It continues trends throughout the entire list (Canadians, Swedes, guilty pleasure pop, fun indie rock, breakup songs, empowerment anthems, etc) and is capped off with the two artists that as far as I'm concerned gave the most important contributions to music in 2012: Frank Ocean and Fiona Apple. Each were represented once previously on the list (with Ocean's incredibly catchy cautionary tale on materialism, 'Lost' and with Apple's scathing and intense post-breakup ballad 'Regret') but they come up again at #2 and #1 with two of the most lyrically gorgeous songs I've heard in some time (just above what I almost made #1 — the year's ultimate breakup/empowerment song and perhaps its most catchy from my new favourite Swedes).
I'll leave it as some tiny, unimportant surprise as to what these 3 songs are as you scroll down the list…
#10. Carly Rae Jepsen – 'Call Me Maybe'
#09. Passion Pit – 'It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy'
#08. Santigold – 'The Keepers'
#07. Grizzly Bear – 'Yet Again'
#06. Alt-J – 'Dissolve Me'
#05. Bat For Lashes – 'All Your Gold'
#04. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Fields – 'Man on Fire' (Little Daylight Remix)
#03. Icona Pop – 'I Love It'
#02. Frank Ocean – 'Bad Religion'
#01. Fiona Apple – 'Anything We Want'