Ellie Goulding – Halcyon (Polydor)
This year’s list of best pop albums includes four No. 1 singles, three artists making records before Cody Simpson was born, one reformed alternative-rock band, and lots of 2 a.m. walks to the rave tent. For every Lana Del Rey staring into the misremembered past, there’s an Icona Pop staring boldly into our robot apocalypse future. Blow 2012 one last kiss.