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25. Scott Walker, Bish Bosch (278 Points, 22 Votes)
This year, 500 Pazz & Jop voters submitted their Top 10 albums and singles. With albums, they have 100 points to divide among their Top 10 picks, with each entry receiving no more than 30 points or less than 5. There's no point-ranking system for the singles category, which remains amorphous, comprising individual songs, remixes, downloads, viral sensations, etc. Literal release dates aren't binding, but a record or single's "impact" should have occurred primarily in 2012; in most cases, if stuff got votes in both 2011 and 2012, we combined the two totals. It's not as complicated as it sounds. See the rest of our Pazz & Jop coverage here.
Published on January 14, 2013