Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Month: November, 2012

Paste: 50 Best Songs of 2012

Paste Magazine: 50 Best Songs of 2012

  1. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  2. John K. Samson – “When I Write My Master’s Thesis”
  3. First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
  4. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  5. Titus Andronicus – “Still Life with Hot Deuce on Silver Platter”
  6. Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”
  7. Miguel – “Adorn”
  8. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
  9. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
  10. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  11. Grizzy Bear – “Yet Again”
  12. Dr. Dog – “Lonesome”
  13. The Shins – “Simple Song”
  14. Leonard Cohen – “The Darkness”
  15. Hospitality – “Friends of Friends”
  16. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
  17. Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
  18. Sharon Van Etten – “Give Out”
  19. Cat Power – “Nothin’ But Time”
  20. The Walkmen – “We Can’t Be Beat”
  21. Tame Impala – “Elephant”
  22. Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”
  23. Dum Dum Girls – “Lord Knows”
  24. Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”
  25. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  26. Justin Townes Earle – “Look the Other Way”
  27. Rufus Wainwright – “Rashida”
  28. Woods – “Size Meets the Sound”
  29. Stars – “The Theory of Relativity”
  30. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  31. Killer Mike feat. Bun B, T.I., and Trouble – “Big Beast”
  32. Vintage Trouble – “Blues Hand Me Down”
  33. Frankie Rose – “Interstellar”
  34. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  35. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  36. Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  37. Tanlines – “All of Me”
  38. Chromatics – “Kill for Love”
  39. Alt-J – “Tessellate”
  40. The Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
  41. Allah-Las – “Tell Me (What’s on Your Mind)”
  42. Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”
  43. DIIV – “Doused”
  44. Mac Demarco – “Dreaming”
  45. Punch Brothers – “This Girl”
  46. Perfume Genius – “Hood”
  47. Lotus Plaza – “Monoliths”
  48. Lower Dens – “Brains”
  49. Kanye West – “Clique”
  50. Howler – “Back of Your Neck”

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2012

Cahiers du Cinéma: Top Ten Films of 2012

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  3. Twixt – Francis Ford Coppola
  4. 4:44 Last Day on Earth – Abel Ferrara
  5. [tie] In Another Country – Hong Sang-soo
  6. [tie] Take Shelter – Jeff Nichols
  7. Go Go Tales – Abel Ferrara
  8. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  9. [tie] Faust – Aleksandr Sokurov
  10. Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs