2012 music countdown

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Best Country Songs:

1. “Cruise” - Florida Georgia Line

“Baby, you a song. You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise…”

2. “Time is Love” - Josh Turner

“But I got someone who waits, waits for me and right now she’s where I need to be, time is love, gotta run.”

3. “Good Girl” - Carrie Underwood

“Why you gotta be so blind? Won’t you open up your eyes? It’s just a matter of time til you find he’s no good, girl. No good for you. You better get to getting on your goodbye shoes….”

4. “Wanted” - Hunter Hayes

“I wanna call you mine. Wanna hold your hand forever, and never let you forget it. Yeah, I wanna make you feel wanted.”

5. “Take a Little Ride” - Jason Aldean

“Man I swear there ain’t nothing looks better than that sweet tan, little thing with nothing to do. I wanna take a little ride with you…”

6. “Drunk on You” - Luke Bryan

“You’re lookin’ so good in what’s left of those blue jeans. Drip of honey on the money maker gotta bee, the best buzz I’m ever gonna find. I’m a little drunk on you, and high on summertime.”

7. “Springsteen” - Eric Church

“When I think about you, I think about 17, I think about my old jeep, I think about the stars in the sky. Funny how a melody sounds like a memory, like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night. Springsteen.”

8. “Pontoon” - Little Big Town

“On the pontoon, makin’ waves and catchin’ rays up on the roof. Jumpin’ out the back, don’t act like you don’t want to…”

9. “5-1-5-0” - Dierks Bentley

“5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po. I’m goin’ crazy, thinkin’ ‘bout you baby…”

10. “Cowboys & Angels” - Dustin Lynch

“I’ve got boots and she’s got wings, I’m hell on wheels and she’s heavenly. I’d die for her and she lives for me, cowboys and angels.”

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Best Hip Hop/R&B Songs:

1. “Mercy” - Kanye West ft. Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Pusha T

“Let the suicide doors up. I threw suicides on the tour bus. I threw suicides on the private jet. You know what that mean? I’m fly to death.

2. "Thinkin’ Bout You” - Frank Ocean

“It usually doesn’t rain in Southern California, much like Arizona, my eyes don’t shed tears, but boy they pour when I’m thinkin bout you….”

3. “Birthday Song” - 2 Chainz

“They ask me what I do and who I do it for, and how I come up with this shit up in the studio. All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho…”

4. “Bandz a Make Her Dance” - Juicy J

“2 Chainz, four bracelets, let me see that ass clap, standing ovation. If yo girl don’t swallow kids, man that hoe basic.”
(fun fact: I didn’t know any of the lyrics until 5 minutes ago and they all make me feel uncomfortable).

5. “Adorn” - Miguel

“Let my love adorn you baby. Don’t you ever, don’t you let nobody tell you different baby, I’ll always adore you…”

6. “Clique” - Big Sean, Jay-Z, Kanye West

“I tell a bad bitch do whatever I say, my block behind me like I’m coming out the driveway. It’s grind day, from Friday, to next Friday. I been up straight for nine days, I need a spa day.”

7. “Remember You” - Wiz Khalifa ft. The Weeknd

“She’s about to earn some bragging rights. I’m ‘bout to give it up like I’ve been holding back all night. Girl, take pride in what you want to do. Even if that means a new man every night inside of you…”

8. “Turn on the Lights” - Future

“Is that her in the VIP-line with the Vuitton and Yves saint Laurent? Used to drive the Nissan, now she in a Beamer. I don’t want 'er cause she from the corner and I heard that Beamer was a loner.”

9. “Wicked Games” - The Weeknd

“Bring your love baby I can bring my shame. Bring the drugs baby I can bring my pain. I got my heart right here, I got my scars right here…”

10. “Thrift Shop” - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

“I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket. I - I - I’m hunting, looking for a come-up. This is fucking awesome.”

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Biggest Songs:

1. “We Are Young” – fun.

“So if by the time, the bar closes, and you feel like falling down, I’ll carry you home tonight.”

When this song came out, did you go ANYWHERE this year without hearing someone singing this song? Didn’t think so.

2. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

“Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy! But here’s my number, so call me maybe!”

Annoyingly, this is probably the catchiest song ever. All I remember anymore when I think of this song is Tom Daley in his speedo, so I guess it’s okay in my book.

3. “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye ft. Kimbra

“But I don’t even NEED YOUR LOVEEEEEE. Now you’re just somebody that I used to know. SOMEBODY!”

Gotye gave everybody a reason to scream-sing and cry in their cars while listening to the radio this year without looking like a complete idiot.

4. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

“Ugh, so he calls me up and he’s like "I still love you” or whatever, and I’m like - this is exhausting. We are never getting back together. Like ever.“

Taylor speaks for an entire nation with this unapologetic fun pop anthem.

5. "A Team” – Ed Sheeran

“They say she’s in the class A team, stuck in her daydream, been this way since 18…”

Crack and whores sounds beautiful in this British ginger’s sweet and soothing voice. (Here’s to a hopeful Grammy win!)

6. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers

“I belong with you, you belong with me. You’re my sweetheart….”

This song came in out of nowhere and suddenly everybody’s posting these lyrics as their Facebook status.

7. “Payphone” – Maroon 5

“I’m at a payphone, trying to call home, all of my change I spent on you….”

Maroon 5 premiered this song on The Voice, and the next day the internet was all abuzz trying to download it. Let’s face it, Maroon 5 really can do no wrong.

8. “Too Close” – Alex Clare

“And it feels like I am just too close to love you. There’s nothing I can really say…”

This song snuck up on the US in the form of Microsoft commercial background music and suddenly Alex Clare was clogging up the radio with his soulful voice and dubstep chorus.

9. “Gangam Style” - PSY

“Oppa gangam style!”

Really don’t know what else to say about this song besides the fact that PSY closed the AMAs with MC Hammer dancing to this and then he performed at the White House Christmas. Everyone was CRAZY about this song.

10. “Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean

“I’ve been thinking bout you, you know, no no. Do you not think so far ahead? Cause I’ve been thinking about forever….”

The lyrics are fantastically written, but it’s really Frank Ocean’s passionate voice and powerful falsetto that really make this song what it is: a hit.

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Best Artists:

1. fun.

From “We Are Young” to “Some Nights,” you literally couldn’t turn on the radio or go to a party without hearing them. They went from relatively cool underground indie band to mainstream success overnight.

2. One Direction

This boy band has swiftly put their plans for world domination into action. From performing at the Olympics to Madison Square Garden, landing a spot on Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People and putting out their sophomore album, the European lads have accomplished more in one year than I will probably ever accomplish in my entire life.

3. Justin Bieber

Some lady tried to pin a kid on him and then some convicts attempted to murder him, but Bieber said “FUCK THAT!”, released a platinum album, kicked off a sold out world tour, and cleaned up at the AMAs. You may not like him, but you gotta admit, Bieber is one hard-working talented kid. #swag

4. Taylor Swift

FORGET ABOUT TAYLOR’S DATING LIFE BECAUSE SHE PUT OUT A KICK-ASS ALBUM THIS YEAR AND SHE CAN DO WHAT THE FUCK SHE WANTS. I’m mad about her latest mating choice, but the perfection that is RED eases my pain. Come on, she wrote a song with Ed Sheeran on a trampoline and now they are BFFs. HOW CAN YOU BE MAD AT SUCH AN ADORABLE BEING?

5. Ed Sheeran

Does this one really need explanation? Two words: Ginger Jesus.

6. Nicki Minaj

She had like 1848876543456 songs out at the same time and put out 2 albums (does it count as an album if it’s a re-release?). She showed up to the Grammys dressed like a possessed nun and her fight with American Idol co-judge Mariah Carey gave my favorite quote of the year: “Off with your head!” Face it, Nicki was a conversation topic all across the board, whether it was to praise her or mock her.

7. 2 Chainz

In 2011, Tauheed Epps changed his stage name from Tity Boy to 2 Chainz. In 2012, he skyrocketed his new career and was featured on some of the best songs of the year. If there is one phrase that haunts you for the rest of your life, may it please be “2 Chainzzzzz!”

8. Ellie Goulding

Even though she was on Katy Perry’s California Dreams Tour and collaborated on a Jessie J song, Ellie Goulding has put out a hauntingly beautiful album. After “Lights” paved the way, Ellie had to prove that she had staying power and she did just that with “Anything Could Happen” and I pray that she never slows down.

9. Rihanna

I’m never quite sure what Rihanna did this year, but she was on my TV ALL THE TIME. So in case you’re forgetful like me, here’s a quick rundown of RiRi’s year: collaborated with Coldplay and Drake, put out her new fragrance (which smells AMAZING and is my new favorite), won her 3rd Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, starred in Battleship, premiered her TV program Styled to Rock, appeared on Oprah’s second-highest telecast episode, and put out her seventh studio album Unapologetic. Just so you know.

10. All Time Low

I absolutely lost my mind when Don’t Panic leaked. They also toured the UK, played Warped Tour and the Reading and Leeds Festival and left Interscope Records to return to their home at Hopeless Records. They completed the Rockshow at the End of the World Tour (the best show of my life thus far) and had a damn good year for a pop punk band.

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Most Anticipated Albums of 2013:

  • Paramore - Paramore (April 9)
  • TBA - The Maine
  • TBA - Ed Sheeran
  • TPC - Phoenix (April 2013)
  • Broke with Expensive Taste - Azealia Banks (February 12)
  • ARTPOP - Lady Gaga (Spring 2013)
  • TBA - Beyonce
  • TBA - Vampire Weekend
  • Watching Moves with the Sound Off - Mac Miller (Early 2013)
  • Matangi - M.I.A.
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Ones to Watch:

In my mind at least, 2013 is sure to be the year of the Reality Competition standouts and the Under-appreciated Rock Band.Stay ahead of the game and listen to these future superstars now!

A Rocket to the Moon

“Whole Lotta You”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQri68MsGOc

“Ever Enough”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gP5d7hCQgY

Tate Stevens

Chris Young’s “Tomorrow”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLKqqHc7s08

Craig Morgan’s “Bonfire”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGzvK2bw5Ns

Cassadee Pope

Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0gV_5dZGms

Blake Shelton’s “Over You”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVZhwWzgoeM

Paradise Fears

“Sanctuary”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdKu_J5ebMg

“Home”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI-Eap1ALfI

Delta Rae

“Bottom of the River”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bimam2j2gEg

“Morning Comes”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FtsWX0dTg

Carly Rose Sonenclar

Leonoard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDh30jpSALk

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17LuYBqJFhY

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Worst Songs:

1. “Call Me Maybe” - Carly Rae Jepsen

“I threw a wish in the well, don’t ask me I’ll never tell…”

My wish is for this song to go away. There are two kinds of people: those who hate this song and those who hate this song but insist on dancing like a fool to it to annoy their friends. You know which you are.

2. “Gangam Style” - PSY

“Oppa Gangam style!”

Those are literally the only words you know. People just enjoy dancing like idiots.

3. “Stupid Hoe” - Nicki Minaj

“You a stupid hoe, you a stupid stupid hoe…”

That is pretty much the entire song. Doesn’t get much deeper than that.

4. “Sorry for Party Rocking” - LMFAO

“And if you throw up in ya hoes cup this is what you say: sorry for party rocking.”

Any of LMFAO’s songs could go on this list, but this was the most heinous of the year.

5. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - Taylor Swift

“You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me. But we are never ever ever ever getting back together”

Whiny teenage girl pop at it’s finest.

6. “Boyfriend” - Justin Bieber

“If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go. Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone.”

It’s a sweet sentiment, but if one more person says “swaggie” to me, I will blow my brains out.

7. “Back in Time” - Pitbull

“But to understand the future, we have to go back in time…”

I didn’t see Men in Black 3, but just - no.

8. “Pound the Alarm” - Nicki Minaj

You know we getting hotter, and hotter, sexy and hotter, let’s shut it down. Pound the alarm!“

I just really do not like this song, and many people share this sentiment.

9. "Hot Problems” - Double Take

“Hot girls: we have problems too. We’re just like you, except we’re hot.”

If you’ve never heard this internet gem, prepare yourselves. Not since Friday have you wanted to punch teenage girls so hard in the face.

10. “Want U Back” - Cher Lloyd

“I broke it off thinking you’d be crying, now I be like shh! Look it, ain’t you fly and I want you back…”

Personally, I love Cher Lloyd. But apparently her grunting is just too much for others to handle.

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Best Albums:

1. Some Nights - fun.

February 14, 2012. Fueled by Ramen.
Singles: “Some Nights,” “We Are Young,” “Carry On,” “All Alone”

The second studio album from fun. brought the band mainstream success and 6 Grammy nominations. Their singles were definitely sing-along anthems of the year, stealing the radio airwaves every chance they got. This album is certainly a must have for all music lovers.

2. RED - Taylor Swift

October 22, 2012. Big Machine Records.
Singles: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “Begin Again,” “22”

Taylor Swift’s fourth studio album is probably one of her best. After hearing her lead single “WANEGBT,” everyone was anxious to see if the album would be just as annoyingly infectious. It’s flawlessly produced and SO Taylor, with just enough lyricism about heartache and finding yourself to connect and make you fall in love with this sweetheart all over again.

3. Halcyon - Ellie Goulding

October 5, 2012. Polydor Records.
Singles: “Anything Could Happen,” “Figure 8”

Ellie Goulding took storm of the US with her single “Lights” last year. This year, she came back with a vengeance with an indie pop record so forceful and melodic that she won’t be able to help all the extra notoriety that’ll ensue.

4. Believe - Justin Bieber

June 15, 2012. Island Records.
Singles: “Boyfriend,” “As Long As You Love Me,” “Beauty and a Beat,” “All Around the World”

Beliebers waited patiently (and some, not-so-patiently) for Bieb’s third album, and what they got was an all grown up Justin and a great album. His voice finally dropped (and how!) and now he’s more popular than ever, with a fanbase exceeding teenage girls and creepy old men.

5. The Truth About Love - P!nk

September 14, 2012. RCA Records.
Singles: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason”

Six albums later, and P!nk is just as badass and talented as ever. With her third Grammy nod for Best Pop Vocal Album, P!nk shows the world that she is a perpetual force to be reckoned with.

6. Babel - Mumford and Sons

September 21, 2012. Island/Glassnote Records.
Singles: “I Will Wait”, “Lover of the Light”

All of hipster culture held their breath as they waited for more of Mumford and Sons sweet banjo playing folk music, and they were not disappointed. Their second album has become the fastest selling album of the year in the UK, and has earned the band 4 Grammy nominations in the upcoming year.

7. Our Version of Events - Emeli Sande

February 13, 2012. Virgin Records.
Singles: “Heaven,” “Daddy,” “Next to Me,” “My Kind of Love,” “Clown”

You might have heard of Emeli Sande if you watched the Olympics Closing Ceremony this year where she performed “Read All About It.” But in the upcoming year, you’ll be sure to hear more about her. This may be her first album, but she’s been on the scene since 2009. Now that she’s being compared to the likes of Beyonce and Aretha Franklin, she most likely won’t be going away anytime soon.

8. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Nicki Minaj

April 2, 2012. Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic.
Singles: “Starships,” “Right By My Side,” “Beez in the Trap,” “Pound the Alarm,” “Va Va Voom”

I WILL BE FOREVER MAD THAT INSTEAD OF JUST MAKING AN ENTIRELY NEW ALBUM, SHE JUST REPACKAGES HER FIRST ALBUM WITH NEW SONGS. But the album is making history all across the globe and it just went platinum and she cleaned up on awards this year, so I guess she’s earned her place.

9. Don’t Panic - All Time Low

October 9, 2012. Hopeless Records.
Singles: “The Reckless and the Brave,” “For Baltimore,” “Somewhere in Neverland”

I might be a little biased because [BABIES!!!!!!], but this album is definitely All Time Low at their best. With plenty of fans doubting this new album and it’s genuine sound, All Time Low has proved that they are only getting better with age. The lyrics are on point and the overall feel will envelop you and make you praise this band’s artistry.

10. Night Visions - Imagine Dragons

September 4, 2012. Interscope Records.
Singles: “It’s Time,” “Hear Me,” “Radioactive”

“It’s Time” led Imagine Dragons into the spotlight, but the rest of their album is what’s going to keep them there. The album flourishes, showcasing their musical mastery, which grabs you and keeps you enthralled from start to finish.