Top 25 Songs of 2012 | Alex Schreiber

best2012 sqI originally despised Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” but after hearing it everywhere I went, I began to thoroughly enjoy it.



The last couple years, after posting my “best of the year” lists, two of my selections transformed from relative obscurity into a song that would be played in such abundance that it eventually lost everything that made it enjoyable (Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”).

This year, something funny happened. I originally despised Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” but after hearing it everywhere I went, I began to thoroughly enjoy it. When I found myself tuning into crappy radio stations, listening to Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson with the hope this song would be next, I knew I had a serious problem, yet an affectionate respect for the pop song. As I attempted to move on, and not be lured in by pop music being forced down my throat, I fell deeply, madly in love with Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Normally, I’ll enjoy a song, but then overplaying makes me sick of it. This year, I wish they’d play these songs more than they already do, and everywhere. Oh, and as you will see below, I firmly believe that Ke$ha’s reign of trashy pop is continuing to be a thing of wonder and dance magic.

Other than the incredibly catchy pop songs, this year had a wide array of genres and fusions of multiple genres that prove the evolution of music is always happening. Fiona Apple’s new album is full of songs with sparse arrangements, yet still very clever ones, that push her voice to the forefront. Grimes pushed the dichotomy of technology and human emotions into an intriguing and danceable feast. Beach House surpassed the beauty of their previous release, Teen Dream, with an intimate album that seems large, yet personal. Japandroids—well they know how to have fun with a lot of yelling, a little bit of cheese, and an all-out celebration of music and life. This was a good year.

  1. Japandroids | “The House that Heaven Built”
  2. Tame Impala | “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
  3. Taylor Swift | “We Are Never Getting Back Together”
  4. Santigold | “Disparate Youth”
  5. Low Cut Connie | “Boozophilia”
  6. Icona Pop | “I Love It”
  7. Grimes | “Oblivion”
  8. Beach House | “Other People”
  9. Chairlift | “I Belong in Your Arms”
  10. M.I.A. | “Bad Girls”
  11. Jack White | “Sixteen Saltines”
  12. Carly Rae Jepsen | “Call Me Maybe”
  13. Ke$ha | “Die Young”
  14. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | “Mature Themes”
  15. Bat for Lashes | “Laura”
  16. Sharon Von Etten | “Serpents”
  17. Little Green Cars | “The John Wayne”
  18. Fiona Apple | “Werewolf”
  19. Metric | “Breathing Underwater”
  20. Ty Segall Band | “I Bought My Eyes”
  21. First Aid Kit | “Emmylou”
  22. Lord Huron | “She Lit a Fire”
  23. David Byrne & St. Vincent | “I Am an Ape”
  24. Nicki Minaj ft. 2 Chainz | “Beez in the Trap”
  25. Cat Power | “Ruin”

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