Move over, ARIA, Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.
Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:
Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.
Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”
Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honour is his most effortless.
Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburg’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.
Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.
Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.
They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.
Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.
Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.
Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.
Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.
If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.
Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below: