Whenever I try to sum up a year's worth of music in a single list, it's inevitable that, once I've finished, I find items I wish I'd included first time around:
Bon Hiver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Airborne Toxic Event - "Sometime Around Midnight"
Prince - "Crimson And Clover"
Lindsey Buckingham - "Great Day"
John Mellencamp - "Longest Days"
Coldplay - "Violet Hill"
Los Campesinos! - "Death To Los Campesinos!"
David Bowie - Live Santa Monica '72
There are also a number of records that I hesitate to anoint as "best" but which I still enjoyed and found more than passingly intriguing:
Tricky - Knowle West Boy
School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
Mates Of State - Re-arrange Us
Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line
Cat Power - Jukebox/ Dark End Of The Street - EP
Horse Feathers - House With No Name