Spin Unveils Its 50 Best Albums Of 2012

    Spin went through a number of major changes in 2012. In February the publication relaunched as a bi-monthly magazine and then a few months later was sold to media holding company Buzzmedia. With all the changes, the company continues to increase its digital presence and today they released their year end lists online.

    “This was a volatile year for the music industry, and in lieu of a grand, thematic narrative to bring order to the volatility, we embraced the chaos and upheaval,” said Charles Aaron, SPIN’s Editorial Director. “From R&B’s quixotic creep into the spotlight to Death Grips’ confounding joyride off Epic’s fiscal cliff to metal’s emergence as rock’s new power-source to Japandroids hitchin’ a ride to the Zen Arcade. To paraphrase contributing editor Rob Harvilla, 2012 only made sense when we were screaming in unison those Tom Petty-bequeathed words, ‘OH YEAH! ALL RIGHT!’ Hopefully everybody has as much fun reading as we did testifying.”

    Spin‘s Top 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

     

    Spin‘s list of best albums is all over the map and Taylor Swift at #38 in particular sticks out. There are definitely some surprising picks although it’s no surprise seeing Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange at #1.

    In addition to announcing their picks for the best records of this past year, Spin also proclaimed Japandroids as band of the year and and Death Grips as artist of the year. [BV]