I figure I'll do something a bit different with my list. Everyone knows the new Bon Iver album is awesome, and most people will have it on their list, so my list is made up of albums that might not be on many people's lists. I'll put in youtube links and RIYL. My RIYL will almost certainly be shite, so have a listen to the youtube link.
1. Bjork - Biophillia
RIYL: Electronica, folk, experimental stuff. Hey, it's Bjork, it's hard to narrow it down...
2. Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
RIYL: Country, epic long songs about Jesus and stuff. Beards.
3. Cinematique - Life In An Infinite Loop
RIYL: Beautiful post-rock (but not instrumental) music. Explosions In The Sky and bands like that.
4.Twin Atlantic - Free
RIYL: Big, hooky rock music, with a little bit of edge. Scottish Accents. Biffy Clyro
5. Saul Williams - Volcanic Sunlight
RIYL: Dancey, spoken word hip-hop
6. The Flashbulb - Love As A Dark Hallway
RIYL: IDM, ambient, breakcore, electronica
7. Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows
RIYL: Alternative hip-hop.
8. Immanu El - In Passage
RIYL: Post-Rock, Shoegaze, beautiful music
9. Olafur Arnalds - Living Room Songs
RIYL: Modern classical, piano and violins. Life and beauty.
10. Dananananaykroyd - There Is A Way
RIYL: Fight pop. Short, aggressive music that isn't heavy at all. A poppy Scottish Blood Brothers
11. Sucioperro - The Heart String and How To Pull It
RIYL: Simple, honest and powerful rock music.
12. Maybeshewill - I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone
RIYL: An aggressive form of post-rock with electronica bits. Like 65dos mixed with ASIWFA
13. An Horse - Walls
RIYL: Two-piece indie rock/pop band with female vocals. Tegan and Sara.
14 Pharoahe Monch - W.A.R
RIYL: Post-apocalyptic hip-hop.
15. Dustin O'Halloran - Lumiere
RIYL: Olafur Arnalds. Beautiful music. Being happy.
16. This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket
RIYL: Depression, drone, industrial, ambient
17. Codes In The Clouds - As The Spirit Wanes
RIYL: Post rock at it's poppiest and most accessible.
18. We Were Promised Jetpacks - In The Pit Of The Stomach
RIYL: Scottish indie rock. A bit Frightened Rabbit-y. Ish...
19. Sims - Bad Time Zoo
RIYL: Doomtree and all their associated acts.
20. Dan Adriano In The Emergency Room - Hurrican Season
RIYL: Alkaline Trio's more low-key stuff. Lovely, heartfelt acoustic music.
Disappointments of the year
Moving Mountains - Waves
Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules
Tv Shows of the Year
Parks And Recreation
Life's Too Short
Films Of The Year
The Tree Of Life
Midnight In Paris
The Skin I Live In