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SPIN names their Top 50 Albums of 2012 (Frank Ocean is #1)

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.

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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