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

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012

30 January 2013

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  3. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  4. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  5. [tie] Ty SegallTwins
  6. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  7. Grizzly BearShields
  8. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  9. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  10. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  11. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  12. Andrew BirdHands of Glory
  13. [tie] Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself
  14. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  15. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  16. The MenOpen Your Heart
  17. LiarsWixiw
  18. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  20. SwansThe Seer
  21. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  22. Twin ShadowConfess
  23. Action Bronson & Party SuppliesBlue Chips
  24. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
  25. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  26. Lower DensNootropics
  27. GrimesVisions
  28. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  29. Dan DeaconAmerica
  30. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
  31. ChromaticsKill for Love
  32. Jessie WareDevotion
  33. A.C. NewmanShut Down the Streets
  34. Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold
  35. Ed Schrader’s Music BeatJazz Mind
  36. High on FireDe Vermis Mysteriis
  37. BBUbell hooks
  38. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  39. Spider BagsShake My Head
  40. The MenzingersOn The Impossible Past
  41. Django DjangoDjango Django
  42. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  43. The xxCoexist
  44. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  45. Purity RingShrines
  46. Miike SnowHappy to You
  47. Daughn GibsonAll Hell
  48. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  49. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  50. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  51. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  52. NetherfriendsMiddle America
2012 Poetry

Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012

30 January 2013

Michael Robbins: 7 Best Small-Press Poetry Books of 2012, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2017, 2016]

2012 Poetry

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

30 January 2013

Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 18 Poetry Books of 2012

2012 Poetry

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

29 January 2013

Coldfront: Top 40 Poetry Books of 2012

2012 Poetry

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

29 January 2013

Publishers Weekly: 5 Best Poetry Books of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016]