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The Best of 2012

We asked our expert panel of XPN On-Air Hosts to come up with their picks for the best songs and albums of 2012. Here's their top picks in music for 2012.

Bob Bumbera

Morning Show News and Sports Director

  • Songs
    1. JD McPherson - "Fire Bug"
    2. Bruce Springsteen - "Wrecking Ball"
    3. Mumford & Sons - Lover Of The Light"
    4. Alt-J - "Breezeblocks"
    5. Django Django - "Default"
    6. Ben Harper/Charlie Musslewhite - "I Don't Believe A Word You Say"
    7. The Lumineers - "Stubborn Love"
    8. Rolling Stones - "Doom and GLoom"
    9. Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
    10. Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
  • Albums
    1. JD McPherson - Signs & Signafiers
    2. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    4. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
    5. The Sheepdogs - The Sheepdogs
    6. Mumford & Sons - Babel
    7. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
    8. Delta Rae - Carry The Fire
    9. John Mayer - Born & Raised
    10. Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough

John Diliberto

Host of Echoes and Sleepy Hollow

  • Songs
    1. Geigertek - "Underpass"
    2. The Ravonettes - "Till the End"
    3. Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents"
    4. Liftoff - "Summer Shone"
    5. Frankie Rose - "Moon In My Mind"
    6. Shel - "Paint My Life"
    7. Blue Foundation - "Lost"
    8. Norah Jones - "4 Broken Hearts"
    9. Azure Ray - "Scattered Like Leaves"
    10. The XX - "Angels"
  • Albums
    1. Hammock - Departure Songs
    2. Thierry David - Stellar Connection
    3. Marconi Union - Different Colors
    4. Liftoff - Sunday Morning Airplay
    5. Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze - Amanke Dionti
    6. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
    7. Jeff Johnson & Phil Keaggy - WaterSky
    8. Raygun Ballet - World That Wasn't
    9. The Ravonettes - Observator
    10. Sigur Ros - Valtari

David Dye

Host of World Cafe and Funky Friday

  • Songs
    1. The Lumineers – "Ho Hey"
    2. Polica – "Dark Star"
    3. Divine Fits – "Would That Not Be Nice"
    4. The Alabama Shakes – "Hold On"
    5. JD McPherson – "North Side Gal"
    6. Fun – "We Are Young"
    7. John Fullbright – "Gawd Above"
    8. Father John Misty - "I'm Writing A Novel"
    9. Passion Pit - "Take A Walk"
    10. Michael Kiwanuka – "Tell Me A Tale"
  • Albums
    1. Dr John – Locked Down
    2. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    3. Calexico – Algiers
    4. Allo Darlin' – Europe
    5. The XX –Coexist
    6. Dr Dog – Be The Void
    7. John K Samson – Provincial
    8. Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
    9. Polica – Give Up The Night
    10. Tim Maia – The Existential Soul of Tim Maia

Helen Leicht

Host of XPN Midday, Leicht Lunch and XPN Local

  • Songs
    1. The Shins - "It's only Life" (Port of Morrow)
    2. Grizzly Bear - "Sleeping Ute" (Shields)
    3. Bruce Springsteen - "We Take Care of our own" (Wrecking Ball)
    4. Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" (Fear Fun)
    5. Delta Rae - "Bottom of the River" (Carry the Fire)
    6. Lord Huron - "Time to Run" (Lonesome Dreams)
    7. Minus the Bear - "Diamond Lightning" (Infinity Overhead)
    8. Passion Pit - "Take a Walk" (Gossamer)
    9. Sea Wolf - "Old Friend" Old World Romance
    10. Mumford & Sons - "I will Wait" (Babel)
  • Special Mention
  • The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling" (El Camino....."Lonely boy" a December 2011 release)
  • Florence & the Machine "Lover to Lover" (Ceremonials) late 2011 release
  • Albums
    1. The Shins - Port of Morrow
    2. Grizzly Bear - Shields
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    4. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
    5. Delta Rae - Carry the Fire
    6. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
    7. Minus the Bear - Infinity Overhead
    8. Passion Pit - Gossamer
    9. Sea Wolf - Old World Romance
    10. Mumford & Sons - Babel

Michaela Majoun

Host of Morning Show

  • Songs (in no specific order)
    1. Lana Del Ray - "Video Games"
    2. Heartless Bastards - "Since We Parted Ways"
    3. Lianne LaHavas - "Is Your Love Big Enough?"
    4. The Avett Brothers - "Live And Die"
    5. Alabama Shakes - "Hold On"
    6. Brandi Carlile - "That Wasn’t Me"
    7. Field Report - "Fergus Falls"
    8. Bruce Springsteen - "Jack Of All Trades"
    9. John Fulbright - "Gawd Above"
    10. Rufus Wainwright - "Out Of The Game"
  • Albums (in no specific order)
    1. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    2. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
    3. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
    4. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
    5. Lianne LaHavas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
    6. The Shins - Port of Morrow
    7. David Wax Museum - Knock Knock Get Up
    8. Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
    9. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
    10. Beth Orton - Sugaring Season

Jonny Meister

Host of The Blues Show and Blues & Beyond

  • Songs
    1. Shemekia Copeland "Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo"
    2. Linsey Alexander "Saving Robert Johnson"
    3. Lurrie Bell "Lo And Behold"
    4. Zac Harmon "Running From The Devil"
    5. Michael Burks "Little Juke Joint"
    6. Samuel James "The Secret"
    7. Shakura S'Aida "Halfway Blues"
    8. Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry "Delta Women"
    9. Mighty Sam McClain "Stand Up"
    10. Dennis Jones "Text Us Girl"
  • Albums
    1. Lurrie Bell "The Devil Ain't Got No Music"
    2. Shemekia Copeland 33 1/3
    3. Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry "The Clarksdale Sessions"
    4. Linsey Alexander "Been There Done That"
    5. Johnnie Bassett "I Can Make That Happen"
    6. Zac Harmon "Music Is Medicine"
    7. Joe Louis Walker "Hellfire"
    8. Quintus McCormick "Still Called The Blues"
    9. Shakura S'Aida "Time"
    10. Ray Bailey "Cruisin' For A Bluesin'"

Kathy O'Connell

Host of Kids Corner

  • Songs
    1. JD McPherson - "Northside Gal"
    2. Joan Osborne - "Shake Your Hips"
    3. Mayer Hawthorne - "The Walk"
    4. Tallest Man in the World - "1904"
    5. Bruce Springsteen- "We Take Care of Our Own"
    6. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait"
    7. Father John Misty - "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"
    8. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"
    9. Delta Rae - "Bottom of the River"
    10. Of Gods and Monsters - "Little Talks"
  • Albums
    1. Joan Osborne - "Bring It On Home"
    2. JD McPherson - "Signs & Signifiers"
    3. Mumford & Sons - "Babel"
    4. Bruce Springsteen - "Wrecking Ball"
    5. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound - "Want More"
    6. Delta Rae - "Carry the Fire"
    7. Rufus Wainwright - "Out of the Game"
    8. Michael Kiwanuka - "Home Again"
    9. Dr. Dog - "Be the Void"
    10. Father John Misty - "Fear Fun"

Dan Reed

Operations Manager, Music Director
Host Afternoons on XPN, Highs in the 70s

  • Songs
    1. Father John Misty – "I’m Writing A Novel"
    2. Frank Ocean – "Lost"
    3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – "Driftin’ Back"
    4. Passion Pit – "Take A Walk"
    5. Metz – "Get Off"
    6. Kendrick Lamar – "Poetic Justice"
    7. Shark Tape – "Eyes On You"
    8. Calexico – "Splitter"
    9. Django Django – "Default"
    10. Gabriel Kelley – "The Only Thing To do"
  • Albums
    1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
    2. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    3. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
    4. Bob Dylan – Tempest
    5. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
    6. Passion Pit – Gossamer
    7. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
    8. Dr. John – Locked Down
    9. The Walkmen – Heaven
    10. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Eric Schuman

Host of XPN Mix, All Request Saturday, and Sunday on XPN

  • Songs
    1. Friends – "I'm His Girl"
    2. Islands – "Hallways"
    3. John K. Samson – "When I Write My Master's Thesis"
    4. Shearwater – "Breaking The Yearlings"
    5. Django Django – "Default"
    6. Crocodiles – "My Surfing Lucifer"
    7. The Walkmen – "We Can't Be Beat"
    8. King Khan & The Shrines – "Bite My Tongue"
    9. The Monochrome Set – "Hip Kitten Spinning Chrome"
    10. Alex Winston – "The Fold"
  • Albums
    1. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    2. Zammuto – Zammuto
    3. The Explorers Club – Grand Hotel
    4. Low Cut Connie – Call Me Sylvia
    5. Ty Segall – Twins
    6. Poliça – Give You The Ghost
    7. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat And Bone
    8. Allah-Las – Allah-Las
    9. Dent May – Do Things
    10. The Shins – Port Of Morrow

Lauren Valle

Reporter, Traffic.com

  • Songs
    1. Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite "I Don't Believe A Word You Say"
    2. Alabama Shakes "Hang Loose"
    3. The Fractals "Miss Kensington"
    4. Van Morrison "Retreat and View"
    5. Dr John "Locked Down"
    6. Brandi Carlile "Rise Again"
    7. Dr Dog "Be The Void"
    8. Sea Wolf "Old Friend"
    9. Father John Misty "I'm Writing A Novel"
    10. Mayer Hawthorne "A Long Time"
  • Albums
    1. Dr Dog "Be The Void"
    2. Gary Clark, Jr "Black and Blu"
    3. Van Morrison "Born To Sing: No Plan B"
    4. Dr John "Locked Down"
    5. Alabama Shakes "Boys and Girls"
    6. Michael Kiwanuka "Home Again"
    7. Calexico "Algiers"
    8. Bonnie Raitt "Slipstream"
    9. Alejandro Escovedo "Big Station"
    10. Kathleen Edwards "Voyageur"

Mike Vasilikos

Assistant Music Director and Host of The Monday 8 O'Clock News

  • Songs (alphabetical list)
    1. Best Coast - “The Only Place”
    2. Brandi Carlile - “Hard Way Home”
    3. JD McPherson - “North Side Girl”
    4. Lord Huron - “Time to Run”
    5. Lumineers - “Ho Hey”
    6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Same Love”
    7. Passion Pit - “Take a Walk”
    8. Polica - “Dark Star”
    9. The Killers - “From Here On Out”
    10. The Walkmen - “Heaven”
  • Albums (alphabetical list)
    1. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
    2. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
    3. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
    4. Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit
    5. Dr. Dog - Be the Void
    6. Dr. John - Locked Down
    7. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
    8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
    9. Passion Pit - Gossamer
    10. The Lumineers - The Lumineers

Bruce Warren

Program Director

  • Songs (in no specific order)
    1. Dr. John - “Revolution”
    2. Of Monsters and Men - “Little Talks”
    3. JD McPherson - “North Side Girl”
    4. Sharon Van Etten - “Serpents”
    5. Fun. - “We Are Young”
    6. Polica - “Dark Star”
    7. Alabama Shakes - “Hold On”
    8. Passion Pit - "Take a Walk"
    9. The Lumineers - “Ho Hey”
    10. Michael Kiwanuka - “Tell Me A Tale”
  • Albums (in no specific order)
    1. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
    2. Chromatics – Kill For Love
    3. Field Report – Field Report
    4. Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
    5. Dr. John – Locked Down
    6. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
    7. fun. - Some Night
    8. Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D Music: Cruel Summer
    9. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
    10. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City

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