Sonic’s 2012: The Year In Rock (And Roll)

Apparently these are the top 50 albums of 2012. I have heard of almost none of those artists. I wish them well.

The official RWCG top albums of 2012 is slightly different. As with 2010′s list (I seem not to have done a 2011 one), these are albums I listened to a lot in 2012, but admittedly have not confirmed at press time were actually released in 2012. So please let me know if technically some of these are not 2012 releases:

  • Redd Kross, Researching the Blues
  • Sparks, Propaganda
  • Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl
  • The Vandals, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
  • Fun, Aim and Ignite
  • Suede, Head Music
  • Warren Zevon, Warren Zevon
  • Fountains of Wayne, Utopia Parkway
  • Sloan, The Double Cross
  • The Mr. T Experience, Revenge Is Sweet, And So Are You

UPDATE: Upon further research, only one of these was. But at least that’s better than my 2010 list!

12 Responses to Sonic’s 2012: The Year In Rock (And Roll)

  1. Pastorius says:

    You spelled “F.U.N.” wrong.


    • I refuse to spell it like that. Or use periods in a rock band’s name, period. Unless they are initials of a person’s name.

  2. Pastorius says:

    Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl is one of the best Rock (and Roll) albums of all time, IMO.

    • It’s surprisingly good.

  3. tangentstyle says:

    I could never get myself interested in The Vandals’ Hitler Bad, Vandals Good.

    • It’s good (unlike Hitler).

  4. Tim says:

    Waren Zevon’s self titled album was probably his worst album.

    • I haven’t heard them all, but of those I’ve heard it’s undoubtedly the one I like best.

  5. josh says:

    WTF? How could you leave off MTX’s Alcatraz? That was on in my car all the time this summer!

    • For me, Alcatraz was more ’06 or so. Our personal ‘years in rock’ clearly will have some temporal phase differences.

  6. Ian says:

    Have not much to day about your list.

    As for the Amoeba list: Swans, #11, have been around since 1982.

    The one album I know well from that Amoeba list is #14, which contains this insanely catchy song (if one likes “ethereal”):

    • You are right, I have heard of The Swans (am I really required to say “Swans”?). Dunno much about them though.

      I’m not big on ‘ethereal’, as my own list may indicate :)

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