NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.
Courtesy of the artist
We're a big family at NPR, with amazing member stations and
listeners tuning in or clicking from all over the world. Last week, when
All Songs Considered posted its annual poll inviting people to
pick their favorite albums of 2012, thousands of votes poured in from
those listeners with sometimes surprising results. Babel,
by Mumford & Sons, is the listener pick for the 2012 album of the
year. It didn't come out until this fall, but managed to climb quickly
as the favorite, at least among those who voted in our year-end poll.
It's followed closely by Of Monsters And Men, Alabama Shakes, Jack White
and Grizzly Bear in the top five.
As you work your way through
the rest of the most popular records you'll probably see a lot that you
love, and you'll also likely find some that leave you scratching your
head. That's the beauty of what happens when you have a large and
wonderfully diverse group of voters with a broad range of tastes.
On this week's All Songs Considered we countdown through the top 25 most popular records from our listener poll.