The records that for us, define the very best in the past year's music
michael baggs
16:38 14th December 2012

2012 has been a very brilliant year for music, but an even better year for new music and smaller bands.

A glance through our Top Ten albums of the year shows that many of the bands on the list are still in the early stages of their career and, despite having released hugely impressive albums in 2012, have huge potential to become even more amazing in the future.

Picking the album of the year was tough, but it came down to choosing the one album that Gigwise listened to on repeat when it was released and that still sounds fresh months later. The album that still surprises us with additional listens and one we recommend everyone has in their collection.

We've been counting down our favourite albums of 2012 all this week. Check out our number 50 - 11 on the links below.

Nos 50 - 41: Jack White to Jake Bugg

Nos 40 - 31: Ellie Goulding to Jessie Ware

Nos 30 - 21: Muse and Maccabees to Tame Impala

Nos 20 - 11: Kanye West to Perfume Genius

Check out our top ten albums below. Click NEXT to scroll through and see what we chose.