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Adam Tyler
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List Rules A list of the coolest new artists and bands that hit it big in 2012.

The coolest new artists and bands of 2012 include those rock, indie rock, country, hip hop and rap musicians who, for whatever reason, made a huge impression of music lovers across the globe. Whether it was a super hot debut album, a live performance at a major music festival or an appearance on a national TV show, each band or artist on this list had a massively successful year. Which artists/bands are the coolest? That's for you to decide with your votes.

Not everyone on this list was actually new in 2012, but each person listed did wind up breaking through in some way. Frank Ocean, for example, actually started out writing for other artists, before releasing his own critically acclaimed album, 'Channel Orange,' in 2012. Father John Misty has actually been recording for many years (with indie rock bands like Fleet Foxes). Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. has long been a local favorite, but he emerged on a national scale with his first big studio album, 'Blak and Blu,' in October of 2012. Indie pop band fun. released it's breakthrough album, 'Some Nights,' in 2011, but the first single, "We Are Young," hit the Billboard 100 number one spot in March of 2012.

Do you know of a cool new 2012 artist and/or band that isn't listed here? By all means, add them. Music lovers everywhere will thank you. And be sure to check out these lists of the best live bands of 2012, the best albums of 2012, the best indie rock albums of 2012 and the best music videos of 2012.

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Alt-J is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Alt-J Psychedelic folk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

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Japandroids Noise rock, Garage rock, Grunge

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Frank Ocean Alternative hip hop, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B

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Alabama Shakes Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Michael Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Michael Kiwanuka Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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Django Django is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Django Django Rock music, Electronic music, Neo-psychedelia

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Gary Clark, Jr. Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Bleached is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012

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2:54 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012

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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012

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Jessie Ware Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Synthpop

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DIIV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
DIIV Shoegazing, Dream pop, Indie rock

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Divine Fits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012

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Ben Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Ben Howard Indie, Rock music, Folk music

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Willis Earl Beal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Willis Earl Beal

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Joey Bada$$

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Grimes Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music

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Holograms is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Holograms

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Lana Del Rey Hip hop music, Indie pop, Alternative hip hop

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Daughn Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Daughn Gibson

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Ty Segall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Ty Segall Noise rock, Rock music, Garage punk

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Fun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Fun Indie pop, Pop rock, Power pop

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Kindness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Kindness

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Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Dustin Lynch Country

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Kishi Bashi Indie pop, Electronic music, Psychedelic pop

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Ab-Soul Hip hop music

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Hundred Waters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012
Hundred Waters

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Elle King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Coolest New Artists and Bands of 2012

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Hunter Hayes Cajun music, Country

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Carly Rae Jepsen Bubblegum pop, Disco, Country pop

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Psy Hip hop music, Synthpop, Dance-pop