I look forward to the end of the year for one main reason: compiling a playlist of the year’s best songs. And while I would love to share that entire playlist, 187 songs and descriptions of them would make an incredibly long, and tiresome, post. Instead, here are 10 highlights for me from 2012, in no particular order.
1. "Cuckoo" – Adam Lambert
As a proud Glambert, I was elated when Trespassing came out, and even more elated to see Adam perform “Cuckoo” at an outdoors summer concert. 2012 only cemented my allegiance to him.
2. "Leave My Body" – Florence + the Machine
I had the privilege of seeing Florence + the Machine perform live in April. And when the goddess-like Florence Welch sang this song…chills.
3. "Forrest Gump" – Frank Ocean
Coming out on Tumblr, releasing the epic Channel Orange, and receiving six Grammy nominations? It’s been a pretty good year for Mr. Ocean.
4. "One Foot" – Fun.
“I put one foot in front of the other one/I don’t need a new love or a new life/Just a better place to die”
5. "Part of Me" – Katy Perry
(I was gonna put a line or two from this song, but I ended up wanting to put all the lyrics lol).
6. "National Anthem" – Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey was a staple for me throughout 2012. Her album Born to Die has some of the most plays in my iTunes library. And while some tracks have come in and out of fads, “National Anthem” has consistently been a favorite of mine.
7. "Bad Girls" – M.I.A.
Banging beat. Empowering lyrics. Dope music video. Greatness achieved.
8. "Same Love" – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
This pro gay anthem that went viral in fall thrust Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis into mainstream pop culture. The rest of their album, The Heist, does not disappoint fans.
9. "Fear and Loathing" – Marina and the Diamonds
“There is no crime in being kind/Not everyone is out to screw you over/ Maybe, oh just maybe, they just wanna get to know you.”
10. "Disparate Youth" – Santigold
“Now we push right past to find out/Oh, how to win what they all lost/We know now we want more/A life worth fighting for”