Best Songs of 2012

by Nicholas Cicale (@nickcicale)

The best Alternative, Hip-hop, and Pop songs of 2012.

Best Alternative/Rock Songs

  1. Myth  – Beach House
  2. Laura – Bats For Lashes
  3. Where Are You Now – Mumford & Sons
  4. Speed The Collapse – Metric
  5. Somebody That I Used To Know- Gotye featuring Kimbra
  6. Disparate Youth – Santigold
  7. Latch – Disclosure and Sam Smith
  8. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
  9. Inhaler – Foals
  10. Elephant – Tame Impala
  11. Angels – The XX
  12. Default – Atoms For Peace
  13. Serpents – Sharon Van Etten
  14. The House That Heaven Built –Japandroids
  15. Bad Girls – M.I.A.
  16. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  17. For Those Below – Mumford & Sons
  18. Youth Without Youth – Metric
  19. My Number – Foals
  20. Artificial Nocturne – Metric
  21. Endors Toi – Tame Impala
  22. Apocalypse Dreams – Tame Impala
  23. Five Seconds – Twin Shadows
  24. Hold On – Alabama Shakes
  25. Sleeping Ute – Grizzly Bear
  26. Lightning Bolt  – Jake Bugg
  27. Animals – Muse
  28. Holland Road – Mumford & Sons
  29. The Mother We Share – CHVRCHES
  30. Love Interrupted – Jack White
  31. Chained – The XX
  32. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  33. Babel – Mumford & Sons
  34. Sixteen Saltines – Jack White
  35. Ruin – Cat Power
  36. Yet Again – Grizzly Bear
  37. Under the Westway – Blur

Best Hip-Hop and R&B Songs

  1. Pyramids – Frank Ocean
  2. Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T, 2 Chainz
  3. Money Trees – Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock
  4. Loco-Motive – NaS featuring Large Professor 
  5. Clique – Kanye West, Big Sean, Jay-Z 
  6. New God Flow – Kanye West, Pusha-T, Ghostface Killah
  7. Adorn – Miguel
  8. Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar
  9. R.I.P. – Childish Gambino featuring Bun B
  10. Sam (Is Dead) – Odd Future
  11. Thinking Bout You – Frank Ocean
  12. Sing About Me – Kendrick Lamar
  13. m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar
  14. Stay Schemin – Rick Ross featuring Drake, French Montana
  15. Strange Fruition – Lupe Fiasco featuring Casey Benjamin
  16. Pilot Jones – Frank Ocean
  17. Black Faces – Childish Gambino
  18. Hardknock – Joey Bada$$
  19. Put Em Up – Lupe Fiasco
  20. Lost – Frank Ocean
  21. Reach Out – NaS featuring Mary J Blige
  22. good kid – Kendrick Lamar
  23. Terrorist Threats – Danny Brown featuring Ab-Soul
  24. Full Retard – El-P
  25. Lamborghini Angles – Lupe Fiasco
  26. Vava Voom – Bassnectar, Lupe Fiasco
  27. Diced Pineapple – Rick Ross featuring Drake, Wale
  28. Zero Dark Thirty – Aesop Rock
  29. Form Follows Function – Lupe Fiasco
  30. Climax – Usher
  31. Thrift Shop – Macklemore
  32. Fuckin’ Problems – A$AP Rocky
  33. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar
  34. ITAL (Roses) – Lupe Fiasco
  35. Cherry Wine – Nas, Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Songs

  1. Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra
  2. Disparate Youth – Santigold
  3. Latch – Disclosure, Sam Smith
  4. Treasure – Bruno Mars
  5. Bad Girls – M.I.A.
  6. Skyfall – Adele
  7. Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  8. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  9. We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
  10. Too Close – Alex Clare
  11. Climax – Usher featuring Diplo
  12. Some Nights – Fun.
  13. Genesis – Grimes
  14. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  15. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
  16. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  17. Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira
  18. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  19. Oblivion – Grimes
  20. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  21. Home – Phillip Phillips
  22. You’re the One – Charli XCX
  23. That’s What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  24. Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
  25. Birthday Cake – Rihanna featuring Chris Brown
  26. Turn Up The Music – Chris Brown
  27. Try – P!nk
  28. Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
  29. Stay – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
  30. Madness – Muse
  31. Losing You – Solange
  32. Beez In The Trap – Nicki Manaj, 2 Chainz
  33. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  34. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  35. Running – Jessie Ware
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