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.

Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012

16 December 2012

Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. Twin ShadowConfess
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  4. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  5. Sigur RósValtari
  6. Best CoastThe Only Place
  7. The SkintsPart & Parcel
  8. The xxCoexist
  9. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  10. The VaccinesCome of Age
  11. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  12. Django DjangoDjango Django
  13. Of Monsters And MenMy Head is an Animal
  14. Field MusicPlumb
  15. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  16. Cave PaintingVotive Life
  17. TOYTOY
  18. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  19. GrimesVisions
  20. Passion PitGossamer
  21. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  22. MuseThe 2nd Law
  23. The MaccabeesGiven to the Wild
  24. Bright Light, Bright LightMake Me Believe in Hope
  25. Purity RingShrines
  26. Submotion OrchestraFragments
  27. OberhoferTime Capsules II
  28. Death GripsThe Money Store
  29. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  30. TribesBaby
  31. Jessie WareDevotion
  32. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind
  33. Grizzly BearShields
  34. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  35. TNGHTTNGHT EP
  36. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  37. The CribsIn the Belly of the Brazen Bull
  38. Darren HaymanLido
  39. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  40. Ellie GouldingHalcyon
  41. Jake BuggJake Bugg
  42. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  43. Portico QuartetPortico Quartet
  44. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  45. Mumford & SonsBabel
  46. The Orb Featuring Lee ‘Scratch’ PerryThe Orbserver in the Star House
  47. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  48. Clams CasinoInstrumental Mixtape 2
  49. Miike SnowHappy to You
  50. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss

musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012

16 December 2012

musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012

[see also 2011]

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  3. Matthew DearBeams
  4. ChromaticsKill for Love
  5. BlondesBlondes
  6. John TalabotfIN
  7. DIIVOshin
  8. LiarsWixiw
  9. Carter Tutti VoidTransverse
  10. VCMGSSSS
  11. Portico QuartetPortico Quartet
  12. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America
  13. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  14. DexysOne Day I’m Going to Soar
  15. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  16. TOYTOY
  17. Neil HalsteadPalindrome Hunches
  18. Field MusicPlumb
  19. Bright Light, Bright LightMake Me Believe in Hope
  20. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  21. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  22. Beachwood SparksTarnished Gold
  23. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  24. GrimesVisions
  25. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  26. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  27. Julia HolterEkstasis
  28. Sweet Billy PilgrimCrown And Treaty
  29. Sébastien TellierMy God Is Blue
  30. The InvisibleRispah
  31. LindstrømSix Cups of Rebel
  32. Jessie WareDevotion
  33. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
  34. Public Image Ltd.This Is PiL
  35. SwansThe Seer
  36. Beach HouseBloom
  37. Cat PowerSun
  38. First Aid KitThe Lion’s Roar
  39. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  40. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  41. Sam LeeGround Of Its Own
  42. Susanne SundførThe Silicone Veil
  43. ShackletonMusic for the Quiet Hour
  44. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne
  45. ActressRIP
  46. BretonOther People’s Problems
  47. Wadada Leo SmithTen Freedom Summers
  48. Dan DeaconAmerica
  49. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  50. 2:542:54
  51. NedryIn A Dim Light
  52. Dirty ThreeToward the Low Sun
  53. WalkmenHeaven
  54. Richard HawleyInto The Diamond Sun
  55. Stealing SheepInto The Diamond Sun
  56. Paul BuchananMid Air
  57. TigercatsIsle Of Dogs
  58. LauRace The Loser
  59. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  60. The IrrepressiblesNude
  61. Allo Darlin’Europe
  62. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  63. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  64. Grizzly BearShields
  65. Tall ShipsEverything Touching
  66. Sun Kil MoonAmong the Leaves
  67. Sidi TouréKoïma
  68. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  69. Death GripsThe Money Store
  70. Katy CarrPaszport
  71. Father John MistyFear Fun
  72. Darren Hayman and the Long ParliamentThe Violence
  73. Twin ShadowConfess
  74. Staff Benda BililiBouger Le Monde!
  75. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  76. The xxCoexist
  77. TindersticksThe Something Rain
  78. Django DjangoDjango Django
  79. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  80. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  81. SoulsaversThe Light The Dead See
  82. GoatWorld Music
  83. Vijay Iyer TrioAccelerando
  84. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  85. Geoff Barrow & Ben SalisburyDROKK
  86. FixersWe’ll Be The Moon
  87. Tim BurgessOh No I Love You
  88. NarasiratoWarato’o
  89. Nathan FakeSteam Days
  90. 1982 + BJ Cole1982 + BJ Cole
  91. Soap & SkinNarrow
  92. Cheval SombreMad Love
  93. Future of the LeftThe Plot Against Common Sense
  94. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  95. Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  96. CalexicoAlgiers
  97. Paul BanksBanks
  98. O. ChildrenApnea
  99. Graham CoxonA+E
  100. KindnessWorld, You Need a Change of Mind

Stephen Holden: Top 11 Films of 2012

16 December 2012

Stephen Holden: Top 11 Films of 2012, as published by The New York Times

[see also 2016, 2015, 2013, 2011]

  1. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  2. AmourMichael Haneke
  3. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  4. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  5. ArgoBen Affleck
  6. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  7. ElenaAndrey Zvyagintsev
  8. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  9. The Invisible WarKirby Dick
  10. The SessionsBen Lewin
  11. Rust and BoneJacques Audiard

Manohla Dargis: Top 36 Movies of 2012

16 December 2012

Manohla Dargis: Top 36 Movies of 2012, as published by The New York Times

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

  1. AmourMichael Haneke
  2. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  3. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  4. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  5. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  7. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. Searching for Sugar ManMalik Bendjelloul
  9. Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
  10. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow

A.O. Scott: 25 Favorite Films of 2012

16 December 2012

A.O. Scott: 25 Favorite Films of 2012, as published by The New York Times

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

  1. AmourMichael Haneke
  2. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  3. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  4. FootnoteJoseph Cedar
  5. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  7. Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
  8. Goodbye First LoveMia Hansen-Løve
  9. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  10. The GreyJoe Carnahan

    Top Five Documentaries

  1. The GatekeepersDror Moreh
  2. The Queen of VersaillesLauren Greenfield
  3. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  4. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  5. The Central Park FiveKen Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon