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

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012

15 January 2013

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice)

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

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  4. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  5. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  6. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  7. SwansThe Seer
  8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  9. GrimesVisions
  10. Beach HouseBloom
  11. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  12. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  13. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  14. Father John MistyFear Fun
  15. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  16. Bob DylanTempest
  17. Taylor SwiftRed
  18. FuturePluto
  19. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  20. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  21. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  22. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  23. Cat PowerSun
  24. BaronessYellow & Green
  25. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  26. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  27. Grizzly BearShields
  28. ChromaticsKill for Love
  29. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  30. Jessie WareDevotion
  31. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  32. Loudon Wainwright IIIOlder Than My Old Man Now
  33. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
  34. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  35. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  36. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  37. Julia HolterEkstasis
  38. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  39. Carly Rae JepsenKiss
  40. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  41. fun.Some Nights
  42. Bob MouldSilver Age
  43. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  44. Kelly HoganI Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  45. Death GripsThe Money Store
  46. Purity RingShrines
  47. Nada SurfThe Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
  48. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  49. The xxCoexist
  50. The MenOpen Your Heart
  51. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  52. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  53. GoatWorld Music
  54. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  55. Allo Darlin’Europe
  56. MetzMetz
  57. Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  58. PallbearerSorrow and Extinction
  59. BurialKindred
  60. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  61. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  62. NasLife is Good
  63. Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack Radio
  64. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  65. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  66. LiarsWixiw
  67. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  68. Action Bronson & Party SuppliesBlue Chips
  69. Redd KrossResearching the Blues
  70. ActressR.I.P.
  71. King TuffKing Tuff
  72. Dean Blunt & Inga CopelandBlack is Beautiful
  73. LambchopMr. M
  74. WalkmenHeaven
  75. The CoupSorry to Bother You
  76. Neil Young & Crazy HorseAmericana
  77. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  78. Twin ShadowConfess
  79. Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
  80. RushClockwork Angels
  81. Vijay IyerAccelerando
  82. Dinosaur Jr.I Bet on Sky
  83. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  84. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  85. Le1fDark York
  86. Elle VarnerPerfectly Imperfect
  87. CanThe Lost Tapes
  88. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne
  89. Ke$haWarrior
  90. Donald FagenSunken Condos
  91. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  92. Ty SegallTwins
  93. Dwight Yoakam3 Pears
  94. Patti SmithBanga
  95. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  96. Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  97. Best CoastThe Only Place
  98. Kathleen EdwardsVoyageur
  99. J.D. McPhersonSigns & Signifiers
  100. The dB’sFalling Off the Sky