Top Tracks of 2012: 99 – 90

Gotye – Easy Way Out

Sampling the Rolling Stone’s classic, Satisfaction, Gotye gives us a track that is much livelier than his signature hit. Whispered vocals and unique instrumentals add his own flair to the signature sound, and make this a dynamic song to listen to.

Secret – Poison

Secret continues to evolve their retro sound, this time by adding an insanely catchy dance beat. With multiple hooks, a killer dance routine, strong singing, and Zinger’s best rapping to date, Poison is one of the group’s strongest releases.

Skrillex – Bangarang

We just couldn’t get enough dubstep in 2011. Skrillex lead this genre into the mainstream, where it took over with an iron fist. Bangarang is an excellent party starting song that shows the genre’s true power and intensity!

Nicki Minaj – Stupid Hoe

This is one of those songs that you either get, or you don’t. You either love it, or you hate it. I also get the feeling that this song is much easier to hate than it is to love. However, I’ve got to say….I bought it. Hook, line, and sinker.  I love the unabashed, in your face, bombastic attitude that Nicki displays. I love the Roman intensity, the spit fire lyrics, and yes, I even love “that note.” What an I say? Haterz gonna hate!

Billy Talent – Surprise, Surprise

I love a good social commentary at hipsters’ expense. However, Billy Talent takes it one step further by providing a commentary on everything from politics, to commercialism, to the music industry, and everything else in between. Its an intense punk-rock song that likens counter culture to (over the) counter culture. The message is poignant, and the song itself is something of a beast.

The Ting Tings – Hang it Up

Once again, haters gonna hate. Personally, I love this catchy and upbeat little number. It may not be as good as any of the singles off of their first album, but damn…these guys make some seriously catchy music.

Emeli Sande – Next to Me

This songstress debuted this year, demonstrating some incredible talent. Her voice is pure, soulful, and powerful. She delivered this beautiful little piano ballad gracefully and proved to be a name to watch. Look out, Alicia Keyes…there’s a new girl on the block!

Delta Rae – Dance in the Graveyards

With a touching message and heavenly harmonies, Delta Rae gave us a song that speaks to the very heat of the human condition. It can be difficult to see the good in loosing a loved one, but listening to this song makes it impossible not to think of someone that we’ve lost with both a smile on our face and a tear in our eye.

Miss A – I Don’t Need a Man

Miss A continued to experiment with their sound this year, and the result was the ever catchy hip-hop/pop song, I Don’t Need a Man. This song really upped the girl power, and acted as a call to women everywhere to become strong and independent.

Rev Theory – Something New

Hard rock music is currently in a sad state of affairs, so it is always nice to see the genre produce something worth listening to. Thank god for Rev Theory and their anthemic release. This song even seems to speak to the state of the genre, with lyrics like “Right now, we’re taking control. Tired of waiting for something new!”


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