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PorchDrinking Best of 2012: Albums

Scott Hoffman

Happy New Year, folks! Just because we’re officially moving on to 2013 doesn’t mean we can’t continue to reflect on the fantastic year that was 2012. Please join us in our recap of the BEST moments, events and releases of the past year.

First up, here are the Best Albums of 2012, as voted on by the staff of

Jack WhiteBlunderbuss

It certainly seems that Jack White is everywhere these days – performing in a variety of different bands, producing records for classic artists in pursuit of a reinvention or ushering in a new stable of talent via his Nashville, TN based record label. A year after White officially put The White Stripes in his rear view mirror; he released his first solo album complete with not one, but two distinct backing bands.

Mumford & SonsBabel

Mumford’s sophomore effort started right where Sigh No More left off, much to the delight of a good portion of our staff. It doesn’t hurt that they also boast one of the best live shows out there.

Frank OceanChannel Orange

Arguably one of the most consistently beloved mainstream record released in 2012, Ocean has already been credited with breathing new life into the R&B genre. Five Grammy nominations later, and who are we to argue?

Muse2nd Law

Ah, Muse. Fans dreaded the possibility of a “dubstep” record after album previews leaked earlier this year, but the band persevered and rather quietly continued an evolution from their Queen/Radiohead inspired early days.

Fun.Some Nights

If you turned on the radio at all in 2012, you likely heard at least one Fun. song. One of the biggest crossover hits of the year, they punctuated their successful campaign with a much-talked about appearance on Saturday Night Live.

We’ll be providing more of our 2012 favorites over the next several days. Please feel free to share your choices in our comments.


  1. Jim

    Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
    Action Bronson – Blue Chips
    Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
    Joey Bada$$ – 1999

  2. Scott Hoffman

    My top 5:

    Grizzly Bear – Shields
    Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    The Sword – Apocryphon
    Frank Ocean – Planet Orange
    Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?

  3. Mumford and Sons- Babel
    The Lumineers- The Lumineers
    Fun.- Some Nights
    The Avett Brothers- The Carpenter
    Of Monsters and Men- My Head is an Animal

  4. Vic

    My list:
    Frank Ocean
    Cloud Nothings
    David Byrne & St.Vincent
    JEFF the Brotherhood

  5. Josh

    Adele – 21 (how has this not been mentioned yet?)
    The Heavy – Can’t Play Dead
    Of Monsters and Men- My Head is an Animal
    DMB – Away From The World
    The Lumineers- The Lumineers

    • Scott Hoffman

      Adele was actually a 2011 release.

      • Josh

        touché. was mistaken since she racked up at the 2012 Grammy Awards

  6. Josh

    CORRECTION: The Heavy – The Glorious Dead

  7. Yeah Adele kills it… her single for Skyfall was in my opinion one of the best songs of the year. Spotify just doesnt have it yet 🙁

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