Sunday, December 9, 2012

Best Songs of 2012

Spotify recently released its list of the 100 most popular songs in the world in 2012. And it got me thinking...besides Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and fun.'s "We Are Young," none of the top 10 songs even made my playlist this year. And even those two became so overplayed that I stopped listening to them after a while.

I guess my musical preferences have shifted quite a bit in the last three to four years. Don't get me wrong, I still adore Beyonce and even latch on to the occasional top 40 hit, but beyond that, I'm really loving further exploring my musical palate.

I just submitted my picks for The Current's Top 89 of 2012 and thought it'd be fun to share my 10 favorite songs of the year. Enjoy!

**I'm always looking for new music, so feel free to share some of your favorites with me. :)

1. Alabama Shakes, Hold On

It seems Rolling Stone and I agree that this was the best song of 2012. Man, I love Alabama Shakes. 

2. Jack White, Love Interruption

Along came this song, and I fell in love with Jack White all over again. 

3. Django Django, Default

Catchiest tune of the year.

4. First Aid Kit, Emmylou

Their voices are so beautiful. And I love the tribute to some of music's all-time greats. My favorite chorus of all the top 10.

5. The Heavy, What Makes a Good Man

I dig The Heavy in a big way. Awesome rock band.

6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, feat. Mary Lambert, Same Love

Beautiful song. Powerful message. Right now, I'm also crazy obsessed with "Thrift Shop" (along with 28 million others apparently) but figured I should only include one Macklemore song in the top 10 ;) 

7. Passion Pit, Constant Conversations

It's got a nice, smooth R&B sound that leaves you feeling a bit hypnotized. 

8. Divine Fits, Would That Not Be Nice

Gotta love the Minneapolis shout-out. And, it's just a dang cool song.

9. The Chalice, Push It

Two words: female rappers. And local to boot.

10. Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean, No Church in the Wild

I know the "Watch the Throne" album came out in 2011, but this song was released earlier this spring. And it's phenomenal.

Honorable Mention

Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio, If I Didn't Know Better (from Nashville)

This song takes my breath away. His voice when he hits those high