Best Albums of 2012

by oz on December 20, 2012

1. Trampled By Turtles – Stars and Satellites

2. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

3. Field Report – S/T

4. Grizzly Bear – Shields

5.  Joe Pug – The Great Despiser

6. The Lumineers – S/T

7. Patterson Hood – Heat Light Rumbles In The Distance

8. Plants and Animals – The End Of That

9. The Walkmen – Heaven

10. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There Is A Bomb In Gilead

11. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

12. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

13. Titus Andronicus – Local Business

14. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again

15. Nick Waterhouse – Time’s All Gone

16. Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful

17. Heartless Bastards – Arrow

18. Lucero – Women & Work

19. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

20. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

21. Diamond Rugs – S/T

22. John Fullbright – From The Ground Up

23. Kopecky Family Band – Kids Raising Kids

24. Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

25. Nude Beach – II

26. Bahamas – Barchords

27. Calexico – Algiers

28. Delta Spirit – S/T

29. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

30. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

31. Buxton – Nothing Here Seems Strange

32. Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land

33. Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta

34. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Diving Fits

35. Dr. Dog – Be The Void

36. Hacienda – Shakedown

37. Denver – S/T

38. King Tuff – S/T

39. Strand of Oaks – Dark Shores

40. Dr. John – Locked Down

41. Matthew E. White – Big Inner

42. Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes

43. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

44. Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Way We Move

45. Two Gallants – The Bloom &  The Blight

46. Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman

47. Discount Guns – S/T

48. The District Attorneys – Slowburner

49. This Mountain – Future Ghost

50. Goodnight, TX – A Long Life Of Living

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Quintilian B. Nasty December 21, 2012 at 12:39 am

Great list — lots of stuff I need to check out.

Your list and my list share quite a few commonalities.


moish December 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

good list. but the omission of andrew bird’s noble beast?

Nick December 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Or Cory Branan’s ‘Mutt’? Seriously? Get yer shit together Hear Ya.

Dean December 23, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Surprised no JBM. Loved Stray Ashes. Then again, most of Hearya’s top 10 doesn’t jive with me. Surprising, cause last years list was similar to mine.

Ryan Georgioff January 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Pleased to see Damien Jurado on here, and I definitely put “Shields” in my top 5. What about “Swing Lo Magellan?”

BrotherBadSeed January 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Nice List

Field Report
Alabama Shakes
Grizzly Bear
The Lumineers
Two Gallants

all made my top ten this year.

I was too impressed with the new Lucero, or Justin Townes Earle albums though.

I will have to check some of the others on this list.

Billy Shaw January 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

great list

I would include the Shins and Cat Power albums

Lord Huron and Bhi Bhiman both in top 10

Douglas Ling January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for the great list! I did a terrible job of listening to new music this year and this has already provided many great finds I would not have found on my own.

Mace Leonard January 6, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Patrick Watson?

cosmicoldcrowe January 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Great list!!! Thanks for doing what ya are doing on this site. Keep up the great work!!!

Five albums worth a listen or two that are not on’s Best of 2012 List, but also released in 2012:

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Big Moon Ritual.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood- The Magic Door.
Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold.
Allah-Las – Allah-Las.
Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland.

Joe T. January 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

Fantastic list. found 6 or 7 bands/artists I hadn’t heard of and loved!

MyMusic January 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Jake Bugg S/T. Best album of 2012. Enough said…

Tanner J. January 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm


Louisville Dbag January 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Discount Guns rawwkkk. Not really…seriously, this list is a joke if it has that crap of an album on it.

G Woods February 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Great list! 2012 was a good year for music. I’ve been living under rocks (also known as toddlers) for the last couple years. I’m glad I found your site, it’s helping me play catch-up.

Ray Lee April 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Spot on selection guys! My own editor should read this site.

Cullen May 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

Not suprised that TBT was at the top. The band is doing Duluth proud!

OBh2o June 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I realize you have reviewed Denver a few times but truthfully think you need to do a revisit to their fantastic album. It is top 10 for sure and that’s not some crazy fan commenting but a schooled listener of americana. Love your site but you really missed the boat on this one as it is possibly the best of all 2012.
Give it another thorough listen and think you might just be enlightened to what you apparently missed the first go ’round !!

Thanks again for all you do at HearYa … you guys are the best !!

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