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

Engine 145: Top 25 Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

Engine 145: Top 25 Albums of 2012

  1. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous SuperlativesNashville, Vol. 1. Tear the Woodpile Down
  2. Kellie Pickler100 Proof
  3. Don WilliamsAnd So It Goes
  4. Jamey JohnsonLiving for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  5. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  6. Waylon JenningsGoin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings
  7. Alan JacksonThirty Miles West
  8. Jason EadyAM Country Heaven
  9. The Time JumpersThe Time Jumpers
  10. Corb LundCabin Fever
  11. Dwight Yoakam3 Pears
  12. The TrishasHigh, Wide & Handsome
  13. Kasey Chambers & Shane NicholsonWreck & Ruin
  14. Chelle RoseGhost of Browder Holler
  15. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden
  16. Little Big TownTornado
  17. Buddy Miller & Jim LauderdaleBuddy and Jim
  18. Various Artists — Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell
  19. Kathy MatteaCalling Me Home
  20. Zac Brown BandUncaged
  21. Gretchen PetersHello Cruel World
  22. Joey + RoryHis and Hers
  23. Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
  24. Bobby BareDarker Than Light
  25. Brandi CarlileBear Creek

Source: Top 20 Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

The Source: Top 20 Albums of 2012

  1. NasLife is Good
  2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  3. The GameJesus Piece
  4. Big K.R.I.T.Live From The Underground
  5. Ab-SoulControl System
  6. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  7. SlaughterhouseWelcome To: Our House
  8. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  9. Lupe FiascoFood & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
  10. T.I.Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head
  11. 2 ChainzBased On A T.R.U. Story
  12. Rick RossGod Forgives, I Dont
  13. Wu BlockWu Block
  14. Sean PriceMic Tyson
  15. Big BoiVicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
  16. Roc MarcianoReloaded
  17. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  18. Meek MillDreams And Nightmares
  19. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  20. DJ KhaledKiss the Ring

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2012

09 January 2013

Dennis Cooper: 20 Favorite Albums of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  2. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  3. RaimeQuarter
  4. Guided By VoicesThe Bears for Lunch
  5. William BasinskiThe Disintegration Loops
  6. PinbackInformation Retrieved
  7. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  8. DétectiveHowever Strange
  9. New White LightBela Tarr 7-13
  10. SwansThe Seer
  11. Robert PollardJack Sells the Cow
  12. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  13. GrimesVisions
  14. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  15. ActressR.I.P.
  16. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  17. Julia HolterEkstasis
  18. Los Angeles555/666/777
  19. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  20. Crystal CastlesIII

Austin Town Hall: Top 100 Albums of 2012

06 January 2013

Austin Town Hall: Top 100 Albums of 2012

[see also 2017, 2016, 2011]

  1. Terry MaltsKilling Time
  2. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  3. Sea PinksFreak Waves
  4. The Tallest Man on EarthThere’s No Leaving Now
  5. Gentleman Jesse & His MenLeaving Atlanta
  6. I Was a KingYou Love It Here
  7. WalkmenHeaven
  8. Cats on FireAll Blackshirts to Me
  9. Grizzly BearShields
  10. Twin ShadowConfess
  11. Mystery JetsRadlands
  12. The MenOpen Your Heart
  13. Royal HeadacheRoyal Headache
  14. WoodsBend Beyond
  15. Grass WidowInternal Logic
  16. Beach HouseBloom
  17. Standard FareOut of Sight, Out of Town
  18. HunxHairdresser Blues
  19. Wild NothingNocturne
  20. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  21. The Fresh & OnlysLong Slow Dance
  22. ChromaticsKill for Love
  23. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  24. Eternal SummersCorrect Behavior
  25. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  26. LiteratureArab Spring
  27. Magic TrickRuler of the Night
  28. The IntelligenceEverybody’s Got It Easy But Me
  29. Punks On MarsBad Expectations
  30. Nude BeachII
  31. ExloversMoth
  32. Cult of YouthLove Will Prevail
  33. Frankie RoseInterstellar
  34. DIIVOshin
  35. Black MarbleA Different Arrangement
  36. Letting Up Despite Great FaultsUntogether
  37. The BankeesHome
  38. Bear In HeavenI Love You, It’s Cool
  39. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  40. Mac DeMarco2
  41. PlateausPlateaus
  42. Still FlyinOn a Bedroom Wall
  43. JBMStray Ashes
  44. Andrew BirdHands of Glory
  45. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  46. Deep TimeDeep Time
  47. Sonic AvenuesTelevision Youth
  48. Field MusicPlumb
  49. Crystal CastlesIII
  50. TanlinesMixed Emotions
  51. HospitalityHospitality
  52. The Wedding PresentValentina
  53. OBN IIIsOBN IIIs
  54. Cat PowerSun
  55. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  56. The Wave PicturesLong Black Cars
  57. Two Wounded BirdsTwo Wounded Birds
  58. The xxCoexist
  59. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  60. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  61. HologramsHolograms
  62. GravenhurstThe Ghost in Daylight
  63. BowerbirdsThe Clearing
  64. Screaming FemalesUgly
  65. The Daredevil Christopher WrightThe Nature of Things
  66. We Can’t Enjoy OurselvesMake a Mess of Sacred Ground
  67. Mind SpidersMeltdown
  68. Dana BuoySummer Bodies
  69. Teen DazeAll of Us Together
  70. Allo Darlin’Europe
  71. A.C. NewmanShut Down the Streets
  72. Grape StreetA Date With You
  73. White WiresWWIII
  74. La SeraSees the Light
  75. White ArrowsDry Land is Not a Myth
  76. Dot DashWinter Garden Light
  77. Pop SinglesAll Gone
  78. The Eastern SeaPlague
  79. Woolen KitsFour Girls
  80. King TuffKing Tuff
  81. Natural ChildHard in Heaven
  82. Evans the DeathEvans the Death
  83. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  84. The Calm Blue SeaArrivals & Departures
  85. The BabiesOur House on the Hill
  86. Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
  87. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  88. Unnatural HelpersLand Grab
  89. VolcanoPinata
  90. The MemoriesThe Memories
  91. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  92. Daughn GibsonAll Hell
  93. The PharmacyStoned and Alone
  94. Big Wave RidersLife Less Ordinary
  95. So Many WizardsWarm Nothing
  96. CrocodilesEndless Flowers
  97. MetzMetz
  98. Saint MotelVoyeur
  99. Junk CultureWild Quiet
  100. Lace CurtainsThe Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness

Billboard: 10 Best Albums of 2012

03 January 2013

Billboard: 10 Best Albums of 2012 (as voted by Billboard staff)

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

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  3. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  4. Jessie WareDevotion
  5. Taylor SwiftRed
  6. Beach HouseBloom
  7. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  8. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  9. Cat PowerSun
  10. alt-JAn Awesome Wave