I figured since it is December already I might as well kick off my long cherished tradition of year-end list making with a five-part series of posts on my picks for the 50 best songs of 2012. I've been slowly and geekily putting this list together over the past month or so (mostly while half-sedated on planes or trains), expanding the list from an original 25 to a perhaps over-ambitious 50 when it became clear that this has been a pretty amazing year for music, at least as far as my subjective tastes go. To that end, please note that I am also no music aficionado (this list will probably make that clear). But it's such a fun exercise – and time-capsule – to put together this kind of list, and will hopefully add a few worthy tracks to the 3 or 4 of you who read this's iPods. I'll also offer commentary when the list is complete at the end of the week…
Here we go:
#50. Ke$ha – 'Thinking of You'
#49. Beach House – 'Myth'
#48. Lianne La Havas – 'Forget'
#47. Usher – 'Climax'
#46. Of Monsters and Men – 'Little Talks'
#45. Miike Snow – 'Paddling Out'
#44. Django Django – 'Hail Bop'
#43. Azealia Banks – 'Jumanji'
#42. The Shins – 'Simple Song'
#41. Crystal Castles – 'Affection'
Check back tomorrow for #40–>#31.