Exclaim!'s Best of 2012: An Analysis of the Year in Pop and Rock

Exclaim!'s Best of 2012: An Analysis of the Year in Pop and Rock
This year's Pop and Rock Best of 2012 list was a tight race: there weren't many votes separating our top 15 and 16-30, nor was there much of a chasm between our number one and runner-up. It was an interesting year in the genre — read our Pop and Rock analyses below to get a handle on what happened in 2012.

In our year-end issue, we examined the transition that artists who gain buzz off of bedroom recordings have to make. These days, Every Bedroom's a Stage. We also noticed, what with the placement of bands like Cloud Nothings, The Men, and METZ on our year-end Pop and Rock list, that Loud is en vogue in rock once again.

In more scene-specific analysis, we honed in on breakout Montreal label Arbutus records, who broke out with Grimes, but maintained buzz with up-and-coming acts like Sean Nicholas Savage, TOPS, and Doldrums. We're keeping our ears perked for more from the burgeoning label, which has its sights on international growth.

Our Exclaim! Best of 2012 roll-out is, sadly, almost at an end. Today, we posted the the last of our album lists, the Best of Experimental and Avant-Garde, and our final genre analyses, of the year in Hip-Hop, goes online tomorrow (December 20), as does our Most Unappreciated Albums of 2012 list. Stay tuned.