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Best songs of 2012

With the same warning label that I applied to my best-albums-of-the-year post, here are my 20 favourite songs from 2012:

  • Alabama Shakes . “Hold On”
  • Allo Darlin’ . “Europe”
  • Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra . “Melody Dean”
  • Bry Webb . “Asa”
  • Ceremony . “Hysteria”
  • Cold Specks . “Winter Solstice”
  • Father John Misty . “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor . “Mladic”
  • Heartless Bastards . “Simple Feeling”
  • Jack White . “Love Interruption”
  • Japandroids . “The House That Heaven Built”
  • Low . “Nothing But Heart”
  • Oregon Bike Trails . “Summer Thing”
  • Perfume Genius . “Normal Song”
  • Raveonettes . “Young And Cold”
  • Sharon Van Etten . “All I Can”
  • Shearwater . “Dread Sovereign”
  • Spiritualized . “Hey Jane”
  • Tom Waits . “Chicago”
  • Walkmen . “Song For Leigh”

I think if I had to pick one from that list it would likely be “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids. The whole album is great, but that one in particular kind of soundtracked my year.

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