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.

Jim DeRogatis: Top 40 Albums of 2012

06 December 2012

Jim DeRogatis: Top 40 Albums of 2012, as published by WBEZ and aired on Sound Opinions

[see also 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011]

  1. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  2. Kelly HoganI Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  3. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  4. Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  5. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  6. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  7. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  8. Aimee MannCharmer
  9. Lupe FiascoFood & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1
  10. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  11. Neneh CherryThe Cherry Thing
  12. Patti SmithBanga
  13. BassnectarVava Voom
  14. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  15. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  16. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  17. Bob MouldSilver Age
  18. Lester BangsInfinite Stretch
  19. Passion PitGossamer
  20. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  21. The dB’sFalling Off the Sky
  22. Screaming FemalesUgly
  23. John CaleShifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
  24. Mark Lanegan BandBlues Funeral
  25. SantigoldMaster of My Make-Believe
  26. Best CoastThe Only Place
  27. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  28. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  29. Sinead O’ConnorHow About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
  30. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  31. YeasayerFragrant World
  32. Willis Earl BealAcousmatic Sorcery
  33. Redd KrossResearching the Blues
  34. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  35. DjangoDjango
  36. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  37. Mission of BurmaUnsound
  38. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind
  39. Neil YoungAmericana
  40. Bob DylanTempest