Best of the Best of 2012
Our Top Picks of 2012
All year the Google Play team spent countless hours listening to music, watching films, downloading apps and games and reading e-books on our various devices. Which ones turned out to be our all-time favorites? Check out this "cream of the crop" list for our top 2012 recommendations across all categories. Interested in discovering even more new favorites? Take a look at all our "Best of 2012" lists across all Google Play categories for more stellar selections in Apps, Movies, Music and Books.
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Our Top Picks of 2012 Best of the Best of 2012

MOVIE - Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light.

BOOK - The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't

Nate Silver
Nate Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

APP - Pocket

Read It Later
A full-featured offline reader that has new capabilities like site subscription, which lets you save articles on paid sites.

ALBUM - Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean
This debut album firmly establishes Frank Ocean as one of music's most unique storytellers.

MOVIE: Moonrise Kingdom

The latest comedy-drama from Wes Anderson involves a pair of twelve-year-olds who make a getaway from a small town in New England.

BOOK - The Yellow Birds: A Novel

Kevin Powers
A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive.

APP - Pixler Express

Autodesk Inc.
A cool new FREE photography app that provides an amazing array of editing and photo-correction tools.

ALBUM - Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple's first album after a seven-year hiatus.

MOVIE - Drive

Ryan Gosling stars as a lone-wolf Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a freelance getaway wheelman.

APP - Ancestry
A unique and full-featured genealogy app delivered a stunning design overhaul with new functionality.

BOOK - The Fault In Our Stars

John Green
Award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet.

APP - SeriesGuide

Uwe Trottmann
Miss an episode? Manage the progress of (re-)watching your favorite TV shows.


the xx
The xx's second album is more influenced by the beat-driven remix and production work.

BOOK - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour : A Novel

Robin Sloan
An exhilarating tale of global conspiracy set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

ALBUM - Miguel

The second studio album by American R&B recording artist Miguel.

APP - Grimm's Snow White

A well-executed children's storybook that serves as a perfect introduction to Grimm's fairy tales.

BOOK - Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

Katherine Boo
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction.

MOVIE: Beasts of the Southern Wild

A six-year-old girl from the southern Delta searches for her long-lost mother after her father falls ill and her world spins out of balance.

ALBUM: Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack
Veteran soul musician Bobby Womack releases The Bravest Man in the Universe, which marks his first solo album in almost a decade.