Under the Radar’s Top 100 Albums of 2012

Tame Impala, Bat For Lashes, Chairlift, Wild Nothing, Beach House, Django Django, Grimes, and the Rest of the Best of 2012

Mar 27, 2013 Bookmark and Share

It always begins the same way. Every January, drunk on the musical riches of the previous 12 months, we find ourselves convinced that no year could match its predecessor. Then—little by little—we discover we're wrong. Here at Under the Radar we could argue that 2012 was an even better year for music than 2011 was, which is why we expanded our Top 80 best albums list from last year to a Top 100 best albums released in 2012.

Each of Under the Radar's writers submitted a list of their Top 35 favorite albums of the year. Those lists were all combined and tallied up to form Under the Radar's master Top 100 albums of 2012. Included, when available, are Rdio streams for each album.

This list will also appear in Under the Radar's forthcoming Best of 2012 Issue and several of the artists on the list are interviewed in that issue.  

Click here to see Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2012.


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Kevin Parenteau
December 22nd 2012

I like the list. I do have two comments.
First where is silversun pickups?
Second Lost in the Trees at #100? Come on… There is not a more beautifully crafted album on the list then a Church that fits our needs. Should be in the top 10 and if not then 20. Really you put Fiona Apple ahead of Lost in the trees?