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 Jeff Newport on November 23, 2012 at 3:40pm

1. Little Feat - Rooster Rag

2. The Royal Southern Brotherhood - The Royal Southern Brotherhood

3. Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World

4. Robert Cray - Nothin' But Love

5. Jaimoes Jasssz Band - Renaissance Man

6. The World Famous Headliners - The World Famous Headliners

7. K. Phillips - American Girl

8. Sonny Landreth - Elemental Journey

9. KIN: Songs Of Mary Carr & Rodney Crowell

10. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream

Comment by Les Thomas on November 23, 2012 at 4:55pm

1. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

2. Joe Pug - The Great Despiser

3. Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain

4. Ry Cooder - Election Special

5. Jason Isbell - Live from Alabama

6. This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark - Various

7. Dr John - Revolution

8. Iris Dement - Sing the Delta

9. Liz Stringer - Warm in the Darkness (Australia)

10. Saint Jude - Saint Jude (Australia)

PS. For those interested in Australian releases I've set up an Unpaved Readers Poll here

Comment by Ron Kirschner on November 23, 2012 at 5:23pm

1..Shovels and Rope- O be Joyful

2..Carolina Chocolate Drops-Leaving Eden

3..Alabama Shakes-Boys and Girls

4..Jim White-Where It Hits You

5..Lincoln Durham-The Shovel Vs. the Howling Bones

6..Patterson Hood-Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance

7..The White Buffalo-Once Upon a Time in the West

8..Turnpike Troubadours-Goodbye Normal Street

9..Dan Bern-Drifter

10.Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale-Buddy and Jim

Comment by victoria nowak on November 23, 2012 at 6:41pm

1. Alabama Shakes-Boys and Girls

2. Bobby Womack- The Bravest Man in the Universe

3. Fiona Apple- The Idler Wheel

4. Jack White-Blunderbuss

5. Neil Young-Americana

6.Iris Dement-Sing the Delta

7. Dr. John-Revolution

8. Mumford and Sons-Babel

9.Little Feat-Rooster Rag

10. Marty Stuart-Nashville Vol. 1 Tear the Woodpile Down

Comment by Johnny Isaacs on November 23, 2012 at 9:11pm

Marty Stuart - Tear the Wood Pile Down

Chris Knight - Little Victories

Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

Waylon Jennings - Going Down Rocking

Jamey Johnson - Living for a Song

Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone

Chris Beland - Danger of Love

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

Radney Foster - Del Rio, Texas Revisited &  Unplugged

Dave Alvin - Eleven Eleven

Jay Farrar - New Multitudes

The Little Willies - For The Good Times

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Hank Williams - The Lost Concerts

Comment by mark loveday on November 23, 2012 at 9:36pm

1)Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin

2) Kevin Bowe - Natchez Trace

3) Heartless Bastards - Arrows

4) First Aid Kit - Lions Roar

5) Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful

Comment by Marcel on November 24, 2012 at 4:42am

1. Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

2 ZZ Top - La Futura

3. Phantom Limb - The Pines

4. Sara Watkins - Sun Midnight Sun

5. Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

6. Matraca Berg - Love's Truck Stop

7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin'

8. Chuck Mead - Back At The Quonset Hut

9. Marty Stuart - Nashville Vol.1: Tear The Woodpile Down

10. Mindy Smith - Mindy Smith

Comment by Wayne Slaven on November 24, 2012 at 7:38am

1. Mark Knopfler - Privateering

2. Lucy Kaplansky - Reunion

3. Mumford & Sons - Babel

4. The Little Willies - For The Good Times

5. Shawn Colvin - All Fall Down

6. Corb Lund - Cabin Fever

7. Kin: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell - Rodney Crowell & Co.

8. Amos Lee - As The Crow Flies

9. Jimmy LaFave - Depending On The Distance

10. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About You Now

Honorable mention: The  Carpenter - The Avett Brothers; Who's Feeling Young Now and Ahoy! EP - Punch Brothers; Sun Midnight Sun - Sara Watkins; Take Me Back - Old Crow Medicine Show; Five Angels EP - Josh Ritter; Long Ride Home - Darrell Scott; Older Than My Old Man Now - Loudon Wainwright III; Three Pears - Dwight Yoakam

Comment by Michael Biggins on November 24, 2012 at 11:44am

In a word, 2012 was all about volume. Lots to see (and hear) here from the legends like Bruce and Van and Neil and Patti to the stalwarts like Fred and Alejandro and the upstarts like the Avetts, the Mumfords and Andrew Bird.  But the joy derived from assembling lists like this comes from the new discoveries and the leaps taken by artists perfecting their craft. So with that in mind and a nod to Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers and Lost Lander here  is this years list...

1- Heartless Bastards - Arrow

2- Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone

3- Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful

4- Fred Eaglesmith - 6 Volts

5- Jack White - Blunderbuss

6- Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station

7- Shovels & Rope - Oh Be Joyful

8- The Honey Dewdrops- Siver Lining

9- Legendary Oaks - These Narrow Bars of Light

10- Angus Stone- Broken Brights

Comment by rosencrantz on November 24, 2012 at 11:57am

1.  Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, "Our Lady of the Tall Trees."

2.  Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, "We're Usually A Lot Better Than This."

3.  Tedeschi Trucks Band, "Everybody's Talkin'"

4.  Larry Keel, "Classic"

5.  Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, "There Is A Bomb In Gilead"

6.  Patterson Hood, "Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance"

7.  Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Twenty Dozen"

8.  Cris Jacobs, "Songs For Cats and Dogs"

9.  Otis Taylor, "Contraband"

10.  Westbound, "Now & Then"

Honorable mentions:  Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola, "Not Getting Behind...," Leftover Salmon, "Aquatic Hitchhiker," Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound, The New Orleans Suspects, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, "Pound of Dirt."

Probably deserving albums I haven't gotten yet: the new Jason Isbell live album, the new Malcolm Holcombe album


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