It is that time of year again, a chance to look back at everything that made this past year special in 2012.  This year for me it was the trips I made to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza Music Festivals, and the multiple great local concerts I attended.  It is also that time of year where the “year-end” lists start popping up all over the place.  For me, the ones that I am most interested in are the year-end music lists put out by the top music websites I like to frequent on the Internet.  Over the past few weeks I have looked over plenty of lists for “Best Albums of 2012”, and like most people I am sure, found myself disagreeing quite often. However, instead of complain about it and comment on how wrong someone’s list was, I decided to create my own.  That is the beautiful thing about music.  It appeals to and effects everyone in a different way.  And who am I to tell you whether your particular tastes in music are right or wrong?  No critic in the world today is right or wrong, everyone is entitled to an opinion.  This is one reason why I do not write about artists I do not like in my blog or on insideSTL.com.  I understand that while I may not like a particular artist or their music, there are plenty of people out there who do. These artists put their hard work, time, money, and entire lives into their passion to try and make a living doing what they love to please music fans everywhere, so why would I criticize them just because I may not like the product of their efforts?  It is much easier to simply not listen and to not talk about it.  In contrast, focus on what I do like and appreciate.  So with that said, here are my top 50 albums (EP's included) for 2012.  I can guarantee you that you will disagree with this list.  Remember, this list is a reflection of only one person’s particular taste in music this year…myself.  You also have to remember my taste in music mostly favors the Indie Rock genre.  If you do not like it, I encourage you to try making a list for yourself.  It is not as easy as you would think…

On The Bubble:
King Tuff
- King Tuff, White Rabbits - Milk Famous, Matt & Kim - Lightning

The Darkness - Hot Cakes
49. The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
48. Morning Parade - Morning Parade
47. Greenday¡UNO!
46. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
45. Atlas Genius - Through the Glass EP
44. Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
43. Reptar - Body Faucet
42. Miike Snow - Happy to You
41. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
40. FUN. - Some Nights
39. Metric - Synthetica
38. Evans|Blue - Graveyard Of Empires
37. The Royal Concept - The Royal Concept EP
36. Walk The Moon - Walk The Moon
35. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
34. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
33. Purity Ring - Shrines
32. Beach House - Bloom
31. The Shins - Port Of Morrow
30. Tame Impala - Lonerism
29. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
28. Chappo - Moonwater
27. The Hives - Lex Hives
26. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
25. Frank OceanChannel Orange
24. The Vaccines - Come Of Age
23. Band Of HorsesMirage Rock
22. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
21. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
20. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
19. Civil Twilight - Holy Weather
18. The Temper Trap - The Temper Trap
17. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
16. Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
15. The Walkmen - Heaven
14. The Whigs - Enjoy The Company
13. Passion Pit - Gossamer
12. Band Of Skulls - Sweet Sour
11. Of Monsters And MenMy Head is an Animal

10. Dave Matthews BandAway from the World

9.   A Silent FilmSand & Snow


8.  Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls


7.   Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods

6.   Bloc Party - Four

5.   Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon

4.   The KillersBattle Born

3.   Mumford & Sons - Babel

2.   Japandroids - Celebration Rock

1.   Jack White - Blunderbuss

Last year I found it pretty difficult to pick my favorite album of the year.  This year, it was an easy choice for me.  Jack White is a musical genius.  In his first ever solo effort, I think he hit a home run. And there was one thing that topped it off for me.  Seeing this album performed live at his
headlining gig to close down Lollapalooza 2012.  The man comes out backed by an all male band, then half way through the show, does a complete 180° and finishes his set with an all ladies crew.  Some may not understand life inside the quirky weird world of Jack White, but one thing is certain, artistically Mr. White constantly pushes the creative envelope, giving music fans a unique experience in every form of listening pleasure.  If you have not seen Jack White perform live or given this album a proper listen, I suggest you get on it.  You will not be disappointed.  2012 was another great year for music, and I'd like to thank Jack White for playing a big role in that.  It's good to have you back on the stage again!

Music video for Jack White's "Freedom at 21" directed by Hype Williams.
From Jack White 's debut Album 'Blunderbuss'.
Get the "Freedom at 21" single at http://smarturl.it/freedomat21.

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# brockohol
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:15 PM
Love to see the JapDroids in there...instant cred for you in my book.

Gotta start adding some more hip hop but whatevs.

The Childish Gambino album (mix tape or whatever) was pretty legit.

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