Paws Music’s Albums of 2012


It’s that time of year again when every Tom, Dick and Harry are compiling their favourite lists for 2012; top 5 dog breeds to cry with, top 10 smelling salts, top 3 Arabic spoken films… the list goes on.

We had a little meeting and thought, what shall we do to celebrate a great year of music? Well, we came to the conclusion a best of 2012 post just like every music magazine, blog, website, label and music store says it all right?

So here it is.


Darren’s top 20 albums of 2012

This list could have gone on forever really as 2012 has been a really good year for music, but here is my top 20. I feel terrible for the albums that I have left off, these are the albums from 2012 that I could have not lived without.


1 – TOY, ‘TOY’
2 – Alt-J, ‘An Awesome Wave’
3 – Halls, ‘ARK’
4 – O. Children, ‘Apnea’
5 – Django Django, ‘Django Django’
6 – Kindness, ‘World You Need a Change of Mind’
7 – DIIV, ‘Oshin’
8 – Twin Shadow, ‘Confess’
9 – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, ‘Mature Themes’
10 – Mac Demarco, ‘2’
11 – Tame Impala, ‘Lonerism’
12 – Bleeding Knees Club, ‘Nothing to Do’
13 – Hatcham Social, ‘About Girls’
14 – Pond, ‘Beard, Wives, Denim’
15 – Hot Chip, ‘In Our Heads’
16 – Howler, ‘America Give Up’
17 – The Cribs, ‘In the Belly of the Brazen Bull’
18 – Mystery Jets, ‘Radlands’
19 – Spector, ‘Enjoy it while it lasts’
20 – The Maccabees, ‘Given to the Wild’

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Matt’s Top 5 Albums of 2012

Matt has been locked away in a cave for the majority of the year so he has only listened to 5 albums. To be completely honest I don’t think he could name 10 songs this year. Well anyway here is his top 5 in no particular order.


1 – The Maccabees, ‘Given To The Wild’
2 – Every Time I De, ‘Ex Lives’
3 – Blood Red Shoes, ‘In Time To Voices’
4 – Jack White, ‘Blunderbuss’
5 – The XX, ‘Coexist’

Follow Matt on Twitter here.

Hopscotch.LDN Top 10 Albums of 2012

Hopscotch.LDN is an Independent Knitwear Label nestled in the heart of London. Passionate about knitting, keeping cosy and music we asked Holly from Hopscotch.LDN to give us a list of 2012’s gems in no particular order…


1 – Lana Del Rey, ‘Born to Die (Paradise Edition)’
2 – The Maccabees, ‘Given to the Wild’
3 – Friends, ‘Manifest’
4 – Bordeauxxx, ‘Only Fiction’
5 – Alt-J, ‘An Awesome Wave’
6 – Zulu Winter, ‘Language’
7 – Lucy Rose, ‘Like I Used To’
8 – Kindness, ‘World You Need a Change of Mind’
9 – The Vaccines, ‘Come of Age’
10 – Tribes, ‘Baby’

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Top 10 Singles 2012

Here is just some of our favourite singles of 2012, if you haven’t heard them yet they are only a search engine away.


1 – Peace, ‘California Daze’
2 – Palma violets, ‘Best of Friends’
3 – Foals, ‘Inhaler’
4 – Crushed Beaks, ‘Breakdown’
5 – Childhood, ‘Blue Velvet
6 – Swim Deep, ‘Honey’
7 – Splashh, ‘Vacation’
8 – Temples, ‘Shelter Song’
9 – Theme Park, ‘Jamaica’
10 – Shields, ‘Mezzanine’

We would love to hear what your top albums of the year are so get in touch with us on Facebook.


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  1. Pingback: Albums we can’t wait to hear in 2013 | Paws Music

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