The Best Songs, Best Albums, and the Best Lists of the Year 2012

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It’s the end of the year – time to make a Top 10 best of list for 2012 and stir up some controversy. If you’ve got an opinion and time to kill, you’re sure to get embroiled in a debate. Don’t keep it to yourself – let it out! Post a comment here. There are hundreds more where these came from, but here are ten lists for the best of 2012 wrap up.

1. 30 Best New Bands of 2012 –’s alternative music site features an abundance of new music content and lists, including a best albums of 2012 list. You’re sure to find a few you’ve never heard of here. Other genres covered by the site include ’80s, Blues, Children’s, Christian/Gospel, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance/Electronica, Digital, Folk, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Latin, Oldies, Punk, R&B/Soul, Rap/Hip-Hop, Rock, Theater, Top 40/Pop, and World.

2. 40 Best Songs of 2012 –

SPIN’s uber hip sensibilities are on full display, with plenty of lists, including their 50 Best Albums of the year, and list of “outrageous and memorable” quotes from 2012.

3. 100 Greatest Artists –

The 100 Greatest Artists is an all-time thing, not just 2012. They also have a “greatest albums” and “greatest songs” list to get you rankled, as well as a “50 Best Songs of 2012” list to compare to SPIN’s.

4. 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees –

They’re all here, in all the categories you’ve come to love, and some you might not be familiar with. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration! Best Album Notes! Best Surround Sound Album? Not all of them make the telecast…

5. The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time –

For a few months, Guitar World ran a reader’s poll and set it up in a NCAA bracket style head-to-head matchup. Here are the results of their efforts. There’s plenty of hysteria over the choices going on here already, so you’ll have to bring your A-game if you want to weigh in.

6. 2012 Music Critic Top Ten Lists –

This is a compilation list, where they collect and weight year-end Top Ten lists published by major music critics and form a list from the lists. Get it?

7. 10 Best Songs Of 2012 –

MTV still has “music experts.” Who knew?

8. 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012 –

NPR Music weighs in. They also have a number of end-of-year music lists, including their “50 Favorite Albums Of 2012” and lists specific to jazz, folk, and classical.

9. RIP Musicians Who Died in 2012 and both have lists that include notable deaths in the music world in 2012. Missing from both (at the time of this posting) are Ravi Shankar, Dave Brubeck, and Jenni Rivera.

10. 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees –

As notable for their selections as for the artists not included, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced 2013’s inductees, which includes at least one act that gets removed from the various “snub” lists. (Read a previous post on the HOF).

11. Top 25 Music Videos Of 2012 –

What the heck, here’s a bonus list to make it 11 for 2012. Stereogum’s top videos. They’ve got lots of others to enjoy on their Lists Post.

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  2. my list of best albums of 2012 is here

    top ten songs? Fare Thee Well — Cathie Ryan, Speed of Soul — Carrie Newcomer, A Far Cry — Kathy Mattea, Camilla — Caroline Herring, The Blue Mountain’s Lullabye — Wendy MacIssac and Mary Jane Lamond, Dunrobin Place — Mattheu Watson, The Leeside Sessions — Caitln Nic Gabhan, Seolta Geala — Altan, Walk the Road — Cathie Ryan, Salt Air — Blil Staines

  3. Here’s the Top 20 for 2012 from the Texas Music Chart, which compiles airplay stats for Texas and Red Dirt (Oklahoma) music from radio stations in Texas and contiguous states:
    1. Even if It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band
    2. Touch, Josh Abbott Band
    3. Here’s To Me and You, Kevin, Fowler
    4. Horseshoe, Mike McClure Band
    5. One Star Flag, Casey Donahew Band
    6. One More Sad Song, Randy Rogers Band
    7. Fireworks, Hudson Moore
    8. Last Last Chance, Randy Rogers Band
    9. Raise Your Bottle, Aaron, Watson
    10. So So Long, The Damn Quails
    11. Hold Us Together, Cory, Morrow
    12. No Better Than This, JB and the Moonshine Band
    13. Pushing Luck, Jason Boland & the Stragglers
    14. Red Dirt Girl, Bo Phillips Band
    15. It All Happened In a Honky Tonk, Jon Wolfe
    16. Little Bit of Luck, Bart Crow Band
    17. Shot In the Dark, No Justice
    18. Anna Marie, Whiskey Myers
    19. Irresponsible, Curtis Grimes
    20. Dancing Shoes, Green River Ordinance

  4. As a working mobile DJ in the state of New Jersey, here are my top 20 songs of 2012.

    1) Gangnam Style – Psy, 2) Danza Kuduro – Don Omar, 3) Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen, 4) I’m Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO, 5) Starships – Nikki Minaj, 6) Scream – Usher, 7) Wobble – V.I.C., 8) Back in Time – Pitbull, 9) Brokenhearted – Karmin, 10) Feel So Close – Calvin Harris, 11) Everybody Talks – Neon Trees, 12) Adorn – Miguel, 13) We are Young – Fun, 14) Drive By – Train, 15) Levels – Avicii, 16) International Love – Pitbull f/Chris Brown, 17) Dance (A$$) (remix) – Big Sean f/Nicki Minaj, 18) Home – Philip Phillips, 19) Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 f/Christina Aguilera, 20) She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul.

    For narrative and to see my Top 50 songs, visit

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