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.

Guardian: Best Albums of 2012

01 December 2012

The Guardian: Best Albums of 2012

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

  1. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  2. GrimesVisions
  3. Jessie WareDevotion
  4. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  5. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  6. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  7. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  8. The xxCoexist
  9. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  10. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  11. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  12. Django DjangoDjango Django
  13. ChromaticsKill for Love
  14. Grizzly BearShields
  15. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  16. Taylor SwiftRed
  17. Lana Del ReyBorn to Die
  18. Saint EtienneWords and Music by Saint Etienne
  19. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  20. Plan BIll Manors
  21. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  22. The CribsIn the Belly of the Brazen Bull
  23. Jam CityClassical Curves
  24. Dawn RichardArmor On
  25. ActressRIP
  26. Bright Light, Bright LightMake Me Believe in Hope
  27. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  28. TribesBaby
  29. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  30. Angel HazeReservation
  31. Marina and the DiamondsElectra Heart
  32. Farrah AbrahamMy Teenage Dream Ended
  33. MalaMala in Cuba
  34. DexysOne Day I’m Going to Soar
  35. Nite JewelOne Second of Love
  36. Beach HouseBloom
  37. OrbitalWonky
  38. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  39. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  40. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!