Top 25 Songs of 2012

Best 25 songs of the year. Listen on Spotify here: Best Songs of 2012

25. “Some Nights” by fun.

24. “Simple Song” by The Shins

23. “Forget” by The Chariot

22. “I Am a Seed” by David Crowder Band

21. “Letters” by Branches

On Spotify: Branches – Letters

20. “This Girl” by The Punch Brothers

19. “Yet Again” by Grizzly Bear

18. “Neither Here Nor There” by Lost in the Trees

17. “Rice and Beans (But No Beans)” by The Welcome Wagon

On Spotify: The Welcome Wagon – Rice and Beans (But No Beans)

16. “Beach Sluts” by Howler

15. “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men

14. “National Anthem” by The Gaslight Anthem

13. “I Never Knew You” by The Avett Brothers

On Spotify: The Avett Brothers – I Never Knew You

12. “We Can’t Be Beat” by The Walkmen

11. “New Ceremony” by Dry the River

10. “Hot Knife” by Fiona Apple

9. “Grist For the Malady Mill” by mewithoutYou

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

7. “Climax” by Usher

6. “Fire’s Highway” by Japandroids

5. “Justice Delivers Its Death” by Sufjan Stevens

4. “Thinkin’ Bout You” by Frank Ocean

3. “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon

2. “Bright Whites” by Kishi Bashi

1. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

I’ve got to call this the song of the year. Was there any other song that captured the masses like this one did? I still find it extremely catchy, not too cheesy, and fun after hearing it probably hundreds of times. Though it may lack depth, musicianship, or be groundbreaking, a song that has that kind of lasting power deserves recognition and I am recognizing it here (though I don’t think Carly Rae cares too much at this point)

“Call Me Maybe” represents everything that is good and bad about music today. The countless parody videos it inspired are both fun and absolutely terrible. The unity that music can bring is seen through Jepsen’s catchy chorus, unfortunately the response to this unity is people dancing stupidly. Love it or hate it, this is the song of the year.

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