Mumford & Sons, Muse, Jack White, Alabama Shakes Make Rolling Stone’s 2012 Best Music Lists


Story by Anne Erickson

Rolling Stone’s 2012 best music lists feature songs and albums from a collection of alternative rock bands

The votes are in, and Rolling Stone magazine has unleashed its new lists of the 50 Best Songs and Albums 2012, and the tally features a bevy of alternative rock acts. Jack White, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Smashing Pumpkins, Alabama Shakes and Muse are just a few of the bands spotted in this year’s roundup.

On the publication’s list of the 50 Best Songs of 2012, Alabama Shakes come it at No. 1 with their single, “Hold On.” Other notables include Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk” (No. 3), Jack White’s single “Sixteen Salteens” (No. 8), fun.’s “Some Nights” (No. 11), Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” (No. 12), Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” (No. 13), the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” (No. 27) and Muse’s “Madness” (No. 37).

As for Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2012, Jack White took the highest spot for a rock act, coming it at No. 3 on the list for his debut solo album, “Blunderbuss.” Other alt-rock notables include Fiona Apple’s “The Idler Wheel…” (No. 5), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “Here” (No. 7), Green Day’s “¡Uno!” (No. 8), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 11), the Dave Matthews Band’s “Away from the World” (No. 29), Alabama Shakes’ self-titled debut (No. 34), Passion Pit’s “Gossamer” (No. 39), fun.’s “Some Nights” (No.43), Garbage’s “Not Your Kind of People” (No. 44), Muse’s “The 2nd Law” (No. 46), Smashing Pumpkins’ “Oceania” (No. 49) and Dirty Projectors’ “Swing Lo Magellan” (No. 50).

Rolling Stone’s top album of the year is Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball.”



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