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The Top 11: Favorite Songs of 2012

I’m not sure if I was a big fan of the music put out in 2012. When going back over the albums and songs that I either purchased or listened to, I realized that there were very few that I spun over and over again. There was quality stuff released, but just not as much that really hooked me. But like every year there are always songs that stand out and received repeated plays (and tweets) over the year. The following are my personal favorites for 2012. They may not be for everyone, and that is okay. Music is very subjective and that’s what makes lists like this fun to share. You never know when you may discover something awesome on one!

1.  “I Feel Better” by Gotye – His other song was the top chart single of the year, but this track from his album was the one that hooked me. A little retro blue-eyed soul ala Steve Winwood. I played this track more than any other this year.

2.  “Into the Wild” by LP – This song I had heard on a commercial and it was the voice that drew me to it. I found the song and was blown away. Seek out the live version on YouTube. It is awesome. Can’t wait for a full album.

3.  “Shoulder to Shoulder” by Rebecca Ferguson – A contestant from the British X-Factor, she released a terrific album that didn’t catch here. It is unfortunate as this really lovely ballad should prove. Y’all missed out on this one.

4.  “Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White – A massive blast of White Stripey-ness that I could not get out of my head. Grabbed me from the opening line and never let up.

5.  “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye – I discovered this track long before it was a single in the US and I played it for someone and told them “this song is gonna be huge.” I was not wrong.

6.  “Hurry Hurry” by Air Traffic Controller – The brilliant Bleu co-wrote this immensely catchy and fun song and turned into a major earworm for me earlier this year.

7.  “Some Nights” by fun. – I really liked “We Are Young,” but when I got the album, it was this opening track that caught my attention. They really did bring a lot of “fun.” to this year.

8.  “Love Interruption” by Jack White – The chorus of this song got tattooed in my head for a while and it was a real ear worm. But in a good way.

9.  “Fall From Grace” by Meat Loaf – His new album slipped through the cracks here although it was a hit in other countries. This track was co-written by Bleu (the second on this list) and is the best song on the disc. Should have been the lead single.

10.  “Maybe” by Emeli Sande – I was on a plane back from the UK and was playing videos as I didn’t want to watch a movie and this artist came up with her song “Heaven.” I thought it was pretty great so I got the disc. This ballad was my favorite from the album.

11.  “Run Run Run” by The Explorers Club – This was one of those freak things were I just happened to listen to an album by chance. It was total retro love at first listen.

Honorable Mentions:  “Picture Me” by Susanna Hoffs, “Big Love” by Jim Moray, “Home” by Phillip Phillips, “Bite Your Tongue” by Chantal Claret, “If I Didn’t Know Better” by Sam Palladio/Clare Bowen, “Undermine” by Charles Esten/Hayden Panettiere, “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift/Civil Wars, “Heaven” by Emeli Sande, “What Now” by Rihanna, “Oh My!” by Haley Reinhart, “Wild” by Gregory Douglass

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