A year ago, pretty much only the avid followers of the hip-hop collective Odd Future knew who Frank Ocean was. Suddenly, one critically-adored “Channel Orange” later, the R&B crooner is gathering Grammy Award nominations left and right and topping (or nearly topping) every year-end list the internet has to offer.
Here’s a look at three top 50 album lists for 2012, each of which have Frank Ocean’s record at or near No. 1. (Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone went with a more well-aged selection, which pretty much plays into the biggest complaint people have with the magazine these days.)
As I have previously stated, I do not think these lists really mean anything, but they are a good way to learn about music you may have missed throughout the year and find bands/albums that are worth checking out.
In case you missed it, here are two previous lists that surfaced earlier in the week.
–Shane Nyman, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @shanenyman