Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ tops 2012’s Best Album polls

The HMV Poll of Polls also features Jack White, Tame Impala, Grimes and Grizzly Bear

Frank Ocean‘s ‘Channel Orange’ album has topped 2012’s ‘Best of’ album lists.

Music store HMV compiled a host of the past year’s ‘Best of’ polls – via Music Week – and the soul star and Odd Future cohort’s record came out on top.

HMV’s Poll of Polls used the results from NME’s Best Album of 2012 list alongside data from other publications, including The Guardian, The Times, BBC, Mojo, Music Week, the Evening Standard, Rolling Stone and more, to come up with the ultimate ‘Best of’ list for the past year.


Of Ocean’s chart-topping appearance, HMV music manager John Hirst said: “It’s no surprise that Frank Ocean has come so high up in many critics’ top tens – he’s hugely talented and his name’s been on a lot of people’s lips for a few years now.”

He added: “There’s a certain Stevie Wonder quality about him, and aside from having released a truly wonderful debut album, Frank has also earned a great deal of credit in the way he has challenged hip-hop stereotypes. I think we’re going to hear a lot more from him in future.”

Frank Ocean released ‘Channel Orange’, which was his official debut album, in July of this year, with the LP peaking at Number Two in the Official UK Album Chart.

Second in the Poll of Polls was Jack White with ‘Blunderbuss’. Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ was third, Grimes’ ‘Visions’ was fourth and Grizzly Bear’s ‘Shields’ was fifth.

The rest of the Top 10 was made up by Jessie Ware with ‘Devotion’, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid, mAAd City’, Beach House’s ‘Bloom’, The Maccabees’ ‘Given to the Wild’ and Alt-J ‘s ‘An Awesome Wave’.