Best of 2012

Best of 2012

Well, well, well… Another year has gone by… And I can only celebrate it one way – with music. Be sure to read my reflections in this Year In Review article. As far as the lists go, by now you should know the drill… I’m sticking to my format of the past three years and revealing a new thematic list of selections per day. Since I can’t possibly rank my favorite IDM next to ambient albums, you won’t find any genres inside. Instead I make a playlist on the mood created by the sounds. There are 15 lists this year, which makes it a total of 150 favorite albums of 2012! Enjoy!


Music For The Film Behind Closed Eyelids
Music For Bending Light And Stopping Time
Music For Awakened Spirits And Open Minds
Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities
Music For Withered Leaves And Lonely Fishtanks
Music For Long Car Rides With My Family & Friends
Music For Walking And Not Crying In The Autumn Rain
Music For The Frosty Night When I Miss Your Warm Light
Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight
Music For Sonic Installations In The Cavern Of Your Skull
Music For Missed Friends, Barbecues And Turntables
Music For Vibrating Your Neighbors’ Dusty China
Music For Synergizing The Synapse Of Ideas
Music For Capricious Souls Adrift In Noir-fi
Music For Grinding Your Teeth At Night

Our selections from past years…

Headphone Commute’s Best of 2011
Headphone Commute’s Best of 2010
Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009
Headphone Commute’s Best of 2008
Headphone Commute’s Best of 2007


15 Responses to “Best of 2012”

  1. 1 Mhvn

    awesome collection.just one thing! why you haven’t chose any new age style???

  2. 4 Hrenbert

    I thought it’s all clear for me about best music of 2012. I was wrong

    But what about your expectations in 2013?

  3. 5 Dust

    Your lists are incredible!

  4. 6 Thijs

    Very nice selection as allways. I expect Herbstlaub’ Streets to be in the next lists as well!

  5. 7 Ross

    Finding your blog and discovering new music through it was one of my musical highlights of 2012. Many thanks for the great work.

  6. 8 Scott

    Did you ever publish the readers’ picks from last year? I was never able to find them. Anyway, these lists are great, and I look forward to it every year!

  7. 10 Martin

    Unfathomably special collection of music- thank you for being the platform that helps spread this!

  8. 12 Ryan

    best of any year end lists out there by far. I am forever grateful for all the info and opening my sonic senses to some new sounds. Maybe I will see you at DB this year.
    THANK YOU!

  9. very good sorted (definition) music
    take care ;)

  10. 14 Cameron

    have been checking in to your list for 3 years now. always well thought out and appreciated!

    • Thank you, Cameron. I usually get crazy anxiety a month before I have to publish them, and then finally feel great relief when they are out of my system :)


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