The 100 Best Songs of 2012

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Well, here we are again.

To say we’ve listened to every release in 2012 would be a lie. We probably haven’t even listened to every genre. But, still, we feel lists are important because of discovery, and not because of what we think is best, or what you think is better. And so, with discovery being the reason we do this, we absolutely welcome your comments on Facebook, Twitter, or in the section below this post. Because we know we’ve missed plenty of great songs, and we would love to hear them.

You can listen to (most) of our 100 Best Songs of 2012 on Spotify here. Or, just scroll below. It’s more dramatic that way.

As always, thanks for reading and listening.

Speakers in Code (Jason, Katie, Matt, Aggie, and Mary)

100. “Maps,” These United States

99. “Evil Coast,” The Mary Onettes

98. “Down With The Shine,” The Avett Brothers

97. “Mallrats (La La La),” The Orwells

96. “Geri,” Superhumanoids

95. “Born To Lose,” Sleigh Bells

94. “Sunset,” Nuck Chorris

93. “Lover Of The Light,” Mumford & Sons

92. “Sixteen Saltines,” Jack White

91. “Why Would You Not Want To Go There?,” Hoots & Hellmouth

90. “Forever,” Haim

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89. “Sleeping Ute,” Grizzly Bear

88. “State Hospital,” Frightened Rabbit

87. “My Love Is Real,” Divine Fits

86. “Past Lives,” Diiv

85. “Neskowin,” Corin Tucker Band

84. “Cherokee,” Cat Power

83. “Blood Red Youth,” California Wives

82. “Octopus,” Bloc Party

81. “Heading,” Young Man

80. “Someone You Used To Know,” Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores

79. “The Obituaries,” The Menzingers

78. “Confusion Of Trust,” The District Attorneys

77. “After The Gold Rush,” Patti Smith

76. “Cinder Blocks,” Onward, Soldiers

75. “Pull Me Down,” Mikky Ekko

74. “Let’s Go,” Matt & Kim

73. “Giving Up Redheads,” Leland Sundries

72. “Why,” Josh Ritter

71. “I Will Not Be Broken (Nor Will I Be Denied),” Jkutchma & The Five Fifths

70. “Elery For Quitters,” Horse Feathers

69. “Parted Ways,” Heartless Bastards

68. “Hot Knife,” Fiona Apple

67. “Terrified Eyes,” Craig Finn

66. “Cows Around,” Corb Lund

65. “Only Love,” Ben Howard

64. “Just Like Him,” Hannah Miller

63. “You,” The 1975

62. “Say It Like You Mean It,” Soft Swells

61. “Take What I Can Get,” Matthew Mayfield

60. “I Slept With All Your Mothers,” Harriet

59. “That Old Black Hole,” Dr. Dog

58. “Hold On,” Alabama Shakes

57. “Laura,” Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

56. “$100,” Water Liars

55. “Möbius Strip,” T0W3RS

54. “Turn On The Sunshine,” Suckers

53. “Before The Dive,” St. Lucia

52. “Give Out,” Sharon Van Etten

51. “Only The Horses,” Scissor Sisters

50. “Fineshrine,” Purity Ring

49. “Country Queen,” Night Moves

48. “Don’t You Give Up On Me,” Milo Greene

47. “Big Love,” Matthew E. White

46. “Intro / Pathos, Pathos,” Kishi Bashi

45. “It’s Time,” Imagine Dragons

44. “Easy Come Easy Go,” Great Lake Swimmers

43. “Miracle,” Ghost Beach

42. “Stay Useless,” Cloud Nothings

41. “Lost In The Light,” Bahamas

40. “Coming Down,” Anaïs Mitchell

39. “Til The Casket Drops,” ZZ Ward

38. “JOY,” Ellie Goulding

37. “Duquesne Whistle,” Bob Dylan

36. “Thunder Clatter,” Wild Cub

35. “To Myself,” Tift Merritt

34. “For The Record,” Kathleen Edwards

33. “Fire’s Highway,” Japandroids

32. “Life Of Crime,” Geographer

31. “Only Son Of The Ladiesman,” Father John Misty

30. “California,” Delta Spirit

29. “Isn’t This World Enough??,” Admiral Fallow

28. “Say Anything,” Tristan Prettyman

27. “Only Skin,” The Spring Standards

26. “Benchwarmers,” Finn Riggins

25. “Fairytale,” Cowboy Junkies

24. “The Hours,” Beach House

23. “Howl,” The Gaslight Anthem

22. “All Of Me,” Tanlines

21. “When My Train Pulls In,” Gary Clark Jr.

20. “That’s What’s Up,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

19. “And It’s Such A Drag,” Matthew Ryan

18. “1904,” The Tallest Man On Earth

17. “Fall Of ’82,” The Shins

16. “High Hope,” Glen Hansard

15. “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

14. “Henrietta,” Yeasayer

13. “Hard Way Home,” Brandi Carlile

12. “Stubborn Love,” The Lumineers

11. “Body Of Work,” The Mynabirds

10. “Ramada Inn,” Neil Young & Crazy Horse

9. “Thinkin Bout You,” Frank Ocean

8. “Fitzpleasure,” alt-J

7. “Clone,” Metric

6. “Sebastian,” Reptar

5. “Five Seconds,” Twin Shadow

4. “She Lit A Fire,” Lord Huron

3. “Positive Force,” Delicate Steve

2. “Emmylou,” First Aid Kit

1. “Working Titles,” Damien Jurado

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