Top 100 Songs Of 2012

I’ve spent the past couple weeks cobbling together a playlist that includes my favorite 100 songs from the past year. I have only one rule: no more than one song by any artist. So, as much as I wanted to just include all of channel ORANGE, I had to pick the one I like the best. I included a lot of local artists, as well as a good number from NYC’s DIY scene, which I feel much more a part of after getting to spend a night in awe of the community they’ve built out there. This probably isn’t the most eclectic mix you’ll ever hear, but after seeing some of the major publications top songs I feel pretty confident that this will best any of those.

There are a few songs that Spotify doesn’t have in their catalog, so I have 91 songs in the playlist and nine posted here at the top. I can’t really say they’re in any particular order other than alphabetical. When you’re doing 100, the numbers tend not to matter much (is there a huge difference between 90 and 100?) Also, for the first time ever I’ve allowed myself to include covers. There are three.

Pony Boy: The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee

Cool. Ok, sorry about that. Stupid Spotify. Here’s the rest. If you don’t have a Spotify account you can sign up for one for free. If you don’t feel like it you can still scroll through the songs.

“A Dog In This Fight” by David Wax Museum

“Able Moving Hearts” by Sharks

“Afterward (You Should Have Seen It)” by Briar Rabbit

“Alone & Stoned” by King Tuff

“Always One Step Ahead” by Gold Motel

“Apple Like A Wrecking Ball” by Hoots & Hellmouth

“Baby Come Home” by Scissor Sisters

“Bad For Me” by Brendan Benson

“Better Off” by Haim

“Bird Of Sorrow” by Glen Hansard

“Boner For The Benny’s” by The Harmonica Lewinskies

“Bones” by Michael Kiwanuka

“Born To Win (Part One)” by Hurray For The Riff Raff

“Breathing Underwater” by Metric

“Brief Thoughts On Death” by Dastardly

“Cameo Lover” by Kimbra

“Cause You Can” by The Shams Band

“Continuous Thunder” by Japandroids

“Crime Of Passion” by Bhi Bhiman

“Death To My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen

“Do You Want To Die Together?” by Stars

“Don’t Let The Truth Get To You” by Jason Collett

“Draw A Crowd” by Ben Folds Five

“Elephant King” by Yellow Ostrich

“Emmylou” by First Aid Kit

“Fallin’ For You” by Young Jesus

“Float” by Pacific Air

“Ghosts” by Communist Daughter

“Glerbot” by Mum

“H*A*M” by Portland Cello Project

“Hallways” by Islands

“Henrietta” by Yeasayer

“Here With Me” by The Killers

“Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy” by Jack White

“Hood” by Perfume Genius

“Hospital Shirt” by Jason Myles Goss

“I Got Nothing” by Dum Dum Girls

“I Hate” by Passenger

“I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris (featuring Ellie Goulding)

“I’m Okay” by Molehill

“I’ve Got One Jealous Again, Again” by NOFX

“In A Small Body” by Titus Andronicus

“Kill For Love” by The Chromatics

“Layne Montgomery Is Bad At Girls” by The Great American Novel

“Let Us Not Confuse Our Thoughts With Our Beliefs” by Christopher the Conquered

“Liberal Arts” by Hospitality

“Little Talks” by Of Monsters And Men

“Lonesome” by Dr. Dog

“Lord Have Mercy” by Empires

“Loving You” by Matt Costa

“Make Me Down” by Josh Ritter

“Mature Themes” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

“Meet In The Dark” by Dark Dark Dark

“Miriam” by Norah Jones

“Newly-Weds Song” by What Tyrants

“Paper Cup Words” by Elin Ruth

“Parliament Of The Birds” by Adam Arcuragi

“Passenger” by Emily Wells

“Pay In Blood” by Bob Dylan

“Pyramids” by Frank Ocean

“Quiet Crowd” by Patrick Watson

“Reagan” by Killer Mike

“Road” by The Damn Choir

“Runway Love” by Diamond Rings

“Shank Hill St” by Shovels & Rope

“Shape I Was In” by Spider Bags

“Shortie” by Hannah Georgas

“Stay Down” by El-P with Nick Diamonds

“Stay Useless” by Cloud Nothings

“Stick Song” by Oh! My Blackbird

“Stills, Young” by The Dirty Pigeons

“Take Me To Heaven” by Tennis

“Teenage Icon” by The Vaccines

“The 4th of July” by Jon Drake & The Shakes

“The Coast No Man Can Tell” by Bill Fay

“There’s No Leaving Now” by The Tallest Man On Earth

“This Ladder Is Ours” by The Joy Formidable

“Traveling Shoes” by Lawrence Arabia

“Trouble Town” by Jake Bugg

“Tumbleweed” by The Great American Canyon Band

“Twenty Three” by California Wives

“Under The Spell Of The Handout” by Cody Chestnutt

“Voting Man” by The Canoes

“Warrior In Woolworth’s” by Kate Nash w/Everett True

“Werewolf” by Fiona Apple

“Wildebeest Song” by Ghost Pal

“You Always Told Me (Terrible Things)” by The Congregation

“You Go On (& On)” by The Michael J Epstein Memorial Library

“Your Sweet Touch” by Bahamas

“Zelda” by The Antlers

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