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.

L Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2012

17 December 2012

The L Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2013]

  1. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  2. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  3. BernieRichard Linklater
  4. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  5. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  6. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  7. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh
  8. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  9. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  10. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry
  11. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  12. AbendlandNikolaus Geyrhalter
  13. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  14. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  15. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  16. LooperRian Johnson
  17. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  18. Damsels in DistressWhit Stillman
  19. Miss BalaGerardo Naranjo
  20. The Cabin in the WoodsDrew Goddard
  21. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  22. Whores’ GloryMichael Glawogger
  23. HaywireSteven Soderbergh
  24. TabuMiguel Gomes
  25. Girl Walk // All DayJacob Krupnick

Little White Earbuds: Top 10 Albums of 2012

17 December 2012

Little White Earbuds: Top 10 Albums of 2012

  1. ActressR.I.P.
  2. Juju & JordashTechno Primitivism
  3. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  4. Terrence DixonFrom The Far Future Pt. 2
  5. MadteoNoi No
  6. ShackletonMusic for the Quiet Hour
  7. ShackletonThe Drawbar Organ EP
  8. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  9. Jahiliyya FieldsUnicursal Hexagram
  10. Claro IntelectoReform Club
  11. LoneGalaxy Garden

Les Inrocks: Top 100 Albums of 2012

17 December 2012

Les Inrockuptibles: Top 100 Albums of 2012

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

  1. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  2. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  3. LiarsWixiw
  4. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  5. Django DjangoDjango Django
  6. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  7. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  8. LescopLescop
  9. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  10. The xxCoexist
  11. Beach HouseBloom
  12. Grizzly BearShields
  13. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  14. Cat PowerSun
  15. Benjamin BiolayVengeance
  16. ChromaticsKill for Love
  17. Matthew DearBeams
  18. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  19. Electric GuestMondo
  20. GrimesVisions
  21. Lou DoillonPlaces
  22. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind
  23. MermonteMermonte
  24. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  25. CitizensHere We Are
  26. BretonOther People’s Problems
  27. Eugene Mc GuinessThe invitation to the Voyage
  28. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  29. Bewitched HandsVampiric way
  30. DIIVOshin
  31. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  32. Richard HawleyStanding at the Sky’s Edge
  33. Michael KiwanukaHome Again
  34. The VaccinesCome of Age
  35. Willis Earl BealAcousmatic Sorcery
  36. Bill FayLife is People
  37. ChassolX-Pianos
  38. Dominique AVers les lueurs
  39. Dan DeaconAmerica
  40. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  41. SwansThe Seer
  42. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  43. Barbara CarlottiL’Amour, l’Argent, le vent
  44. ActressR.I.P.
  45. Two Door Cinema ClubBeacon
  46. Avec Pas D’CasqueAstronomie
  47. Beth Jeans HoughtonYours Truly, Cellophane Nose
  48. Matthew E. WhiteBig Inner
  49. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  50. O. ChildrenApnea
  51. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  52. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  53. ChairliftSomething
  54. Cheek Mountain ThiefCheek Mountain Thief
  55. The Magnetic NorthOrkney Symphony of The Magnetic North
  56. Concrete KnivesBe Your Own King
  57. Jonathan BouletWe Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart
  58. Thee Oh SeesPutrifiers II
  59. M. WardA Wasteland Companion
  60. The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionMeat + Bone
  61. FriendsManifest!
  62. Lower DensNootropics
  63. Para OnePassion
  64. Rich AucoinWe’re All Dying to Live
  65. Moon DuoCircles
  66. Rick RossRich Forever
  67. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  68. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  69. Baden BadenColine
  70. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  71. RoverRover
  72. MonogrenadeTantale
  73. Holy OtherHeld
  74. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  75. Mina TindleTaranta
  76. Meridian BrothersDesesperanza
  77. Die Antwoord$O$
  78. James Levy & The Blood Red RosePray to Be Free
  79. SKIP&DIERiots in the Jungle
  80. Klub des LoosersLa Fin De L’espèce
  81. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  82. Father John MistyFear Fun
  83. Lucas SanttanaO Deus que devasta mas também cura
  84. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  85. Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  86. Zombie ZombieRituels d’un nouveau monde
  87. Prince RamaTop Ten Hits of the End of the World
  88. Neil HalsteadPalindrome Hunches
  89. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  90. PinkunoizuFree Time!
  91. of MontrealDaughter of Cloud
  92. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  93. Cold SpecksI Predict a Graceful Expulsion
  94. BoobaFutur
  95. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  96. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  97. Théodore Paul & GabrielPlease Her, Please Him
  98. The Spinto BandShy Pursuit
  99. Jason LytleDept. of Disappearance
  100. Bang On![Sic]

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2012

16 December 2012

The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2012

[see also 100 Notable Books of 2011, Ten Best Books of 2011]

Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2012

16 December 2012

Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2012

[see also 2018, 2011]

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. ChromaticsKill for Love
  3. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  4. Beach HouseBloom
  5. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  6. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  7. Grizzly BearShields
  8. GrimesVisions
  9. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  10. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  11. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  12. SwansThe Seer
  13. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  14. Frankie RoseInterstellar
  15. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  16. BaronessYellow & Green
  17. The xxCoexist
  18. Death GripsThe Money Store
  19. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  20. Twin ShadowConfess
  21. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  22. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  23. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  24. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  25. TorcheHarmonicraft
  26. ActressR.I.P.
  27. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  28. Julia HolterEkstasis
  29. Cat PowerSun
  30. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  31. Passion PitGossamer
  32. Sleigh BellsReign of Terror
  33. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  34. The MenOpen Your Heart
  35. John TalabotfIN
  36. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  37. Mac DeMarco2
  38. Mount EerieOcean Roar
  39. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  40. Pig DestroyerBook Burner
  41. Purity RingShrines
  42. Four TetPink
  43. Jessie WareDevotion
  44. BurialKindred
  45. Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t
  46. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  47. Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  48. Crystal Castles(III)
  49. LambchopMr. M
  50. MetzMetz