Top Tracks of 2012: 10 – 6

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

This was, without a doubt, the single catchiest song of the year. Simple in melody and composition, but fun and infectious at the same time. I must say that I was particularly pleased to see Miss Jepsen not only score a hit in her home of Canada, but dominate the entire world as well! Not too shabby for third place, eh Canadian Idol?

Gotye – Somebody that I Used to Know (ft. Kimbre)

Who would have thought that a xylophone could be the main selling point in a global chart topper? Gotye didn’t exactly fit the mold of the pop radio hit, but luckily, the world was blindsided by brilliance. Gotye’s hushed vocals, deep lyrics, unique minimalist instrumentation, and Kimbre’s unforgettable feature made this song one of the classics of the future.

Foster the People – Houdini

After being known for their rather drab, low-key break out hit, I was glad to see this peppy little song from the band get a proper release. Although it didn’t exactly blaze the charts like its predecessor, it damn well should have. The electro-rock arrangement was upbeat and energetic, with a chorus that was infectious as well as deep and meaningful. I’m disappointed that this didn’t top Pumped Up Kick’s success, because it was bay far more deserving.

Sunny Hill – The Grasshopper

I’m a sucker for literary references in music, and this song really went the extra mile by creating an alternative view of one of Aesop’s fables. Sunny Hill didn’t just make a killer pop song…they made art. True art. The lyrics, the music video, the choreography, are each deep, meaningful, and rich in symbolism. The celtic-dance-pop sound is also one of the most unique sounds to ever come out of the Kpop genre.

The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

This song’s is simply chilling. The introduction is simple. Minimialistic. Sulky acoustic guitars accompany Dan Aubasch’s melancholy voice, creating a sound that captivates in its simplicity and pure emotion. However, the songs soon erupts into a blues-metal flurry of guitars and drums that simply overcomes the senses. Listening to this song is an experience, and one that will stay with you long after the song has ended.


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