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

Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2012

05 December 2012

Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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

  1. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  4. SwansThe Seer
  5. Jessie WareDevotion
  6. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  7. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  8. WalkmenHeaven
  9. ChairliftSomething
  10. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  11. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  12. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  14. ChromaticsKill for Love
  15. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  16. Grizzly BearShields
  17. The MenOpen Your Heart
  18. BaronessYellow & Green
  19. Taylor SwiftRed
  20. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  21. Screaming FemalesUgly
  22. DIIVOcean
  23. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  24. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  25. Nude BeachII
  26. GrimesVisions
  27. Beach HouseBloom
  28. Cat PowerSun
  29. Purity RingShine
  30. TorcheHarmonicraft
  31. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  32. Ty SegallTwins
  33. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  34. FuturePluto
  35. Swearin’Swearin’
  36. Chris CohenOvergrown Path
  37. Joey Bada$$1999
  38. Mount EerieOcean Roar
  39. Jessica PrattJessica Pratt
  40. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  41. Sun Kil MoonAmong the Leaves
  42. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  43. Action Bronson & Party SuppliesBlue Chips
  44. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  45. The EvensThe Odds
  46. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  47. Rick RossRich Forever
  48. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  49. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  50. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes