Year-End Lists

Notable, searchable lists of the year's best music, movies, and books. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies.

Category: 2012 Songs

Robert Christgau: Top 20 Singles of 2012

Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care of Our Own

Robert Christgau: Top 20 Singles of 2012

  1. Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own” – Amazon
  2. Psy – “Gangnam Style”
  3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Oh Susannah”
  4. Himanshu – “Womyn”
  5. Pink – “The Truth About Love”
  6. Skrillex – “Bangarang”
  7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Same Love”
  8. Miguel – “Adorn”
  9. Willie Nelson – “Roll Me Up”
  10. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – “Do You Remember That?”
  11. Etta James – “Cigarettes and Coffee”
  12. Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
  13. Azealia Banks – “1991″
  14. Elle Varner – “Refill”
  15. Saint Etienne – “Tonight”
  16. Pussy Riot – “Putin Lights Up the Fires”
  17. Homeboy Sandman – “Not Really”
  18. Himanshu – “NYC Cops”
  19. The Human Hearts – “Not Just When We Kiss”
  20. Ned Sublette – “Kiss You Down South”

Pazz & Jop: Top 50 Singles of 2012

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Pazz & Jop: Top 50 Singles of 2012 (an annual poll published by The Village Voice)

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” – Amazon
  2. Miguel – “Adorn”
  3. Usher – “Climax”
  4. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You”
  5. [tie] Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  6. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  7. Solange – “Losing You”
  8. Gotye (ft. Kimbra) – “Somebody That I Used to Know” *
  9. Kanye West (ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) – “Mercy”
  10. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  11. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
  12. Psy – “Gangnam Style”
  13. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  14. fun. (ft. Janelle Monae) – “We Are Young”
  15. Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX) – “I Love It”
  16. [tie] fun. – “Some Nights”
  17. [tie] Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  18. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  19. Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”
  20. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  21. Drake (ft. Rihanna) – “Take Care” *
  22. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  23. [tie] Ke$ha – “Die Young”
  24. [tie] Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
  25. Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
  26. [tie] Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  27. [tie] Grimes – “Genesis”
  28. [tie] Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
  29. [tie] Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
  30. Chairlift – “I Belong in Your Arms” **
  31. [tie] Juicy J (ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) – “Bandz a Make Her Dance”
  32. [tie] Nicki Minaj (ft. 2 Chainz) – “Beez in the Trap”
  33. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  34. [tie] Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  35. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  36. [tie] Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”
  37. [tie] Killer Mike – “Reagan”
  38. [tie] First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
  39. Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
  40. [tie] Bob Dylan – “Duquesne Whistle”
  41. [tie] Future – “Turn on the Lights”
  42. [tie] Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  43. [tie] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop”
  44. Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
  45. [tie] Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
  46. [tie] Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  47. [tie] Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
  48. [tie] Beach House – “Myth”
  49. [tie] Kanye West (ft. Jay-Z and Big Sean) – “Clique”
  50. [tie] Kendrick Lamar (ft. Gunplay) – “Cartoon & Cereal”

Resident Advisor: Top 50 Tracks of 2012

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Resident Advisor: Top 50 Tracks of 2012

  1. Andrés – “New For U”
  2. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  3. Joy O – “Ellipsis”
  4. Blawan – “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”
  5. Pachanga Boys – “Time”
  6. Julio Bashmore – “Au Seve”
  7. John Talabot feat. Pional – “So Will Be Now”
  8. Burial – “Kindred”
  9. Huxley – “Let It Go”
  10. Anthony Naples – “Mad Disrespect”
  11. Objekt – “Cactus”
  12. Joy Orbison & Boddika – “Mercy”
  13. Factory Floor – “Two Different Ways” (Perc Remix)
  14. Barnt – “Geffen”
  15. MMM – “Meets Tshetsha Boys”
  16. Head High – “Rave” (Dirt Mix)
  17. Storm Queen – “Let’s Make Mistakes”
  18. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  19. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  20. Jessie Ware – “Running” (Disclosure remix)
  21. Ry & Frank Wiedemann – “Howling” (Ame Remix)
  22. Joe – “Studio Power On”
  23. Moodymann – “Why Do U Feel”
  24. Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge – “Fur Die Liebe”
  25. WK7 – “Do It Yourself”
  26. Tuff City Kids – “Begger”
  27. Ben Pearce – “What I Might Do”
  28. Joy Orbison & Boddika – “Swims”
  29. Jeremih feat. Natasha Mosley – “Fuck U All the Time”
  30. I:Cube – “Transpiration”
  31. Kowton – “Des Bisous”
  32. Dusky – “Flo Jam”
  33. Trevino – “Backtracking”
  34. The White Lamp – “It’s You” (Ron Basejam Remix)
  35. Bicep – “$tripper”
  36. Geeman – “Bang’t”
  37. Hot Natured – “Benediction”
  38. Vatican Shadow – “Cairo Is a Haunted City”
  39. Pearson Sound – “Untitled”
  40. Levon Vincent – “Speck’s Jam”
  41. Moomin – “Don’t Fly When It’s Foggy”
  42. MPIA3 – “Ely”
  43. Fracture – “Get Busy”
  44. DJ Qu – “Times Like This”
  45. Untold – “Motion the Dance”
  46. Daniel Avery – “Taste”
  47. Jam City – “How We Relate to the Body”
  48. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – “Run It Like the President”
  49. Bookworms – “African Rhythms”
  50. Phase – “Binary Opposition” (Process 1)

Said the Gramophone: 100 Best Songs of 2012

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Sean Michaels of Said the Gramophone: 100 Best Songs of 2012. Click through for excellent commentary and links to audio.

  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  2. Miguel – “Gravity”
  3. The Mouthbreathers – “Birthdays”
  4. Usher – “Climax”
  5. Brianna Perry – “Marilyn Monroe”
  6. Avec pas d’casque – “Intuition #1″
  7. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  8. Jessie Ware – “110%”
  9. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  10. Eternal Summers – “Millions”
  11. Andy Stott – “Numb”
  12. MIA – “Bad Girls”
  13. BJ the Chicago Kid ft Kendrick Lamar – “His Pain II”
  14. Solange – “Losing You”
  15. Damien Jurado – “Museum of Flight”
  16. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth bootleg)”
  17. Plants and Animals – “The End of That”
  18. Neal Morgan – “Fathers Day”
  19. Big Sean ft Kanye West & Jay-Z – “Clique”
  20. Chromatics – “Lady”
  21. James Irwin – “Needleye”
  22. Neneh Cherry & the Thing – “Dream Baby Dream”
  23. Micachu and the Shapes – “Nothing”
  24. Kendrick Lamar – “The Recipe”
  25. How to Dress Well – “It Was U”
  26. Joey Bada$$ – “World Domination”
  27. Dirty Projectors – “Impregnable Question”
  28. Purity Ring – “Obedear”
  29. PSY – “Gangnam Style”
  30. Sonny and the Sunsets – “Pretend You Love Me”
  31. Nap Eyes – “White Disciple”
  32. Flying Lotus ft Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy – “Between Friends”
  33. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “I See a Darkness”
  34. Milk Teddy – “Come Around”
  35. Peter Peter – “Une version améliorée de la tristesse”
  36. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  37. Darq E Freaker ft Danny Brown – “Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)
  38. Tune-yards + Angelique Kidjo + Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson + Akua Naru – “Lady”
  39. JLS – “Hottest Girl in the World”
  40. Zigi ft Sonniballi – “Amanda”
  41. Chris Malinchak – “So Good To Me”
  42. Zebra Katz ft Njena Reddd Foxxx – “Ima Read”
  43. Chris Cohen – “Heart Beat”
  44. White+ – “Red+”
  45. Fiona Apple – “Hot Knife”
  46. PS I Love You – “Princess Towers”
  47. Major Lazer ft Amber Coffman – “Get Free”
  48. Karneef – “We Found Money”
  49. The-Dream ft Pusha T – “Dope Chick”
  50. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – “Same Love”
  51. Nicki Minaj ft 2 Chainz – “Beez in the Trap”
  52. Freelove Fenner – “Mint”
  53. Schoolboy Q – “There He Go”
  54. The Hood Internet x Ma$e x Diddy x Notorious BIG x Penguin Prison – “Fuck With Mo’ Money”
  55. Eric Chenaux – “Dull Lights (White or Grey)”
  56. Azealia Banks – “Fuck Up The Fun”
  57. Pat Jordache – “Steps (Damaged Goods)”
  58. Adam & the Amethysts – “Drinking in LA”
  59. The Doozies – “Independence Day”
  60. Thee Oh Sees – “So Nice”
  61. Bernice – “Rêve Général”
  62. Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know”
  63. Arlt – “Tu m’as encore crevé un cheval”
  64. The Luyas – “Fifty Fifty”
  65. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  66. Way Yes – “Important”
  67. Tomas Barfod ft Nina Kinert – “November Skies”
  68. Killer Mike – “R.A.P. Music”
  69. Rose Cousins – “For the Best”
  70. Alt-J – “Tesselate”
  71. Olu Maintain – “NAWTi”
  72. Justin Bieber – “Die In Your Arms”
  73. Willis Earl Beal – “Evening’s Kiss”
  74. Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – “Melody Dean”
  75. Young Galaxy – “Youth is Wasted on the Young”
  76. Katy B and Jessie Ware – “Aaliyah”
  77. Adam Torres – “Mountain River”
  78. Kitty Pryde – “okay cupid”
  79. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
  80. Rufus Wainwright – “Sometimes You Need”
  81. Guru – “Lapaz Toyota”
  82. Django Django – “Life’s a Beach”
  83. Parlovr – “You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely”
  84. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  85. Heartless Bastards – “Marathon”
  86. Gros Mené – “Vénus”
  87. Icona Pop ft Charli XCX – “I Love It”
  88. White Label – “Roberta”
  89. The Tallest Man On Earth – “To Just Grow Away”
  90. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
  91. Isaac Delusion – “Early Morning”
  92. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – “That’s What’s Up”
  93. Bankrobber – “Soon”
  94. Cat Power – “Manhattan”
  95. Sean Price – “Bar-Barian”
  96. CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share”
  97. Mirel Wagner – “No Death”
  98. Oregon Bike Trails – “A Summer Thing”
  99. Opossom – “Blue Meanies”
  100. The Fresh & Onlys – “Long Slow Dance”

Les Inrocks: 30 Best Songs of 2012

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Les Inrockuptibles: 30 Best Songs of 2012 [see the site for more unranked songs]

  1. Electric Guest – “This Head I Hold” – Amazon
  2. AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”
  3. 1995 – “La Suite”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “The Recipe (Feat Dr. Dre)”
  5. Lana Del Rey – “Ride”
  6. Hot Chip – “Flutes”
  7. Alt-J – “Breezeblocks”
  8. Alabama Shakes – “You Ain’t Alone”
  9. Disclosure – “Control”
  10. Citizens! – “True Romance”
  11. Woodkid – “Run Boy Run”
  12. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  13. Lescop – “La Forêt”
  14. Mikhael Paskalev – “Jive Babe”
  15. Palma Violets – “Best Of Friends”
  16. The Vaccines – “Teenage Icon”
  17. Django Django – “Default”
  18. Grimes – “Genesis”
  19. Azealia Banks – “1991″
  20. O.Children – “The Realest”
  21. Petite Noir – “Till We Ghosts”
  22. Wild Belle – “Keep You”
  23. Breton – “Edward The Confessor”
  24. Friends – “I’m His Girl”
  25. Juveniles – “Through The Night”
  26. Miike Snow – “Devil’s Work”
  27. Willy Moon – “I Wanna Be Your Man”
  28. Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
  29. Holy Other – “Held”
  30. Rover – “Aqualast”

Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of 2012

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Pitchfork: Top 100 Tracks of the Year

  1. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  2. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  3. Usher – “Climax”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  5. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  6. Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  7. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  8. Beach House – “Myth”
  9. Fiona Apple – “Werewolf”
  10. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  11. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin About You”
  12. Miguel – “Adorn”
  13. Chromatics – “Kill For Love”
  14. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
  15. Andy Stott – “Numb”
  16. Solange – “Losing You”
  17. Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms”
  18. Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz – “Beez in the Trap”
  19. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Only In My Dreams”
  20. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  21. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  22. Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage”
  23. Dirty Projectors – “Dance For You”
  24. Chief Keef ft. Lil Reese – “I Don’t Like”
  25. Grimes – “Genesis”
  26. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  27. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
  28. Cat Power – “Nothin But Time”
  29. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  30. Kanye West ft. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
  31. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
  32. Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  33. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”
  34. Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless”
  35. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  36. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”
  37. Killer Mike – “Reagan”
  38. Hot Chip – “Flutes”
  39. Schoolboy Q ft. A$AP Rocky – “Hands On The Wheel”
  40. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
  41. El-P – “The Full Retard”
  42. Gunplay – “Jump Out”
  43. Dum Dum Girls – “Lord Knows”
  44. AlunaGeorge – “You Know You Like It”
  45. Spiritualized – “Hey Jane”
  46. Ty Segall Band – “I Bought My Eyes”
  47. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”
  48. Burial/Four Tet – “Nova”
  49. Future – “Turn On The Lights”
  50. Icona Pop – “I Love It”
  51. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”
  52. Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents”
  53. Rhye – “The Fall”
  54. Savages – “Husbands”
  55. Miguel – “Do You”
  56. Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son”
  57. Killer Mike ft. Bun B, T.I. and Trouble – “Big Beast”
  58. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  59. Mac DeMarco – “Ode to Viceroy”
  60. Anna Meredith – “Nautilus”
  61. Jessie Ware – “110%”
  62. Philip Glass – “73 – 78 (Beck Remix)”
  63. Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations”
  64. Julia Holter – “In The Same Room”
  65. Metz – “Wet Blanket”
  66. Rick Ross ft. Drake and French Montana – “Stay Schemin’”
  67. DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”
  68. TNGHT – “Goooo”
  69. Le1f – “Wut”
  70. Four Tet – “Pyramid”
  71. Thee Oh Sees – “Lupine Dominus”
  72. John Talabot ft. Pional – “Destiny”
  73. Juicy J ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz – “Bandz a Make Her Dance (Remix)”
  74. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Baby”
  75. Angel Haze – “Werkin’ Girls”
  76. Blawan – “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”
  77. The XX – “Angels”
  78. King Tuff – “Bad Thing”
  79. Rich Kidz ft. Waka Flocka Flame – “My Life”
  80. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
  81. Liars – “No. 1 Against the Rush”
  82. Schoolboy Q – “There He Go”
  83. How to Dress Well – “Cold Nites”
  84. Lower Dens – “Brains”
  85. Major Lazer – “Get Free”
  86. Chief Keef – “Love Sosa”
  87. Lotus Plaza – “Monoliths”
  88. A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”
  89. Jeremih – “773 Love”
  90. Daphni – “Yes I Know”
  91. Antony & The Johnsons – “Cut the World”
  92. King Louie – “Val Venis”
  93. Cassie – “King of Hearts (Richard X Remix Edit)”
  94. Saint Etienne – “Tonight”
  95. R. Kelly – “Share My Love”
  96. Merchandise – “Time”
  97. Twin Shadow – “Golden Light”
  98. Odd Future – “Oldie”
  99. Blur – “Under the Westway”
  100. Swearin’ – “Just”

Line of Best Fit: 50 Tracks of 2012

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The Line of Best Fit: 50 Tracks of 2012

  1. Icona Pop – “I Love It” – Amazon Reviews
  2. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  3. Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
  4. AlunaGeorge – “Your Drums, Your Love”
  5. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together”
  6. Caitlin Rose – “No One To Call”
  7. Solange – “Losing You”
  8. S O H N – “The Wheel”
  9. Syron – “Breaking”
  10. Flume – Holdin’ On”
  11. El Perro Del Mar – “Walk On By”
  12. Jens Lekman – “I Know What Love Isn’t”
  13. Bobby Womack – “Please Forgive My Heart”
  14. Mikky Ekko – “Pull Me Down”
  15. Kilo Kish – “Navy”
  16. Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents”
  17. Bondax – “Baby I Got That”
  18. World Tour – “Believe”
  19. Foxes – “Echo”
  20. DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”
  21. Echo Lake – “Even The Blind”
  22. Tamaryn – “I’m Gone”
  23. Haim – “Don’t Save Me”
  24. Elliphant – “Ciant Hear It”
  25. Usher – Climax”
  26. Beach House – “Wild”
  27. Angel Haze – “New York”
  28. Katy B ft. Jessie Ware and Geeneus – “Aaliyah”
  29. Lianne La Havas – “Forget (Shlohmo remix)”
  30. Rhye – “The Fall”
  31. Iberia – “An Ending (Ascent)”
  32. Postiljonen – “How Will I Know / All That We Had Is Lost”
  33. King Krule – “Rock Bottom”
  34. The Neighbourhood – “Female Robbery”
  35. Little Nikki – “Intro Intro”
  36. Chvrches – “The Mother We Share”
  37. Luke Abbott – “Modern Driveway”
  38. San Zhi – “Ice Light”
  39. Doldrums – “Jump Up”
  40. M.I.A. – Bad Girls”
  41. Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”
  42. Disclosure – “Latch”
  43. Savages – “City’s Full (Live)”
  44. HAERTS – “Wings”
  45. Lykke Li – “Silver Springs”
  46. John Talabot – “Destiny”
  47. Dinosaur Jr. – “Rude”
  48. Taken By Trees – “Dreams”
  49. The Magnetic Fields – “Quick!”
  50. Wolf Alice – “Leaving You”

Spin: 40 Best Songs of 2012

Cruel SummerRead Reviews on Amazon

Spin: 40 Best Songs of 2012

  1. G.O.O.D. Music, feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
  2. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  3. Frank Ocean – “Bad Religion”
  4. Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
  5. Bat For Lashes – “Laura”
  6. Miguel – “Adorn”
  7. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe (Sekuoia Lol Mix)”
  8. PSY – “Gangnam Style”
  9. Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”
  10. Solange – “Losing You”
  11. Usher – “Climax”
  12. Azealia Banks – “Jumanji”
  13. Torche – “Kiss Me Dudely”
  14. Jessie Ware – “Running (Disclosure Remix)”
  15. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  16. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  17. Angel Haze – “Cleaning Out My Closet”
  18. Y.N. Rich Kids – “Hot Cheetos and Takis”
  19. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  20. Kathleen Edwards – “Change the Sheets”
  21. Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  22. Metric – “Breathing Underwater”
  23. Swans – “The Seer”
  24. Cat Power – “Cherokee (Nicholas Jaar remix.)”
  25. A$ap Rocky, Feat. 2 Chainz, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar – “Fuckin’ Problem”
  26. Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
  27. Future – “Same Damn Time”
  28. Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms”
  29. Nicki Minaj – “Beez in the Trap”
  30. Juicy J – “Bands a Make Her Dance”
  31. Sky Ferrara – “Everything is Embarrassing”
  32. R. Kelly – “When a Man Lies”
  33. Santigold – “Disparate Youth”
  34. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
  35. Frankie Rose – “Interstellar”
  36. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  37. Mystikal – “Hit Me”
  38. Holograms – “Chasing My Mind”
  39. Savages – “Husbands”
  40. Katy B, Feat. Jessie Ware – “Aaliyah”

PopMatters: 75 Best Songs of 2012


PopMatters: 75 Best Songs of 2012

  1. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  2. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
  3. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  4. Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
  5. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  6. ∆ (Alt-J) – “Breezeblocks”
  7. Beach House – “Myth”
  8. Lianne La Havas – “Is Your Love Big Enough?”
  9. Hot Chip – “Night and Day”
  10. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  11. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  12. Killer Mike – “Big Beast” feat. Bun B & T.I”
  13. Santigold – “The Keepers”
  14. Gotye (feat. Kimbra) – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
  15. Django Django – “Life’s a Beach”
  16. Blur – “Under the Westway”
  17. The Avett Brothers – “Live and Die”
  18. Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  19. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
  20. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  21. Death Grips – “Get Got”
  22. Pepe Deluxé – “A Night and a Day”
  23. Anathema – “Untouchable”
  24. Chairlift – “I Belong in Your Arms”
  25. Chromatics – “Kill for Love”
  26. Jack White – “Love Interruption”
  27. Esperanza Spalding – “I Can’t Help It (Heads Up)”
  28. Charli XCX – “You’re the One”
  29. fun. – “Some Nights”
  30. Wrongtom meets Deemas J – “At the Dancehall”
  31. POLIÇA – “Lay Your Cards Out”
  32. Stars – “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”
  33. Cat Power – “Nothing But Time”
  34. Bruce Springsteen – “Death to My Hometown”
  35. The Vaccines – “Aftershave Ocean”
  36. Justin Townes Earle – “Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now”
  37. Killer Mike – “Reagan”
  38. Grimes – “Genesis”
  39. Amanda Palmer – “Melody Dean”
  40. Spiritualized – “So Long You Pretty Thing”
  41. Murder By Death – “I Came Around”
  42. Adele – “Skyfall”
  43. La Sera – “Please Be My Third Eye”
  44. The Shins – “Simple Song”
  45. Saint Etienne – “Tonight”
  46. Swans – “A Piece of the Sky”
  47. Bat for Lashes – “Laura”
  48. The Coup – “The Guillotine”
  49. Icky Blossoms – “Heat Lightning”
  50. Ryan Bingham – “Heart of Rhythm”
  51. Alice Smith – “Cabaret”
  52. Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”
  53. Ceremony – “Hysteria”
  54. Kendrick Lamar – “B_tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”
  55. iamamiwhoami – “Play”
  56. Titus Andronicus – “In a Big City”
  57. Kathleen Edwards – “Empty Threat”
  58. Sharon Van Etten – “Leonard”
  59. Filastine – “Gendjer2″
  60. Nas – “Bye Baby”
  61. The Mountain Goats – “Cry for Judas”
  62. Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”
  63. Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
  64. Passion Pit – “Take a Walk”
  65. Azealia Banks – “212″
  66. Islands – “Hallways”
  67. PS I Love You – “Sentimental Dishes”
  68. Dum Dum Girls – “Lord Knows”
  69. Pet Shop Boys – “Leaving”
  70. Laura Gibson – “Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed”
  71. Sun Airway – “Close”
  72. Menomena – “One Horse”
  73. El-P – “The Full Retard”
  74. The Afghan Whigs – “Lovecrimes”
  75. Bob Mould – “The Descent”

NME: 50 Best Tracks of 2012

NME Magazine: 50 Best Tracks of 2012

  1. Palma Violets – “Best of Friends”
  2. MIA – “Bad Girls”
  3. Blur – “Under The Westway”
  4. Haim – “Forever”
  5. Plan B – “Ill Manors”
  6. Grimes – “Oblivion”
  7. Jake Bugg – “Lightning Bolt”
  8. Bat For Lashes – “Laura”
  9. Tame Impala – “Elephant”
  10. Savages – “Husbands”
  11. Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”
  12. Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
  13. Peace – “California Daze”
  14. ∆ (Alt-J) – “Breezeblocks”
  15. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean – “Clique”
  16. Grimes – “Genesis”
  17. The Cribs – “Come On, Be A No-One”
  18. Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”
  19. Solange – “Losing You”
  20. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
  21. Melody’s Echo Chamber – “I Follow You”
  22. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”
  23. Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
  24. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  25. Pond – “You Broke My Cool”
  26. The Cribs – “Chi-Town”
  27. Cat Power – “Ruin”
  28. Chvrches – “Lies”
  29. Angel Haze – “New York”
  30. Everything Everything – “Cough Cough”
  31. Deap Valley – “Gonna Make My Own Money”
  32. David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who”
  33. Burns – “Lies”
  34. Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
  35. King Kruke – “Rock Bottom”
  36. The Vaccines – “Teenage Icon”
  37. Mosca ft. Katy B – “What You Came For”
  38. Spector – “Friday Night, Don’t Ever Let It End”
  39. Good Music – “Mercy”
  40. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  41. Django Django – “Default”
  42. The Rolling Stones – “Doom and Gloom”
  43. Peace – “Bloodshake”
  44. Crystal Castles – “Wrath of God”
  45. Zebra Katz – “Ima Read”
  46. Frank Ocean – “Forrest Bump”
  47. Peace – “Follow Baby”
  48. Major Blazer – “Get Free”
  49. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”
  50. Psy – “Gangnam Style”