Rolling Stone has come out with its top albums of 2012, and the Boss-worshipping mag has picked "Wrecking Ball" as No. 1. I am as big as Bruce fan as anyone his "The Rising" is the best album released in the last 20 years but "Wrecking Ball" is sub-par Bruce. I can't argue with the high rankings, though, for Frank Ocean, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, and Japandroids.
Here is Rolling Stone's rankings:
01 Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball02 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange03 Jack White – Blunderbuss04 Bob Dylan – Tempest05 Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…06 Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city07 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Here08 Green Day – !Uno!09 Japandroids – Celebration Rock10 Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill11 Mumford & Sons – Babel12 Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth13 Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas14 Best Coast – The Only Place15 Dr. John – Locked Down16 Cat Power – Sun17 John Mayer – Born and Raised18 Nas – Life is Good19 Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock20 Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music21 Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory22 Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream23 Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits24 G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer25 Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos26 Django Django – Django Django27 Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu28 Beach House – Bloom29 Dave Matthews Band – Away From the World30 Azealia Banks – 199131 Taylor Swift – Red32 Hospitality – Hospitality33 Grimes – Visions34 Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls35 Grizzly Bear – Shields36 Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe37 Justin Townes Earle – Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now38 Titus Andronicus – Local Business39 Passion Pit – Gossamer40 Escort – Escort41 The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter42 Allo Darlin' – Europe43 fun. – Some Nights44 Garbage – Not Your Kind of People45 Rick Ross – Rich Forever46 Muse – The 2nd Law47 Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables48 The Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania49 Amadou And Mariam – Folila50 Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan