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Top 100 Songs of 2012

December 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is Indie Music for the Masses – the 100 best songs of 2012. 

Unlike most Indie “best of 2012″ lists all these songs are very listenable/enjoyable. I feel like most lists are trying to earn their Indie street cred by trying to list the most obscure bands that no one has ever heard of.

To further explore amazing music, here are a few bonus lists:

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Here are my 100 favorite songs of 2012 (click to play the full list in Spotify): 


What are your favorite songs of 2012?

Top 10 Albums of 2012

December 20, 2012 — 1 Comment

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10. Lost in the Trees – A Church that Fits our Needs

Two great songs from this album: Neither Here Nor There and Red


9. Beach House – Bloom

Two great songs from this album: Myth and Lazuli



8. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

Lots of good songs on this one – though my love of this album began to fade over the year (a little too bubble-gum-pop-ish). Obviously Little Talks is the breakout hit from this album. Other good ones: King and Lionheart, Dirty Paws, and Love Love Love

7. Passion Pit – Gossamer

Not a bad sophomore effort from one of my favorite bands. A few great songs. A few really bad trying-to-recreate-Sleepyhead songs. The best songs: Where We Belong, Take a Walk, and Cry Like a Ghost.


6. POLIÇA – Give You the Ghost

Loved this album when it came out. But the sameness of the songs made me return less and less to it over the year. But overall a great chill sound and album. Top songs: Lay Your Cards Out, I See My Mother, Dark Star


5. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

I’ve loved Ellie Goulding for a few years now – her first album Lights is definitely worth listening to. But I think this album is even better than her first with great songs from top to bottom.  Best Songs: Hanging On and Anything Could Happen


4. Purity Ring – Shrines

Some GREAT songs on this album although there are some misses as well. Great songs you NEED in your life: Obedear, Belispeak, Amenamy, Fireshrine


3. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Yeasayer is probably my favorite band. If you’ve never listened to them, you have to check out their best songs. They’re a band that I rarely buy their entire album because they always have a handful of very strange artsy songs that are painful to listen to. But the top 5 songs on their album are all AMAZING. Listen to these: Fingers Never Bleed, Damaged Goods, Henrietta, Longevity, Demon Road


grizzly bear2. Grizzly Bear – Shields

Such a good album including my favorite song of the year- Half Gate. Beautiful vocals and gorgeous music. Amazing songs: Half Gate, Speak in Rounds, A Simple Answer, Yet Again, Sleeping Ute.


1. Geographer – Myth

A beautiful album. Cello + Falsetto vocals + synth beats. Every single song is amazing. The best of the best songs: The BoulderVesijärvi, Kaleidoscope, Kites


Who did I miss?? What were your favorite albums of the year?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

That’s right – it’s Best-Music-of-the-Year time.

Time for everyone to start releasing their Best-of-2012 lists (like Paste already did).


I’ve been working on my two lists: Top Albums and Top Songs of 2012 – but it’ll be a few weeks before I get them all in order.

To get you warmed up, here’s my “Best 50 Songs” lists from 2010 & 2011 (as a playlist on the free music service Spotify):

Best Songs of 2010

Best Songs of 2011


Here’s a list of some albums I’m considering for best albums of 2012 (in alphabetical order – click to play for free in Spotify).


What have been your favorite albums and songs of 2012?


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