The Blog Sound of 2012

As some of you may or may not know, the BBC have a yearly 'Sound Of ...' list, whereby they feature a longlist of 15 artists they think will have a successful year ahead. This initial longlist gets whittled down to a top 5, with eventually an overall winner being chosen. 2011 saw Jessie J being picked, 2010 was Ellie Goulding, 2009 was Little Boots, and so on. The lists are compiled by a team of 'experts', ranging from music critics, editors, broadcasters, and bloggers.

Well in an attempt to try something a bit different, three of the most esteemed bloggers out there (Andy VonPip from The Von Pip Musical Express, Robin from Breaking More Waves, and Simon from Sweeping The Nation) decided it would be an interesting experiment to run a similar type of poll, with the votes coming solely from music bloggers. They say:-

"We mooted the idea of conducting a poll of the UK’s best music blogs & asking them who they thought would be the “Sound Of 2012.” We hoped by having an ‘alternative’ it may throw up some interesting results which we could contrast and compare to the Beebs ‘official’ one . It was felt that an alternative music “Bloggers Sound of ...” list could highlight what’s really been going on musically, down at the coalface so to speak."

So without further ado here are the top 15 artists that us music bloggers chose! (Music Liberation's choices will be revealed in early January!)

The blogs involved in compiling this rather exciting list were :-

The top 5 and subsequent winner of The Blog Sound of 2012 will be announced alongside that of the BBC's in January.

We would love to know what you think of the Blog Sound of 2012 list, so let us know! Here's some of our early faves to get you started... (And here is the official BBC list so you can compare with that if you like too!)

Daughter - Love (taken from 'The Wild Youth EP') by ohDaughter

Lucy Rose - Scar by Lucy Rose

Friends - Friend Crush by LuckyNumberMusic

Vehicles by OUTFIT


  1. What a great idea! I can vouch for Outfit, saw them at Constellations in Leeds and was quite impressed.


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