Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

NPR | Dec. 18, 2012 12:08 p.m.

We’re a big family at NPR, with amazing member stations and listeners tuning in or clicking from all over the world. Last week, when All Songs Considered posted its annual poll inviting people to pick their favorite albums of 2012, thousands of votes poured in from those listeners with sometimes surprising results.

Babel, by Mumford & Sons, is the listener pick for the 2012 album of the year. It didn’t come out until this fall, but managed to climb quickly as the favorite, at least among those who voted in our year-end poll. It’s followed closely by Of Monsters And Men, Alabama Shakes, Jack White and Grizzly Bear in the top five.

As you work your way through the rest of the most popular records you’ll probably see a lot that you love, and you’ll also likely find some that leave you scratching your head. That’s the beauty of what happens when you have a large and wonderfully diverse group of voters with a broad range of tastes.

On this week’s All Songs Considered we countdown through the top 25 most popular records from our listener poll.

You can see the top 100 albums at the bottom of the page and download a pdf of the full list.

The Top 100 Listener Picks:























  • fun., Some Nights

























  • Alt-J, An Awesome Wave

























































  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!





































  • Pink, The Truth About Love















  • Chromatics, Kill For Love









































  • Nas, Life Is Good










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