Thursday, December 13, 2012

Top 100 Songs of 2012

I listened to a lot of music this year. I listen to a lot of music every year, but I really listened to a lot of music this year. The interesting thing, admittedly, is that usually the 100 song list gets a bit watered down after about 60 or 70. Sequencing is always an over thought exercise subject to endless scrutiny even well after the fact, but in many years the last twenty tracks have sometimes felt like a stretch. Not in 2012.

There was a lot of great music released over the past twelve months. A lot of folks said they had not heard many of the records in my recent Top 100 Albums of 2012 post. On one hand it's odd, because to me my lists feel pretty safe and almost mainstream compared to a lot of stuff I've seen out there. On the other hand though, it's cool if it means people are getting introduced to interesting music they either don't have time to find on their own.

Regardless of what people like or how they view the tracks on this list, the approach I always take is to let the strength of a song stand on its own. I don't purposely go looking for kitschy pop to mix in with pretentious Brit noise pop, nor do I avoid fun radio friendly type songs if they are well written and sincere in their intent. I was chatting with a friend tonight, and we were saying it's not cool to like Hall & Oates because they're funny or kitschy. It's cool because they wrote really solid legitimate songs. You can't fake good songwriting and regardless of whether everything on this list works for everyone, there is at least a common vibe of these artists putting together some pretty great melodies and clever words.

Anyway here's the list. Hoping to break out the Top 10 with a seperate written detail post in the next little while.

Here is also a link to the Playlist for this on Rdio
(with six replacement tracks tacked on the end to make 100 - for the ones missing/unavailable in rdio currently)

100 Band of Horses Knock Knock
99 Santigold Disparate Youth
98 Neon Trees Everybody Talks
97 Chiddy Bang Ray Charles
96 Tribes We Were Children
95 The Twilight Sad Don't Look At Me
94 Spector Grey Shirt & Tie
93 Frank Ocean Pyramids
92 Liars His and Mine Sensations
91 Keane Silenced By The Night
90 The Maccabees Pelican
89 Lightships Sweetness in Her Spark
88 Yukon Blonde Radio
87 Big Boi Shoes For Running
86 Lower Dens Candy
85 Two Door Cinema Club Sleep Alone
84 Shearwater You As You Were
83 Wintersleep In Came The Flood
82 Saint Etienne I've Got Your Music
81 Melody's Echo Chamber You Won't Be Missing That Part of Me
80 Tame Impala Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
79 Light Asylum Heart of Dust
78 Miike  Snow The Wave
77 Cat Power Cherokee
76 Nas You Wouldn't Understand
75 Rufus Wainwright Out Of The Game
74 The Temper Trap Need Your Love
73 Soul Asylum Gravity
72 Camouflage Nights Five Five Minutes
71 Django Django Storm
70 Animal Collective Applesauce
69 Of Mosters and Men Mountain Sound
68 Grizzly Bear Yet Again
67 Pet Shop Boys Leaving
66 Muse Madness
65 Amos The Transparent Says The Spark
64 Cadence Weapon Conditioning
63 Jon K. Sampson When I Write My Masters Thesis
62 Ultravox Live
61 Smashing Pumpkins Inkless
60 Seapony Outside
59 Richard Hawley She Brings The Sunlight
58 Chromatics Lady
57 The Helio Sequence October
56 Sleighbells Comeback Kid
55 Young Rival Two Reasons
54 Brothertiger Lovers
53 Deerhoof Fete D'Adieu
52 Paul Banks Young Again
51 Dragonette Live In This City
50 Electric Guest This Head I Hold
49 Alt-J Breezeblocks
48 Minus The Bear Steel and Blood
47 Best Coast The Only Place
46 Memoryhouse The Kids Were Wrong
45 Joel Plaskett Emergency You're Mine
44 Dinosaur Jr. Watch The Corners
43 White Rabbits Heavy Metal
42 Van She Idea Of Happiness
41 Cloud Nothings Stay Useless
40 Eight and A Half Go Ego
39 Lotus Plaza Strangers
38 Ben Browning I Can't Stay
37 Delta Spirit California
36 Matt & Kim Let's Go
35 Bahamas Caught Me Thinking
34 Mike O'Neill Colin
33 Crocodiles Endless Flowers
32 The Shins No Way Down
31 Tegan & Sara Closer
30 Grimes Oblivion
29 fun. Why Am I The One
28 The xx Sunset
27 Frankie Rose Know Me
26 Field Music Guillotine
25 Brendan Benson What Kind of World
24 Jaill Everyone's A Bitch
23 Diamond Rings Runaway Love
22 Citizens! True Romance
21 Imperial Teen Out From The Inside
20 Japandroids Adrenaline Nightshift
19 Bear In Heaven The Reflection of You
18 School Of Seven Bells The Night
17 Tanlines All Of Me
16 Wild Nothing Shadow
15 Beach House Myth
14 Of Montreal Spiteful Intervention
13 Ladyhawke Black White & Blue
12 Diiv Sometime
11 Kylie Minogue Timebomb
10 Gypsy & The Cat Bloom
9 The Presets Youth In Trouble
8 Bob Mould The Descent
7 Yeasayer Reagan's Skeleton
6 Purity Ring Fineshrine
5 Redd Kross Stay Away From Downtown
4 The Walkmen Heaven
3 Divine Fits Would That Not Be Nice
2 Twin Shadow Five Seconds
1 Hot Chip Don't Deny Your Heart