Top Tracks of 2012: 59 – 50

Rusko – Somebody to Love

Skrillex isn’t the only one producing fantastic dubstep music. Rusko’s Somebody to Love proved that you can still have great dubstup with the “wubwubwub” turned down. Gorgeous syths and smooth beats made this energetic track one of the best dubstep songs of the year.

Cher Lloyd – Want U Back

God, I hated this song when it first came out. And yet…in the past few months, it has grown on me substantially. Catchy, quirky, and energetic….Cher Lloyd’s debut US single proved to be a silly little pop song that looks to be the start of a very successful career.

M.I.A. – Bad Girls

This one was totally badass…in every sense of the word. M.I.A came through with her intense in-you-face attitude, a unique exotic beat, and a seriously killer hook. The song’s music video was full of political commentary, as per usual, and reminded us all why we love the Sri Lankan rapper

Katy Perry – Wide Awake

Katy Perry was seriously annoying this year, wasn’t she? At least she managed to put out one good song. Wide Awake exposed the more vulnerable side of the cartoony pop star. With a spacey beat, echoing vocals, and a hypnotic chorus, this was by far miss Perry’s best release since Firework.

Block B – Nalina

Block B pretty much had the worst year ever. After returning to the music scene with this awesome hip-hop song, they got caught up in a controversy that practically ended their career. The rebounded later in the year with an equally impressive song, only to get royally screwed over by their record label. Its a shame, because these setbacks prevent them from achieving the level of fame they deserve, and based on this song, they could have been on the highest level, looking down on the competition.

Owl City – Good Time (featuring Carly Rae Jepsen)

Pure. Euphoric. Catchy. Cheesey. Fun. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this song. The vocals aren’t stellar, and the beats are pretty standard. But what is it exactly about this song and this pairing that makes it one of the best feel good songs of the year? Who cares? It’s always a good time with this song.

Nine Muses – Ticket

This was an awesome song from a severely under rated group. The talented ladies of Nine Muses teamed up with Sweetune to bring us a dynamic song with a catchy chorus, and a fun dance. Sweetune’s slick production layered syths, guitars, and mysterious beats on top of one another for a unique and complex sound that. What could have resulted in a messy sound, actually turned out to be quite magical. Plus, with six talented singers and two awesome rappers, this song quickly became one of my favorites of the year.

The Wanted – I Found You

It took me awhile to get past the group’s falsetto filled chorus, but eventually, I did manage to appreciate it. Once I did, this song really grew on me. The use of accordions in the song’s catchy beat gave it an exotic and mysterious sound. With killer dance beats, and proving they could actually sing (well!) The Wanted surpassed the earworm that was their breakout single.

Carrie Underwood – Good Girl

The ever spunky American Idol winner returned with a fantastic song this year. Combining country and pop-rock, Carrie brought out her inner bad girl once again. Her vocal delivery was just as powerful as ever as she belted a warning to all the good girls to stay away from bad boys. With tons of attitude and a rocking sound, this was a girl power song that even the dudes could get into.

Metric – Breathing Underwater

Metric continued to shine bright in 2012, with their most successful single to date. With spacey syths, velvety guitar riffs, and stellar vocals from Emily Haines, Breathing Underwater was a mid-tempo masterclass in indie-pop.

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