Best of 2012

Written by Stacey Wilhelm | December 19, 2012
<span class="caption"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/news/image/alabama_shakes.jpg" width="480" height="320" alt="" class="image-large" />Alabama Shakes share their Best of 2012 list with BV. Photo by Cal Holman.</span> With the end of the year nigh (or *world* as some might say) "Best of 2012" lists are popping up everywhere. [Rolling Stone](, [Billboard](, [Pitchfork](, [Spinner](, [The AV Club](,89711/) and [Gorilla vs. Bear](, just to name a few, are all hosting multiple "Best Ofs." Some have even deigned to include some not so best-ofs as well (see Pitchfork's ["Worst Album Covers"]( and AV Club's ["Least Essential Albums"](,89882/)). One of our most favorite takes on the trend has been Brooklyn Vegan's lists compiled by a variety of bands in lieu of staff, critics or sales metrics. Check out who shows up on lists from [Here to We Go Magic](, [The Pains of Being Pure at Heart](, [Ex Cops](, [Todd Beene of Lucero](, [Dan Deacon]( and SXSW 2012 darlings [Alabama Shakes]( Who made your favorites list this year? [Come to SXSW Music 2013](/attend) to get a head start on your Best of 2013 lists. And Happy New Year to you all!