Rolling Stone has released its annual lists of the 50 Best Albums and 50 Best Songs of 2012 and, as far as the magazine is concerned, some of the best music was put out by artists who have been kicking around since the 1960s and '70s. Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse all landed in the top 10 of both tallies with their recent releases.
The Boss scored Rolling Stone's #1-rated album of the year with Wrecking Ball, which the magazine says is his "most walloping and adventurous release in decades." Rolling Stone describes the record as "rock's most pointed response to the Great Recession: a song suite…as largehearted, and as righteously wrathful, as any album [Springsteen has] made."
Landing at #4 on the list is Dylan's Tempest, while Young & Crazy Horse's Psychedelic Pill, the second of two studio efforts the rockers issued in 2012, was #10. Other albums by veteran acts that made it onto the list were Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas at #13, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream at #22 and Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos at #25.
As for Rolling Stone's top songs, Young & Crazy Horse's epic, 16-minute-plus Psychedelic Pill offering, "Ramada Inn," finished in fifth place. Springsteen's "Rocky Ground," was the #7 selection, while the New Jersey musician's "We Take Care of Our Own" was at #32. Dylan took the #9 spot with "Pay in Blood."
Additional tunes by the music world's elder statesmen chosen for the tally were Van Halen's "Stay Frosty" at #16, The Rolling Stones' "Doom and Gloom" at #18, Cohen's "Going Home" at #20, Fagen's "Weather in My Head" at #21, Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming" at #23, and The Beach Boys' "That's Why God Made the Radio" at #30.
Rolling Stone picked "Hold On," by the female-fronted alt-rock band Alabama Shakes, as the #1 song.
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