Top 100 songs of 2012

By request, this year you can also listen to my top 100 playlist on spotify

*indicates unavailable on spotify:

1.) Wayfarin' Stranger - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2.) We Got It Wrong - St. Lucia
3.) All The Rowboats – Regina Spektor
4.) Jasmine - Jai Paul (Demo)
5.) Anything We Want - Fiona Apple
6.) Take It Out On Me - Chairlift
7.) When You Rest - Sarah Jaffe
8. Five Seconds - Twin Shadow
9. * Cherry - Chromatics
10. Paradise - Wild Nothing
11. Lookin' Back On '99 - Daughn Gibson
12. A Young Girl's World - Daughn Gibson
13. Lady - Chromatics
14. Who - David Byrne & St. Vincent
15. The Sweet Hello The Sad Goodbye (Bassflow Remake) - Roxette
16. California - Delta Spirit
17. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings - Father John Misty
18. Rocky Ground - Bruce Springsteen
19. Looking For A Sign - Beck
20. * Sqworm - Ramona Falls
21. Whatever Happened To The Times - Bobby Womack
22. Up All Night - Best Coast
23. Nothing But Time - Cat Power
24. Ruin - Cat Power
25. Over the border - Saint Etienne
26. Darkness - Leonard Cohen
27. Emmylou - First Aid Kit
28. Annemarie - Anais Michell
29. * Glasses High - Sophia Knapp (live)
30. Sugar - Garbage
31. Doubt - Amanda Mair
32. * Sleepless - churchhill garden
33. The Music (instrumental) - Orbital (Pusher Soundtrack)
34. Tallulah - Allo Darlin’
35. Jonathan - Fiona Apple
36. Sad - Elton John Vs Pnau
37. September - The Shins
38. Invisible - Pet Shop Boys
39. Man On Fire - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
40. Firewater - Django Django
41. Bad Apple - Tribes
42. * Fireflies - Still Corners
43. Ask - Sharon Van Etten
44. Give Out - Sharon van Etten
45. The Way Sound Leaves The Room - Sarah Jaffe
46. Carmen (music video version) - Lana Del Rey
47. American - Lana Del Rey
48. Ride - Lana Del Rey
49. On the Wing - How To Destroy Angels
50. Longest Day - Dave Gahan & Soul Savers

51. Seven Stars (ft. Victoria Legrand) - Air
52. She Just Don't Want To Be With You Anymore - Jens Lekman
53. * Spectral Dusk - Evening Hymns
54. Yet Again - Grizzly Bear
55. Baby (Donnie and Joe Emerson cover) - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
56. * Between Friends - Flying Lotus ft Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy
57. 110% - Jessie Ware
58. * Romantic Streams (CFCF Remix) - Sleep ∞ Over
59. Bloody Mouth - 001: Moons (Watchtower Version)
60. Duquesne Whistle - Bob Dylan
61. * So Good To Me - Chris Malinchak
62. Out on The Road - Norah Jones
63. Manhattan - Cat Power
64. * Unworry - Ani Difranco
65. Mira - Melody Gardot
66. 1904 - Tallest Man On Earth
67. Flying - Sean Rowe
68. Horses - Sean Rowe
69. God Help This Divorce - Mike Snow
70. Destiny (Original Mix) - John Talabot Feat. Pional
71. * Skyfall - Adele
72. All Your Gold - Bat For Lashes
73. Would That Not Be Nice - Divine Fits
74. Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors
75. Put Me To Sleep - Porcelain Raft
76. Backwords - Porcelain Raft
77. Evening's Kiss - Willis Earl Beal
78. Let Me Be Him - Hot Chip
79. Large - Taken By Trees
80. Mayla - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
81. Dear Believer - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
82. * Called Out In The Dark - Snow Patrol
83. This Time Next Year - Damien Jurado
84. Working Titles - Damien Jurado
85. Neptune - Lemonade
86. In the Morning - Dave Gahan and Soulsavers
87.* To Look At You - Julia Holter (INXS cover)
88. Lazuli - Beach House
89. * Pure Milk - The Mountain Goats (re-release 2012)
90. Travel As Equals - Joseph Arthur
91. The First Time I Ran Away - M. Ward
92. Day Four - Bloc Party
93. New For You - Reeve Carney
94. Redbud Tree - Mark Knopfler
95. Pretend You Love Me - Sonny and the Sunsets
96. On and On and On - Jack White
97. Lighthouse - Patrick Watson
98. Une version améliorée de la tristesse - Peter Peter
99. I Don't Eat Human Beings - John Maus (from 2012 rarities album)
100. Yellow Halo - Goldfrapp

Honourable mentions in random order:
Our Sorrows - Julia Holter
All Eyes On You - St. Lucia
Quiet Crowd - Patrick Watson
Brains - Lower Dens
Needleye - James Irwin
Her Fantasy - Matthew Dear
Sixty - Elton John vs. Pnau
Doom and Gloom - Rolling Stones
Fell Sound - Mirroring
* The Theory Of Relativity - Stars
Song Groove - Michael Jackson
Standing At the Sky's Edge - Richard Hawley (Love the first 2min 30s, Jim Morrison might be rolling in his grave if he heard the vocal)
* Trust Fall (Down We Go Remix By Jensen Sportag) - Madi Diaz
The Forgotten - Green Day
Symphony IX (My Wait Is U) – Grimes
Troublemaker - Beach House
Myth - Beach House
* Numb - Andy Stott
Myth - Keane
Looking Hot - No Doubt
I’m Addicted – Madonna
Fire & Soul - The Cranberries
Forgetting All My Troubles - Katie Melua
Rake (Townes Van Zandt cover) - Wino
* Treat Your Woman Right - Soko
Reason With Me – Sinead O’Connor
Boots Of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan cover) - The Airborne Toxic Event
* Sons of Bill - Virginia Calling (live WNRN radio)
Rosemary - Suzanne Vega
* Track 2 (Narcissist II) - Dean Blunt Feat. Inga Copeland
Loner - Burial
* Close To Me - Sophia Knapp
Why It's Cool - Jim White
Hurricane - MS MR
Artificial Nocturne – Metric
* Jackson (Live on KEXP) - Craig Finn
Transcendental Youth - The Mountain Goats
The Garden Song - The Mountain Goats (re-release 2012)
* Southern Nights - Citizen Cope
How Long Have You Known - DIIV
Chocolate - Tindersticks
Tempest - Bob Dylan
Rest - Michael Kiwanuka (the track Tell Me A Tale made my top 100 of 2011)
To Just Grow Away - Tallest Man On Earth
Ice Age - How To Destroy Angels
* Contain Thyself - Pepe Deluxe
* Breathe (Pink Floyd cover ft. Tupac Shakur) - Capital Cities
Ode to Viceroy - Mac DeMarco
Shoreless Kid - Young Galaxy
Youth Is Wasted On the Young - Young Galaxy
Truant - Burial
Manchester - Kishi Bashi
Another Go - Mieka Pauley
Sophie Sleepless - Zach Fleury
No Other Plans - Sunny Levine
Cold Nites - How To Dress Well
On Again, Off Again - Lemolo
Do You Remember - Ane Brun

In The Middle (I Met You There) - Matthew Dear [Feat. Jonny Pierce]
* Her Fantasy (Poolside Remix) - Matthew Dear
* Scarface (Juveniles Remix) - Tresors
Think of Tomorrow - Leitbur
* Voice - Igor Volk
Long You Lie - Ned Collette & Wirewalkers
* Pacific - Goldroom
Miracle (Ghost Beach Cover) - Trails and Ways
Hello Inc. (feat. Saint Michel) (DJ Falcon Remix) - Alex Gopher
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Tessellate – Alt-J
Forever – Haim
Ensemble (Club Mix) – Girl Unit
How do you do it – Hot Chip
Night Faces – Jessica Pratt
Fester – Dutch Uncles
Visitor – Hundred Waters
You’re Gonna Feel It – Ships
Sea Creatures – SOAK
Beautiful Son - Peaking Lights

The Bravest Man In The Universe - Bobby Womack
Opium - Dead Can Dance
Over The Ocean - Here We Go Magic

(Last updated 8th Feb 2013)

Thanks to jaredmobarak for the artwork.

So there you have it, those are my best-loved new tracks of 2012. Have you listened to the songs above? Which are your favorite tunes from 2012, did I miss them?


  1. Replies
    1. @thevoid99: Thanks for mentioning How To Destroy Angels, I decided to give it a listen on your suggestion. On the Wing & Ice Age are my favorites from that EP.

  2. I wasn't a big fan of her new album, but it's great to see Melody Gardot's "Mira" on here. Also love the mentions of Air, Fiona Apple, Adele, Bob Dylan, and Goldfrapp, among others.

    Will definitely be checking more of these tracks out. :)

  3. @Josh: Mira was definitely the highlight for me on a decent, but fairly unmemorable album by Melody Gardot. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Goldfrapp's album!

    Enjoy the tracks, that's why I shared them here ( :

  4. I love the Regina Spektor track. And Neil Young is pretty much..Neil Young. Nice music reference. Thanks for posting this, Chris!

    1. @Andina: Glad you found music you love. You're welcome, and hope you find new tracks to enjoy

  5. I'm not usually a country fan but that First Aid Kit track is pretty amazing. Especially for a couple of girls from Stockholm.

    Also just discovered Jessie Ware, and she has been hijacking my playlist a lot lately.

    Nice to see Chocolate in the honorable mentions, hilarious track. and good to see a late addition of Pepe Deluxe too.

    Here are a few tracks in my year end mix I think you might like:

    Rhye - The Fall
    Kishi Bashi - Manchester
    Mieka Pauley - I Haven't Even Started With You
    Nick Waterhouse - Raina

  6. @Bonjour Tristesse: Emmylou by First Aid Kit is a great song, I read that it's a homage to their heroes Emmylou Harris, her duet partner Gram Parsons, and June Carter and Johnny Cash. The rest of the album is decent enough, but didn't blow me away as that track did.

    Jessie Ware's music is catchy. Wildest Moments I considered for the list.

    Enjoyed the Pepe Deluxe tune, unique atmosphere on that album

    Thanks for the track suggestions, will give them a listen soon.

  7. Lots of great acts on this list. I'm not a great person with song titles, so it's hard for me to remember which one they are in some cases. It's interesting that you list "Rocky Ground" as the pick off the new Springsteen album. I think that's an interesting track and differs from his usual approach, but it's behind some others for me. Wrecking Ball, Shackled and Drawn, and Death to My Hometown are the standout tracks from the album for me.

    It's also cool to see Beach House, Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten, The Mountain Goats, and many others on there.

    1. @Dan: Thanks for the comment. I usually go for the quieter tracks in general, so that probably explains why "Rocky Ground" & "Jack Of All Trades" are my favorites from Springsteen's latest.

      For rock enthusiasts like yourself, I can certainly see the appeal, especially at a live concert venue, and maybe those mentions will grow on me, and I'll add one or two to the honorable mentions. It's just those loud electric guitars and big sound makes my ears ring with headphones.

      If you like Mountain Goats, that re-release of the old basement recordings The Hound Chronicles / Hot Garden Stomp was a fun listen. I hadn't heard those before.

  8. WOW. That must have taken a long time to compile the Spotify playlist and then add YouTube/Soundcloud links as well. Kudos to you for doing that!

    Haven't heard a lot of these, but I'm going to bookmark your list and give it a listen this week. Thanks for putting it together, Chris.

    1. @Eric: Have fun with the playlist! Yes, I put a lot of hours into listening and linking.
      I also went through a number of other year-end music lists, which was enjoyable, and provided me with gems to add to my list.

      Even though are tastes are not quite the same, I hope that you stumble upon a few individual tracks here you love.

  9. Oh man, brilliant list here. Ever since you turned me onto St. Lucia, I've been rocking out to We Got It Wrong ceaselessly, so thanks for that!

    Five Seconds and Paradise are great tracks as well. Gonna have to give much of the rest a thorough listen!

  10. @Alex Withrow: Thank You! We agree on that EP, it also made my top albums list.

    Enjoy the music. Hopefully there is something for everyone on the list.

  11. That's an awesome list. Grimes, Chromatics, Melua, Beach House, Hot Chip, DIIV... We have pretty similar tastes. So many good names. I'dd add Affection by Crystal Castles. Flunk (do you know them?) released their best of in 2012 so maybe it cannot count but there were many awesome songs there.

    1. @indiescifi451: Glad you liked the list! If you mean the Norwegian band Flunk, then I haven’t listened to them. Based on a couple of tracks I heard just now, seems a bit similar to Björk

    2. Try "On My Balcony", "Cigarette Burns" and New Order's cover "True Faith". Well I'd say they remind me more of Chromatics... Curious to know what youl'll say!

      Question - basing on these lists from 2000 till 2017, which are your top albums? But don't mention the artists I mentioned in the previous post 😅

    3. @indiescifi45: Thanks for the song suggestions! I gave those three you shared a try. Flunk are probably too low-key for my taste, but I quite like the vocal.

      haha, it would be a LONG comment if I had to list ALL those top albums : ) Instead, I can direct you towards my yearly top 10 albums (1962-2017) page. The #1 for each year should answer your question. Hope you find something interesting! Let me know if you have any thoughts on the top 10s.

  12. Yes, thanks, because in last 2 years I didn't follow the scene so much by albums (a thing I've always considered important), rather by songs due to lack of time....

    1. @indiescifi451: Not a great era for albums right now (only two I consider great in 2017 by The War on Drugs and King Krule), so you chose wisely to focus on songs.
      I created a YouTube playlist of the best songs of the decade so far(2010-2014). I divided it into two, the big radio songs, and lesser known ones that are important to me. If there’s a lack of time for albums, that playlist might be more manageable:


What do you think about the post? I look forward to hearing from you. Rest assured I will reply soon.


Related Posts with Thumbnails