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: December, 2012

Sean Michaels: 100 Best Songs of 2012

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Sean Michaels of Said the Gramophone: 100 Best Songs of 2012. Click through for excellent commentary and links to audio.

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  2. Miguel – “Gravity”
  3. The Mouthbreathers – “Birthdays”
  4. Usher – “Climax”
  5. Brianna Perry – “Marilyn Monroe”
  6. Avec pas d’casque – “Intuition #1”
  7. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  8. Jessie Ware – “110%”
  9. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  10. Eternal Summers – “Millions”
  11. Andy Stott – “Numb”
  12. MIA – “Bad Girls”
  13. BJ the Chicago Kid ft Kendrick Lamar – “His Pain II”
  14. Solange – “Losing You”
  15. Damien Jurado – “Museum of Flight”
  16. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth bootleg)”
  17. Plants and Animals – “The End of That”
  18. Neal Morgan – “Fathers Day”
  19. Big Sean ft Kanye West & Jay-Z – “Clique”
  20. Chromatics – “Lady”
  21. James Irwin – “Needleye”
  22. Neneh Cherry & the Thing – “Dream Baby Dream”
  23. Micachu and the Shapes – “Nothing”
  24. Kendrick Lamar – “The Recipe”
  25. How to Dress Well – “It Was U”
  26. Joey Bada$$ – “World Domination”
  27. Dirty Projectors – “Impregnable Question”
  28. Purity Ring – “Obedear”
  29. PSY – “Gangnam Style”
  30. Sonny and the Sunsets – “Pretend You Love Me”
  31. Nap Eyes – “White Disciple”
  32. Flying Lotus ft Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy – “Between Friends”
  33. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “I See a Darkness”
  34. Milk Teddy – “Come Around”
  35. Peter Peter – “Une version améliorée de la tristesse”
  36. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  37. Darq E Freaker ft Danny Brown – “Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)
  38. Tune-yards + Angelique Kidjo + Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson + Akua Naru – “Lady”
  39. JLS – “Hottest Girl in the World”
  40. Zigi ft Sonniballi – “Amanda”
  41. Chris Malinchak – “So Good To Me”
  42. Zebra Katz ft Njena Reddd Foxxx – “Ima Read”
  43. Chris Cohen – “Heart Beat”
  44. White+ – “Red+”
  45. Fiona Apple – “Hot Knife”
  46. PS I Love You – “Princess Towers”
  47. Major Lazer ft Amber Coffman – “Get Free”
  48. Karneef – “We Found Money”
  49. The-Dream ft Pusha T – “Dope Chick”
  50. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – “Same Love”
  51. Nicki Minaj ft 2 Chainz – “Beez in the Trap”
  52. Freelove Fenner – “Mint”
  53. Schoolboy Q – “There He Go”
  54. The Hood Internet x Ma$e x Diddy x Notorious BIG x Penguin Prison – “Fuck With Mo’ Money”
  55. Eric Chenaux – “Dull Lights (White or Grey)”
  56. Azealia Banks – “Fuck Up The Fun”
  57. Pat Jordache – “Steps (Damaged Goods)”
  58. Adam & the Amethysts – “Drinking in LA”
  59. The Doozies – “Independence Day”
  60. Thee Oh Sees – “So Nice”
  61. Bernice – “Rêve Général”
  62. Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know”
  63. Arlt – “Tu m’as encore crevé un cheval”
  64. The Luyas – “Fifty Fifty”
  65. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  66. Way Yes – “Important”
  67. Tomas Barfod ft Nina Kinert – “November Skies”
  68. Killer Mike – “R.A.P. Music”
  69. Rose Cousins – “For the Best”
  70. Alt-J – “Tesselate”
  71. Olu Maintain – “NAWTi”
  72. Justin Bieber – “Die In Your Arms”
  73. Willis Earl Beal – “Evening’s Kiss”
  74. Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – “Melody Dean”
  75. Young Galaxy – “Youth is Wasted on the Young”
  76. Katy B and Jessie Ware – “Aaliyah”
  77. Adam Torres – “Mountain River”
  78. Kitty Pryde – “okay cupid”
  79. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
  80. Rufus Wainwright – “Sometimes You Need”
  81. Guru – “Lapaz Toyota”
  82. Django Django – “Life’s a Beach”
  83. Parlovr – “You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely”
  84. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  85. Heartless Bastards – “Marathon”
  86. Gros Mené – “Vénus”
  87. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – “I Love It”
  88. White Label – “Roberta”
  89. The Tallest Man On Earth – “To Just Grow Away”
  90. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
  91. Isaac Delusion – “Early Morning”
  92. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – “That’s What’s Up”
  93. Bankrobber – “Soon”
  94. Cat Power – “Manhattan”
  95. Sean Price – “Bar-Barian”
  96. CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
  97. Mirel Wagner – “No Death”
  98. Oregon Bike Trails – “A Summer Thing”
  99. Opossom – “Blue Meanies”
  100. The Fresh & Onlys – “Long Slow Dance”

Nick Pinkerton: Top 10 Films of 2012

Wanderlust

Nick Pinkerton: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as submitted to The Village Voice poll, but presented alphabetically)

  • Alps – Giorgos Lanthimos
  • Bernie – Richard Linklater
  • The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  • The Grey – Joe Carnahan
  • Haywire – Steven Soderbergh
  • Magic Mike – Steven Soderbergh
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  • Tabu – Miguel Gomes
  • Wanderlust – David Wain [pictured]
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow

Karina Longworth: Top 10 Films of 2012

The Master

Karina Longworth: Top 10 Films of 2012 (as published by The Village Voice)

  1. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  3. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  4. Attenberg – Athina Rachel Tsangari
  5. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  6. Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard
  7. This Is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  8. Anna Karenina – Joe Wright
  9. Chronicle – Josh Trank
  10. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Scott Foundas: 10 Best Films of 2012

Zero Dark Thirty

Scott Foundas: 10 Best Films of 2012 (as submitted to the Village Voice poll)

  1. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  2. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  3. Amour – Michael Haneke
  4. Barbara – Christian Petzold
  5. Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  6. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  7. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. The Dark Knight Rises – Christopher Nolan
  9. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  10. This Is 40 – Judd Apatow

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2012

Holy Motors

Mike D’Angelo: 15 Best Films of 2012 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  2. The Imposter – Bart Layton
  3. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  4. Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo
  5. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  6. Amour – Michael Haneke
  7. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  8. Only The Young – Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims
  9. Looper – Rian Johnson
  10. This Must Be The Place – Paolo Sorrentino
  11. Haywire – Steven Soderbergh
  12. You Are Here – Daniel Cockburn
  13. It’s Such A Beautiful Day – Don Hertzfeldt
  14. Argo – Ben Affleck
  15. Sister – Ursula Meier

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2012

The Master

Noel Murray: 15 Best Films of 2012 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  3. Life Of Pi – Ang Lee
  4. Damsels In Distress – Whit Stillman
  5. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  6. It’s Such A Beautiful Day – Don Hertzfeldt
  7. Photographic Memory – Ross McElwee
  8. Looper – Rian Johnson
  9. The Queen Of Versailles – Lauren Greenfield
  10. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  11. Premium Rush – David Koepp
  12. Lincoln – Stephen Spielberg
  13. This Is 40 – Judd Apatow
  14. I Wish – Hirokazu Koreeda
  15. The Cabin In The Woods – Drew Goddard

Scott Tobias: 15 Best Films of 2012

The Master

Scott Tobias: 15 Best Films of 2012 (as published by The A.V. Club)

  1. The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
  2. The Turin Horse – Béla Tarr
  3. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  4. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  5. The Loneliest Planet – Julia Loktev
  6. Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson
  7. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  8. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow
  9. The Comedy – Rick Alverson
  10. Amour – Michael Haneke
  11. Goodbye First Love – Mia Hansen-Løve
  12. Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo
  13. Haywire – Steven Soderbergh
  14. Looper – Rian Johnson
  15. Lincoln – Steven Spielberg

Kevin B. Lee: 12 Best Films of 2012

This is Not a Film

Kevin B. Lee: 12 Best Films of 2012 (as published by Fandor where it’s accompanied by an excellent video essay)

  1. This is Not a Film – Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
  3. Let the Bullets Fly – Jiang Wen
  4. Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
  5. Consuming Spirits – Chris Sullivan
  6. Neighboring Sounds – Kleber Mendonça Filho
  7. In the Family – Patrick Wang
  8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  9. The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
  10. The Day He Arrives – Hong Sang-soo
  11. [tie] A Simple Life – Ann Hui
  12. Meanwhile – Hal Hartley

Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

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Cokemachineglow: Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Swans – The Seer
  2. Grimes – Visions
  3. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  4. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  5. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.D city
  6. Beach House – Bloom
  7. 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
  8. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  9. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  10. Friendzone – Collection 1
  11. The Men – Open Your Heart
  12. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  14. Shackleton – Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
  15. L.W.H. – CIA TV
  16. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  17. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  18. Burial – Kindred EP
  19. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  20. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  21. Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  22. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  23. Deerhoof – Breakup Song
  24. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  26. Liars – WIXIW
  27. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  28. Laurel Halo – Quarantine
  29. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
  30. Solange – True EP
  31. John Talabot – fIN
  32. Disasterpeace – Fez OST
  33. White Lung – Sorry
  34. Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
  35. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
  36. Future – Pluto
  37. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  38. Merchandise – Children of Desire
  39. Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship
  40. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  41. Amanda Jo Williams – The Bear Eats Me
  42. Zammuto – Zammuto
  43. The Walkmen – Heaven
  44. Aesop Rock – Skelethon
  45. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  46. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  47. Purity Ring – Shrines
  48. Each Other – Heavily Spaced EP
  49. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips
  50. Lambchop – Mr. M

Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012

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Library Journal: Top 10 Books of 2012 (alphabetically by author)

  • By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir of Disaster and Love – Joe Blair
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
  • A Land More Kind Than Home – Wiley Cash
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
  • Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the Creation of a Myth – Katherine Frank
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale – Graham Joyce
  • The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
  • The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer – Anne-Marie O’Connor
  • NW – Zadie Smith
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from “Dear Sugar” – Cheryl Strayed