The editors at AP worked all week to compile their top picks from the first half of 2012 in five different categories--albums, songs, music videos, live performances and most anticipated. You can view all our picks in each category below and can follow the links to view the full descriptions and audio-visual components. What are your top picks so far this year?

Monday - BEST ALBUMS 
Aeges - The Bridge [SH]
Classics of Love - Classics of Love [SH]
Crocodiles - Endless Flowers [JP]
Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour [SH]
Japandroids - Celebration Rock [JP]
Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved [MC]
Motion City Soundtrack - Go [BM]
Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear [BM]
Turing Machine - What Is The Meaning Of What [JP]
Xerxes - Our Home Is A Deathbed [MC]

Tuesday - BEST SONGS
Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra - "Do It With A Rockstar" [JP]
Audra Mae And The Almighty Sound - "Real Thing" [BM]
William Beckett - "Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer" [JP]
Every Time I Die - "A Wild Shameless Plain" [JP]
Jack White - "Love Interruption" [BM]
Joyce Manor - "Video Killed The Radio Star" [SH]
Make Do And Mend - "Storrow" [SH]
The Sidekicks - "The Whale And Jonah" [SH]
Sleeping With Sirens - "Scene One - James Deand & Audrey Hepburn" [MC]
Zelliack - "These Hands" [MC]

Wednesday - BEST MUSIC VIDEOS
The Black Keys - "Gold On The Ceiling" [BM]
Enter Shikari - "Arguing With THermometers" [SH]
Foxy Shazam - "I Like It" [MC]
Future Of The Left - "Sheena Is A T-SHirt Salesman" [JP]
The Gaslight Anthem - "45" [BM]
Anthony Green - "Get Yours While You Can" [SH]
Motion City Soundtrack - "True Romance" [MC]
Ok Go - "Needing/Getting" [JP]
Sleeping With Sirens - "Do It Now, Remember It Later" [BM]
The Swellers - "Inside My Head" [SH]

Thursday - BEST LIVE SHOWS
Weezer @ The Weezer Cruise [SH]
Jukebox The Ghost @ Cleveland House Of Blues [BM]
The Story So Far @ Peabody's in Cleveland [SH]
Transit @ Peabody's in Cleveland [MC]
Andrew W.K. @ Cleveland House Of Blues [SH]
The Early November @ Cleveland House Of Blues [BM]
Cut Teeth @ Bled Fest in Howell, Michigan [MC]
Motion City Soundtrack @ Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, Ohio [JP]
Retox @ The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh [JP]

Friday - MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS
The Early November - In Currents [BM]
The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten [BM]
Bloc Party - Four [JP]
Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead [MC]
Circa Survive - Violent Waves [SH]
The Chariot - One Wing [JP]
NOFX - TBA [SH]
Green Day - ¡Uno! [JP]
Black Veil Brides - TBA [MC]
A Rocket To The Moon - Wild And Free [MC]

So what are your favorites from this year? What are you looking forward to? Let us know below!