Well, here we go! Already a full week into 2013, Listen Before You Buy is rolling out the rest of its year-end content! We’ll be publishing lists all this week, so stay tuned for more coverage!
A few weeks ago we asked all of you to take part in our Readers’ Poll, voicing your opinion on your favorite albums, EPs, and songs of 2012, as well as your picks for Ones to Watch for 2013, and your favorite new artist of 2012. We have to say we were very impressed with the results, and you all demonstrated having great taste! Without further ado, here are the results of the poll!
Listen Before You Buy Readers’ Poll – Albums
Listen Before You Buy demonstrated having very open ears, and your favorite 11 albums were all very varied. Frank Ocean tops the list, as was probably expected, and our personal pick for the best album of 2012, Beach House‘s Bloom, also appears on the list, but a bit lower at number 6. It’s also surprising that three albums that didn’t appear on our list (but will be appearing on the honorable mentions list we’re publishing tomorrow), Visions, The Seer, and Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! made it onto here. Also interesting to note is the fact that the alt-J, Grizzly Bear, and Kendrick Lamar albums all rank the same on our list.
- Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
- Tame Impala – Lonerism
- Grizzly Bear – Shields
- Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
- alt-J – An Awesome Wave
- Beach House – Bloom
- Swans – The Seer
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
- Grimes – Visions
- POLIÇA – Give You the Ghost
- Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Listen Before You Buy Readers’ Poll – EPs
You haven’t seen our list yet (which is a bit longer than just five), but I can say now that you can expect to see four of these five picks there, though none in the same positions. While the other spots were a lot closer, Burial‘s Kindred took the number one spot by a landslide!
- Burial – Kindred
- The Antlers – Undersea
- HAIM – Forever
- Azealia Banks – 1991
- Disclosure – The Face
Listen Before You Buy Readers’ Poll – Songs
Like what happened with the EPs list, the number spot here also won by a fair margin. Unexpectedly, though, Grizzly Bear‘s “gun-shy” was the winner. No doubt a highlight from Shields - which had a lot to choose from – it’s an unexpected pick because it hasn’t been thrown around as one of the best songs from the album. It was in contention for a spot on our own list (which you’ll be able to see on Thursday), but we ended up choosing a differentsong from the Brooklyn band. It’s good to see site-favorites The Neighbourhood at number seven with “Sweater Weather”, a fantastic song that appears even higher on our list. Our number one spot doesn’t make your top 11, so stay tuned to see what it is.
- Grizzly Bear – “gun-shy”
- Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
- Beach House – “Myth”
- alt-J – “Breezeblocks”
- Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”
- Grimes – “Oblivion”
- The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather”
- Usher – “Climax”
- Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”
- Solange – “Losing You”
- Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
Listen Before You Buy Readers’ Poll – Ones To Watch
While our own list will only be ordered alphabetically, we decided to order your picks based on the number of votes received. It was all very close, with just one vote separating each spot, but we’re glad to see The Neighbourhood claiming the top spot. HAIM and Rhye are also great picks to round up the top three. In fact, these three artists appear in this same order topping one of our lists! Only one of these artists didn’t end up making our list, and you’ll find out on Friday who it was.
Listen Before You Buy Readers’ Poll – Artist of 2012: alt-J
We’re not going to be publishing our own pick for favorite new artist of 2012 (it was too hard to pick, seriously), but your voice was clear; for the readers of Listen Before You Buy, alt-J had the best 2012 out of all the new artists. Of course, it’s hard to argue, as the British band have taken home the prestigious Mercury Prize and have made one of the albums of the year, An AwesomeWave. You can stream the album below.