Early December means it’s that magical time year when we stop to take a look back at the year that was and reflect on some of the highlights. That’s right, listmaking season is here! Whether your thing is books, movies, music, Syracuse University athletic achievement, or just about anything else, there’s a best-of-2012 list out there for you.
If you’re eagerly awaiting the official Corsairs Affairs list of 2012’s top 30 albums, there’s not much longer to wait. In the meantime, I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of highlight songs from 90 2012 albums. This list isn’t rank-ordered in any way. Songs are just too small a unit for me to feel like I can competently rank and the album list… it’s not ready yet. One thing I can say is that all 30 of the year’s top albums are represented here. Think you can figure out which ones will make the final cut? (As an aside, you’ll likely only see 89 tracks on the playlist. Dirty Three’s “Rising Below” isn’t available for streaming on Spotify, I just happen to have it here. Go check it out at Stereogum though, it’s good.)
In the meantime, if you’re looking for some good 2012 music recommendations, here’s a good place to start: