Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

20 December 2012

Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Rick RossRich Forever
  4. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  5. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  6. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  7. KaGrief Pedigree
  8. Wiz KhalifaTaylor Allderdice
  9. FuturePluto
  10. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  11. GrimesVisions
  12. NasLife is Good
  13. Beach HouseBloom
  14. Meek MillDreamchasers 2
  15. Ty Dolla $ignBeach House
  16. RihannaUnapologetic
  17. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  18. Action BronsonBlue Chips
  19. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles III
  20. Ab-SoulControl System
  21. Mac DeMarco2
  22. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  23. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  24. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  25. TNGHTTNGHT EP
  26. Big SeanDetroit
  27. The xxCoexist
  28. Chief KeefFinally Rich
  29. Purity RingShrines
  30. Dom KennedyYellow Album
  31. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  32. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  33. Jessie WareDevotion
  34. RatkingWiki93
  35. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  36. Lil DurkI’m Still a Hitta
  37. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  38. Joey Bada$$1999
  39. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  40. Death GripsThe Money Store
  41. Captain MurphyDuality
  42. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  43. BJ The Chicago KidPineapple Now-Laters
  44. Twin ShadowConfess
  45. GameJesus Piece
  46. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
  47. Mr. VegasSweet Jamaica
  48. Roc MarcianoReloaded
  49. Norah JonesLittle Broken Hearts
  50. Mac MillerMacadelic