100 Greatest Songs From 2012

  1. Gangnam Style - Psy
  2. Payphone - Maroon 5 (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  3. Diamonds - Rihanna
  4. Live While We're Young - One Direction
  5. Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  6. Starships - Nicki Minaj
  7. Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink
  8. Climax - Usher
  9. Thinkin' Bout You - Frank Ocean
10. Ho Hey - Lumineers
11. Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Wanz)
12. Some Nights - fun.
13. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
14. I Love It - Icona Pop (featuring Charli XCX)
15. Whistle - Flo Rida
16. Just Give Me A Reason - Pink (featuring Nate Ruess)
17. Let Her Go - Passenger
18. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
19. Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
20. Scream & Shout - will.i.am (featuring Britney Spears)
21. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons
22. Adorn - Miguel
23. Good Time - Carly Rae Jepsen (with Owl City)
24. Mercy - Kanye West (featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
25. Stay - Rihanna (featuring Mikky Ekko)
26. Scream - Usher
27. Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey
28. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) - Ne-Yo
29. Try - Pink
30. Same Love - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Mary Lambert)
31. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift
32. When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
33. Sweet Nothing - Calvin Harris (featuring Florence Welch)
34. Next to Me - Emeli Sandé
35. Chasing the Sun - The Wanted
36. Harlem Shake - Baauer
37. One More Night - Maroon 5
38. Demons - Imagine Dragons
39. Madness - Muse
40. I Need Your Love - Calvin Harris (featuring Ellie Goulding)
41. Fuckin' Problem - A$AP Rocky (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar)
42. The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids
43. Die Young - Ke$ha
44. Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding
45. Little Things - One Direction
46. Pound The Alarm - Nicki Minaj
47. Take A Walk - Passion Pit
48. Give Me All Your Luvin' - Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
49. Sixteen Saltines - Jack White
50. Holes - Passenger
51. Angels - The xx
52. What Now - Rihanna
53. Breezeblocks - alt-J
54. Clique - Kanye West (with Jay-Z and Big Sean)
55. Let's Go - Calvin Harris (featuring Ne-Yo)
56. Who - David Byrne & St. Vincent
57. Read All About It, Pt. III - Emeli Sandé
58. I Belong In Your Arms - Chairlift
59. Stubborn Love - Lumineers
60. Kiss You - One Direction
61. Elephant - Tame Impala
62. Hold On - Alabama Shakes
63. Oblivion - Grimes
64. On Top Of The World - Imagine Dragons
65. Happy Pills - Norah Jones
66. White Walls - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Schoolboy Q, Hollis)
67. Youth Without Youth - Metric
68. Oh Love - Green Day
69. The Descent - Bob Mould
70. The Veldt - deadmau5
71. Cherokee - Cat Power
72. Into The Black - Chromatics
73. & It Was U - How To Dress Well
74. Yet Again - Grizzly Bear
75. Daughters - Nas
76. Myth - Beach House
77. Breathing Underwater - Metric
78. 45 - The Gaslight Anthem
79. Autre Temps - Alcest
80. We'll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris (featuring Example)
81. Ruin - Cat Power
82. Va Va Voom - Nicki Minaj
83. My Kind Of Love - Emeli Sandé
84. Put It Down - Brandy
85. This Summer - Superchunk
86. Hey Jane - Spiritualized
87. The Celestials - Smashing Pumpkins
88. Dance For You - Dirty Projectors
89. Bad Girls - M.I.A.
90. Song For A Warrior - Swans (featuring Karen O)
91. Among The Leaves - Sun Kil Moon
92. Losing You - Solange Knowles
93. Tempest - Deftones
94. My Kind Of Woman - Mac DeMarco
95. Pyramids - Frank Ocean
96. Comeback Kid - Sleigh Bells
97. Simple Song - The Shins
98. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings - Father John Misty
99. The Only Place - Best Coast
100. White Flag - Guided by Voices
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Baby - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (featuring Dam-Funk)
102. Teenage Icon - The Vaccines
103. That's Why God Made The Radio - The Beach Boys
104. We Take Care Of Our Own - Bruce Springsteen
105. All Your Gold - Bat for Lashes
106. Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe - Kendrick Lamar
107. Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
108. Big Beast - Killer Mike (featuring Bun B, T.I. and Trouble)
109. Every Single Night - Fiona Apple
110. Met Before - Chairlift
111. Caravan - Rush
112. The Pit - Silversun Pickups
113. Zero Dark Thirty - Aesop Rock
114. Weather In My Head - Donald Fagen
115. You're Early - 2:54
116. Would That Not Be Nice - Divine Fits
117. Girl Gone Wild - Madonna
118. Boozophilia - Low Cut Connie
119. Tattoo - Van Halen
120. A Night and a Day - Pepe Deluxé
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2012
Lew's choice -
An unheralded great record from 2012

* Emmylou - First Aid Kit

Ryan's choice -
* Tiptoe Through the True Bits - Los Campesinos!

Adam's choice -
* 20/20 - Graveyard

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Last Updated: 2015-04-11

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.