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.

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

18 December 2012

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

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

  1. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  2. Dean Blunt & Inga CopelandBlack is Beautiful
  3. SwansThe Seer
  4. Mount EerieClear Moon / Ocean Roar
  5. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  6. Macintosh PlusFloral Shoppe
  7. ActressR.I.P.
  8. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  9. YYUTIMETIMETIME&TIME
  10. Dean BluntThe Narcissist II
  11. GrimesVisions
  12. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  13. Holly HerndonMovement
  14. BEBETUNE$inhale c-4 $$$$$
  15. DJ RashadTeklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
  16. Death GripsThe Money Store
  17. Daughn GibsonAll Hell
  18. The CaretakerPatience (After Sebald)
  19. TraxmanDa Mind of Traxman
  20. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  21. Aaron DillowayModern Jester
  22. Demdike StareElemental
  23. Angel OlsenHalf Way Home
  24. Graham LambkinAmateur Doubles
  25. MediafiredThe Pathway Through Whatever
  26. Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras/The CongosFRKWYS Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank
  27. White SunsSinews
  28. Tim Hecker & Daniel LopatinInstrumental Tourist
  29. 情報デスクVIRTUALContemporary Sapporo
  30. Dolphins Into The FutureCanto Arquipélago
  31. Jason LescalleetSongs About Nothing
  32. Motion Sickness of Time TravelMotion Sickness of Time Travel
  33. Farrah AbrahamMy Teenage Dream Ended
  34. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  35. BurialKindred
  36. Men, TheOpen Your Heart
  37. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  38. Ian MartinMechanical Rain
  39. AhnnuPro Habitat
  40. Lil BWhite Flame
  41. Heat WaveFukd In Tha Game
  42. Death GripsNo Love Deep Web
  43. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  44. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  45. ArcaStretch 2
  46. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  47. Internet ClubVanishing Vision
  48. Belbury PolyThe Belbury Tales
  49. RaimeQuarter Turns Over A Living Line
  50. Mykki BlancoCosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012

18 December 2012

IndieWire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012 (as voted by 204 critics)

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

  1. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  2. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  3. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  4. AmourMichael Haneke
  5. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  6. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  8. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  9. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  10. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  11. TabuMiguel Gomes
  12. ArgoBen Affleck
  13. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  14. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  15. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  16. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  17. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  18. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  19. LooperRian Johnson
  20. The Loneliest PlanetJulia Loktev
  21. Life of PiAng Lee
  22. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  23. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  24. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  25. BernieRichard Linklater
  26. Killing Them SoftlyAndrew Dominik
  27. Cloud AtlasLana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  28. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  29. ComplianceCraig Zobel
  30. Wuthering HeightsAndrea Arnold
  31. Anna KareninaJoe Wright
  32. The ImposterBart Layton
  33. The Raid: RedemptionGareth Evans
  34. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  35. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  36. SkyfallSam Mendes
  37. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  38. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  39. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard
  40. It’s Such a Beautiful DayDon Hertzfeldt
  41. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  42. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  43. The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky
  44. Keep the Lights OnIra Sachs
  45. Take This WaltzSarah Polley
  46. Room 237Rodney Ascher
  47. AlpsYorgos Lanthimos
  48. Marina Abramović: The Artist is PresentMatthew Akers
  49. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  50. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo

Kenneth Turan: Top 10+ Films of 2012

18 December 2012

Kenneth Turan: Top 10+ Films of 2012, as published by The Los Angeles Times

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015]

  1. AmourMichael Haneke

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012

18 December 2012

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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

  1. Bob DylanTempest
  2. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  3. Shovels and RopeO’ Be Joyful
  4. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  5. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  6. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  7. Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
  8. Mumford & SonsBabel
  9. Bonnie RaittSlipstream
  10. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  11. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  12. Iris DeMentSing the Delta
  13. The LumineersThe Lumineers
  14. Jason Isbell and The 400 UnitLive From Alabama
  15. Brandi CarlileBear Creek
  16. Father John MistyFear Fun
  17. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  18. Dwight Yoakam3 Pears
  19. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  20. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself
  21. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  22. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  23. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZeroesHere
  24. Cory BrananMutt
  25. Norah JonesLittle Broken Hearts
  26. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
  27. Loudon Wainwright IIIOlder Than My Old Man Now
  28. Justin Townes EarleNothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  29. Andrew CombsWorried Man
  30. Punch BrothersWho’s Feeling Young Now?
  31. John FullbrightFrom The Ground Up
  32. Rodney Crowell & Mary KarrKin
  33. Ben Folds FiveThe Sound of The Life of The Mind
  34. Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim YamesNew Multitudes
  35. Rhett MillerThe Dreamer
  36. Kathleen EdwardsVoyageur
  37. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  38. Regina SpektorWhat We Saw From The Cheap Seats
  39. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  40. Diamond RugsDiamond Rugs
  41. Carry Me BackOld Crow Medicine Show
  42. Ben HowardEvery Kingdom
  43. Beth OrtonSugaring Reason
  44. Dr. DogBe the Void
  45. Delta SpiritDelta Spirit
  46. M. WardA Wasteland Companion
  47. Ben KwellerGo Fly A Kite
  48. The Gaslight AnthemHandwritten
  49. Matthew RyanIn The Dusk of Everything
  50. Band Of HorsesMirage Rock

Clash: Top 40 Albums of 2012

17 December 2012

Clash Magazine: Top 40 Albums of 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  2. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  3. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  4. Death GripsThe Money Store
  5. GrimesVisions
  6. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZeroesHere
  7. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  8. Django DjangoDjango Django
  9. Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of DestinyYours Truly, Cellophane Nose
  10. Grizzly BearShields
  11. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  12. Gang ColoursThe Keychain Collection
  13. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  14. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  15. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind
  16. Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  17. The xxCoexist
  18. The WeekndTrilogy
  19. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  20. EfterklangPiramida
  21. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  22. SwansThe Seer
  23. LiarsWixiw
  24. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  25. Jimmy CliffRebirth
  26. ShackletonMusic for the Quiet Hour
  27. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  28. Matthew DearBeams
  29. ChromaticsKill for Love
  30. Micachu & The ShapesNever
  31. ActressR.I.P.
  32. DZ DeathraysBloodstreams
  33. Jake BuggJake Bugg
  34. Marconi UnionDifferent Colours
  35. The VaccinesCome of Age
  36. Julia HolterEkstasis
  37. BretonOther People
  38. YeasayerFragrant World
  39. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  40. Willis Earl BealAcousmatic Sorcery