Posted below is Metacritic’s aggregated year-end list featuring most major music critics and magazines (both online and paper). This list is probably the best way to get a wide-ranging understanding of the most favorable albums of the year among reviewers. For those who are unfamiliar with Metacritic – check out Wikipedia’s description of the site.
This is how the list works according to Metacritic;
“Below is our updated running tally of the albums most frequently mentioned by individual music publications in their year-end Top Ten lists. Although most of the lists come from publications whose reviews are included on this site, we have also included a few extra lists from prominent music stores, websites, and publications not normally found on Metacritic. Note that if a source ranks more than the standard 10 albums, we will not include titles ranked 11th or worse. In case of a tie for first or second, each album will receive the full points for that position. Our points system works as follows:
- 3 points for each 1st place ranking
- 2 points for each 2nd place ranking
- 1 point for being ranked 3rd – 10th, or for being included on an unranked list”
To see the list of all the individual top ten lists included in Metacritic’s calculation – click here.
To see IFM’s Top 20 Year End list – click here.
To see IFM’s Top 50 Songs – click here.
- 2012 Year-End Online Music Lists (largeheartedboy.com)