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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
2
Shield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Shield Grizzly Bear
3
Gossamer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Passion Pit
4
Port of Morrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Shins
5
Attack on Memory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Cloud Nothings
6
Centipede Hz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Animal Collective
7
Celebration Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Japandroids
8
Fear Fun is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Father John Misty
9
The Idler Wheel... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Fiona Apple
10
My Head Is an Animal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Of Monsters and Men
11
Valtari is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Sigur Rós
12
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
Heaven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Heaven The Walkmen
14
What We Saw From the Cheap Sea... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
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Babel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Mumford & Sons
16
Synthetica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Metric
17
Oceania is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
The Smashing Pumpkins
18
Reign of Terror is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Sleigh Bells
19
Local Business is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Local Business Titus Andronicus
20
imagine dragons- night visions is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
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Undersea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Undersea The Antlers
22
Daughter of a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Daughter of a Cloud Of Montreal
23
Let's Go Eat the Factory is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Guided by Voices
24
Transcendental Youth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
Transcendental Youth The Mountain Goats
25
Blak and Blu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Rock Albums 2012
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