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.

Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012

16 December 2012

Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. Twin ShadowConfess
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  4. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  5. Sigur RósValtari
  6. Best CoastThe Only Place
  7. The SkintsPart & Parcel
  8. The xxCoexist
  9. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  10. The VaccinesCome of Age
  11. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  12. Django DjangoDjango Django
  13. Of Monsters And MenMy Head is an Animal
  14. Field MusicPlumb
  15. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  16. Cave PaintingVotive Life
  17. TOYTOY
  18. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  19. GrimesVisions
  20. Passion PitGossamer
  21. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  22. MuseThe 2nd Law
  23. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  24. Bright Light, Bright LightMake Me Believe in Hope
  25. Purity RingShrines
  26. Submotion OrchestraFragments
  27. OberhoferTime Capsules II
  28. Death GripsThe Money Store
  29. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  30. TribesBaby
  31. Jessie WareDevotion
  32. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind
  33. Grizzly BearShields
  34. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  35. TNGHTTNGHT EP
  36. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  37. The CribsIn the Belly of the Brazen Bull
  38. Darren HaymanLido
  39. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  40. Ellie GouldingHalcyon
  41. Jake BuggJake Bugg
  42. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  43. Portico QuartetPortico Quartet
  44. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  45. Mumford & SonsBabel
  46. The Orb Featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryThe Orbserver in the Star House
  47. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  48. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape 2
  49. Miike SnowHappy to You
  50. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss