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

Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012

16 January 2013

Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012 (which Christgau calls “The Dean’s List”)

  1. Neil Young & Crazy HorseAmericana
  2. DabkeSounds of the Syrian Houran
  3. Loudon Wainwright IIIOlder Than My Old Man Now
  4. PinkThe Truth About Love
  5. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  6. SkrillexBangarang
  7. HimanshuNehru Jackets
  8. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth
  9. Various Artists — The Rough Guide to High Life
  10. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  11. Azealia Banks1991
  12. Chris Berry & The Bayaka of YandoumbeListen . . . Oka!
  13. Lee RanaldoBetween the Times and the Tides
  14. The xxCoexist
  15. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  16. Orchestra BaobabLa Belle Époque: Volume 2 1973-1976
  17. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  18. KarantambaNdigal
  19. The Human HeartsAnother
  20. Homeboy SandmanFirst of a Living Breed
  21. Spoek MathamboFather Creeper
  22. Greenberger Greenberg CebarTell Me That Before
  23. Taylor SwiftRed
  24. SaigonThe Greatest Story Never Told: Chapter Two: Bread and Circuses
  25. SerengetiC.A.R.
  26. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  27. Homeboy SandmanThe Good Sun
  28. Omar SouleymanHaflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts
  29. PlugBack on Time
  30. Wreckless Eric & Amy RigbyA Working Museum
  31. HeemsWild Water Kingdom
  32. Elle VarnerPerfectly Imperfect
  33. Standard FareOut of Sight, Out of Town
  34. The dB’sFalling Off the Sky
  35. A Place to Bury StrangersWorship
  36. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  37. Various Artists — The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia
  38. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  39. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  40. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  41. Beach HouseBloom
  42. Etta JamesThe Dreamer
  43. Donald FagenSunken Condos
  44. Best CoastThe Only Place
  45. Death GripsThe Money Store
  46. Ab-SoulControl System
  47. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  48. Various Artists — Songs for Desert Refugees
  49. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne
  50. Tommy WomackNow What!
  51. Public EnemyMost of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp
  52. Big Baby GandhiNo1 2 Look Up 2
  53. Pet Shop BoysElysium
  54. Staff Benda BililiBouger Le Monde!
  55. Corin Tucker BandKill My Blues
  56. Carolyn MarkThe Queen of Vancouver Island
  57. s / s / sBeak & Claw
  58. Thomas AndersonThe Moon in Transit
  59. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  60. Jamey JohnsonLiving for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  61. Various Artists — The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco
  62. Ani DiFranco¿Which Side Are You On?
  63. P.S. EliotSadie
  64. The CoupSorry to Bother You
  65. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  66. GiveBalkan Beat Box
  67. LukidLonely at the Top
  68. Big K.R.I.T.4Eva N a Day
  69. Low Cut ConnieCall Me Sylvia
  70. Kid Koala12 Bit Blues
  71. Pete SeegerThe Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960
  72. Macklemore & Ryan LewisThe Heist
  73. Moreno and L’Orch First Moja-OneSister Pili + 2
  74. BurialStreet Halo/Kindred
  75. Bhi BhimanBhiman
  76. Homeboy SandmanSubject: Matter
  77. Francis BebeyAfrican Electronic Music 1975-1982
  78. Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded: Deluxe Edition
  79. MadonnaMDNA
  80. Allo Darlin’Europe
  81. The Magnetic FieldsLove at the Bottom of the Sea
  82. Two FingersStunt Rhythms
  83. The Rolling StonesSome Girls: Deluxe Edition
  84. Dylan HicksSings Bolling Greene
  85. SerengetiKenny Dennis EP
  86. DobieNothing to Fear
  87. A Place to Bury StrangersOnwards to the Wall
  88. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape
  89. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  90. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  91. Dobie…But Fear Itself
  92. Ned SubletteKiss You Down South
  93. Janka Nabay & the Bubu GangEn Yay Sah
  94. Royal Band de ThiésKadior Demb
  95. Amadou & MariamFolila
  96. Andre Williams & the SadiesNight and Day
  97. Khaira ArbyTchini Tchini
  98. Joan SorianoLa Familia Soriano
  99. Big Baby GandhiBig Fucking Baby
  100. LinkobanSuper Into On It
  101. Various Artists — The Original Sound of Cumbia
  102. Tha Grimm TeachazThere’s a Situation on the Homefront