My Top Albums of 2012

As this December rolls along toward my top albums of 2016 post, I’m introducing you to my lists of years past. We’ve gone through 20102011. Now, let me show you 2012.

It’s fascinating to think of these lists and realize how much time has gone by since these albums came into existence. Music partners with our memories much like the sense of smell does. You hear a song and it triggers your memory of a particular time, no matter how vivid it is.

All of a sudden, as I look back at this list, random memories of 2012 have come flooding back to me. It’s funny to think of these albums and remember the randomness from when I listened to this music. Vivid memories, like my Albertan ski trip that winter, but also mundane memories, like when I operated a large spray fan machine to battle mosquito larvae for the city that summer.

Anyway, music and memories are neat. Let’s get to the list.


2012 Manny: It seems like nowadays there’s a new artist or group that takes their turn in the limelight somewhat daily. Good, I say! It is a testament to the fact that everyone has the opportunity to write, share their sound to whoever is willing to listen, and ultimately revel in musical accomplishment.

This is a list of my favourite albums released in 2012 that I have found to be inspiring, captivating, impressive, and enjoyable as a whole. I hope you agree to a certain extent, and please give me some suggestions of your own! ENJOY:

10. Passion Pit – Gossamer

9. The Shins – Port Of Morrow

8. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

7. The Lumineers – The Lumineers

6. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

5. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

4. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom (re-released in N.A.)

3. Mumford & Sons – Babel

2. Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard

And my NUMBER ONE album of 2012 IS…

1.  Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

Of Monsters and Men came out of the blue (the refreshing blue skies of Iceland that is), forming only two years ago to compete and win in a battle of the bands. We’re sure glad they won because they created a beautiful and masterful record this year.


Sigur Rós – Valtari

Young Oceans – Young Oceans

Stars – The North

Metric – Synthetica

Wish List (the albums I did not get to that might have made an impact on my choices):

Bahamas – Barchords (2016 MANNY SAYS LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM)

Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Beach House – Bloom

The xx – Coexist

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Last year, I included Feist and The Antlers on my wish list and was blown away when I finally listened to their albums (Metals and Burst Apart respectively). Furthermore, I was completely awestruck by seeing both groups live in the summer.

I’m looking forward to what 2013 has in store! Happy NEW YEAR! CHEERS.

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