Best of the ‘Best of 2012’ Lists

Best of the 'Best of 2012' Lists

Year-end review lists you may have missed:

“The Best Movies You Didn’t See in 2012,” Erik Henriksen, Wired

“Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012,” New York Times

“Apple Names Its Best iPhone and iPad Apps of 2012,” Christina Warren, Mashable

“The Top Newfound Species of 2012,”  Kara Brandeisky, Slate

“The best (and worst) media errors and corrections of 2012,”  Craig Silverman,  Poynter Institute

“The Most Controversial Artworks of 2012,” Marina Galperina, Flovorwire

“The 12 Best GIFs of 2012,” Cooper Fleishman, Daily Dot

“The top 9 world leaders of 2012,” Talia Ralph, Global Post

“The 10 sports stories that defined 2012,” Chris Gayomali, The Week

“2012 National Film Registry,” Library of Congress

“The Absolute Very Worst Movies of 2012,” Ashley Burns,

“Best and worst 2012 investments,” Ben Steverman, San Francisco Chronicle

“The Ten Best Country Albums of 2012,” Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

“America’s 9 craziest lawsuits of 2012,” Samantha Rollins, The Week

“The year in sex,” Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon

“11 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2012,” Mark Juddery, Mental Floss

“20 Great Infographics of 2012,” Drew Skau,

“Best Books of 2012,” Publishers Weekly

“Cutest Baby Animal Photos of 2012,” Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

“Best CEOs of 2012,,” Wall Street 24/7

“The Worst CEOs of 2012,”  Louis Lavelle, Businessweek

“Best of 2012: Top 10 Hottest Bods of the Year!” Jeanette Batur, E! Online

“The Big Science Stories Of 2012 In An Interactive Graphic,” Colleen Park, PopSci

“The Biggest Disappointments Of 2012,” Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku

“The Best Graphic Novels and Graphic Nonfiction of 2012,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The best memes of 2012,” Faine Greenwood, Global Post

“The 50 Least Important Writers of 2012,” Gawker

“Top 12 Fox News FAILS of 2012,” Keaton, Ranker

“The Top 15 Posts on Colossal in 2012,” Christopher Jobson, Colossal

“Reality Breakdown: The 15 Best Cassettes of 2012,” Valerie Paschall, DCist

“The best of 2012’s crime fiction,” Oline H. Cogdill, Miami Herald

“2012′s Biggest Movie Controversies,” Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

“The 10 Most Overrated Movies of 2012,” David Erlich,

“The 25 Funniest AutoCorrects Of 2012,” Dave Stopera, BuzzFeed

“Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2012,” Lars Gotrich, NPR Music

“The Year in Mormons: Top 7 Stories of 2012,” Joanna Brooks, Religion Dispatches

“Must-reads of 2012: profiles,” Columbia Journalism Review

“Top Books of 2012: Environmentalism and Climate Change,” Marc Srour, Teaching Biology

“Best Animal Videos Of 2012: The Cutest, Funniest And Most Popular Clips Of The Year,” Huffington Post

“Animals That Went Extinct in 2012,”  David Steen,

“10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012,” NPR Music

“The 7 Hottest Climate Change Stories of 2012,” Wynne Parry, LiveScience

“Google Maps of the Year, Part One,” Keir Clarke, Google Maps Mania

“The Best Smartphone Games of 2012,” Wook Kim, Vulture

“12 Most Annoying Technologies as Chosen by Wired Commenters,” Roberto Baldwin, Wired

“5½ Favorite Food Books of 2012,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“Best Space Pictures of 2012: Editor’s Picks,” National Geographic

“Psychiatry Top Stories of 2012,” Peter Roy-Byrne, Journal Watch Psychiatry

“An A-to-Z Guide to 2012’s Worst Words,” Jen Doll, The Atlantic Wire

“10½ Favorite Albums of 2012,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“5 best fake news stories of the year,” Faine Greenwood, GlobalPost via Salon

“Our favorite charts of 2012,” Quartz

“The Worst Cads of 2012,” Holly Allen and Virginia Choi, Slate

“The best microscope images of 2012,” John Timmer, Ars Technica

“The Most Mind-Blowing 3-D Printed Objects Of 2012,” Clay Dillow, Popular Science

“Top 10 Great Sports Moments of 2012,” Matt White, E! Online

“The Best City Time-Lapse Videos of 2012,” Eric Jaffee, Atlantic Cities

“The 30 Most Important Cats Of 2012,” Jack Shepherd, BuzzFeed

“2012 in Review: Major Higher Ed Trends,” Chris Newfield, Remaking the University

“Most Extreme Space Discoveries of 2012,” Elizabeth Howell,

“The 42 Biggest News Events of 2012, as Experienced through Dr. Ruth’s Sex-Obsessed Twitter,” Rich Juzwiak, Gawker

“The 10 Most Blushworthy Science Stories of 2012,” Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience

“Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2012,”

“The best non 2012 albums I listened to in 2012,” Michele Catalano, Forbes

“The Best 10 Economics Papers of 2012,” Andres Marroquin, UDADISI

“The 9 most newsworthy dogs of 2012,” Lauren Hansen, The Week

“The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2012,” Kate Wong, Scientific American blog

“The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012,” Time Magazine online

“The Top 10 Chinese Internet Memes of 2012,” Josh Chin, Wall Street Journal blog

“The 10 Best Sports Infographics Of 2012,” Reuben Fischer-Baum, Deadspin

“The top 10 documentary films of 2012,” Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“2012 Yearly Golfball Patents: A look back,” Martin Gardiner, Journal of Improbable Research

“Best TV moments of 2012,” Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times

“Best and Worst Of the 2012 Campaigns: Part I,” Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call

“The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2012,” Annalee Newitz, io9 

“The 50 Worst Columns of 2012,” David Wagner, The Atlantic Wire

“The 25 Most Ninja Photobombs Of 2012,” Henry Goldman, BuzzFeed

“Cheap toy roundup: 2012 edition,” Genevieve Koski, Josh Modell, and Tasha Robinson, Onion A/V Club

“The 7 Most Amazing Robots Of 2012,”  Clay Dillow, Popular Science

“12 most despicable things Fox News did in 2012,” Mark Howard, Alternet via Salon

“The Best Astronomy Images of 2012,” Phil Plait, Slate

“Here Bella! Top Pet Names for 2012,” Discovery News

“The top 20 weird news stories of 2012,” MentalFloss via The Week

“Best of 2012: Favorite Maternity Trends,” Jenny Schafer, Celebrity Baby Scoop

“12 Obvious Science Findings of 2012,”  Jeanna Bryner and Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American

“The Best & Worst of Everything in 2012: A Mega, Meta Mashup,” Adam L. Penenberg, PandoDaily

“The Man Who Collected 1,320 Best-Books-of-2012 Lists,” Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic

“A List Of 2012’s Best ‘Best Of 2012’ Lists,” Ben Murray,

“The Hundred Best Lists of All Time,”  Gary Belsky, The New Yorker blog


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