Top 25 (missed the memo about Top 10s)
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. It's a Corporate World (Warner Bros.): The record that reigned over my year.
2 tUnE-yArds w h o k I l l (4AD): The record I couldn't stop talking about.
3 Danny Brown XXX (Fool's Gold Records): The record that made me believe rap wasn't dead.
4 Bon Iver Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar): The record that swooned me.
5 Prussia Poor English (download only): The record that haunted my head.
6 Chris Bathgate No Silver (Selector Series): The record that scored last winter and saw me through spring.
7 Tom Waits Bad as Me (Anti): The record I'd been waiting for since 2004.
8 St. Vincent Strange Mercy (4AD): The record that kept popping up wherever I went.
9 Shabazz Palaces Black Up (Sub Pop): The record that, as Method Man once said, twisted my beer cap.
10 Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What (HEAR MUSIC): The record I listened to with my parents, over and over.
11 PJ Harvey Let England Shake (Vagrant Records): The record that rekindled a flame.
12 The Roots Undun (Def Jam): The record I loved but didn't listen to nearly enough.
13 The Black Keys El Camino (Nonesuch): The record that really, really had to grow on me.
14 M83 Hurry Up We're Dreaming (Mute): The record I listened to at night.
15 Radiohead King of Limbs (TBD): The record that was at once disjointed, disappointing and totally spectacular.
16 Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact (4AD): The record I listened to before heading out.
17 Raphael SaadiQ Stone Rollin (Columbia): The record I drove to work with.
18 The Weeknd [cq] House of Balloons (download only): The record I drove home from work with.
19 Cut Copy Need You Now (download only): The record I cleaned my house to.
20 Passalacqua Zebhazy Summer (download only): The record I rolled down the windows for.
21 James BlakeThe Wilhelm Scream (Universal Republic): The record that left me wanting to hear more in 2012.
22 Cults Cults (Columbia): The record that reaffirmed my love for Bandcamp.
23 Drive Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lakeshore): The record that helped make a movie.
24 Elzhi with Will Sessions Elmatic (Jae.B Group): The record I feel in love with again and for the first time.
25 Exchange Bureau Records Presents The Big 3 (Motor City): The vinyl record of the year
Honorable mention The unsigned Internet sensation Azealia Banks song "212," featuring Lazy Jay, is as raunchy as it is rad and I can't stop listening to it.