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The Best of the Best Music of 2012


From now until the end of the year, or the end of time, whichever comes first (ha, and fortunately that joke will soon no longer be an option), we'll be running roundups of good things that happened in 2012. First up: the best of the best music.

Best Song I Heard All Year: Carly Rae Jepsen — "This Kiss"


Best Song That's Technically Been in the Running for Three Years in a Row Now: M.I.A. — "Bad Girls"


Best Music Video Repertoire: Azealia Banks


Best Strut Song: Le1f — "Wut"


Best Lipstick Game: MayaVanya and Kaleena Zanders in "Turn Me Out"


Best Self-Esteem Boost: Kiana Brown — "Hey Chica"


Best Song About Snacks: Y.N. Rich Kids — "Hot Cheetos and Takis"


Best Re-enactment of a Defining Life Event: Dante Hoagland in Danny Brown's "Grown Up"


Best Music Video Featuring All Your Internet Friends: LOL Boys — "Changes" (feat. Heart Streets)


Best Love Song to a Phone: I.E. — "Smartphone"


Best Musicalized Particle: The Higgs Boson


Best Series of Tweets About the Best Pitbull Appearance: Patricia Lockwood on the Kodiak, Alaska, Walmart Concert


Best Album Teenagers Tweeted in Its Entirety: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange


Best Summer Jam That Made Me Realize I Miss Shaggy: Beatriz Luengo feat. Shaggy — "Lengua"


Best Collabo: Nicki Minaj & Cassie — "The Boys"


Best Na Na Na Chorus: f(x) — "Electric Shock"


Best Tribute to Paris Is Burning: Alex Anwandter — "Como puedes vivir contigo mismo?"


Best Commitment to a Concept: Marina and the Diamonds


Best Song About Killing Your Boyfriend: Leidi Li — "Mate a mi novio"


Best Profile: Jessie Ware in "Wildest Moments"


Best Brother Duo: Disclosure


Best Sweet-talker: Miguel


Best Norteño Cover of a Vampire Weekend Song: Los Vikingos del Norte — "Tu y Tus Primas"


Best Album I've Been Waiting for Since 2009: Rye Rye, Go! Pop! Bang!


Best "Call Me Maybe" Lip Sync: (three-way tie) Jelena & friends ...


... Jepfriends ...


... and From Morocco.


Best Preview of the End of the World: quieroStar & Mamacita — "Destrucción Total"


Best Song That's Also a List: Chief Keef — "I Don't Like"

Previously: The Best of the Best of 2011.

Blanca Méndez loves that song!



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hallelujah

YES PLEASE! It was this post last year that introduced me to Azaelia Banks, & therefore I'll forever be indebted to Blanca. Can't wait to listen to all of these, probably on repeat, until next year's like I did with 212.

jams

Five times. FIVE. See if I ever give my friends free booze again after. Serialai online

jams

who knew shaving the side of her head and going full Club Mode would make her music so good? site internet medoc

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

ok! these are my fav albums of 2k12:

Purity Ring - Shrines
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE (fav debut of the year)
How To Dress Well - Total Loss
Xiu Xiu - Always
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N2 It
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Fiona Apple -The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Jessie Ware - Devotion (the track she did with Katy B is amazing)
Team Me - To The Treetops!
Parenthetical Girls - Privilege (AOTY easy)

Tracks:
Le1f - Wut (track/video of the year, easy)
Jherek Bischoff - Young & Lovely
Icona Pop - Ready For The Weekend (Club Mix) (fav new band of the year)
Ke$ha - Die Young (Acoustic)
Fang Island - Asunder

iknowright

@Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood Purity Ring's album is amazing -- though I'm getting pretty tired of everyone thinking I'm misaying "Promise Ring" when I talk about them. I KNOW MUSIC BETTER THAN THAT!

I'd also add Ellie Goulding and El Perro del Mar's new albums to your list.

Josh is like Germany Ambitious and Misunderstood

@iknowright Ellie Goulding's record is one of the most ive listened to the year. who knew shaving the side of her head and going full Club Mode would make her music so good?

parallel-lines

I am still angry at how many times Call Me Maybe was played at my wedding against my will. Five times. FIVE. See if I ever give my friends free booze again after that.

My top 10 list:
-Metz - dirty, noisy loud lo fi. It's everything I like in music.
-Bob Mould - it's like grown up Sugar!
-Dr John - this album is SO GOOD. Everyone likes it! I can play it at work and no one gets offended.
-Godspeed! You Overly Long and Pretentious Band Name
-Swans
-Future of the Left
-Ty Segall - all three albums are good. Does he sleep?
-Jeff the Brotherhood
-Django Django - super catchy and a must for anyone who liked Beta Band
-Dum Dum Girls
-Torche - in a year of middling metal, this was pretty great
-Sic Alps
-David Byrne/St. Vincent - listen to Who! It's so good!

A Dolly

@parallel-lines hahahahah 5 times!!??? How was there time for that?

Rubyinthedust

thanks for this! queued to watch before bedtime.

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DianaPrince

I just have one question: Where do I sign up for the camel caravan to the Moroccan rug fort?

martinipie

Yessssssss, thank you! If I weren't hanging out with a sleeping baby right now these would be bumpin' from my laptop.

frigwiggin

This made me realize that I have listened to...three? or four? new albums this year. I maaaaaay be stuck in a music rut. (And this maaaaay be at least partially contributed to the fact that none of my favorite musicians have been touring this year and so I haven't been introduced to any cool musicians that they usually tour with. This is how I get 90% of my new music!)

Lucienne

@frigwiggin I hear! I think channel ORANGE was the only 2012 release I bought. Like, I haven't even got around to buying Transcendental Youth yet.

Heat Signature

Hey, have you guys heard of this band "Animal Collective"? Crazy stuff, man, crazy stuff.

supergirlieque

but...but... I thought FOR SURE "Everything is Embarrassing" by Sky Ferreira was basically The Hairpin anthem of 2012?

HeyThatsMyBike

I love that Jelena & co lipdub. Makes me think of being that age, hanging out at one of my friends' houses wearing sweatpants and lip-synching to terrible/terrific pop music having the time of my life. Except that my friends weren't disney channel/pop stars, but it still really humanizes those kids. Just so cute.

Lila Fowler

@HeyThatsMyBike Well... except for the fact that the lip dub was definitely the brainchild of Scooter Braun, who gets Biebs, Jepsen, and the rest of his acts to cross-promote each other like nobody's business. It's a cute video, but it's also definitely a super calculated business move.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Lila Fowler Yes, I'm aware of the connection and its implications, but as an old, I see it as more of an "awww! They are behaving their age!" video, which is why I like it. For 12 year olds, I know it comes off as "ZOMG BIEBS AND SELENA AND ASHLEY LISTEN TO THIS ALL THE TIME AND SO MUST I!" which, to be fair, is pretty brilliant marketing.

karion

@HeyThatsMyBike: I have to confess this. I watched the video and was entirely charmed - and had zero idea there was anyone famous in it.

I rewatched it after reading your comment and now, of course, I see who it is. Or, more honestly, I recognized two people (Biebs and his girl, which makes the whole "Jelena" caption make sense).

I just thought it was adorable. Like, absurdly adorable.

werewolfbarmitzvah

MIGUELLLLLLLLL!

(I love him.)

breccia

AHHH oh no is it time to add best albums in the comments cause im SO READY

tame impala - lonerism
blondes - blondes
matthew dear - beams
alt-j an awesome wave

oh gosh i dont have that many, i guess!

but #1:
LORD HURON - lonesome dreams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_e8RRTT0r8
i mean come on

Alli525

HELLOW you forgot "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The music video is just BEYOND. All of his stuff is amazing actually PLUS *bonus points* he was on NPR, so.

A. Louise

@Alli525 I CANNOT get this song out of my head and I do not mind one bit. AMAZING. He's so good and the video is totally fantastic.

isitisabel

@Alli525 Yusssss Macklemore is the shit! Two friends from Seattle introduced me to him this fall (independently of each other, no less) and it was like the new car thing--all of a sudden I noticed him EVERYWHERE. "Thrift Shop" is my jam, but also the video for "Same Love" made me cry? I was possibly already over-emotional due to PMS and finals, but it's an amazing song and a fantastic video. Macklemore is one of my favorite things right now.

Chelsea Girl

I first heard "Call Me Maybe" in a bodega around the corner from the Brattle Theatre, about fifteen minutes after I saw the documentary about Mark Sandman and Morphine. Mark is dead and Carly Rae Jespen is allowed behind a microphone. What a world.

elsbels

I was obsessed with the Kendrick Lamar album this year and I think Call me maybe is a great great great pop song which I lipsynched to in my bathroom mirror many times this year.

redheaded&crazy

nothing beats chatroulette call me maybe in my opinion.

totallyunoriginal

@redheaded&crazie Exactly! I was just going to post this as well!

Ames

@redheaded&crazie YES. It is a funny video, but then there's also something wonderful about a bunch of strangers all belting out this fun, poppy song. MUSIC BRINGS US TOGETHER.

elizabeast

Best "Call Me Maybe" parody made by my friends when I moved to Portland: http://vimeo.com/44780870

sudden but inevitable betrayal

I am apparently the uncoolest person in the history of uncool music. :/ Who are these people?!

halfheartedyoga

BLANCA WHO ARE YOU??? I love your taste I just discovered so much new shit right now,TQM TQM TQM

TeresaOtter

The real question here is: Hot Cheetos OR Takis?

thisisunclear

MayaVanya and Kaleena Zanders, where have you been all my life?

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Shoshana Korman@facebook

how is cheryl cole not on this list?

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I love a couple of songs you posted, I listen to audio tracks when I go to work and half of the songs you posted are on my Ipod. It is truly amazing how these artists managed to create such beautiful songs, I am glad you included Kiana Brown on this list, I have downloaded all her albums.

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