I’m including this post in our LISTMANIA series more out of curiosity than anything else, because I don’t know many metalheads who get their music based on recommendations by Amazon.com. In fact, until this morning I didn’t know that Amazon even compiled Best of the Year staff picks. But they do. And because Amazon sells a shitload of music, I thought this was worth a mention.
There are actually three different lists that I’m including here. First, Amazon compiled a list of the 100 Best Albums of 2012. I waded through that list to find the metal albums that made it (at least as I define metal). And here they are, with their numerical rankings:
36. Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind
39. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
40. High On Fire: De Vermis Mysteriis
46. Baroness: Yellow and Green
67. Gojira: L’Enfant Sauvage
I guess five metal albums out of 100 isn’t bad (though I’m sure I would get an argument from many of you about the inclusion of Godspeed You! Black Emperor as metal). Interestingly, the No. 1 album on Amazon’s list is My Head Is An Animal, the debut album by an Icelandic band named Of Monsters and Men.
Second, Amazon made a separate list of Best Music of the Year: Genre Highlights. In the category of Metal and Hard Rock they named one album — Converge — and one song: “March To the Sea” by Baroness.
Third, Amazon published a list of Customer Favorites: The 100 Bestselling Albums of 2012. For those of you who think metal ought to stay underground, you’ll be pleased to know that I didn’t see even one metal album on the list of the 100 bestselling albums on Amazon, with the possible exception of Clockwork Angels by Rush, which holds the No. 12 spot; I don’t consider Rush to be metal, but others do.
In case you’re wondering, the bestselling album of 2012 on Amazon (at least as of the time this list was compiled) is Slipstream by Bonnie Raitt.