‘Twas 2012: Top Ten Songs of 2012

 10. “Octopus” — Bloc Party:  Four was a disappointing album, but, happily, the wiry “Octopus” was an exception.

 9. “Argonauts” — Hospitality:  Hospitality’s self-titled album was my favorite of 2012, and “Argonauts” is the album’s most layered, sophisticated track.

  8. “Mountain Sound” — Of Monsters and Men:  This song has my favorite chorus of 2012, highlighting Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir’s soothing voice.

7. “Priscilla” — Sea Wolf:  Old World Romance is of such consistent high quality that it was difficult to pick a standout. “Priscilla” highlights Alex Brown Church’s vocals as much as any song on the album.

6. “Gold on the Ceiling” — The Black Keys:  The Black Keys went up-tempo on El Camino and didn’t disappoint, particularly with this track.

5. “Breezeblocks” — ∆ (Alt-J):  Alt-J’s debut album, like their band name, is pretentious. But “Breezeblocks” nevertheless manages to be catchy and unique. And I seem to be the only person who likes the vocals on this track.

4. “Feed Me Now” — Saint Motel:  Saint Motel’s Voyeur is hurt by a mediocre second half, but the first five songs are upbeat, ambitious, and danceable, liberally (and masterfully) using a horn section.

3. “Little Talks” — Of Monsters and Men:  Best duet of 2012. Take that Gotye.

 2. “Eighth Avenue” — Hospitality:  Bouncy, vibrant, and melodious, like the rest of the album.

 1. “Benny Goodman” — Saint Motel:  Fantastic sampling, genre-mixing, and vocals.

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex on December 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    How about:
    Youth Lagoon – Posters
    School of Seven Bells – Faded Heart
    Plastic Operator – Motor
    Lockets – Catch Me


  2. Posted by John S on December 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I just want to point out that the Black Keys song came out in 2011.


  3. Posted by James Schneider on December 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    You realize Call Me Maybe came out this year, right?


  4. Where would this go? I hear the single is being released tomorrow…


  5. I think the explanation for your No. 1 song should have been: “Basically, what we’re gonna do is dance.”

    That’s for James.


  6. Posted by Tim on January 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    In case anyone’s interested, my top 10:

    10. Dirty Projectors — Swing Lo Magellan
    9. Mark Foster, A-Trak and Kimbra — Warrior
    8. First Aid Kit — Emmylou
    7. Taylor Swift — We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
    6. Passion Pit — Take a Walk
    5. Ben Folds Five — Do It Anyway
    4. Macklemore ft. Wanz — Thrift Shop
    3. M83 — Steve McQueen
    2. Gotye ft. Kimbra — Somebody That I Used to Know
    1. Fun. — Some Nights


    • Posted by Tim on January 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      I do want to make it clear that, if the end of that Kendrick Lamar song where they’re talking about Domino’s were a stand-alone song, it would have been No. 1.


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