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.

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2012

03 December 2012

Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2012

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

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  3. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  4. DJ RashadTeklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
  5. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  6. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  7. SwansThe Seer
  8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  9. Ty SegallTwins
  10. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  11. FuturePluto
  12. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  13. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  15. BaronessYellow & Green
  16. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  17. Grizzly BearShields
  18. King TuffKing Tuff
  19. TraxmanDa Mind of Traxman
  20. PallbearerSorrow and Extinction
  21. DaphniJiaolong
  22. TorcheHarmonicraft
  23. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  24. Cat PowerSun
  25. Action BronsonBlue Chips
  26. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  27. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  28. Jessie WareDevotion
  29. Dinosaur Jr.I Bet on Sky
  30. Frankie RoseInterstellar
  31. The xxCoexist
  32. GoatWorld Music
  33. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  34. MalaMala in Cuba
  35. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  36. Beak>>
  37. R. KellyWrite Me Back
  38. Taylor SwiftRed
  39. Roc MarcianoReloaded
  40. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  41. Purity RingShrines
  42. LindstrømSix Cups of Rebel
  43. Kathleen EdwardsVoyageur
  44. DeftonesKoi No Yokan
  45. Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  46. Spoek MathamboFather Creeper
  47. MetricSynthetica
  48. Best CoastThe Only Place
  49. HeemsNehru Jackets
  50. fun.Some Nights