Guitar World's Top 50 Albums of 2012

27

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

kris101

Wow, guitar world posted a list that I agree with. Van Halen and Rush as the top 2 greatest albums of 2012.
Sweet!

avatar

shopson67

As much as I love hard rock and metal, this list is very one-dimensional. I guess Guitar World truly HAS become Metal World.

avatar

RattandRoll

DOKKEN BROKEN BONES is a Fantastic Album! It should have made the list.

avatar

shopson67

Do they give honorary awards for duping another (better) player's style and sound? If so, Broken Bones would be a top contender.

avatar

sleddawg

Hello?

Sonny Landreth, Elemental Journey

but then, I wouldn't expect that to be mentioned here...

avatar

chrisayres

Green Day and Jack White WTF they should not be in the top anything when it comes to guitar polls i mean jack white is slight more tolerable than green day but still placing them above artists like slash and steve vai doesnt seem right to me but its good to see that Van Halens Album a Different Kind Of Truth won because Van Halen Rule

avatar

Sinnerswing27

Van Halen's a "Different kind of truth" was by far the best album of 2012.

avatar

chrisayres

Agreed

avatar

metalhead0283

yeah green day on here but you snub mastodon? you guys should stop sucking your own dicks

avatar

Josh Hart

Mastodon's new album came out in 2011. It was on last year's list at No. 5.

— JH

avatar

metalhead0283

wow sorry...guess ive been stuck in a bottle to long..lol

avatar

Samuel L. Chang

Some of these feel like consolation prizes. Green Day shouldn't be on any "best of" lists. Seriously, it's 2012.

avatar

Darth Compton

Especially above Vai's album...

avatar

The Shred King ...

Number one should belong to Testament's Dark Roots Of Earth! Sneap delivered again on this one as he did with The Formation of Damnation ('08) and The Gathering ('99). Skolnick's leads are absolutely awesome and pop out at you.

avatar

guitaricci

John Mayer's Born and Raised? The Darkness' Hot Cakes?

GatorStudio

Apocalyptic Love should have been a lot higher. There is not a bad track on that whole album.

avatar

Alan Sells

It is sad the 21st century has given us nothing for Rock-N-Roll. I hate to quote Huey Lewis but I will, "he may be barely breathing, the the heart of Rock-N-Roll is Beating". Where is this century's monster bands? Where is the 21st century Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses? Avenged 7 Fold is Fall Out Boy meets Metallica. Their Nightmare track is a sad rip-off of 4 different Metallica songs.
I love Three Doors Down but they would be a B list band next to the giants who came before them. Where is the next big band? White Zombie was cool but not HUGE. Same with Godsmack, Disturbed...all club acts. Same as System Of A Down. This century's Primus but still, just club acts. And I love both bands! Where are the staduim fillers? The record industry has given up on true, talented bands and gone for the same sounding stuff you'll grow out of by the time you'll get out of High School.
How could a band like The Eagles even get signed today? Or Styx? Or Pink Floyd? I only use these bands to illustrate how all flavors were embraced before there were even 250 million Americans. And now, there are over 308 million Americans and most of this century's rock bands can't sell a million CDs. I would love to se how Robin Trower or J Geils would get signed to a label today...or even The Allman Brothers Band. AND get radio airplay, since radio follows the lead of the record labels.

avatar

CommanderMeaty

The only thing I don't enjoy about guitar world magazines is the fact that they talk a lot about metalcore bands.

avatar

rhcpepper

I only see 3 metalcore albums in this list

avatar

guitarmorseknopfler

I would also like to mention Flying Colors' Debut album "Flying Colors". The combination of Neil and Steve Morse, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy and Casey McPherson is truly incredible, especially since the songs were all written over a 7 day period.

avatar

kris101

Pretty good list, Rush and Van Halen definitely the 2 best albums this year. I'm surprised Dylans "Tempest" isn't there

avatar

ardiril

I got some catching up to do.

avatar

classicrockguy

Joe Bonamassa live at the Beacon should be on this list, and Celebration Day

avatar

Josh Hart

This list only applies to studio albums. Keep an eye out for our list of the best lives albums of 2012, which will be posted later this week!

DarkMessengerVI

Periphery II is a masterpiece!! #3 well deserved.
It's easily my favorite album this year.

xmetallinut84x

Ok, decent list, but how the hell is Mark Tremonti's "All I was" not on here!!!?? or the new Billy Talent "Dead Silence", but ZZTop cracks the top 10!? Bogus...

avatar

krshnakrunch

When Billy Gibbons shows up at your doorstep with tequila, hookers, and Les Pauls, you'll like the new ZZ Top too!

Log in to Guitar World directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

  • Sign in with Twitter
Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.