If you’ve come to the conclusion that 2012 was a terrible year for albums, then there may be something seriously wrong with you. The past 12 months have exposed a whole new side to music, one that’s changed the way listeners receive full-length efforts and has even convinced us not to overlook an emerging musician and his Tumblr sounds. 250+ records later, here is a list of our Top 50 albums that includes deranged punk outcasts, bits of shotgun-riding alternative, transfixing indie pop ballads and a few classic shades of tireless hip hop. Most critics aren’t this diverse and when it’s all said and done, we’re really just a bunch of music addicts that like to yell like hell to the heavens.
Make sure to head over to Soundcloud to stream a 50-track set from our picks below.