Best of 2012: Rolling Stone, Stereogum, NPR

Three more sources chime in with their best albums list for 2012, led by that old stalwart, Rolling Stone. True to their heritage, the magazine have chosen a mix of veteran artists with the best of the new but the big surprise is their choice for the best of the year, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball.

It's not that it is a bad album. It's actually really, really good but it hasn't even made the top 50 on a number of lists. Our guess is that the magazine, which has always been closely aligned with Springsteen's career, was influenced by the heavy social commentary.

Second and third are two albums that have gotten a lot of respect from the year end list makers, Channel Orange by Frank Ocean and Blunderbuss by Jack White. Then comes Bob Dylan's Tempest, another who can do no wrong in RS' eyes, even though the album was not quite up to the brilliance of his three previous releases.

Overall, nine veteran artists made the top 50 with two, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Cliff, seeing their first appearances in any year-end list.

Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2012
  • 01. Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
  • 02. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
  • 03. Blunderbuss - Jack White
  • 04. Tempest - Bob Dylan
  • 05. The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple
  • 06. good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
  • 07. Here - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • 08. Uno - Green Day
  • 09. Celebration Rocks - Japandroids
  • 10. Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young
  • 12. Rebirth - Jimmy Cliff
  • 13. Old Ideas - Leonard Cohen
  • 15. Locked Down - Dr. John
  • 22. Slipstream - Bonnie Raitt
  • 25. Sunken Condos - Donald Fagan
  • 36. The Bravest Man in the World - Bobby Womack
The site Stereogum released their list on Tuesday and it is completely devoid of any artist who was recording 25 years ago. Not a one. 

They did, however, put Fiona Apple's brilliant album at the top and included three artists who are making a majority of the top tens for the year, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and the Japandroids. 

Stereogum's Top 50 Albums of 2012
  • 01. The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple
  • 02. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
  • 03. good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
  • 04. The Seer - Swans
  • 05. Devotion - Jessie Ware
  • 06. Attack on Memory - Cloud Nothings
  • 07. Celebration Rock - Japandroids
  • 08. Heaven - Walkmen
  • 09. Something - Chairlift
  • 10. Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors
The full list is available at Stereogum's site.

Finally, NPR has picked their 50 favorites of the year but they don't rank their selections. Here are the albums by veteran artists to make their list, including a first mention of Dwight Yoakam.
  • The Bravest Man in the World - Bobby Womack
  • 3 Pears - Dwight Yoakam
  • Old Ideas - Leonard Cohen
  • The Cherry Thing - Neneh Cherry and the Thing

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