So many records this year. We had to stop somewhere though, so check our top 50 of 2012 — complete with an unbreakable (we tried) tie at the top — after the jump, listen along with this massive Spotify playlist, and then, as always, we can talk about what you think we missed.

50 SAND CIRCLES | Motor City
49 THEESATISFACTION | awE naturalE
48 PURE BATHING CULTURE | Pure Bathing Culture
47 DEATH GRIPS | The Money Store
46 PEAKING LIGHTS | Lucifer
45 MOLLY NILSSON | History
44 PYE CORNER AUDIO | Sleep Games
43 ANTWON | End of Earth
42 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI | Mature Themes
41 TAKEN BY TREES | Other Worlds
40 RYAN HEMSWORTH | Last Words + Collected
39 LACE CURTAINS | The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness
38 LAS MALAS AMISTADES | Maleza
37 LOWER DENS | Nootropics
36 DUM DUM GIRLS | End of Daze
35 SAM FLAX | Age Waves
34 FIGHT BITE | Fight Bite
33 ROC MARCIANO | Reloaded
32 LOL BOYS | Changes
31 PHEDRÉ | Phedré
30 FLYING LOTUS | Until the Quiet Comes
29 MIRRORRING | Foreign Body
28 SHACKLETON | Music For the Quiet Hour
27 TAMARYN | Tender New Signs
26 DAWN RICHARD | Armor On

25 FORT ROMEAU | Kingdoms

mp3:
Fort Romeau :: Say Something




24 NICOLAS JAAR | Don’t Break My Love / The Prism







23 CLAMS CASINO | Instrumentals II

mp3:
Clams Casino :: Human




22 ANGEL OLSEN | Half Way Home

mp3:
Angel Olsen :: Tiniest Seed




21 CHROMATICS | Running From the Sun







20 ANDY STOTT | Luxury Problems







19 SYMMETRY | Themes For An Imaginary Film







18 FRANKIE ROSE | Interstellar

mp3:
Frankie Rose :: Know Me




17 JESSICA PRATT | Jessica Pratt

mp3:
Jessica Pratt :: Night Faces




16 FRANK OCEAN | Channel Orange







15 DEAN BLUNT & INGA COPELAND | Black is Beautiful







14 HOLY OTHER | Held







13 LAUREL HALO | Quarantine







12 GRIZZLY BEAR | Shields







11 KILLER MIKE | R.A.P. Music







10 CHAIRLIFT | Something







09 MIGUEL | Kaleidoscope Dream







08 TOPS | Tender Opposites

mp3:
TOPS :: Turn Your Love Around




07 BEACH HOUSE | Bloom

mp3:
Beach House :: Myth




06 SCHOOLBOY Q | Habits & Contradictions







05 JESSIE WARE | Devotion







04 BURIAL | Kindred







03 KENDRICK LAMAR | good kid, m.A.A.d city







01 CHROMATICS | Kill For Love







01 GRIMES | Visions

mp3:
Grimes :: Oblivion





Here’s the full Spotify playlist:

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