As usual, when the year comes a close, everyone has to weigh in on the highlights in music. Rolling Stone got the party started early with its list of Best EDM Albums of 2012, but even more outlets have since chimed in.
For example, Billboard magazine revealed who topped its Dance/Club Songs chart this year. The honor went to none other than the talented youngster Zedd, who burned up floors with the chart-topping “Spectrum.”
Not to be ignored is once-urban-targeted publication VIBE, who followed Rolling Stone‘s lead, but cranked its list up to 50 entries. The Top 50 Electronic Albums of 2012 features many of the DJZ team’s favorite acts, including Swedish House Mafia, whose Until Now disc was crowned king of EDM albums.
Don’t sleep on NPR (that’s National Public Radio, natch). The seemingly-stodgy source for news is one of the hottest spots to find out about new music of the underground variety. Rounding out its list of Top Electronic Dance Tracks of 2012 are entries from ƱZ and Maya Jane Coles.
XLR8R’s list of Overrated Releases offers some inclusions that conflict with the previously mentioned lists, but is worth checking out anyway.
In fact, all of these lists are worth a scan to get some ideas for your holiday wish list — not that you should have any shortage of ideas.
Who do you think got it right? And who would you put on your year-end best-of lists?
The DJZ/10 is a collection of ten DJs that we think you should know about now. Some of them are already familiar to you, others you may have never heard of. The list is not based on (1) a secret computer algorithm, (2) social media popularity, or (3) payola. Every month or so we get together to decide if somebody from the broader A…Z directory is about to break out and should be included in the DJZ/10, or if somebody already on the list, for that matter, is “phoning it in” and deserved to be replaced by another DJ who is more worthy.×