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.
  1. Paste: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  2. Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  3. Treble: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  4. Greg Kot: Top 10 Albums of 2012
  5. Spin: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  6. A.V. Club: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  7. MSN: 10 Best Albums of 2012
  8. PopMatters: 75 Best Albums of 2012
  9. Frontier Psychiatrist: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  10. musicOMH: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  11. Slant: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  12. Guardian: Best Albums of 2012
  13. Billboard: 10 Best Albums of 2012
  14. WUOG: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  15. Gigwise: 50 Albums of the 2012
  16. BBC Music: Top 25 Albums of 2012
  17. Complex: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  18. Sonic: 25 Best Albums of 2012
  19. Spinner: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  20. AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  21. Rolling Stone: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  22. Pitchfork: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  23. Stereogum: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  24. Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012
  25. Mojo: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  26. Filter: Top 20 Albums of 2012
  27. Fly: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  28. NME: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  29. Clash: Top 40 Albums of 2012
  30. Douglas Wolk: Top 10 Albums of 2012
  31. Esquire: The Best Albums of the 2010s
  32. Billboard: The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s
  33. Jim DeRogatis: Top 40 Albums of 2012
  34. Beats Per Minute: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  35. Idolator: 10 Best New Albums of 2012
  36. Les Inrocks: Top 100 Albums of 2012
  37. Paste: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  38. Uncut: 75 Best Albums of 2012
  39. FasterLouder: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  40. Consequence of Sound: Top 100 Albums of the 2010s
  41. NME: Greatest Albums of the Decade
  42. Slant: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  43. Courtney E. Smith: The 10 Best Albums Of The Decade
  44. Pitchfork: The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s
  45. The Wild Honey Pie: Top 50 Albums of the 2010s
  46. Jim Harrington: 50 Best Albums of the Decade
  47. Drowned in Sound: 100 Favourite Albums of 2012
  48. Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012
  49. Uproxx: The Best Albums of the 2010s
  50. Stereogum: The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s
  51. Fact: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  52. Gorilla vs. Bear: 50 Best Albums of 2012
  53. American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  54. Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012
  55. Rolling Stone: 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  56. Robert Christgau: Top 102 Albums of 2012
  57. Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2012
  58. Vice: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s
  59. Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade