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.

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2012

21 December 2012

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2012, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  3. Life of PiAng Lee
  4. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  5. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  6. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  7. Photographic MemoryRoss McElwee
  8. LooperRian Johnson
  9. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  10. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  11. Premium RushDavid Koepp
  12. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  13. This Is 40Judd Apatow
  14. I WishHirokazu Kore-eda
  15. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard

Scott Tobias: 15 Best Films of 2012

21 December 2012

Scott Tobias: 15 Best Films of 2012, as published by The A.V. Club

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

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  3. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  4. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  5. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  6. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  7. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  9. The ComedyRick Alverson
  10. AmourMichael Haneke
  11. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  12. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  13. HaywireSteven Soderbergh
  14. LooperRian Johnson
  15. LincolnSteven Spielberg

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

21 December 2012

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

[see also 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. SwansThe Seer
  2. GrimesVisions
  3. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  4. Julia HolterEkstasis
  5. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  6. Beach HouseBloom
  7. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  8. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  9. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  10. FriendzoneCollection 1
  11. The MenOpen Your Heart
  12. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  14. ShackletonThe Drawbar Organ/Music for the Quiet Hour
  15. L.W.H.CIA TV
  16. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  17. ChromaticsKill for Love
  18. BurialKindred
  19. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  20. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  21. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  22. Jessie WareDevotion
  23. DeerhoofBreakup Song
  24. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  25. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  26. LiarsWixiw
  27. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  28. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  29. Mount EerieClear Moon / Ocean Roar
  30. SolangeTrue EP
  31. John TalabotfIN
  32. DisasterpeaceFez OST
  33. White LungSorry
  34. Dustin WongDreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
  35. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  36. FuturePluto
  37. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  38. MerchandiseChildren of Desire
  39. Here We Go MagicA Different Ship
  40. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  41. Amanda Jo WilliamsThe Bear Eats Me
  42. ZammutoZammuto
  43. WalkmenHeaven
  44. Aesop RockSkelethon
  45. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  46. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  47. Purity RingShrines
  48. Each OtherHeavily Spaced EP
  49. Action Bronson & Party SuppliesBlue Chips
  50. LambchopMr. M

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