" (PMR/Island)
ZEBRA KATZ featuring Njena Reddd Foxxx "Ima Read" (Jeffree's/Mad Decent)
KITTY PRYDE "Okay Cupid" (jokersintrousers.bandcamp.com)


BEN RATLIFF's (NY TIMES) TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2012 (via)
1. DAVID VIRELLES "Continuum" (Pi Recordings)
2. NAZORANAI Nazoranai (Ideologic Organ/Mego)
3. RAVI COLTRANE "Spirit Fiction" (Blue Note)
4. MASABUMI KIKUCHI "Sunrise" (ECM)
5. FRANK OCEAN "Channel Orange" (Def Jam)
6. OFF! "Off!" (Vice)
7. VIJAY IYER TRIO "Accelerando" (Act)
8. MILES OKAZAKI "Figurations" (Sunnyside)
9. JEREMY PELT "Soul" (HighNote)
10. ANITA WILSON "Worship Soul" (EMI Gospel)

BEN RATLIFF's (NY TIMES) TOP SONGS of 2012 (via)
RIHANNA "Numb" (Def Jam)
ANDY STOTT "Numb" (Modern Love)
GAL COSTA "O Menino" (Universal Music)
JEREMIH "Late Nights" (jeremih.com)
ZZ TOP " I Gotsta Get Paid" (Universal Republic)
SWANS "The Seer" (Young God)
REIVERS "Circling" (oaklandreivers.bandcamp.com)
NITE JEWEL "She's Always Watching You" (Secretly Canadian)
TAYLOR SWIFT "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Big Machine)
MARY STALLINGS "The Way You Love Me" (HighNote)


JON PARELES's (NY TIMES) TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2012 (via)
1. FRANK OCEAN "Channel Orange" (Def Jam)
2. FIONA APPLE "The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do" (Epic)
3. BOB DYLAN "Tempest" (Columbia)
4. KENDRICK LAMAR "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
5. GRIZZLY BEAR "Shields" (Warp)
6. ALABAMA SHAKES "Boys & Girls" (ATO)
7. NORAH JONES "Little Broken Hearts" (Blue Note)
8. METZ "Metz" (Sub Pop)
9. BETTYE LAVETTE "Thankful N' Thoughtful" (Anti-)
10. DJ RASHAD "Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi" (Lit City Trax

JON PARELES's (NY TIMES) TOP SONGS of 2012 (via)
BONNIE RAITT "Not Cause I Wanted To" (Redwing)
TAYLOR SWIFT "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Big Machine)
PURITY RING "Fineshrine" (4AD)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN "Rocky Ground" (Columbia)
BEACH HOUSE "Myth" (Sub Pop)
USHER "Climax" (RCA)
KELLIE PICKLER "Stop Cheatin' on Me" (BNA)
ANGEL HAZE "Cleaning Out My Closet" (Noizy Cricket/Universal Republic)
SPOEK MATHAMBO "Put Some Red on It" (Sub Pop)
ICONA POP FEATURING CHARLI XCX "I Love It" (Ten))


NATE CHINEN's (NY TIMES) TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2012 (via)
1. TIM BERNE "Snakeoil" (ECM)
2. VIJAY IYER TRIO "Accelerando" (ACT)
3. KURT ROSENWINKEL "Star of Jupiter" (Wommusic)
4. FRANK OCEAN "Channel Orange" (Def Jam)
5. KENDRICK LAMAR "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
6. DAVID VIRELLES "Continuum" (Pi Recordings)
7. YOSVANY TERRY "Today's Opinion" (Criss Cross)
8. RAVI COLTRANE "Spirit Fiction" (Blue Note)
9. FIONA APPLE "The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do" (Epic)
10. RYAN TRUESDELL "Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans" (ArtistShare)

NATE CHINEN's (NY TIMES) TOP SONGS of 2012 (via)
MIGUEL "Adorn" (ByStorm/RCA)
ALAN JACKSON "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" (ACR/EMI Nashville)
FRANK OCEAN "Bad Religion" (Def Jam)
NEIL YOUNG "Ramada Inn" (Reprise)
KENDRICK LAMAR "The Art of Peer Pressure" (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
USHER "Climax" (RCA)
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT "The Forest Awakes" (4AD/Todo Mundo)
ALICIA KEYS "Fire We Make" (RCA)
DIRTY PROJECTORS "Impregnable Question" (Domino)
BONNIE RAITT "Not Cause I Wanted To" (Redwing)

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Comments (41)

Hiphop/rap is so relevant

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:29 AM

Geezers Need Excitement

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:29 AM

If there is no Grimes it is not a list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:29 AM

Crap.... crap everywhere

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:30 AM

dad poop

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:30 AM

Who are these people?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:30 AM

I always check NYT for guidance on music. Thank god they've chimed in.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:31 AM

jesus

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:35 AM

not one mention of Grimes? The grey lady is severely out of touch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:36 AM

Funny to see Swans and Taylor Swifts "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on the same list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:36 AM

Wow, Jon Caramanica...just wow...

Posted by pecola | December 12, 2012 11:37 AM

No Tame Impala?...no thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:48 AM

riff raff is the worst

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:49 AM

These lists reek of "look-at-how-quirky-I-am" critics

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 11:51 AM

METZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

If my son Frank wasn't such a Caribbean Queen I would be so proud of him making all these AMAZING year end lists, but then again, the novelty of him being an out "urban" singer and the desire of the list makers to look well rounded is probably the reason his mediocre album burning up the Grammyverse!

Posted by Billy Ocean | December 12, 2012 11:56 AM

^truth.com

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 12:07 PM

YAWWWWWWWWWN

Posted by me | December 12, 2012 12:13 PM

11:56, you win the internets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 12:14 PM

this guy Jon really has a job with the NYT? no wonder...

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 12:15 PM

tl;dr: boring dudes repping boring dude music

Posted by xd | December 12, 2012 12:22 PM

Frank Ocean is not Prince. Anyone that votes for him in their top 10 should have their license to write about music taken away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 12:42 PM

MAN YOUD THINK ONE OF THEM WOULD KNOW SHIT ABOUT RELEVANT MUSIC

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

Ravi Shankar's final words: "Grimes made one of the 10 most relevant albums of 2012..."

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:01 PM

All the news that's fit to shit out

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:04 PM

I just feel bad for any adult male listening to fiona apple.

Posted by nspx | December 12, 2012 1:14 PM

Nice Streets reference, 11:29 (2)!

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:23 PM

nspx I feel bad for anyone who is close minded...sad state of existence.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:24 PM

Deftones - Kio No Yokan

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:26 PM

Taylor Swift sucks, no matter how indie/underground/edgy the rest of your list is.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 1:31 PM

None of those lists are "indie/underground/edgy". Although, Swans seems to be the go to thing to put on your list to appear "indie/underground/edgy".

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:29 PM

I like how whitey ignored contemporary R&B until someone came out as a gay. Now they feel obligated to fawn I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 2:40 PM

swans on only 1 of 8 lists? this is burrshiii.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 3:35 PM

Frank Ocean is incredibly boring.

Sheeple.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 3:38 PM

Really nspx? You don't feel that way about Taylor Swift or Ke$hit? Interesting perspective.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 4:36 PM

pass the colostomy bag

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 7:12 PM

Old men from the NY Times.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2012 10:58 PM

I was happy to see Kesha made one of the lists. Her new album is way better than anything I thought she was capable of doing. Of course, the music snobs won't ever accept her, no matter how good she is. But who cares? Let them whine and wallow in their pretentiousness.

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Posted by Michal | February 24, 2013 4:45 PM

Show was sold out the day it went on sale as did the other shows they had to cancel.

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Great list me thinks.

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