NME Albums and Tracks of the Year, 2012

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The NME Album of the Year & Single Of The Year was announced on 20 November 2012. It was the 39th countdown of the most popular albums and tracks of the year, as chosen by music reviewers and independent journalists who work for the magazine and for NME.com.[1][2]


Note: UK artists
# Album Artist Country of origin
1 Lonerism Tame Impala  Australia
2 Visions Grimes  Canada
3 Channel Orange Frank Ocean  United States
4 (III) Crystal Castles  Canada
5 An Awesome Wave Alt-J (∆)  United Kingdom
6 Given to the Wild The Maccabees  United Kingdom
7 Beard, Wives, Denim Pond  Australia
8 In the Belly of the Brazen Bull The Cribs  United Kingdom
9 Jake Bugg Jake Bugg  United Kingdom
10 Django Django Django Django  United Kingdom
11 Blunderbuss Jack White  United States
12 Love This Giant David Byrne & St. Vincent  United Kingdom &  United States
13 Oshin DIIV  United States
14 Coexist The xx  United Kingdom
15 Tramp Sharon Van Etten  United States
16 Melody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo Chamber  France
17 Shields Grizzly Bear  United States
18 Baby Tribes  United Kingdom
19 Toy Toy  United Kingdom
20 America Give Up Howler  United States
21 Sun Cat Power  United States
22 Bloom Beach House  United States
23 Standing at the Sky's Edge Richard Hawley  United Kingdom
24 Children Of Desire Merchandise  United Kingdom
25 Mature Themes Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti  United States
26 Enjoy It While It Lasts Spector  United Kingdom
27 Devotion Jessie Ware  United Kingdom
28 Sweet Heart Sweet Light Spiritualized  United Kingdom
29 2 Mac DeMarco  Canada
30 Other People's Problems Breton  United Kingdom
31 Cruel Summer Various artists from GOOD Music  United States
32 The Haunted Man Bat For Lashes  United Kingdom
33 A+E Graham Coxon  United Kingdom
34 In Our Heads Hot Chip  United Kingdom
35 METZ METZ  Canada
36 Come of Age The Vaccines  United Kingdom
37 A Flash Flood of Colour Enter Shikari  United Kingdom
38 Trouble Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs  United Kingdom
39 WIXIW Liars  United States
40 Give You the Ghost Poliça  United States
41 Twins Ty Segall  United States
42 Sonik Kicks Paul Weller  United Kingdom
43 Wiki93 Ratking  United States
44 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar  United States
45 Born To Die[a] Lana Del Rey  United States
46 The Bravest Man in the Universe Bobby Womack  United States
47 Fin John Talabot  Spain
48 Be Strong The 2 Bears  United Kingdom
49 Until the Quiet Comes Flying Lotus  United States
50 Shrines Purity Ring  Canada
  1. ^ The track "Video Games" won Single of the Year in 2011.

Countries represented[edit]


Note: UK artists
# Track Artist Country of origin
1 "Best Of Friends" Palma Violets  United Kingdom
2 "Bad Girls" M.I.A.  United Kingdom
3 "Under the Westway" Blur  United Kingdom
4 "Forever" HAIM  United States
5 "Ill Manors" Plan B  United Kingdom
6 "Oblivion" Grimes  Canada
7 "Lightning Bolt" Jake Bugg  United Kingdom
8 "Laura" Bat for Lashes  United Kingdom
9 "Elephant" Tame Impala  Australia
10 "Sixteen Saltines" Jack White  United States
11 "Husbands" Savages  United Kingdom
12 "Pyramids" Frank Ocean  United States
13 "California Daze" Peace  United Kingdom
14 "Breezeblocks" Alt-J (∆)  United Kingdom
15 "Clique" Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean  United States
16 "Genesis" Grimes  Canada
17 "Come on, be a No-One" The Cribs  United Kingdom
18 "R U Mine?" Arctic Monkeys  United Kingdom
19 "Losing You" Solange  United States
20 "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen  Canada
21 "I Follow You" Melody's Echo Chamber  France
22 "Higher Ground" TNGHT  United Kingdom /  Canada
23 "Wildest Moments" Jessie Ware  United Kingdom
24 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor Swift  United States
25 "You Broke My Cool" Pond  Australia
26 "Chi-Town" The Cribs  United Kingdom
27 "Ruin" Cat Power  United States
28 "Lies" CHVRCHES  United Kingdom
29 "New York" Angel Haze  United States
30 "Cough Cough" Everything Everything  United Kingdom
31 "Gonna Make My Own Money" Deap Vally  United States
32 "Who" David Byrne & St. Vincent  United Kingdom &  United States
33 "Lies" Burns  United Kingdom
34 "Jasmine" Jai Paul  United Kingdom
35 "Rock Bottom" King Krule  United Kingdom
36 "Teenage Icon" The Vaccines  United Kingdom
37 "What You Came For" Mosca featuring Katy B  United Kingdom
38 "Friday Night, Don't Ever Let It End" Spector  United Kingdom
39 "Mercy" Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz  United States
40 "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" Tame Impala  Australia
41 "Default" Django Django  United Kingdom
42 "Doom and Gloom" The Rolling Stones  United Kingdom
43 "Bloodshake" Peace  United Kingdom
44 "Wrath Of God" Crystal Castles  Canada
45 "Ima Read" Zebra Katz  United States
46 "Forrest Gump" Frank Ocean  United States
47 "Follow Baby" Peace  United Kingdom
48 "Get Free" Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman  United States
49 "Backseat Freestyle" Kendrick Lamar  United States
50 "Gangnam Style" Psy  South Korea

Artists with multiple entries[edit]

3 Entries

  • Peace (13, 43, 47)

2 Entries

  • Grimes (6, 16)
  • Tame Impala (9, 40)
  • Frank Ocean (12, 46)
  • Kanye West (15, 39)
  • Big Sean (15, 39)
  • The Cribs (17, 26)

Countries represented[edit]