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.

Category: 2012 Songs

NME: 50 Best Tracks of 2012

NME Magazine: 50 Best Tracks of 2012

  1. Palma Violets – “Best of Friends”
  2. MIA – “Bad Girls”
  3. Blur – “Under The Westway”
  4. Haim – “Forever”
  5. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  6. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  7. Jake Bugg – “Lightning Bolt”
  8. Bat For Lashes – “Laura”
  9. Tame Impala – “Elephant”
  10. Savages – “Husbands”
  11. Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  12. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  13. Peace – “California Daze”
  14. ∆ (Alt-J) – “Breezeblocks”
  15. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean – “Clique”
  16. Grimes – “Genesis”
  17. The Cribs – “Come On, Be A No-One”
  18. Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
  19. Solange – “Losing You”
  20. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  21. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “I Follow You”
  22. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  23. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  24. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  25. Pond – “You Broke My Cool”
  26. The Cribs – “Chi-Town”
  27. Cat Power – “Ruin”
  28. Chvrches – “Lies”
  29. Angel Haze – “New York”
  30. Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”
  31. Deap Valley – “Gonna Make My Own Money”
  32. David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who”
  33. Burns – “Lies”
  34. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  35. King Kruke – “Rock Bottom”
  36. The Vaccines – “Teenage Icon”
  37. Mosca ft. Katy B – “What You Came For”
  38. Spector – “Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End”
  39. Good Music – “Mercy”
  40. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  41. Django Django – “Default”
  42. The Rolling Stones – “Doom and Gloom”
  43. Peace – “Bloodshake”
  44. Crystal Castles – “Wrath of God”
  45. Zebra Katz – “Ima Read”
  46. Frank Ocean – “Forrest Bump”
  47. Peace – “Follow Baby”
  48. Major Blazer – “Get Free”
  49. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”
  50. Psy – “Gangnam Style”

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”