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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]

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