The 21 Best “Best of 2012” Lists of 2012

You can find a “best of” list for just about everything this time of year. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the best ones. Well, I haven’t literally been keeping an eye out. That would be painful.

Best of 2012

Some of these lists are really interesting, some will help you catch up on everything you missed this past year. I did use a simple methodolgy that included Googling stuff and eliminating:

  1. …anyone who makes us click through every item on your list. Unless you are SUPER epic (like the TIME Best Inventions one IMO) or have a super slick interface (SPIN’s 50 Best Albums for example) I’m not click, click, clicking through every point on your bloated list.
  2. …anyone who isn’t capable of designing an easily readable list that isn’t a total clutterclot of wordy noise (I’m looking at you Forbes).

So here, in no particular order, are some of the best “Best of 2012” lists of 2012

  • YouTube Rewind 2012 ~ YouTube [Creative way to recap the biggest videos of the year from YT]
  • Top Colleges in the World ~ The Guardian [I must say I’m proud to teach at one of the schools on this list, The University of Pittsburgh]
  • Best Desserts of 2012 ~ Inquirer Lifestyle [I will never be around any of these, but they look amazing]


In related news, I gotta give props to my friend Bryan Allain who made TIME’s 15 Most Memorable Tweets of Election Night along with Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Lady Gaga & others.

There are gobs of lists out there. Have you found any good ones?

Which of these is most interesting to you?

  • I think Paste’s Top 20 TV shows is the only list that includes anything I watch: Doctor Who and Sherlock.

    • I saw a ton of lists with stuff I either didn’t know or never saw. Plus these are all so subjective. But fun.

  • Leanne Shirtliffe

    Wow. I’m honoured. And, in today’s non-squitur, the word “nerd” can be found in “honoured.”

    I have seen a pathetic 3/50 movies (but I’ve read 5 of the books those movies were based on). See? I am a nerd.

    Great collection. Love these lists.

    • Of course you’re in. I would’ve added a list of best books but they are all over the place and so wide ranging. These were some fun ones.

  • I despise the slide slow lists, so thanks for eschewing them. I love this list! My town has been mentioned in 2007, 2009, and 2011 lists for best U.S. towns to live in. I guess we weren’t due a mention in 2012–it being an even-numbered years, so never mind that idea. Best wishes in 2013!

    • Thanks Julie. I can handle some slide lists if they are fast and easy to use like a built in player. But page after page does get annoying.