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This year, we asked around in the Tastebuds community about the greatest albums in 2012. With only a few artists in the general consensus (Grimes, Alt-J, Chromatics or The XX), we’re happy to bring you a diverse GOODY BAG OF ROCK, from ambient and pop to soundtracks and gorgeous shredding. Enjoy!

THANK YOU to all our users who contributed to this list – expect more collaborations and MUSIC MULTIPLAYER MADNESS in 2013! Our love goes out to

@David_Claud, @Djeepthejedi, @dool, @eunoia, @Heartworker, @Ian_Decadence, @Ignarum, @isfahan, @Kaje, @kimsy, @Kot, @Kozlova, @Masxmasx, @michael_matkava, @MidnightDistorsions, @napura, @NewLexicon, @rosanal, @Shiver, @snowfaller, @sparta_taz, @starlitbutterfly, @StrummerJones, @syh, @tbeck1, @The_Dude, @thewhoever, @Valar_Morghulis, @wolv3s

2012-tastebuds-albums

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A DEAD FOREST INDEX – Antique
ADRENALINE MOB – Omertá
AKALA – Knowledge is Power
ALABAMA SHAKES – Boys & Girls
ALCEST – Les Voyages de L’âme
ALL THAT REMAINS – A War You Cannot Win
ALT-J – An Awesome Wave
ANNABEL – Youth in Youth
BARRY ADAMSON – I Will Set You Free
BAT FOR LASHES – The Haunted Man
BEACH HOUSE – Bloom
BE’LAKOR – Of Breath And Bone
BJÖRK – Bastards
BRETON – Other People’s Problems
BRIAN ENO – Lux
BRUNO MARS – Unorthodox Jukebox is Growing on Me Real Fast
BRUXA – Victimeyez
BURIAL – Kindred EP
CAT POWER – Sun
CHELSEA WOLFE – Unknown Rooms
CHROMATICS – Kill for Love
CLOUD NOTHINGS – Attack on Memory
CONVERGE – All We Love We Leave Behind
COWBOY JUNKIES – The Wilderness
CRYSTAL CASTLES – III
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT – Love this Giant
DEAD CAN DANCE – Anastasis
DEFTONES – Koi no Yokan
DEMON HUNTER – True Defiance
DEUCE – Nine Lives
DIIV – Geist
DRY THE RIVER – Shallow Bed
EL-P – Cancer 4 Cure
ENTER SHIKARI – Flash of Red
FEAR FACTORY – The Industrialist
FIONA APPLE – The Idler Wheel..
FIRST AID KIT – The Lion’s Roar
FONTANELLE – Vitamin F
FRANK OCEAN – Channel Orange
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY – AirMech
GET WELL SOON – The Scarlet Beast O’Seven heads

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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
GRIMES – Visions
GRIZZLY BEAR – Shields
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS – Total Recall OST
HILARY HAHN & HAUSCHKA – Silfra
HOW TO DRESS WELL – Total Loss
JACK WHITE – Blunderbuss
JAPANDROIDS – Celebration Rock
LANA DEL REY – Born to Die
LOWER DENS – Nootropics
MARK LANEGAN BAND – Blues Funeral
MEMORYHOUSE – The Slideshow Effect
MENOMENA – Moms
MIGUEL – Kaleidoscope Dreams
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL – Motion Sickness of Time Travel
MUMFORD & SONS – Babel
OF MONSTERS AND MEN – My Head is An Animal
PEPE DELUXE – Queen of the Wave
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – This is PiL
PURITY RING – Shrines
REN HARVIEU – Through the Night
SHARON VAN ETTEN – Tramp
SIGUR RÓS – Valtari
SLASH – Apocalyptic Love
SMOKE FAIRIES – Blood Speaks
SPECTOR – Enjoy It While It Lasts
SPOOK HOUSES – Trying
STIC.MAN – The Workout
SUSANNE SUNDFOR – The Silicone Veil
SWALLOW THE SUN – Emerald Forest And the Blackbird
SWANS – The Seer
TAME IMPALA – Lonerism
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE – Hide and Seek
THE MEN – Open Your Heart
THE SAMUEL JACKSON FIVE – The Samuel Jackson Five
THE STRANDED – Survivalism Boulevard
THE TALLEST MAN OF EARTH – There’s No Leaving Now
THE XX – Coexist
TINEIDAE – Lights
TOE – The Future is Now EP
TWIN SHADOW – Confess
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME – Salute Me
WINTERSUN – Time I
YPPAH – Eighty-One

Do you have more albums with the power to lift moods, move mountains or put you on the top of the world? Share it with us here – the Albums of the Year arena in our forums is sort of your tamagotchi. Feed it with loud love.