9. Chum- Earl Sweatshirt “Chum”
A very personal track, “Chum” is Earl Sweatshirt’s compelling return single after his two year hiatus. Rapping as if his childish side has been laid to rest, “Chum” is a new, mature sound for Earl, which I can’t wait to hear him continue on next year’s “Doris”
8. Open Your Heart- The Men “Open Your Heart”
This album blew my mind. A complete departure from 2011’s heavy and abrasive”Leave Home,” “Open Your Heart” is a much more accessible record. It’s a joyful album, with the band trying on many different hats and looking good in all of them. There’s some Southern influences on this album, a little bit of country, a little bit of Britpop. It’s a beautiful Frankenstein’s monster held together by the main single, also titled “Open Your Heart.” Just listen to it, you’ll like it.
7. Bad Religion- Frank Ocean “channel Orange”
Everyone knows this was the best album of the year, so I won’t rehash too much of what has already been written here. Out of all the great tracks, “Bad Religion” just really stood out to me. The tale of a drunken man confessing to a cab driver or a subtle metaphor for a relationship gone sour? You be the judge. But enjoy it while you judge, because, ya know, that’s what music is for.
6. Four To Six- Math the Band “Get Real”
Math the Band is one of my favorite up and coming acts, and their new album “Get Real” is pretty spectacular. The first single off of it, “Four to Six” is a ripping chiptune rocker with one of the best videos of the year. I can’t praise these guys highly enough. If you like Andrew W.K., 8 bit, and everything nice check these guys out.
5. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- Taylor Swift “Red”
Super catchy and cute. I may be alone on this, but I’m putting my money on them getting back together.
4. Fatty Boom Boom- Die Antwoord “Ten$ion”
The song that made Die Antwoord finally click for me. The video is great, striking, and highly controversial; a nice stab at all the horrible rap being force fed to the world these days. Die Antwoord keeps it real and interesting, and this song is really interesting.
3. The House That Heaven Built- Japandroids “Celebration Rock”
Oh what a joy of a song! “The House That Heaven Built” is a jolt of pure electricity. Anthemic chanting over bare bones guitar and drums. 24k gold right here, look no further. This was also the most recent track of 2012 I got into so it’s influence is still pretty fresh on me. Really dig this song.
2. CANDY CANDY- Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Pamyu Pamyu Revolution”
I love everything about this woman and her music. Unique, colorful, catchy, and with a sense of humour? Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was made for me. “CANDY CANDY,” this years #1 song about candy (there’s always a few) takes bubblegum pop quite literally. While the song itself is fantastic, once again much of it’s charm comes from its bizarre video, complete with a singing onion, synchronized no faced numbered women dancers, and Kyary firing a pink AK-47. It was love at first sight that just keeps getting deeper and deeper.
1. Genesis- Grimes “Visions”
Nothing was able to beat Grimes out of the top for me this year. I posted back in January when this song was first released that I LOVED it and, twelve months later, I STILL DO. I’ve never heard anything like Grimes before and I like it that way! There’s something so sweet and mysterious about this song. It’s a simple sparkling tune that will forever sum up 2012 for me.
Well that’s about it. Hope you like these songs. See you next year!
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There’s only 4 days left to 2012 and I still have 14 of these to go so I’m just going to speed through some. Click the picture for the song.
14. Oldie- Odd Future “The OF Tape Vol. 2”
The impromptu 10-minute video is what made this a stand out track. Showcasing all OF members, the song encapsulates everything that makes Odd Future so fascinating. Violence, disses, brotherhood, and victory.
13. Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen “Curiosity”
The feel good hit of the summer. Inescapable and catchy.
12. I’m Writing A Novel- Father John Misty “Fear Fun”
Very funny and catchy song, good album too.
11. Gangs In The Garden- Black Moth Super Rainbow “Cobra Juicy”
I love BMSR and Tobacco, this one was my favorite off of their new album!
10. Nuclear Family- Green Day “Uno”
The best song off of the three albums they put out this year, “Nuclear Family” starts things off with a bang. It sounds like something off of Nimrod, my favorite of their albums, and makes me feel all nostalgic and junk.
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