Should be a great year full of some fantastic tunes!!!

Most-anticipated albums of 2012

Out with the old tunes and in with the new. Here are 12 of the most-anticipated albums of 2012 — and 75 more that could be on the way. But before you mark the calendar, remember: Everything is subject to change — especially the titles of most of the year’s big releases.

1 | Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band | TBA

The Boss returns with his 17th studio album — the followup to 2009’s ambitious but uneven Working on a Dream. How he’ll handle the loss of late, great sax colossus Clarence Clemons remains to be seen — Nils Lofgren was tight-lipped when I talked to him recently — but one thing is certain: Any year with a new Springsteen CD beats a year without one.

2 | Leonard Cohen | Old Ideas

Further proof that old guys rule: In the wake of his triumphant comeback tour and an avalanche of honours, the 77-year-old Canadian folk-poet — who remains blessed with the gift of the golden voice — will release his first studio disc since 2004 on Jan. 31.

3 | Beach Boys | TBA

After decades of lawsuits and backbiting, surf-pop genius Brian Wilson and his former bandmates Mike Love and Al Jardine have buried the hatchet and reunited after 15 years. Granted, without Dennis and Carl Wilson it won’t be a true reunion, but hey, better than nothing.

4 | Black Sabbath | TBA

Also regrouping: Heavy metal godfathers Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, who are in the studio with Rick Rubin recording their first full-length since 1978’s fittingly titled Never Say Die. Hail Satan and pass the Metamucil.

5 | Van Halen | TBA

Jump back, fans. The good news is that a disc from David Lee Roth and the Van Halen clan — last heard together back in 1984 (the year and the album) — seems closer than ever. The bad news? It seemed that way last year too.

6 | Paul McCartney | My Valentine

Macca’s first pop album since 2007’s Memory Almost Full will be a disc of old-timey music-hall standards and like-minded originals, released one week before Valentine’s Day. Guess some people still want to fill the world with you-know-what.

7 | Green Day | TBA

OK, it’s only been two years since 21st Century Breakdown. But the Bay Area pop-punks have been road-testing some 15 new tunes — including a song for the late Amy Winehouse — at recent club shows. So a new studio album shouldn’t be too far behind, right?

8 | Rush | Clockwork Angels

Tick tock, dudes. Way back in the summer of 2010, the long-running Canadian power trio teased us with two tracks — Caravan and BU2B — from this 19th studio album. Word is they’ll finally unveil the rest this June.

9 | Madonna | TBA

She’s playing the Super Bowl. And she just signed a three-album deal with a new label. Maybe they all know something we don’t. In any case, the 53-year-old Material … er, Girl will release her latest album in March, with first single Gimme All Your Luvin due in late January.

10 | No Doubt | TBA

There’s no doubt Gwen Stefani and her boys have had some creative difficulties crafting this followup to 2001’s Rock Steady. That could mean it’s going to be really good — or not. Either way, it’s time for them to put up or shut up.

11 | ZZ Top | TBA

Like VH and No Doubt, the weirdly bearded Tejas trio haven’t been setting any speed records in the studio. But according to guitarist Billy Gibbons, the long-overdue sequel to 2003’s Mescalero is in the can and arriving this year.

12 | Dr. Dre | Detox

Let’s be diplomatic and say that the superstar rap producer has been, well, painstakingly crafting this chronically delayed disc for a nearly a decade. At this point, he’s headed for Chinese Democracy territory, so I’ll believe it when I hear it. Still, a guy can dream, can’t he?




Adam Ant | Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter

Joe Cocker | Hard Knocks

Lana Del Rey | Born to Die

Ani DiFranco | Which Side Are You On?

Dion | Tank Full of Blues

The Doors | L.A. Woman: 40th Anniversary Edition

Kathleen Edwards | Voyageur

Craig Finn | Clear Heart Full Eyes

Lamb of God | Resolution

Tim McGraw | Emotional Traffic

Kellie Pickler | 100 Proof

John K. Samson | Provincial

Seal | Soul 2

Ringo Starr | Ringo 2012


Air | Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Bahamas | Bar Chords

Dierks Bentley | Home

VV Brown | Lollipops & Politics

The Chieftains | Voices of Ages

The Cranberries | Roses

The Fray | Scars and Stories

Islands | A Sleep & A Forgetting

Greg Keelor, Travis Good & Gordon Pinsent | Down & Out in UpAlong

Lyle Lovett | Release Me

Marilyn Manson | Born Villain

Katie Melua | Secret Symphony

Sinead O’Connor | Home

Pink Floyd | The Wall: Immersion Box Set

Mitch Ryder | The Promise

Silverstein | Short Songs

Sleigh Bells | Reign of Terror

Esperanza Spalding | Radio Music Society

Joe Walsh | Analog Man


All American Rejects | TBA

50 Cent | Before I Self-Destruct

Adam Lambert | Trespassing

The Magnetic Fields | Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Miike Snow | TBA

Ministry | Relapse

Lionel Richie | Tuskeegee

Rye Rye | Go Pop Band

The Shins | Port of Morrow

Ting Tings | Sounds From Nowheresville


The Hives | TBA

K’Naan | TBA

La Roux | TBA

Slash | TBA


Keane | TBA

Maroon 5 | TBA

Nikki Yanofsky | TBA

Stars | TBA


Aerosmith | TBA

Billy Talent TBA

Blue Rodeo | TBA

Creed | TBA

The Cult | TBA

Deftones | TBA

Faith Hill | TBA

How to Destroy Angels | TBA

KISS | Monster

Linkin Park | TBA

Lucero | Women & Work

John Mayer | Born and Raised

Mazzy Star | TBA

Metric | TBA

Mumford & Sons | TBA

Muse | TBA

Offspring | Apocalyptic Guides & Inferno Theme About Nothing Meaningful

Paramore | TBA

Queens of the Stone Age | TBA

The Smashing Pumpkins | Oceania

Soundgarden | TBA

Tenacious D | Rise of the Phoenix

Tool | TBA | Black Einstein