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.

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