Favorite Songs of 2012

Without a lot of jabber from me, here are the 11 songs that seem to be my favorites from this year. At the end, you’ll find a link to a Spotify playlist filled with many other songs that made a big impression on me this year. And a handful of songs I loved can’t be found on Spotify, so I packaged them up in a .zip file, if you’re interested.
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Anaïs Mitchell
“Young Man In America”
from Young Man In America

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Cat Power
“Manhattan”
from Sun

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Chairlift
“I Belong In Your Arms”
from Something

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The Flaming Lips [ft. Erykah Badu]
“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
from The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

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Grimes
“Oblivion”
from Visions

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Lord Huron
“The Man Who Lives Forever”
from Lonesome Dreams

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Mac DeMarco
“My Kind of Woman”
from 2

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Matthew Dear
“Her Fantasy”
from Beams

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Pinkunoizu
“Everything Is Broken Or Stolen”
from Free Time!

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Spiritualized
“Hey Jane”
from Sweet Heart Sweet Light

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Usher
“Climax”
from Looking 4 Myself

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Here’s that Spotify playlist I mentioned with a bunch of other wonderful songs. But Spotify is not the perfect, all-inclusive compendium of human creativity that many seem to think it is, so these favorites of mine are missing:

Azealia Banks – “Jumanji”
Beck (remixing Steve Reich) – “NYC: 73-78″
Big Baby Gandhi – “Get $$$”
Chairlift – “I Belong in Your Arms (John Talabot & Pional Remix)”
The Flaming Lips – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (ft. Erykah Badu)”
Heems – “You Have to Ride the Wave (ft. Danny Brown & Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire)”
Joey Bada$$ – “Hardknock (ft. CJ Fly)”
Korallreven – “Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)”
Le1f – “Wut”
Machinedrum – “Whatnot”
Merchandise – “Time”
T.I. – “In A Nutshell (ft. Lady G & Spodee)”
tUnE-yArDs + ?uestlove + Akua Naru + Angélique Kidjo – “Lady”

Here’s a .zip file of those tracks. They’re almost all from mixtapes or are remixes that can be obtained legally for $0.00, so don’t feel guilty!

Best of 2012 home

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~ by toren on February 5, 2013.

5 Responses to “Favorite Songs of 2012”

  1. […] Favorite Albums of 2012, 38 Also-Favorites and 54 Almost-Favorites SOON: 11 Favorite Songs of 2012 and a Spotify Playlist with a Bunch of Other Songs That Are Also Really Go… ALSO SOON: 11 Favorite Music Videos of 2012 and a Very Long List, Longer Than I’m Willing to […]

  2. You’re back! Manhattan is a great song, I agree. The spotify playlist link doesn’t work, any chance you can fix the dead link?

  3. works now, thanks!

  4. […] Favorite Albums of 2012, 38 Also-Favorites and 54 Almost-Favorites SOON: 11 Favorite Songs of 2012 and a Spotify Playlist with a Bunch of Other Songs That Are Also Really Go… ALSO SOON: 11 Favorite Music Videos of 2012 and a Very Long List, Longer Than I’m Willing to […]

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