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Rock 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.

Music lovers, you might also enjoy these lists of the best albums of 2012, the best rock, hip-hop/rap and country albums of 2012. Also, check out and be sure to vote for your favorites on the list of the best music videos of 2012.

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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

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Gossamer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Gossamer Passion Pit

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Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Port of Morrow The Shins

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

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

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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

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

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

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The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Idler Wheel... Fiona Apple

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

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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

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

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

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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

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

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

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

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

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Undersea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Undersea The Antlers

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

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

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imagine dragons- night visions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
kaylive added imagine dragons- night visions

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

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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

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

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Shallow Bed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
khokamp added Shallow Bed Dry the River

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

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Banks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Banks Paul Banks

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The Only Place is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Only Place Best Coast

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

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True by Willie Wisely Trio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
acpac2004 added True by Willie Wisely Trio

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