Ranking art is hard.
How am I supposed to compare the Japandroids album to Frank Ocean's? “Lincoln” to “Beasts of the Southern Wild”? The gastropub fare of The Parish to the newly-relocated Mo-Chica?
There are enough top 10 of 2012 lists floating around the Internet for me to make a top 10 list of top 10 lists, so instead I'm going to take all semblances of objectivity out of it. This is not the “best of” 2012. This is the stuff that wouldn't leave my CD player, that made me smile, that made me think or just made me, as an aspiring artist, ridiculously jealous. Here are my favorites for 2012: