music The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012  

Katie Wells
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List Rules A list of the best indie rock albums, released between January - December, 2012.

What are the best indie rock albums of 2012? Fans of indie rock were in luck, because 2012 saw a number of outstanding new releases in the genre. Some were from well-established music artists, and others were debut albums. Which indie rock album was the greatest of 2012? That's for you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote for your favorites and definitely vote down any indie rock albums you didn't like. Also, if your favorite of 2012 isn't listed, be sure to add it so others can discover some great new music.

Indie albums represent some of the greatest music being made today. From The Shins' stellar 2012 release, 'Port of Morrow,' to Animal Collective's 'Centipede Hz' or the Japandroids' insanely popular 'Celebration Rock,' the albums listed here are the creme of the indie music crop, so to speak. Some are more electronica, and others are strictly garage rock, but each one offers something unique. Whether your tastes run more towards The Mountain Goats' indie folk rock ('Transcendental Youth) or The Walkmen's lush, large sound ('Heaven'), hopefully you'll find several albums listed here to suit your fancy.

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Bloom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Bloom Beach House

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Shield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Shield Grizzly Bear

3
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Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Port of Morrow The Shins

4
+ - 20 7
Gossamer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Gossamer Passion Pit

5
+ - 24 11
Attack on Memory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Attack on Memory Cloud Nothings

6
+ - 24 12
Centipede Hz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Centipede Hz Animal Collective

7
+ - 19 9
My Head Is an Animal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
My Head is An Animal Of Monsters and Men

8
+ - 16 7
Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Celebration Rock Japandroids

9
+ - 16 7
Valtari is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Valtari Sigur Rós

10
+ - 20 11
Fear Fun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Fear Fun Father John Misty

11
+ - 16 8
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Idler Wheel... Fiona Apple

12
+ - 13 6
No One Can Ever Know is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
No One Can Ever Know The Twilight Sad

13
+ - 15 8
Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Heaven The Walkmen

14
+ - 17 10
What We Saw From the Cheap Sea... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012

15
+ - 24 17
Babel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Babel Mumford & Sons

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+ - 14 9
Synthetica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Synthetica Metric

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+ - 17 13
Oceania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Oceania The Smashing Pumpkins

18
+ - 13 10
Local Business is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Local Business Titus Andronicus

19
+ - 9 6
Daughter of a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Daughter of a Cloud Of Montreal

20
+ - 9 6
imagine dragons- night visions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
imagine dragons- night visions

21
+ - 11 9
Transcendental Youth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Transcendental Youth The Mountain Goats

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+ - 10 8
Sun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Sun Cat Power

23
+ - 9 7
Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.

24
+ - 8 6
Undersea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Undersea The Antlers

25
+ - 14 13
Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Reign of Terror Sleigh Bells

26
+ - 8 7
Let's Go Eat the Factory is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Let's Go Eat the Factory Guided by Voices

27
+ - 5 4
Lex Hives is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Lex Hives The Hives

28
+ - 4 3
Shallow Bed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Shallow Bed Dry the River

29
+ - 5 6
The Something Rain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Something Rain Tindersticks

30
+ - 5 7
The Only Place is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Only Place Best Coast

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+ - 5 7
Banks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Banks Paul Banks

32
+ - 4 6
Ceremony is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Ceremony Zoo

33
+ - 1 3
True by Willie Wisely Trio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
True by Willie Wisely Trio

34
+ - 2 5
Rant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Rant The Futureheads