Best of the 2012 Best of Music Lists's Top 10

It's that time of year for everyone's "Best of" lists so here's my list of the best lists. Feel free to share yours so we can make an even bigger list of lists! Most of the music mentioned is available as a CD-quality or better FLAC or WAV download mainly from and Boomkat, and some are available as 24-bit "Studio Master" downloads from Qobuz (geographical restrictions apply to some albums). offers up their top ten albums as a bundle for $110 in FLAC or WAV format. Here's the list:

Legowelt - The Paranormal Soul (Clone Jack For Daze Series)
Robert Hood - Motor: Nighttime World 3 (Music Man)
Daphni - JIAOLONG (Jiaolong)
Nathan Fake - Steam Days (Border Community)
Lukid - Lonely At The Top (Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune)
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (Warp)
Grizzly Bear - Shields (Warp)
Tame Impala - Lonerism (Modular)
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist (Software / Mexican Summer)
Actress - R.I.P. (Honest Jon's Records)

Boomkat has gone the singles route and gives us three lists of 14 tracks each (I use these Boomkat lists as a reference since they're only offered as MP3s but most picks are also available as 16/44.1 FLAC downloads):

Boomkat's 14 tracks: The Best of 2012: Part One
Boomkat's 14 tracks: The Best of 2012: Part Two
Boomkat's 14 tracks: The Best of 2012: Part Three
Helm's Impossible Symmetry

Stereophile's Stephen Mejias digs deep for a big, beautiful list.

The Wire gives us their Top 50 albums but you have to get the magazine to see them all (Lauren Halo's Quarantine gets top honors).

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012 is like a lovely box of chocolates.

And don't miss Soundcheck's Best of 2012 Survey's totaling seven different lists of lists including the Worst Music (Song or Album) Of 2012 (hint: Rihanna, Unapologetic)!

Here's another big list of lists from the The Guardian.

For a big list (1,688 that go beyond 2012 releases) of jazz, contemporary classical and experimental, check out SquidCo..

And last but certainly least, Billboards 200 Top Selling Albums of 2012.

Stephen Mejias's picture

Great list of lists! Here's another good one: The Quietus' Albums of 2012. Gah!

Michael Lavorgna's picture

That is a good one.

I need a bigger music-buying-budget!

Stephen Mejias's picture

And a barn to store all the records.  Or, in your case, a barn-sized hard-drive.

Michael Lavorgna's picture

Sigh. Nearly had one...Maybe I can fit myself into my NAS.

monetschemist's picture

... is enough time to check these lists out (look at me, reading this post more than three weeks afterward!!!).

dinni's picture

Thanks so much for sharing that! I am in desperate need for some really good music. I am thinking about attending the world's second largest music festival, I could build a nice playlist with what I can find there. How about it?