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.

Rolling Stone: Top 50 Albums of 2012

05 December 2012

Rolling Stone: Top 50 Albums of 2012

[see also 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  4. Bob DylanTempest
  5. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  6. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  7. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZeroesHere
  8. Green Day!Uno!
  9. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  10. Neil Young & Crazy HorsePsychedelic Pill
  11. Mumford & SonsBabel
  12. Jimmy CliffRebirth
  13. Leonard CohenOld Ideas
  14. Best CoastThe Only Place
  15. Dr. JohnLocked Down
  16. Cat PowerSun
  17. John MayerBorn and Raised
  18. NasLife Is Good
  19. Band Of HorsesMirage Rock
  20. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  21. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  22. Bonnie RaittSlipstream
  23. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  24. G.O.O.D. MusicCruel Summer
  25. Donald FagenSunken Condos
  26. Django DjangoDjango Django
  27. Gary Clark Jr.Blak and Blu
  28. Beach HouseBloom
  29. Dave Matthews BandAway From the World
  30. Azealia Banks1991
  31. Taylor SwiftRed
  32. HospitalityHospitality
  33. GrimesVisions
  34. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  35. Grizzly BearShields
  36. Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe
  37. Justin Townes EarleNothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  38. Titus AndronicusLocal Business
  39. Passion PitGossamer
  40. EscortEscort
  41. Avett BrothersThe Carpenter
  42. Allo Darlin’Europe
  43. fun.Some Nights
  44. GarbageNot Your Kind of People
  45. Rick RossRich Forever
  46. MuseThe 2nd Law
  47. Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  48. Smashing PumpkinsOceania
  49. Amadou & MariamFolila
  50. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan