Last year was my first musical BestOf list (outside of that 1980s “Desert Island Discs” for Tower Records mag). Nice to have the darn thing to look back upon, for better or worse, even if its only me that references it. One time is an ‘incident’, and two might be a ‘trend’. Here is my ranked iPod playlist for 2012 releases:

  1. Bad Books – Forest Whitaker
  2. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
  3. The Gaslight Anthem – “45”
  4. Regina Spektor – How
  5. Jack White – Freedom At 21
  6. Pennywise – Let Us Hear Your Voice
  7. Phillip Phillips – Home
  8. passEnger – Let Her Go
  9. Morning Parade – Headlights
  10. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
  11. Allen Stone – Sleep
  12. Royal Teeth – Wild
  13. Beach House – Myth
  14. Fun. – We Are Young
  15. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running
  16. Passion Pit – Take A Walk
  17. Garbage – Blood For Poppies
  18. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  19. The Tallest Man On Earth – Revelation Blues
  20. Atlas Genius – Trojans
  21. The Heavy – What Makes A Good Man?
  22. The Chevin – Champion
  23. Bloody Mary – Silversun Pickups
  24. Slightly Stoopid – Top Of The World
  25. Tennis – Origins

The big thing that stands out compared to last year is the lack of “Top 40″. Carly Rae Jepson, Neon Trees, Kelly Clarkson, Drake, Pink – even Green Day not having sufficient numbers. I attribute this to the discovery of AltNation on Sirius/XM in my new car. My trial subscription is almost over, and since I can’t see spending $15/mo essentially just for one radio station, it looks like I’ll be back to Spotify, Pandora, 91X, and KPRI in 2013.

And speaking of Spotify, a playlist for the above…