Len Damico user experience design leadership

____ of 2012

I think year-end “best-of” lists would be so much more interesting if they focused on what the reviewer actually listened to, rather than what they thought they should like. Thanks fo the magic of things like last.fm, this is actually pretty easy.

In that spirit, here are my Top 20 Albums of 2012, based upon actual listens recorded by last.fm:

  1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
  2. The Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall
  3. Menomena – Friend and Foe (although I’m pretty sure I just left Spotify running one weekend with this on repeat)
  4. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
  5. The Wrens – The Meadowlands
  6. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  7. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (40th Anniversary Reissue)
  8. Morrissey – Live at Earl’s Court
  9. Dr. Dog – Be The Void
  10. R.E.M. – Document (25th Anniversary Edition)
  11. Archers of Loaf – Icky Mettle (Deluxe Reissue)
  12. Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles
  13. Jimmy Eat World – Clarity
  14. Pixies – Doolittle
  15. Pearl Jam – vs. & Vitalogy Deluxe Edition (featuring Live at the Orpheum, Boston MA)
  16. R.E.M. – Green
  17. The dB’s – Stands For Decibels
  18. R.E.M. – Murmur 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
  19. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  20. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

So, let’s see. Three of the twenty albums on this list (Tame Impala, Bob Mould and Dr. Dog) were originally released this year, and the number one album is old enough to drink.