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