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.

Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012

21 December 2012

Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012 (alphabetically by author)

[see also 2017, 2016, 2011]

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012

21 December 2012

Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  4. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  5. SwansThe Seer
  6. GrimesVisions
  7. Beach HouseBloom
  8. ChromaticsKill for Love
  9. Death GripsThe Money Store
  10. Grizzly BearShields
  11. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  13. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  14. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  15. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  16. BurialKindred
  17. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  18. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  19. Ty Segall and White HairHair
  20. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  21. Jessie WareDevotion
  22. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  23. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  24. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  25. Purity RingShrines
  26. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  27. Julia HolterEkstasis
  28. John TalabotfIN
  29. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  30. Cat PowerSun
  31. The MenOpen Your Heart
  32. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  33. Action BronsonBlue Chips
  34. ActressR.I.P.
  35. ChairliftSomething
  36. TNGHTTNGHT EP
  37. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  38. FuturePluto
  39. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  40. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  41. DIIVOshin
  42. Dum Dum GirlsEnd of Daze
  43. Rick RossRich Forever
  44. Mac DeMarco2
  45. MetzMetz
  46. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  47. RustieEssential Mix
  48. PallbearerSorrow and Extinction
  49. Peaking LightsLucifer
  50. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles III
  51. LambchopMr. M

L Magazine: 20 Best Albums of 2012

20 December 2012

The L Magazine: 20 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Allo Darlin’Europe
  2. LambchopMr. M
  3. Father John MistyFear Fun
  4. Julia HolterEkstasis
  5. HospitalityHospitality
  6. The MenOpen Your Heart
  7. Grizzly BearShields
  8. SwansThe Seer
  9. Cate Le BonCYRK
  10. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  11. ChromaticsKill for Love
  12. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  13. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  14. Death GripsThe Money Store
  15. Terry MaltsKilling Time
  16. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  17. The BabiesOur House on the Hill
  18. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  19. The Fresh & OnlysLong Slow Dance
  20. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne

Dana Stevens: 15 Best Movies of 2012

20 December 2012

Dana Stevens: 15 Best Movies of 2012, as published by Slate, alphabetically

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

Benjamin Schwarz: Top 15 Books of 2012

20 December 2012

Benjamin Schwarz: Top 15 Books of 2012, as published by The Atlantic

[see also 2011]