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.

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Pazz & Jop: Top 100 Albums of 2012 (an annual poll of critics, published by The Village Voice) [see also: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  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. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  5. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  6. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  7. Swans – The Seer
  8. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  9. Grimes – Visions
  10. Beach House – Bloom
  11. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  12. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  13. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  14. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  15. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  16. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  17. Taylor Swift – Red
  18. Future – Pluto
  19. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  20. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  21. Dr. John – Locked Down
  22. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  23. Cat Power – Sun
  24. Baroness – Yellow & Green
  25. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
  26. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  27. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  28. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  29. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  30. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  31. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
  32. Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now
  33. Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
  34. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  35. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  36. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  37. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
  38. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  39. Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss
  40. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
  41. fun. – Some Nights
  42. Bob Mould – Silver Age
  43. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  44. Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
  45. Death Grips – The Money Store
  46. Purity Ring – Shrines
  47. Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
  48. Iris DeMent – Sing the Delta
  49. The xx – Coexist
  50. The Men – Open Your Heart
  51. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
  52. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
  53. Goat – World Music
  54. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
  55. Allo Darlin’ – Europe
  56. Metz – Metz
  57. Neneh Cherry & the Thing – The Cherry Thing
  58. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
  59. Burial – Kindred
  60. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  61. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes
  62. Nas – Life Is Good
  63. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
  64. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  65. Laurel Halo – Quarantine
  66. Liars – Wixiw
  67. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  68. Action Bronson & Party Supplies – Blue Chips
  69. Redd Kross – Researching the Blues
  70. Actress – R.I.P.
  71. King Tuff – King Tuff
  72. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – Black Is Beautiful
  73. Lambchop – Mr. M
  74. Walkmen – Heaven
  75. The Coup – Sorry to Bother You
  76. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana
  77. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
  78. Twin Shadow – Confess
  79. Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  80. Rush – Clockwork Angels
  81. Vijay Iyer – Accelerando
  82. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet on Sky
  83. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  84. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
  85. Le1f – Dark York
  86. Elle Varner – Perfectly Imperfect
  87. Can – The Lost Tapes
  88. Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne
  89. Ke$ha – Warrior
  90. Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
  91. THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
  92. Ty Segall – Twins
  93. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
  94. Patti Smith – Banga
  95. Matthew E. White – Big Inner
  96. Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  97. Best Coast – The Only Place
  98. Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
  99. J.D. McPherson – Signs & Signifiers
  100. The dB’s – Falling Off the Sky

Pazz & Jop: Top 50 Singles of 2012

Carly-Rae-Jepsen---Call-Me-Maybe

Pazz & Jop: Top 50 Singles of 2012 (an annual poll published by The Village Voice)

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  2. Miguel – “Adorn”
  3. Usher – “Climax”
  4. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”
  5. [tie] Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  6. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  7. Solange – “Losing You”
  8. Gotye (ft. Kimbra) – “Somebody That I Used to Know” *
  9. Kanye West (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) – “Mercy”
  10. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  11. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
  12. Psy – “Gangnam Style”
  13. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  14. fun. (ft. Janelle Monae) – “We Are Young”
  15. Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX) – “I Love It”
  16. [tie] fun. – “Some Nights”
  17. [tie] Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  18. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  19. Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”
  20. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  21. Drake (ft. Rihanna) – “Take Care” *
  22. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  23. [tie] Ke$ha – “Die Young”
  24. [tie] Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
  25. Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
  26. [tie] Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  27. [tie] Grimes – “Genesis”
  28. [tie] Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
  29. [tie] Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
  30. Chairlift – “I Belong in Your Arms” **
  31. [tie] Juicy J (ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) – “Bandz a Make Her Dance”
  32. [tie] Nicki Minaj (ft. 2 Chainz) – “Beez in the Trap”
  33. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  34. [tie] Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  35. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  36. [tie] Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”
  37. [tie] Killer Mike – “Reagan”
  38. [tie] First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
  39. Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
  40. [tie] Bob Dylan – “Duquesne Whistle”
  41. [tie] Future – “Turn on the Lights”
  42. [tie] Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  43. [tie] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop”
  44. Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
  45. [tie] Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
  46. [tie] Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  47. [tie] Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
  48. [tie] Beach House – “Myth”
  49. [tie] Kanye West (ft. Jay-Z and Big Sean) – “Clique”
  50. [tie] Kendrick Lamar (ft. Gunplay) – “Cartoon & Cereal”