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.

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012

Holy Motors

Indiewire Poll: Top 50 Films of 2012 (as voted by 204 critics)

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  3. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  4. Amour – Michael Haneke
  5. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  6. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  7. Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  9. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  10. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  11. Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  12. Argo – Ben Affleck
  13. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  14. Oslo, August 31st – Joachim Trier
  15. Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
  16. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  17. The Kid With a Bike – Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  18. Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
  19. Looper – Rian Johnson
  20. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  21. Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  22. Killer Joe – William Friedkin
  23. Barbara – Christian Petzold
  24. Magic Mike – Steven Soderbergh
  25. Bernie – Richard Linklater
  26. Killing Them Softly – Andrew Dominik
  27. Cloud Atlas – Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
  28. Elena – Andrey Zvyagintsev
  29. Compliance – Craig Zobel
  30. Wuthering Heights – Andrea Arnold
  31. Anna Karenina – Joe Wright
  32. The Imposter – Bart Layton
  33. The Raid: Redemption – Gareth Evans
  34. Almayer’s Folly – Chantal Akerman
  35. Neighbouring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  36. Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  37. The Cabin in The Woods – Drew Goddard
  38. How to Survive a Plague – David France
  39. Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard
  40. It’s Such a Beautiful Day – Don Hertzfeldt
  41. Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  42. Goodbye First Love – Mia Hansen-Løve
  43. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  44. Keep the Lights On – Ira Sachs
  45. Take This Waltz – Sarah Polley
  46. Room 237 – Rodney Ascher
  47. Alps – Giorgos Lanthimos
  48. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present – Matthew Akers
  49. The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh
  50. Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo

Kenneth Turan: Top 10+ Films of 2012

Amour - Michael Haneke

Kenneth Turan: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by The Los Angeles Times)

  1. Amour – Michael Haneke

The Rest Listed Alphabetically [mostly]

  • Argo – Ben Affleck
  • The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  • Footnote – Joseph Cedar
  • The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh
  • The Law in These Parts – Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
  • Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  • Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
  • Sundance Dramas: Middle of Nowhere, Robot & Frank, Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  • The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2012

Grimes - Visions

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2012

  1. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  2. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  3. Usher – “Climax”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  5. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  6. Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  7. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  8. Beach House – “Myth”
  9. Fiona Apple – “Werewolf”
  10. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  11. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin About You”
  12. Miguel – “Adorn”
  13. Chromatics – “Kill For Love”
  14. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  15. Andy Stott – “Numb”
  16. Solange – “Losing You”
  17. Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms”
  18. Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz – “Beez in the Trap”
  19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Only In My Dreams”
  20. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  21. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  22. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
  23. Dirty Projectors – “Dance For You”
  24. Chief Keef ft. Lil Reese – “I Don’t Like”
  25. Grimes – “Genesis”
  26. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  27. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
  28. Cat Power – “Nothin But Time”
  29. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  30. Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
  31. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
  32. Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  33. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”
  34. Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
  35. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  36. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  37. Killer Mike – “Reagan”
  38. Hot Chip – “Flutes”
  39. Schoolboy Q ft. A$AP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
  40. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
  41. El-P – “The Full Retard”
  42. Gunplay – “Jump Out”
  43. Dum Dum Girls – “Lord Knows”
  44. AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”
  45. Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”
  46. Ty Segall Band – “I Bought My Eyes”
  47. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”
  48. Burial/Four Tet – “Nova”
  49. Future – “Turn On The Lights”
  50. Icona Pop – “I Love It”
  51. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”
  52. Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents”
  53. Rhye – “The Fall”
  54. Savages – “Husbands”
  55. Miguel – “Do You”
  56. Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son”
  57. Killer Mike ft. Bun B, T.I. and Trouble – “Big Beast”
  58. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  59. Mac DeMarco – “Ode to Viceroy”
  60. Anna Meredith – “Nautilus”
  61. Jessie Ware – “110%”
  62. Philip Glass – “73 – 78 (Beck Remix)”
  63. Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations”
  64. Julia Holter – “In The Same Room”
  65. Metz – “Wet Blanket”
  66. Rick Ross ft. Drake and French Montana – “Stay Schemin'”
  67. DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”
  68. TNGHT – “Goooo”
  69. Le1f – “Wut”
  70. Four Tet – “Pyramid”
  71. Thee Oh Sees – “Lupine Dominus”
  72. John Talabot ft. Pional – “Destiny”
  73. Juicy J ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz – “Bandz a Make Her Dance (Remix)”
  74. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Baby”
  75. Angel Haze – “Werkin’ Girls”
  76. Blawan – “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”
  77. The XX – “Angels”
  78. King Tuff – “Bad Thing”
  79. Rich Kidz ft. Waka Flocka Flame – “My Life”
  80. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
  81. Liars – “No. 1 Against the Rush”
  82. Schoolboy Q – “There He Go”
  83. How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites”
  84. Lower Dens – “Brains”
  85. Major Lazer – “Get Free”
  86. Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
  87. Lotus Plaza – “Monoliths”
  88. A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
  89. Jeremih – “773 Love”
  90. Daphni – “Yes I Know”
  91. Antony & The Johnsons – “Cut the World”
  92. King Louie – “Val Venis”
  93. Cassie – “King of Hearts (Richard X Remix Edit)”
  94. Saint Etienne – “Tonight”
  95. R. Kelly – “Share My Love”
  96. Merchandise – “Time”
  97. Twin Shadow – “Golden Light”
  98. Odd Future – “Oldie”
  99. Blur – “Under the Westway”
  100. Swearin’ – “Just”

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012

Bob Dylan - Tempest

American Songwriter: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  2. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
  3. Shovels and Rope – O’ Be Joyful
  4. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  5. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  6. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  7. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  8. Mumford & Sons – Babel
  9. Bonnie Raitt – Slipstream
  10. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  11. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  12. Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta
  13. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  14. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – Live From Alabama
  15. Brandi Carlile – Bear Creek
  16. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  17. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  18. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
  19. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  20. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
  21. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  22. The Shins – Port Of Morrow
  23. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Here
  24. Cory Branan – Mutt
  25. Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
  26. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
  27. Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now
  28. Justin Townes Earle – Nothings Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
  29. Andrew Combs – Worried Man
  30. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
  31. John Fullbright – From The Ground Up
  32. Rodney Crowell & Mary Karr – Kin
  33. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of The Life of The Mind
  34. Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames – New Multitudes
  35. Rhett Miller – The Dreamer
  36. Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
  37. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  38. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
  39. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
  40. Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs
  41. Carry Me Back – Old Crow Medicine Show
  42. Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
  43. Beth Orton – Sugaring Reason
  44. Dr. Dog – Be The Void
  45. Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
  46. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion
  47. Ben Kweller – Go Fly A Kite
  48. The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
  49. Matthew Ryan – In The Dusk of Everything
  50. Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Tiny Mix Tapes: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  2. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – Black is Beautiful
  3. Swans – The Seer
  4. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
  5. Laurel Halo – Quarantine
  6. Macintosh Plus – Floral Shoppe
  7. Actress – R.I.P.
  8. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  9. YYU – TIMETIMETIME&TIME
  10. Dean Blunt – The Narcissist II
  11. Grimes – Visions
  12. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  13. Holly Herndon – Movement
  14. BEBETUNE$ – inhale c-4 $$$$$
  15. DJ Rashad – TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
  16. Death Grips – The Money Store
  17. Daughn Gibson – All Hell
  18. The Caretaker – Patience (After Sebald)
  19. Traxman – Da Mind of Traxman
  20. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.D. city
  21. Aaron Dilloway – Modern Jester
  22. Demdike Stare – Elemental
  23. Angel Olsen – Half Way Home
  24. Graham Lambkin – Amateur Doubles
  25. Mediafired – The Pathway Through Whatever
  26. Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras/The Congos – FRKWYS Vol. 9: Icon Give Thank
  27. White Suns – Sinews
  28. Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
  29. 情報デスクVIRTUAL – 札幌コンテンポラリー
  30. Dolphins Into The Future – Canto Arquipélago
  31. Jason Lescalleet – Songs About Nothing
  32. Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Motion Sickness of Time Travel
  33. Farrah Abraham – My Teenage Dream Ended
  34. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
  35. Burial – Kindred EP
  36. Men, The – Open Your Heart
  37. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  38. Ian Martin – Mechanical Rain
  39. Ahnnu – Pro Habitat
  40. Lil B – White Flame
  41. Heat Wave – Fukd In Tha Game
  42. Death Grips – No Love Deep Web
  43. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  44. Apple, Fiona – The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  45. Arca – Stretch 2
  46. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  47. Internet Club – Vanishing Vision
  48. Belbury Poly – The Belbury Tales
  49. Raime – Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
  50. Mykki Blanco – Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss