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.
2012 Albums

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012

21 December 2012

Pitchfork: Top 50 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. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  4. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  5. SwansThe Seer
  6. GrimesVisions
  7. Beach HouseBloom
  8. ChromaticsKill for Love
  9. Death GripsThe Money Store
  10. Grizzly BearShields
  11. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  13. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  14. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  15. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  16. BurialKindred
  17. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  18. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  19. [tie] Ty Segall and White HairHair
  20. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  21. Jessie WareDevotion
  22. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  23. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  24. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  25. Purity RingShrines
  26. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  27. Julia HolterEkstasis
  28. John TalabotfIN
  29. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  30. Cat PowerSun
  31. The MenOpen Your Heart
  32. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  33. Action BronsonBlue Chips
  34. ActressR.I.P.
  35. ChairliftSomething
  36. TNGHTTNGHT EP
  37. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  38. FuturePluto
  39. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  40. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  41. DIIVOshin
  42. Dum Dum GirlsEnd of Daze
  43. Rick RossRich Forever
  44. Mac DeMarco2
  45. MetzMetz
  46. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  47. RustieEssential Mix
  48. PallbearerSorrow and Extinction
  49. Peaking LightsLucifer
  50. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles III
  51. LambchopMr. M