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Good Music From 2012

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Good Music From 2012

2012 was an incredible year for music. From hip-hop to Pop, EDM to Indie Rock, there were a wide array of genres and styles represented in the year’s top music releases. From chart-topping hits to underground gems, the hits of 2012 were varied and exciting. Here is a look at some of the best songs from 2012, sure to please any music fan.

Here’s Our Top Picks Of Good Music From 2012

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is a catchy, upbeat pop hit that will have you singing along in no time. With a fun, infectious melody and clever lyrics, this song is sure to be a favorite for years to come. The track is catchy and memorable, and it’s easy to see why it was a huge success. An absolute must-listen for any pop music fan.

 ‘Payphone’ by Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa’s “Payphone” is a catchy, upbeat track that blends Wiz’s rap style with Maroon 5’s signature sound. The lyrics are clever and the beat is infectious, making it a great song to get people out on the dance floor. The combination of Adam Levine’s vocals and Wiz’s rap make for a great combo that is sure to be a hit. Overall, “Payphone” is a great pop song that will have listeners singing along in no time.

‘Die in Your Arms’ by Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s song ‘Die in Your Arms’ is a heartfelt and romantic ballad that showcases his impressive vocal range. The song is full of emotion and Bieber’s lyrics are heartfelt and genuine. The production is minimalistic, allowing Bieber’s vocals to shine through. ‘Die in Your Arms’ is a beautiful and touching song that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of listeners.

“Glad You Came” by The Wanted

The Wanted’s hit single “Glad You Came” is a fun, upbeat dance song that is sure to get you on your feet. With its catchy chorus and infectious beat, it’s no wonder this song has become a favorite of fans around the world. The lyrics are uplifting and positive, making it a great choice for any party or celebration. Whether you’re singing along or dancing to the beat, you can’t help but be glad that The Wanted came.

‘All of Me’ by Tanlines

Mixed Emotions, the full-length debut of Brooklyn indie duo, delivers on its title with its signature song. Eric Emm’s sorrowful yelp drives the emotion home. The music takes Eighties dance pop and adds a unique twist with chant-like backing vocals and a synth solo that sounds like a steel drum.

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‘Grown Up’ by Danny Brown

Brown celebrates with great pride in his evolution from least likely to be successful to Detroit’s most promising rap artist since Eminem: “I wrote in my notebook and never did my homework/Low attention span/Guess these Adderall pills worked.” Spiced with classic scratching, it is the happiest hip-hop nostalgia journey of the year.

‘A Heart Like Mine’ by Dwight Yoakam

Yoakam, a torchbearer of traditional country music, had an inspired idea to collaborate with Beck to produce a couple of tracks for his first album of originals in seven years. The result was the song “A Heart Like Mine”, which is a powerful blend of Buck Owens-style California country and 1960s garage psychedelia.

‘Better’ by Teen

Four Brooklyn twenty-somethings make up the band Teen, though their sound is that of adolescents. On “Better,” they blend classic girl group sounds with a lo-fi aesthetic and a driving beat. The chorus is full of youthful confidence, proclaiming “I’ll do it better than anybody else.” This modern take on neo-girl pop stands out from the rest.

‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop

The Euro-slut club jam of the summer is always a hit, bringing out the wildest ladies to dance. Two Swedish synth-pop girls sing about their difficult boyfriends.

‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’ by Kendrick Lamar

The year’s breakout rapper has crafted a woozy, introspective track about the internal struggle of drinking. His verses transition between slow-motion and hyper speed to convey the progression of a night out, while the groove, flow, and chorus provide an alluring soundscape. Ultimately, it is undeniably a great drinking song.

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‘Adorn’ by Miguel

Miguel’s slow jam is a perfect blend of modern and soulful. His smooth vocals make it sound like he has been in the game for years, and his emphasis on the “ll-l-let you” hook is particularly noteworthy. 

“The Motto” by Drake Featuring Lil Wayne

The Motto by Drake featuring Lil Wayne is an infectious hip-hop track that is sure to have you singing along. The beat is catchy and the lyrics are clever and inspiring. Lil Wayne’s verse is powerful and Drake’s flow is smooth. This is one of those songs that you can’t help but nod your head to. The Motto is a great addition to Drake’s already impressive catalog of music.

‘Boozophilia’ by Low Cut Connie

This skunky, slippery ode to lowbrow kicks has an old-fashioned, piano-slapping rock & roll sound with a punk-rock spirit that can be likened to Jerry Lee Lewis if he had attended a Replacements show as his first religious experience. It takes you on a journey from Philly to the South Side of Chicago and you can almost smell the Yuengling coming off it.

“Sentimental Dishes” by PS I Love You

This year, Canadian two-piece (three-piece, if you see them live) released their sophomore album Death Dreams which polarized critics – some loved it and some were indifferent. Despite this divide in opinion, one thing is certain – the lead-off track “Sentimental Dishes” is a nightmarish guitar shredding reminiscent of Hüsker Dü’s “I Apologize”.

‘That’s Why God Made The Radio’ by The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys return to provide one more dose of sun-soaked nostalgia, singing a tribute to a god-like figure reminiscent of Phil Spector: “He waved his hand, gave us rock & roll/The soundtrack of falling in love.” Their heavenly harmonies could very well make you a believer.

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‘Oblivion’ by Grimes

Claire Boucher’s breakthrough single is a dreamy mix of sugar-dust vocals and twinkling synths, but the lyrics take a dark turn: “I never walk alone after dark…/Someone could break your neck/Coming up behind you and you’d never have a clue.” The juxtaposition of catchy music with such eerie words makes it even more unsettling.

‘Goldie’ by A$AP Rocky

The year’s best anthem has made a mark with its clever rapping, metal groove and unexpected punch-lines (e.g. “Got a condo out in space/Open up your legs, tell me how it taste”), as well as the artist’s ability to elevate their voice on the word “dick” with a wink. This new master of style is making magic in the details!

‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers

Introducing America to a roots-rock barn-stomp and chain-gang choir, Colorado native Wesley Schultz’s song speaks of waiting for a girl in Chinatown and not knowing where he belongs. His heartfelt lyrics, “I don’t know where I belong./I know I can write a song,” reflect the struggles of the high-plains drifter.

‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy

The worldwide dance phenomenon, “Gangnam Style,” created by Seoul Brother Number One, was a Top 10 hit in South Korea, Mexico, Ireland, Belgium, Lebanon, Israel, and Russia. It even made its way to the U.S., where sexy laaadaaays couldn’t resist the monster beat.

“The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids

Brian King and another Vancouver-based musician have created an amazing indie-rock song that will get you pumped. Featuring electric guitar riffs and a memorable chorus, the track is reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen with a fierce attitude. King sings about how to stand up for yourself in the face of adversity, chanting “If they try to slow you down, tell ’em all to go to hell. Yeah!”

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‘I’m Dreaming’ by Randy Newman

Newman’s crooning of “I’m dreaming of a white president” is reminiscent of Bing Crosby, and many people didn’t understand the joke. This lighthearted take on an uncomfortable truth about some Americans is classic Newman satire, similar to his song “Short People”.

‘Bangarang’ by Skrillex feat. Sirah

For those who consider themselves dubstep purists, this was their “Judas!” moment. For the rest of us, it’s speaker-blasting thud-funk that is obvious and proud of its rewiring. Skrillex has thrown down the gauntlet for EDM, a genre with one of the most comically named genres since IDM, aiming for an all-out superstar-DJ flash.

“Weather in My Head” by Donald Fagen

The wry lyrics of Steely Dan’s masterful cynicism contain a glimmer of ecological hope, as suggested in the line “They may fix the weather in the world, just like Mr. Gore said”. However, Donald Fagen’s personal outlook remains perpetually gloomy – it’s always “Sandy” all the time. His music is characterized by a smooth R&B groove and a cool nonchalance.

‘Going Home’ by Leonard Cohen

OG, a 78-year-old folk-poet, receives a collect call from God Himself, reminding the “lazy bastard living in a suit” that soon it will be time to go home forever. Cohen’s deep and wise voice is accompanied by sweet background harmonies and a peaceful organ as he prepares to ascend to the heavens without his suit but unburdened.

“Hallways” by Islands

“Nick Thorburn’s “Hallways” is an excellent indie track that captures the spirit of an old-fashioned piano parlor. Its four-handed piano playing and shuffling rhythm create a unique sound, while its lyrics explore the feeling of being rejected. It’s a song that truly stands out!”

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“212” by Azealia Banks

In her song “212”, Azealia Banks showcases the many facets of her artistry. She starts off with a powerful verse full of confidence and attitude, making bold statements such as “Hey – I can be the answer” and expressing her sexuality in a daring manner.

“Starships” by Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s 2012 anthem, which elicits a love it/hate it/can’t get rid of it response, showcases her remarkable rapping ability while simultaneously making us dance like fools.

“Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

The moment the trumpets of “Little Talks” start blaring, you can’t help but be drawn in. Then comes the unified shout of “hey” that only further captivates your attention. Over the past year, this song has become a beacon, luring fans from all over to Of Monsters and Men’s music. The Icelandic band has certainly made its mark on the world!

“Cry for Judas” by The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle’s Transcendental Youth is a testament to his ever-growing dedication to exploring the depths of rock bottom. This set may be his most vibrant and lush soundtrack yet for those who are struggling in life.

“Bye Baby” by Nas

“Nas’ double-disc album Street’s Disciple featured a trio of songs that celebrated his marriage to the then-famous Kelis, best known for her hit song “Milkshake”. The closing track of this album, “Bye Baby”, is unique in its approach and stands out amongst other rap songs.

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“Leonard” by Sharon Van Etten

There is no denying that Sharon Van Etten’s beautiful song “Leonard” is named after the legendary Leonard Cohen. It takes a lot of confidence for Van Etten to make such a bold move in her genre, but it speaks volumes about her talent that she can pay homage to Cohen without getting burned.

“Empty Threat” by Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards’ voice is a powerful yet gentle instrument that often goes overlooked in the face of her songwriting talent, as showcased in “Empty Threat” from Voyageur. The song begins with soft strums of an acoustic guitar before Edwards wraps listeners in like a warm winter blanket.

“Hysteria” by Ceremony

Since Ross Farrar declared he was “sick of Black Flag” and “sick of Cro-Mags”, these punks from Rohnert Park have been gradually moving away from their hardcore roots and towards the sharper sounds of P.I.L. and Wire.

“Cabaret” by Alice Smith

In 2012, Alice Smith made a much-anticipated comeback with the release of her new single, “Cabaret”. This was seven years after her Grammy-nominated debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me. The return of Alice Smith was one of the highlights of 2013.

“Heart of Rhythm” by Ryan Bingham

Many would label Ryan Bingham as a country singer with a little bit of rock in him, but his album Tomorrowland proves that he can do much more for rock and roll. Its foot-stopping, gritty sound demonstrates why he is best known for his Oscar-winning song “The Weary Kind”.

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“Heat Lightning” by Icky Blossoms

With a title befitting its contents, the song pulses with droning beats and a sinuous guitar line, accompanied by Sarah Bohling’s wounded yet resilient vocals. It is as if the music itself were replicating the sight of electricity flashing across the sky.

“The Guillotine” by The Coup

Once upon a time, in the present day, the Coup are making their presence known to the wealthy and influential. They come bearing a guillotine to enact their own form of justice. It is an apocalyptic vision of what is happening today, with those who have little watching for military helicopters in the sky as they plan for revolution, all to the beat of an unforgettable block party.

“Skyfall” by Adele

Music and movie fans alike had been eagerly anticipating something new from Adele and the next Bond flick, respectively. When their two worlds collided in the form of “Skyfall”, it left people talking for weeks. The song has a distinctively early ’60s sound, with its dramatic instrumentation, soaring chorus and vague yet evocative lyrics. However, some criticized the word “Skyfall” being repeated too often.

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“I Came Around” by Murder By Death

With six albums under their belt, Murder By Death continues to write songs that define them as an amazing band. Not many groups could tackle the topic of a man attending a reprobate’s funeral to make sure they are dead, only to be converted by the deceased’s grandeur of character – but Murder By Death does it with ease.

“Aftershave Ocean” by The Vaccines

Despite the Vaccines having a less-than-ideal year, they still managed to release an amazing song off their second LP, Come of Age. It is unclear how much of an impact the rushed and clumsily executed sophomore album had on Columbia executives’ budgets, yet “Aftershave Ocean”, which wasn’t even an official single, was one of the top rock songs of 2012.

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“You’re the One” by Charli XCX

In a short period of time, Charli XCX was able to assemble an aesthetic combining ’80s dance-pop and the more commercial side of romantic goth on the track “Nuclear Seasons”, and then went even further by adding a high contrast element that had previously been missing.

“Kill for Love” by Chromatics

Johnny Jewel has proven that he can write both stunning pop songs and music to accompany a moody, enigmatic look. His tunes are incredibly romantic and uplifting, making them perfect for the radio. When the chorus reaches its peak, it’s sure to take your heart along with it.

“Live and Die” by The Avett Brothers

The Avetts’ second major record, “Live and Die,” may not bring much new to the table, but it is a pleasure to hear. I and Love and You (2009) was perhaps too polished and piano-driven; however, with The Carpenter, the band and producer Rick Rubin have more accurately tapped into their signature folky sound with its beautiful harmonies.

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“Under the Westway” by Blur

We were certainly surprised when Blur released “Under the Westway” after not being active for almost a decade. With guitarist Graham Coxon rejoining the band in 2009, only three new songs have been released since then. Despite this, “Under the Westway” is an incredible song that stands up to anything from Blur’s impressive discography. It was also released alongside what was mistakenly thought to be their final show.

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye (feat. Kimbra)

Gotye’s song “Somebody That I Used to Know” was incredibly successful, staying at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks – making it the third longest-running number-one single of the year. This is indicative of its immense popularity and lasting appeal.

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“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” is an upbeat and catchy pop song about the end of a relationship. With its catchy chorus, memorable lyrics, and infectious melody, it’s no wonder this song became a massive hit, topping the charts in several countries. The song is a great example of Swift’s songwriting ability, as it captures the emotions of a broken relationship in a fun and relatable way. It’s a great song to sing along to, and it’s sure to get stuck in your head.

“Lights” by Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” is a beautiful and uplifting song. With its catchy, upbeat melody and Ellie’s powerful vocals, this track is sure to get you moving. The lyrics are positive and inspiring, encouraging listeners to find their own inner light and follow their dreams. The production is top-notch, with a great mix of electronic and acoustic instruments that create a unique sound. Overall, “Lights” is a great track from Ellie Goulding that will surely put a smile on your face.

“We Found Love” by Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris

Rihanna’s hit single “We Found Love” is a powerful and uplifting song that is sure to get you up on your feet and dancing. The song has a catchy beat that is sure to keep you hooked and the lyrics are inspiring and positive. The song is uplifting and will make you feel like anything is possible. The combination of Rihanna’s powerful vocals and the upbeat music make it a great song to listen to when you need a pick-me-up.

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“What makes you beautiful” by One Direction

One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” is a catchy, upbeat pop song that has become an instant hit. The song’s lyrics are simple and uplifting, focusing on the idea that beauty is something that comes from within. The song’s catchy chorus and upbeat production make it an easy song to sing along to. The song is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages and is sure to be a classic for years to come.

“Sexy and I know it” by LMFAO

LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” is a fun and upbeat pop anthem that is sure to get everyone on the dance floor. The catchy beat and playful lyrics make it an easy and enjoyable song to listen to. The chorus is particularly memorable, as it is easy to sing along to. Overall, this is a great song to get the party started!

Closing Thoughts On Good Music From 2012

In conclusion, these are the hit songs of 2012, this was an amazing year for music, with so many great songs to choose from. From the upbeat pop of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” to the soulful sounds of Adele’s “Skyfall,” the best songs of 2012 were truly memorable. Whether you were listening to the radio or streaming your favorite tunes, 2012 was a great year for music.


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