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.

Empire: 20 Best Films of 2012

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Empire Magazine: 20 Best Films of 2012

  1. The Avengers – Joss Whedon
  2. Argo – Ben Affleck
  3. The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  4. Skyfall – Sam Mendes
  5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  6. Sightseers – Ben Wheatley
  7. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  8. The Raid: Redemption – Gareth Evans
  9. Headhunters – Morten Tyldum
  10. Rust & Bone – Jacques Audiard
  11. Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  12. Chronicle – Josh Trank
  13. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  14. Looper – Rian Johnson
  15. The Descendants – Alexander Payne
  16. The Imposter – Bart Layton
  17. Magic Mike – Stephen Soderbergh
  18. Young Adult – Jason Reitman
  19. Amour – Michael Haneke
  20. The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg

Sasha Frere-Jones: 40 Best Albums of 2012

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Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker: 40 Best Albums of 2012 (listed chronologically, exceptional albums marked with asterisks) [see also 2013]

  • Rick Ross – Rich Forever
  • Heems – Nehru Jackets
  • Demdike Stare – Elemental: I-IV
  • Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  • E-40 – The Block Brochure
  • * Sun Araw, MGG & Congos – Icon Give Thank
  • * Actress – R.I.P.
  • Death Grips – The Money Store
  • Kool A.D. – Fifty-One
  • Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs
  • * Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  • El-P – Cancer For Cure
  • Swans – We Rose From Your Bed With The Sun In Our Head
  • * Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
  • * Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
  • Christian Fennesz – Aun soundtrack
  • * Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  • * Mungolian Jetset – Mungodelics
  • * Swans – The Seer
  • Cat Power – Sun
  • Deadbeat – Eight
  • Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Live
  • * METZ – METZ
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  • Peace – The World Is Too Much With Us
  • * Daphni – Jiaolong
  • Tussle – Tempest
  • Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran
  • Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  • * Old Apparatus – 4 EPs (Derren, Harem, Alfur, Realise)
  • * Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  • Tayor Swift – Red
  • Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  • * Christiaan Virant – Fistful of Buddha
  • Various – Get Lost V (mixed by Acid Pauli)
  • Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing Remixes
  • Lana Del Rey – Paradise
  • * Brian Eno – Lux
  • Moon Wiring Club – Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets
  • Scott Walker – Bish Bosch

AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

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AllMusic: 50 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Grimes – Visions
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. 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
  4. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  5. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  6. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  7. Torche – Harmonicraft
  8. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  9. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  11. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  12. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
  13. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  14. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
  15. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  16. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
  17. Matthew Dear – Beams
  18. Death Grips – The Money Store
  19. Dan Deacon – America
  20. THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
  21. Lightships – Electric Cables
  22. Beach House – Bloom
  23. Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
  24. Karriem Riggins – Alone Together
  25. Christian Scott – Christian aTunde Adjuah
  26. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  27. Breakbot – By Your Side
  28. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  29. fun. – Some Nights
  30. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  31. Cat Power – Sun
  32. The xx – Coexist
  33. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  34. Redd Kross – Researching The Blues
  35. Jamey Johnson – Living For a Song. A Tribute To Hank Cochran
  36. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  37. Santigold – Master Of My Make-Believe
  38. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  39. Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
  40. Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
  41. Off! – Off!
  42. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
  43. Swans – The Seer
  44. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  45. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
  46. Gravenhurst – The Ghost in Daylight
  47. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  48. The Walkmen – Heaven
  49. Blut Aus Nord – 777: Cosmosophy
  50. Bill Fay – Life is People