So we managed to survive the Mayan apocalypse, but there are more urgent matters at hand! Which songs will go down in music history as representatives of all that was good about 2012? Which songs bowled us over from the get-go and which ones snuck into our subconscious and slowly indoctrinated us?

I have analysed my stats, reviewed my raving tweets and facebook fangirl posts throughout the year and accumulated the following 50 songs (singles) that sum up the best of 2012 for me. The shining shimmering top 20 get some extra love in the form of a youtube clip. For all my fellow streamers out there the list can of course be found on Spotify as well. Please tell me which songs I shamefully omitted in the comments!

20. Boy & Bear

Milk & sticks

A typical brokenbranches favourite with it’s changing rhythms, irresistible giddy-up-and-go tune and singalong harmonies. A nice treat from down under to start off the top 20.

19. Rihanna


I have a friend who insist on calling Rihanna’s multitude of dance floor stompers his guilty pleasures. I however will gladly defend my love for the Barbadian beauty’s masterpieces in public, what’s to feel guilty about?

18. Hospitality

Friends Of Friends

This band is one of my favourite finds of the year, and this song makes me happy. In fact their whole album is just this upbeat feel-good antidote for grumpy Monday mornings.

17. Sleigh Bells

Comeback Kid

Listening to a Sleigh Bells album track is such a pale comparison to the live experience it’s like attempting to explain what a skydive is like. Still though, it’s good t get some practice in before you fling yourself out of the aircraft.

16. First Aid Kit


When I first heard this song I was humming it for weeks, an instant classic which pleasantly bypassed the dubsteppification of  2012.

15. Usher


I must admit Usher hasn’t popped up on my radar for years but this song is a thing of sheer beauty. Mr. Usher I commend you.

14. Django Django


Britnerdpop at its finest, such an addictive summer tune!

13. Stealing Sheep

Shut Eye

You should’ve got a better bed, better for your head, better heads need shut eye! Gorgeous little song.

12. Grouplove

Itchin’ On A Photograph

Although Grouplove unleashed their infectious let’s-all-hang-out-and-never-go-home tunes on us last year I was a bit of a laggard, so I am sneaking this 2012 single in here.

11. Grizzly Bear

Sleeping Ute

The Bear is finally back, with even more intricate mind boggling work then on Veckatimest. First single Sleeping Ute slowly nestles itself in your subconscious.

10. Major Lazer

Get Free

Not quite what we’ve come to expect from Diplo’s raunchy alter ego Major Lazer, but what a delicious treat!

9. Jay-Z & Kanye West

Niggas In Paris

Well, that shit cray.

8. M.I.A.

Bad Girls

This is M.I.A. simply doing what she does best, with an amazing video that deserves its own mention.

7. M83


This is the kind of song that makes me wish I was a film maker, so I could come up with the perfect scene to accompany it. Now my imagination reaches no further than a cheesy montage.

6. alt-J


It feels a bit wrong for such a creepy song to be so catchy at the same time. “Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole, I love you so”

5. Azealia Banks


This song probably had me hit repeat the most out of any this year. I just couldn’t resist the urge to memorise the gutter mouth lyrics coming out of this pretty Mickey Mouse jumper wearing girl, genius combination.

4. Bombay Show Pig

Sancho Panza

Yes, finally a decent Dutch band with an stonker of a single this year! From easily the best album to come from The Netherlands rock/ indiescene in 2012.

3. Purity Ring


I appear to have a thing for songs that make me feel slightly uneasy and trippy Fineshrine fits the bill with its disturbing lyrics delivered in a child like way. To love someone so much you actually want them within your rib cage, not sure I’ve ever heard anything like it.


Lay Your Cards Out

This beautifully hypnotic song just begs to be put on unlimited repeat so you can allow yourself to drift off into some kind of underwater meditative trance. I can confirm it makes even a trip to the supermarket on Christmas eve a zen experience. And those drums! Double drums! Heaven.

1. Father John Misty

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

This to me is the most seductive song I heard all year. It’s unapologetic rock, but with a grimy tense undertow. I have to admit it doesn’t hurt to imagine being in some sort of drug fueled frenzy with  J. Tillman, but I’m sure that’s not clouding my judgement too much.. What an incredible song to reset his solo career with, it left me wanting so much more.

And now, in no particular order, the remaining gems in this year’s top 50:

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

Atoms for Peace – Default

Beach House – Lazuli

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles

Clock Opera – Once And For All

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Who

De Staat (Torre Florim) –  Firestarter

Death Grips – The Fever (Aye Aye)

Fiona Apple – Every Single Night

Foals – Inhaler

Frank Ocean – Pyramids

Fresku – Op De Hoogte

Great Mountain Fire – Late Lights

Grimes – Oblivion

Hot Chip – Night And Day

Japandroids – The House that heaven Built

Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe

Kodaline – All I Want

Le Le – Neen

Lianne La Havas – Forget

Miguel – Adorn

Miike Snow – Paddling Out

Passion Pit – Take A Walk

Patrick Watson – Into Giants

San Cisco – Awkward

Staygold – Wallpaper

The Black Keys – Gold On the Ceiling

The Maccabees – Pelican

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse

Zulu Winter – We Should Be Swimming