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.
  1. Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  2. Guardian: Best Albums of 2012
  3. A.V. Club: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  4. Greg Kot: Top 10 Albums of 2012
  5. Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  6. Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  7. musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  8. MSN: 10 Best Albums of 2012
  9. Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  10. Billboard: 10 Best Albums of 2012
  11. PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012
  12. Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  13. Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  14. Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012
  15. Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  16. Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  17. Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  18. WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  19. Spinner: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  20. Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  21. AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  22. BBC Music: Top 25 Albums of 2012
  23. Sonic: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  24. Rolling Stone: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  25. Filter: Top 20 Albums of 2012
  26. Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012
  27. Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  28. NME: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  29. Clash: Top 40 Albums of 2012
  30. Jim DeRogatis: Top 40 Albums of 2012
  31. Douglas Wolk: Top 10 Albums of 2012
  32. Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  33. Les Inrocks: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  34. Idolator: 10 Best New Albums of 2012
  35. Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2012
  36. FasterLouder: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  37. Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2012
  38. Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012
  39. Gorilla vs. Bear: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  40. Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  41. American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  42. Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  43. Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012
  44. Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2012