Again, the world really was supposed to melt and this list was going to never actually have to be published… Anyways, this is the absolute definitive top 10 tracks of 2012 and if you disagree with our choices you’re probably a lame-o-pants and have smelly breath. Feel free to send us hate mail, we’ll screen shot it and put it on our facebook pages so our mommies can see.
10.) Chief Keef – I Don’t Like
Regardless of anything you can say about Chief Keef (especially with his recent trial) or his lyricism, this song has made every person who listened to it consider growing mini dreads like Chief Keef so that they could head bang like him at some point, whether they want to admit it or not, which is why it deserves a place on our top 10.
9.) Best Friends – Break My Neck
Even for a genre like pop punk, which is based around catchiness, this is has to be one of the catchiest songs you will ever hear.
8.) Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Making 60s minded psych-rock, Tame Impala have set themselves up to remain in the unfortunate shadow of legends, however, with a Lennon worthy blissful vocal explosion opening up Lonerism highlight “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, Tame Impala establish themselves as a modern classic.
7.) Marble – L.L.
After we first posted about Alex DeWahl’s band Glamstick, we didn’t hear from him for a while, until he released this song under his new moniker Marble. As soon as I heard it I was blown away. With L.L. DeWahl achieves the perfect balance of incredibly interesting experimentation and beautiful melodies.
6.) Ab Soul – Terrorist Threats (ft. Danny Brown)
While some artists try and turn their rapping into preaching, Ab-Soul manages to blend messages into his flows without taking anything away from his music. “Terrorist Threats” finds Ab-Soul at his most crazed, paranoid and fed up, seeing Babylon on the news, Hitler in the twin towers and calling for a revolution leading into one of Danny Brown’s most psychotic verses yet all serving as the perfect look into the deranged genius of Brown and Soul.
5.) DIIV – Follow
Even with the overwhelming and rising popularity of electronic music lately, songs like “Follow” remind us of why the guitar will never go out of style.
4.) TNGHT – Bugg’n
Although the future of trap as a genre is getting more and more bleak, no one can deny TNGHT did something great with it. Bugg’n without a doubt helped solidify the use of pitched 808 kicks and rolling hi hats in electronic music for years to come, and regardless of if you think that is a good thing or not, it is still impressive.
3.) Animal Collective – Honeycomb
Following the immense popularity of Merriweather, “Honeycomb” has the group throwing patience to the wind with one hyper-catchy melody after the other as the band reflects on their careers and “all the impossible places you go in your life”.
2.) Mister Lies – Cleam
Mister Lies’ sound and style on “Cleam” aren’t ground breaking in the least bit. Songs with slowed down vocal chops paired with ambient synths have been circulating around the blog scene for almost two years now, but “Cleam” represents that style at its most polished and most importantly heart-wrenching, perfectly capturing the emotion every producer hopes to at some point in their career.
1.) Kendrick Lamar – The Art of Peer Pressure
Probably too many hipsters have spent too much time arguing about whether or not good kid, M.A.A.D. City can be called a classic. All I know for sure is that I’ll be meeting the rest of my inevitable college years of bad decisions and regrets with Kendrick’s calm excuse, “shit, I’m with the homies”.