"Hard enough to believe in myself when I know they don't believe in me." -Life of Agony/Underground

Over the weekend ABCNews posted their list of the 50 best albums of 2012. I used to enjoy dabbling in a bit of internal debate with these lists — “Yes, I agree with that!” or “No, how could they list that?!” These days, my response to the vast majority of the entries is, “Who are these people?” Below are the Best 50 Albums of 2012 according to ABCNews.com.

I know these artists, and have heard these albums:

30. P!NK – “The Truth About Love”
27. SOUNDGARDEN – “King Animal” (Deluxe Edition)
15. DEFTONES – “Koi No Yokan”

Comments: I obtained these three albums before one of my recent cross country road trips. I’ve listened to each of them exactly once, and will probably listen to the Soundgarden and Deftones albums again.

I know these artists. I would listen to these albums, but haven’t yet:

39. SMASHING PUMPKINS – “Oceania”
18. GARBAGE – “Not Your Kind of People” (Deluxe Edition)
16. GREEN DAY – ” ¡Uno!” / ” ¡Dos!” / ” ¡Tré!”
13. KID KOALA – “12 Bit Blues”
08. NAS – “Life Is Good” (Deluxe Edition)

Comments: Most of these I didn’t know existed until I read the list. “Current” Green Day is so far from the Green Day I enjoyed back in the day, but I might give it a spin. Ditto for Smashing Pumpkins.

I know these artists. I have no interest in these albums:

50. AIMEE MANN – “Charmer”
46. BOBBY WOMACK – “The Bravest Man in the Universe”
12. FIONA APPLE – “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You
11. DINOSAUR JR. – “I Bet on the Sky”
06. …AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD – “Lost Songs” (Deluxe Limited Edition)
05. NORAH JONES – “Little Broken Hearts”

Comments: I’ve heard these people’s names. I guess that’s something?

And finally …

Artists I have never heard of:

49. TYVEK – “On Triple Beams”
48. JIMMY CLIFF – “Rebirth”
47. MAXIMO PARK – “The National Health”
45. BAT FOR LASHES – “The Haunted Man”
44. BLOC PARTY – “Four” (Deluxe Edition)
43. MOON HOOCH – “The Moon Hooch Album”
42. LEE RANALDO – “Between the Times and the Tides”
41. JJ DOOM – “Key to the Kuffs”
40. KATE HAVNEVIK – “You”
38. THE WALLFLOWERS – “Glad All Over”
37. JAPANDROIDS – “Celebration Rock”
36. METZ – “Metz”
35. REDD KROSS – “Researching the Blues”
34. MICHAEL KIWANUKA – “Home Again”
33. OF MONSTERS AND MEN – “My Head Is an Animal”
32. ROCKET JUICE & THE MOON – “Rocket Juice & the Moon”
31. MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’S – “Rot Gut Domestic”
29. NADA SURF – “The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy”
28. BEST COAST – “THE ONLY PLACE”
26. MIKE DOUGHTY – “The Flip Is Another Honey”
25. THE WALKMEN – “Heaven”
24. P.O.S. – “We Don’t Even Live Here”
23. A.C. NEWMAN – “Shut Down the Streets”
22. TAME IMPALA – “Lonerism”
21. TY SEGALL – “Hair” / “Slaughterhouse” / “Twins”
20. CAT POWER – “Sun”
19. FOUR TET – “Pink”
17. MASTA ACE/DOOM: MA_DOOM – “Son of Yvonne”
14. FLYING LOTUS – “Until the Quiet Comes”
10. JESCA HOOP – “The House That Jack Built”
09. SHARON VAN ETTEN – “Tramp”
07. SCOUT – “All Those Relays”
04. SKELETON KEY – “Gravity Is the Enemy”
03. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – “The Heist”
02. FRANK OCEAN – “channel ORANGE”
01. REGINA SPEKTOR – “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats”

There you have it. I’m out of touch and old.

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6 Responses to “Top 50 Albums of 2012 (The “I’m Old” Edition)”

  1. Mom says:

    Welcome to the club!

  2. Emory Lehman says:

    I’m right there with you Rob…. I really don’t know where they scraped them up from.

  3. Brian Hanifin says:

    My list is almost identical with the following exceptions. I have never heard of Kid Koala, “…AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD” or NAS (unless we are referring to the computing term ;). I recognize these bands from their 90s hits:

    The Wallflowers (Bob Dylans son is the singer)
    Biggest Hit: One Headlight
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM

    Mike Doughty was in Soul Coughing (they several few hits)
    Biggest Hit: Super Bon Bon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj9xq7Lch00

    Nada Surf
    Biggest Hit: Popular

  4. Karl says:

    You’ve almost certainly heard of the Wallflowers, but don’t recall their songs. They’ve been around for about 20 years, and release a new album around every 4. You should give them a shot – I’m not a huge fan of theirs but I dig their music.

    Their cover of Bowie’s “Heroes” on the Godzilla 98 movie is one of my favorites.

  5. Rob says:

    Okay, I will have to move the Wallflowers and Nada Surf to the category of “I have heard of these bands but wouldn’t buy these albums.”

  6. Rob O. says:

    Reasonably sure you’ve heard 1 or 2 Jimmy Cliff songs – such as “I Can See Clearly Now.”