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Top Listener Voted Albums of 2012 Countdown


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RankArtistAlbumBuy
1Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe HeistBuy!
2Alt-JAn Awesome WaveBuy!
3Beach HouseBloomBuy!
4Tame ImpalaLonerismBuy!
5Alabama ShakesBoys and GirlsBuy!
6Grizzly BearShieldsBuy!
7Lumineers, TheThe LumineersBuy!
8Father John MistyFear FunBuy!
9GrimesVisionsBuy!
10Of Monsters And MenMy Head Is An AnimalBuy!
11Jack WhiteBlunderbussBuy!
12First Aid KitThe Lion's RoarBuy!
13The xxCoexistBuy!
14JapandroidsCelebration RockBuy!
15Cat PowerSunBuy!
16Django DjangoDjango DjangoBuy!
17The ShinsPort of MorrowBuy!
18Passion PitGossamerBuy!
19The Tallest Man on EarthThere's No Leaving NowBuy!
20Purity RingShrinesBuy!
21Frank Oceanchannel ORANGEBuy!
22Sharon Van EttenTrampBuy!
23The Helio SequenceNegotiationsBuy!
24Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine FitsBuy!
25David Byrne & St. VincentLove This GiantBuy!
26Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo MagellanBuy!
27Sigur RosValtariBuy!
28YeasayerFragrant WorldBuy!
29Damien JuradoMaraqopaBuy!
30Shovels & RopeO Be JoyfulBuy!
31THEESatisfactionawE naturalEBuy!
32Mumford & SonsBabelBuy!
33Dinosaur Jr.I Bet On SkyBuy!
34Lord HuronLonesome DreamsBuy!
35ChromaticsKill for LoveBuy!
36SantigoldMaster of My Make-BelieveBuy!
37Sera CahooneDeer Creek CanyonBuy!
38Hot ChipIn Our HeadsBuy!
39Cloud NothingsAttack on MemoryBuy!
40Bob MouldSilver AgeBuy!
41Bat for LashesThe Haunted ManBuy!
42Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel...Buy!
43Andrew BirdBreak It YourselfBuy!
44Crystal CastlesIIIBuy!
45The WalkmenHeavenBuy!
46Best CoastThe Only PlaceBuy!
47The Avett BrothersThe CarpenterBuy!
48Deep Sea DiverHistory SpeaksBuy!
49LemoloThe KaleidoscopeBuy!
50Sleigh BellsReign of TerrorBuy!
51Twin ShadowConfessBuy!
52Dum Dum GirlsEnd of DazeBuy!
53Band Of HorsesMirage RockBuy!
54FirewaterInternational Orange!Buy!
55Wild NothingNocturneBuy!
56Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosHereBuy!
57Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d cityBuy!
58ShearwaterAnimal JoyBuy!
59Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic PillBuy!
60Nada SurfThe Stars Are Indifferent to AstronomyBuy!
61Mark LaneganBlues FuneralBuy!
62Animal CollectiveCentipede HzBuy!
63Dr. DogBe the VoidBuy!
64MetricSyntheticaBuy!
65PolicaGive You the GhostBuy!
66SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet LightBuy!
67Godspeed You! Black EmperorAllelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Buy!
68Miike SnowHappy to YouBuy!
69CalexicoAlgiersBuy!
70The MaldivesMuscle for the WingBuy!
71Mountain GoatsTranscendental YouthBuy!
72Benjamin GibbardFormer LivesBuy!
73Flying LotusUntil the Quiet ComesBuy!
74Bob DylanTempestBuy!
75PinbackInformation RetrievedBuy!
76The RaveonettesObservatorBuy!
77Dr. JohnLocked DownBuy!
78Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers IIBuy!
79METZMETZBuy!
80TanlinesMixed EmotionsBuy!
81Lana Del ReyBorn to DieBuy!
82Beat ConnectionPalace GardenBuy!
83StarsThe NorthBuy!
84The Young EvilsForeign SpellsBuy!
85Leonard CohenOld IdeasBuy!
86Moon DuoCirclesBuy!
87The DecemberistsWe All Raise Our Voices to the AirBuy!
88The AntlersUnderseaBuy!
89YppahEighty OneBuy!
90SwansThe SeerBuy!
91Segall, TyTwinsBuy!
92Silversun PickupsNeck of the WoodsBuy!
93Porcelain RaftStrange WeekendBuy!
94Magnetic FieldsLove at the Bottom of the SeaBuy!
95Kishi Bashi151aBuy!
96MenomenaMomsBuy!
97Shabazz PalacesLive at KEXP 12"Buy!
98Titus AndronicusLocal BusinessBuy!
99Lower DensNootropicsBuy!
100School of Seven BellsGhostoryBuy!
101Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouseBuy!
102King TuffKing TuffBuy!
103Bruce SpringsteenWrecking BallBuy!
104Gary Clark, Jr.Blak and BluBuy!
105Regina SpektorWhat We Saw From the Cheap SeatsBuy!
106Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 ItBuy!
107Frightened RabbitState Hospital EPBuy!
108St. Paul de VenceSt. Paul de VenceBuy!
109TennisYoung & OldBuy!
110SoundgardenKing AnimalBuy!
111Absolute Monarchs- 1 -Buy!
112Yellow OstrichStrange LandBuy!
113M WardA Wasteland CompanionBuy!
114Patti SmithBangaBuy!
115John TalabotFinBuy!
116Erik BloodTouch ScreensBuy!
117ReptarBody FaucetBuy!
118Justin Townes EarleNothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About MeBuy!
119JD McPhersonSigns & SignifiersBuy!
120DIIVOshinBuy!

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