Time to vote: What were your favorite albums of 2012?

Now that we're knocking on the door of 2012's final month (and maybe the last month of the world, if you believe in fairytales), the time has come to compile a list of the year's best music. 

Each year, we turn the spotlight to you folks, to come up with a Top 50 list of the No Depression Community's favorite releases. While most folks in this community are likely to focus hard on Americana/roots music, in the past we've received and counted votes for artists as variant Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, and Adele. Be honest and share the ten albums (in numbered order, please) which most blew your mind. 

In the interest of my sanity (your fearless Community Manager Kim) We will not be accepting Top 20 (or longer) lists this year but feel free to add honorable mentions in addition to your top 10. Just know those honorable mentions will not be counted toward the final tally. Also, please keep your votes to albums released during the calendar year of 2012. Reissues don't count, nor do box sets. If you're in Europe and inclined to include an album which was released in your part of the world in 2012, but which hasn't yet dropped in the States (or did way back in 2011), you're welcome to include it because it's current to you. Ballott stuffing is seriously discouraged and we reserve the right to adjust for that as necessary. The final list will be comprised of albums which have received the most votes. See details on how the votes will be tallied below.

To include your list in our final tally, please post it in the comments on this post. You're welcome to blog about your favorite albums of the year, but if you don't also include your list in the comments here, it will not be counted. To comment on this post, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your list in the comments section. 

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 14 to submit your top ten list via this blog post. I and a small team of volunteers will then convene near the International Space Station, where we will employ a complicated mathematical formula to combine all your lists into one master list.

This master list will be published on this site on Wednesday Dec. 26, 2011 (if the world hasn't already ended) as the final official No Depression Community Poll. Also published that day will be a masterlist of the favorites from our most frequently featured bloggers - the closest we'll get on this site to your standard critics' poll. 

The votes will be tallied as such:  Ranked lists will be scored using "reverse 10" scoring: 10 points for #1; 9 points for #2, 8 points for #3, etc down to 1 point for #10. Unranked lists get 5.5 points per choice (10+9+8...+2+1=55 total points, divided by 10 choices equals 5.5 points per choice). Non-numbered lists will be counted as ranked lists unless otherwise noted, so if you don't number your list and want each of your choices to count as 5.5 points per album please specify that. 

Now, give it some thought and cast your votes. 

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Comment by Matt Owens on December 4, 2012 at 7:34pm

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual

Bob Dylan - Tempest

Comment by James Gribb on December 4, 2012 at 8:23pm

1-Paul Kelly-Spring and Fall

2-Alejandro Escovedo-Big Station

3-Bruce Springsteen-Wrecking Ball

4-Leonard Cohen-Old Ideas

5-Bob Dylan-Tempest

6-Luka Bloom-New Morning Glory

7-Dwight Yoakum-3 Pears

8-Mark Knopfler-Privateering

9-John Hiatt-Mystic Pinball

10-Steve Forbert-Over With You

Honorable Mention: Annais Mitchell-Young Man In America, Melody Gardot-The Absence, Bonnie Raitt-Slipstream

Best Reissues: Michael Chapman-Rainmaker, Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers-Little Big Men, George Harrison-Early Takes Vol.1

Comment by JIm Hynes on December 5, 2012 at 5:33am

I realize that I've already posted my top 10 w/ honorable mentions.  However, if another post might bring some badly needed attention to some other good albums, then so be it.  Yes, I forgot some good ones that many others have acknowledged like Dr. John, Joan Osborne, and Bettye LaVette but here are some overlooked gems worth checking out:

Eric Taylor - Live at the Red Shack

K Phillips - American Girls

Malcolm Holcombe - Down the River

Chris Knight - Little Victories

Jim Byrnes - I Hear the Wind in the Wires

Jim Hynes

Comment by kofredl on December 5, 2012 at 7:36am

have yet to hear Buddy and Jim's album, which I am assuming would make this list. 

  1. The Fourth Wall – the Vespers
  2. Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us – Phil Maderia and friends
  3. Tempest – Bob Dylan
  4. Julie Lee & The Baby Daddies – Julie Lee
  5. Angel Snow – Angel Snow
  6. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden
  7. Mindy Smith – Mindy Smith
  8. Amber Waves – Bill Mallonee
  9. Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones
  10. With Love – Rosie Thomas
Comment by Alan Heathcock on December 5, 2012 at 10:19am

1. Amber Waves by Bill Mallonee

2. Nothin's Gonna Change by Justin Townes Earle

3. Eleven Eleven by Dave Alvin

4. Three Pears by Dwight Yokum

5. Boys and Girls by Alabama Shakes

Comment by Matt Meyer on December 5, 2012 at 10:43am

1. Bill Mallonee - Amber Waves
2. Iris Dement - Sing the Delta
3. Shovels and Rope- O be Joyful
4. Jack White-Blunderbuss
5. Mumford and Sons-Babel
6. Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone
7. Jay Farrar - New Multitudes
8. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
9. Bob Dylan - Tempest
10. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About You Now

Comment by Mark Hannan on December 5, 2012 at 10:49am

1. Bill Mallonee - Amber Waves
2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
3. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
4. Punch Brothers - Who's feeling Young Now
5. Dan Bern - Drifter
6. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
7. Joe Pug - The Great Despiser
8. Greg Brown - Hymns to What Is Left
9. Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory
10. Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard

Comment by John Ellis on December 5, 2012 at 10:49am

1. Bill Mallonee - Amber Waves

2. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

3. Shovels and Rope - O be Joyful

4. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

5. Mumford and Sons - Babel

Comment by Jim O'Dell on December 5, 2012 at 11:30am

1. Bill Mallonee - Amber Waves

2. Mumford & Sons - Babel

3. The Choir - The Loudest Sound Ever Heard

4. Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us (various Americana artists)

5. The Gaslight Anthem: Handwritten

6. Charlie Peacock: No Man's Land 

7. Nada Surf:  The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy

8. Bob Mould: Silver Age

9. Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (live DVD/CD set)

10. The Shins: Port of Morrow  

Comment by Teddy Ray on December 5, 2012 at 11:41am

1.  Bill Mallonee - Amber Waves

2.  The Silent Comedy - Blood on the Rails (Do singles count?)

3.  The Departed - Adventus

4.  Mumford and Sons - Babel

5.  Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

6.  Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

7.  The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

8.  Heartless Bastards - Arrows

9.  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Wasted

10.  The Lumineers - The Lumineers


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