This time of year, every day brings a new count down or end-of-year list. Pundits spend hundred of words assessing the state of the nation or the top 50 cat fails. My favorites are always the music related lists. It’s so much fun to examine the past year, compare it to other years and remember all of the great tunes. Something about reliving the year through these digests is really satisfying.
3 Super End of Year Lists
- 50 Best Songs of 2012 – Rolling Stone | A year-end classic covering the mainstream. I won’t tell you who made #1, but they’re on my list too.
- The 50 Best Songs of 2012 – Paste Magazine | It’s a shame Paste doesn’t publish anymore, but they still do a killer job online covering indie and left-field music.
- The Year in Quotes 2012 – Pitchfork | Say what? Even if you don’t recognize all the artists interviewed, their thoughts on the rise of American electronic music and McCartney’s beard philosophy are worth reading all the way through.
Even better, these lists often illuminate new songs and artists that you may have missed. For me, the sugar rush of discovery only adds to the joy and wonder of this Christmas season. Below you’ll find my list of favorites from 2012. There’s no specific order and no “2012 release date” rule, just the best songs I heard this year. Hopefully this list will bring back good memories for you and maybe even the revelation of new a song or two.
Bonus: Got a song you love that you want to share? The playlist is collaborative, so feel free to add your own songs on Spotify.