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.
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
Jepsen’s catchy hit never faltered on success, picking up multiple worldwide #1 spots and garnering over 300 million views, and it’s clear to see why. While it has gotten annoying after just a few listens, it’s obviously a success and deserves to make this list, even if it is in the novelty #50 spot. That’s higher than anything by Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Taylor Swift, so Jepsen clearly isn’t the worst we had this year.
Beach House – “Myth”
Beach House sing in high pitch about building myths and helping each other, but the lyrics aren’t what’s important. What is important is how good the melody in “Myth” is.
Bassnectar – “Vava Voom”
One of the most unique techno-rap songs of 2012, “Vava Voom” is memorable for its overpowered wubs and creatively pretentious lyrics. There’s also a drop.
Gorillaz – “Do Ya Thing”
This was the Gorillaz’ worst year in a while, but their newest single, “Do Ya Thing” is still listenable, not least because of Andre 3000’s verse, legendary as usual.