List Criteria: Songs released in 2012. Usually this means the first published version of the song by the artist.
2012 was an eventful year in music, to say the least. Radio stations and Youtube channels became flooded with pop tracks and dance fads that seemed to destroy every record for cultural influence ever set in music. Dubstep fully entered the mainstream, announcing it was here to stay, and hipsters continued to be impressed by the endless innovations of indie rock bands, putting a stamp on modern culture that may never be forgotten. British rapper Plan B broke out in protest toward David Cameron’s “Broken Britain” policies and made his directorial debut in Ill Manors, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, while not the official song, was a hit with Olympians and the Harvard rowing team. Muse destroyed all fears of a declining music industry with an album that could dethrone Coldplay, and Dylan, Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and Van Halen made acclaimed comebacks. Most shocking of all was Korean sensation Psy, whose Gangnam Style influenced world leaders, high school homecomings and meme-makers everywhere before becoming the first video to reach a billion views on the fateful December 21st. Music succeeded on all fronts, but in terms of quality, influence, and success, some towered above others. These are the 50 greatest songs released in 2012.
Note: “Somebody That I Used to Know”,” We Are Young”, and “No Church in the Wild” would have appeared on this list, but they were all technically released in 2011.