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.

Empire: 20 Best Films of 2012

25 December 2012

Empire: 20 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. The AvengersJoss Whedon
  2. ArgoBen Affleck
  3. The Dark Knight RisesChristopher Nolan
  4. SkyfallSam Mendes
  5. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  6. SightseersBen Wheatley
  7. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  8. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  9. HeadhuntersMorten Tyldum
  10. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  11. Life of PiAng Lee
  12. ChronicleJosh Trank
  13. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  14. LooperRian Johnson
  15. The DescendantsAlexander Payne
  16. The ImposterBart Layton
  17. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  18. Young AdultJason Reitman
  19. AmourMichael Haneke
  20. The HuntThomas Vinterberg

Sasha Frere-Jones: 40 Best Albums of 2012

25 December 2012

Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 40 Best Albums of 2012 (listed chronologically, exceptional albums marked with asterisks)

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

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

25 December 2012

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

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

  1. GrimesVisions
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  4. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  5. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  6. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  7. TorcheHarmonicraft
  8. Jessie WareDevotion
  9. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  10. Carly Rae JepsenKiss
  11. DeerhoofBreakup Song
  12. Dwight Yoakam3 Pears
  13. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  14. Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack Radio
  15. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  16. Donald FagenSunken Condos
  17. Matthew DearBeams
  18. Death GripsThe Money Store
  19. Dan DeaconAmerica
  20. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  21. LightshipsElectric Cables
  22. Beach HouseBloom
  23. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  24. Karriem RigginsAlone Together
  25. Christian ScottChristian aTunde Adjuah
  26. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  27. BreakbotBy Your Side
  28. ChromaticsKill for Love
  29. fun.Some Nights
  30. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  31. Cat PowerSun
  32. The xxCoexist
  33. Elle VarnerPerfectly Imperfect
  34. Redd KrossResearching the Blues
  35. Jamey JohnsonLiving for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  36. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  37. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  38. Grizzly BearShields
  39. Smashing PumpkinsOceania
  40. Kelly HoganI Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  41. Off!Off!
  42. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  43. SwansThe Seer
  44. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  45. The Temper TrapThe Temper Trap
  46. GravenhurstThe Ghost in Daylight
  47. Bob MouldSilver Age
  48. WalkmenHeaven
  49. Blut Aus Nord777: Cosmosophy
  50. Bill FayLife is People

Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012

21 December 2012

Kitty Empire: 10 Best Pop Albums of 2012, as published by The Observer, in no particular order

[see also 2011]

Karina Longworth: Top 10 Films of 2012

21 December 2012

Karina Longworth: Top 10 Films of 2012, as published by The Village Voice

[see also 2018, 2017, 2014, 2011]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  4. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  5. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  6. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  7. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  8. Anna KareninaJoe Wright
  9. ChronicleJosh Trank
  10. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino