Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012

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Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Americana

Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012 (which Christgau calls “The Dean’s List”)

  1. Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Americana
  2. Dabke – Sounds of the Syrian Houran
  3. Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now
  4. Pink – The Truth About Love
  5. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  6. Skrillex – Bangarang
  7. Himanshu – Nehru Jackets
  8. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
  9. Various Artists – The Rough Guide to High Life
  10. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  11. Azealia Banks – 1991
  12. Chris Berry & The Bayaka of Yandoumbe – Listen . . . Oka!
  13. Lee Ranaldo – Between the Times and the Tides
  14. The xx – Coexist
  15. 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
  16. Orchestra Baobab – La Belle Époque: Volume 2 1973-1976
  17. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  18. Karantamba – Ndigal
  19. The Human Hearts – Another
  20. Homeboy Sandman – First of a Living Breed
  21. Spoek Mathambo – Father Creeper
  22. Greenberger Greenberg Cebar – Tell Me That Before
  23. Taylor Swift – Red
  24. Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told: Chapter Two: Bread and Circuses
  25. Serengeti – C.A.R.
  26. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  27. Homeboy Sandman – The Good Sun
  28. Omar Souleyman – Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts
  29. Plug – Back on Time
  30. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – A Working Museum
  31. Heems – Wild Water Kingdom
  32. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  33. Standard Fare – Out of Sight, Out of Town
  34. The dB’s – Falling Off the Sky
  35. A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship
  36. Death Grips – No Love Deep Web
  37. Various Artists – The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia
  38. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  39. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  40. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  41. Beach House – Bloom
  42. Etta James – The Dreamer
  43. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
  44. Best Coast – The Only Place
  45. Death Grips – The Money Store
  46. Ab-Soul – Control System
  47. Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta
  48. Various Artists – Songs for Desert Refugees
  49. Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne
  50. Tommy Womack – Now What!
  51. Public Enemy – Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp
  52. Big Baby Gandhi – No1 2 Look Up 2
  53. Pet Shop Boys – Elysium
  54. Staff Benda Bilili – Bouger Le Monde
  55. Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
  56. Carolyn Mark – The Queen of Vancouver Island
  57. s / s / s – Beak & Claw
  58. Thomas Anderson – The Moon in Transit
  59. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  60. Jamey Johnson – Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
  61. Various Artists – The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco
  62. Ani DiFranco – ¿Which Side Are You On?
  63. P.S. Eliot – Sadie
  64. The Coup – Sorry to Bother You
  65. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  66. Give – Balkan Beat Box
  67. Lukid – Lonely at the Top
  68. Big K.R.I.T. – 4Eva N a Day
  69. Low Cut Connie – Call Me Sylvia
  70. Kid Koala – 12 Bit Blues
  71. Pete Seeger – The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960
  72. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
  73. Moreno and L’Orch First Moja-One – Sister Pili + 2
  74. Burial – Street Halo/Kindred
  75. Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman
  76. Homeboy Sandman – Subject: Matter
  77. Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982
  78. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: Deluxe Edition
  79. Madonna – MDNA
  80. Allo Darlin’ – Europe
  81. The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea
  82. Two Fingers – Stunt Rhythms
  83. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls: Deluxe Edition
  84. Dylan Hicks – Sings Bolling Greene
  85. Serengeti – Kenny Dennis EP
  86. Dobie – Nothing to Fear
  87. A Place to Bury Strangers – Onwards to the Wall
  88. Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape
  89. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  90. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  91. Dobie – …But Fear Itself
  92. Ned Sublette – Kiss You Down South
  93. Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang – En Yay Sah
  94. Royal Band de Thiés – Kadior Demb
  95. Amadou & Mariam – Folila
  96. Andre Williams & the Sadies – Night and Day
  97. Khaira Arby – Tchini Tchini
  98. Joan Soriano – La Familia Soriano
  99. Big Baby Gandhi – Big Fucking Baby
  100. Linkoban – Super Into On It
  101. Various Artists – The Original Sound of Cumbia
  102. Tha Grimm Teachaz – There’s a Situation on the Homefront