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Listen Up: The 29 Best Songs Of 2012

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Congratulations, you've survived the apocalypse. Now, it's time to celebrate the end of the year (but not the world) with the best songs of 2012. We remember how alt-pop songwriters made it big, indie-rock heavy weights returned with awesome new records, beloved songwriters reappeared, and fresh new voices redefined hip-hop. To get the party started, we collected the tracks that stuck with us, listen after listen. Read on and let us know what other songs you had on repeat. Then, take our Spotify mix on the road. Dancing not required, but definitely recommended.
carly-rae29. Carly Rae Jepsen — “Call Me Maybe”
Technically, "Call Me Maybe" wasn't even released in 2012, but don't tell that to the Olympic swim team. Quite simply, no track had the staying power, the catchiness, or the charm of Carly Rae Jepsen's mild-mannered anthem. Love it or hate it, "Call Me Maybe" was undeniable.
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20. Bat For Lashes — “Marilyn”
After a few years out of the spotlight, Natasha Khan's Bat For Lashes project returned, giving us a more, erm, intimate look at the art-pop maven than ever. "Marilyn," a synth-driven ode to its movie star subject, is as catchy as it is heartbreaking.
10. Chairlift — “I Belong In Your Arms”
With huge hooks and wide-eyed lyrics, Patrick Wimberly and Caroline Polachek's newest record, Something scored big. "I Belong In Your Arms," was particularly noteworthy, with it's maximal take on '80s-indebted pop.
Don't stop here. Click over to the next page for our compiled Spotify playlist of all 2012's best songs. Play, smile, dance, then hit repeat.

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