Best music of the first half of 2012

Having that vaguely-OCD thing which is common to most males, as soon as I read someone else’s “Best music of the first half of 2012” list, I just had to do my own. Cue another hour wasted. I’d thought that the last six months had been a bit of a musical desert, to be honest, but after I started to comb the archives, I found quite a lot to like. In the main, these are sample tracks representing my favourite albums so far this year – I resolved not to choose more than four tracks from any individual album.

Anyway, it’s now available as a Spotify Playlist, and clicking on this big button will take you to it.

Chris Rand's "Best of 2012" Playlist on Spotify

The track listing in full…

After Dark by Paul Buchanan
Alexandra by Fixers
Bay Of Skaill by The Magnetic North
Blue Jeans by Lana Del Rey
By The Waters by Paul Weller
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
Candles by Rufus Wainwright
Chocolate Boy by Guided By Voices
Cosmic Trip by Air
Ég anda by Sigur Ros
Fin de Siecle by Paul Buchanan
Flutes by Hot Chip
Forever I’ve Known by The Maccabees
Grew Up At Midnight by The Maccabees
Haunted Jukebox by Saint Etienne
Home Thoughts From Abroad by Rumer
I’m Getting Ready by Michael Kiwanuka
It’s O.K. John Joe by Dexys
Last Days Of Disco by Saint Etienne
Lava by Air
Mountains by Emeli Sandé
National Anthem by Lana Del Rey
Next to Me by Emeli Sandé
Now by Dexys
Old Fools by Admiral Fallow
One Big Moment by Orbital
Open Up Your Arms by Ren Harvieu
Over The Border by Saint Etienne
Parade by Air
Popular by Saint Etienne
Really Great World by Fixers
Sara Smile by Rumer
Sea Fog by Keane
Seven Stars by Air
Silenced By The Night by Keane
Stromness by The Magnetic North
Tell Me A Tale by Michael Kiwanuka
The Lights by Mull Historical Society
Through The Night by Ren Harvieu
Tree Bursts by Admiral Fallow
Two Children by Paul Buchanan
Valentine by Fiona Apple
Varðeldur by Sigur Ros
Varúð by Sigur Ros
We Take Care Of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen
You Are Young by Keane