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NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012

By Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 11:56 am

NPR Music has become an invaluable resource over the past couple of years, streaming a ton of great albums before their release on its website and employing some very good music writers, queen O.G. Ann Powers among them. And now it’s unveiled its year-end list of 50 albums, and this thing is just nuts. The unranked list somehow finds room for Ab-Soul, Pallbearer, Fun., Pink, Dwight Yoakam, Dan Deacon, a healthy smattering of classical and jazz, and a ton of stuff I’ve never heard of. Check out NPR’s picks below.

Ab-Soul – Control System
Alabama Shakes – Boys And Girls
Alisa Weilerstein & Daniel Barenboim – Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
Astro – Astro
Simon Rattle & The Berlin Philharmonic – Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
Bomba Estereo - Elegancia Tropical
Brooklyn Rider – Seven Steps
Cafe Tacvba – El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco
Carla Morrison – Dejenme Llorar
Cat Power – Sun
Cody ChesnuTT – Landing On A Hundred
Dan Deacon – America
Death Grips – NO LOVE DEEP WEB
Debo Band – Debo Band
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
Exitmusic – Passage
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Fun. – Some Nights
Homeboy Sandman – First Of A Living Breed
Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang – En Yay Sah
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Leila Josefowicz – Salonen: Violin Concerto
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
Matt Ulery – By A Little Light
Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
Now, Now – Threads
Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction
Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Pink – The Truth About Love
Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas – Adams: Harmonielehre/Short Ride In A Fast Machine
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Swans – The Seer
Ty Segall – Twins
The Very Best – MTMTMK
Vijay Iyer Trio – Accelerando
Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
The 2 Bears – Be Strong

For blurbs and music streams, head over to NPR.