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.

Les Inrocks: Top 100 Albums of 2012

17 December 2012

Les Inrockuptibles: Top 100 Albums of 2012

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

  1. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  2. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  3. LiarsWixiw
  4. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  5. Django DjangoDjango Django
  6. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  7. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  8. LescopLescop
  9. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  10. The xxCoexist
  11. Beach HouseBloom
  12. Grizzly BearShields
  13. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  14. Cat PowerSun
  15. Benjamin BiolayVengeance
  16. ChromaticsKill for Love
  17. Matthew DearBeams
  18. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  19. Electric GuestMondo
  20. GrimesVisions
  21. Lou DoillonPlaces
  22. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind
  23. MermonteMermonte
  24. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  25. CitizensHere We Are
  26. BretonOther People’s Problems
  27. Eugene Mc GuinessThe invitation to the Voyage
  28. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  29. Bewitched HandsVampiric way
  30. DIIVOshin
  31. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  32. Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge
  33. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
  34. The VaccinesCome of Age
  35. Willis Earl BealAcousmatic Sorcery
  36. Bill FayLife is People
  37. ChassolX-Pianos
  38. Dominique AVers les lueurs
  39. Dan DeaconAmerica
  40. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  41. SwansThe Seer
  42. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  43. Barbara CarlottiL’Amour, l’Argent, le vent
  44. ActressR.I.P.
  45. Two Door Cinema ClubBeacon
  46. Avec Pas D’CasqueAstronomie
  47. Beth Jeans HoughtonYours Truly, Cellophane Nose
  48. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  49. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  50. O. ChildrenApnea
  51. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  52. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  53. ChairliftSomething
  54. Cheek Mountain ThiefCheek Mountain Thief
  55. The Magnetic NorthOrkney Symphony of The Magnetic North
  56. Concrete KnivesBe Your Own King
  57. Jonathan BouletWe Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart
  58. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  59. M. WardA Wasteland Companion
  60. The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionMeat + Bone
  61. FriendsManifest!
  62. Lower DensNootropics
  63. Para OnePassion
  64. Rich AucoinWe’re All Dying to Live
  65. Moon DuoCircles
  66. Rick RossRich Forever
  67. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  68. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  69. Baden BadenColine
  70. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  71. RoverRover
  72. MonogrenadeTantale
  73. Holy OtherHeld
  74. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  75. Mina TindleTaranta
  76. Meridian BrothersDesesperanza
  77. Die Antwoord$O$
  78. James Levy & The Blood Red RosePray to Be Free
  79. SKIP&DIERiots in the Jungle
  80. Klub des LoosersLa Fin De L’espèce
  81. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  82. Father John MistyFear Fun
  83. Lucas SanttanaO Deus que devasta mas também cura
  84. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  85. Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  86. Zombie ZombieRituels d’un nouveau monde
  87. Prince RamaTop Ten Hits of the End of the World
  88. Neil HalsteadPalindrome Hunches
  89. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  90. PinkunoizuFree Time!
  91. of MontrealDaughter of Cloud
  92. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  93. Cold SpecksI Predict a Graceful Expulsion
  94. BoobaFutur
  95. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  96. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  97. Théodore Paul & GabrielPlease Her, Please Him
  98. The Spinto BandShy Pursuit
  99. Jason LytleDept. of Disappearance
  100. Bang On![Sic]